FTC Gives Facebook-WhatsApp Deal the Thumbs Up
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today approved Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. The FTC said, however, that it will hold both companies to a 2012 agreement Facebook made with the FTC. Together, Facebook and WhatsApp will have to notify consumers and obtain their consent before collecting private information beyond what they allow through the services' current privacy settings. If WhatsApp doesn't follow this proposal, the FTC could find both companies in violation of the law. WhatsApp is a third-party messaging service that allows mobile device users to communicate without using SMS - or text - messages. Instead, WhatsApp passes messages through the phone's data connection. Facebook already offers its own, separate messaging service for mobile devices called Facebook Messages.
WhatsApp Adds Fun Camera Tools to Messaging App
Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week rolled out new features to its messaging application. Specifically, users can now write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji to posts to give them character.
WhatsApp Says What's Up to Global Video Chats
WhatsApp today announced that it is enabling video calls for all users around the world. Video calling is being added to the Android, iOS, and Windows phone mobile apps over the coming days.
WhatsApp to Share User Data with Facebook
WhatsApp today updated its terms of service and revealed plans to share data with its parent company, Facebook. The company says coordinating with Facebook will allow it to better track metrics to do things like fight spam.
WhatsApp Drops Annual Fee
WhatsApp today dropped its annual subscription fee. The messaging service has been offered to new users free for the first year, but then required a nominal payment each year after that.