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Washington Post

Much of the world relies on WhatsApp. Its outage ground their virtual lives to a halt.

When WhatsApp and other Facebook-owned apps went dark around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, online tracker Downdetector received some 14 million reports of the outage. The services gradually came back online in the evening. But for tens of millions of people worldwide whose personal and professional lives play out on WhatsApp, the instant messaging app’s blackout was more than a mere inconvenience.
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WhatsApp outage hits trading in assets from crypto to Russian oil

LONDON/MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Reuters) - WhatsApp's nearly six-hour long outage on Monday hit trading of assets from cryptocurrencies to Russian oil, market players said, although a quick shift to alternative platforms such as Telegram limited severe disruption. Despite many financial institutions discouraging employees from using messaging services such as WhatsApp...
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MilitaryTimes

WhatsApp outage ‘a nightmare’ for group working to rescue Afghans, American citizens

While Twitter is full of jokes about the outage that plagued Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Monday, it’s no laughing matter to Safi Rauf. “It’s a nightmare,” Rauf —who deployed as a linguist and cultural advisor embedded with Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and now runs a major rescue effort for those left behind — told Military Times. “I have people all over Afghanistan I can not communicate with.”
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9to5Mac

WhatsApp for iOS readying Disappearing Messages feature and redesigned chat bubbles

WhatsApp for iOS just released version 2.21.200.11 update to beta users. With that, users not only will users see redesigned chat bubbles redesign but even more about how the Disappearing Messages feature will work. According to always reliable WABetaInfo, this new beta is rolling out for public testers and brings...
Tico Times

WhatsApp: An indispensable utility for Costa Ricans

If American runs on Dunkin’, Costa Rica runs on WhatsApp (and also coffee). And for most of Monday, Ticos had to live without an indispensable part of their daily lives when all of Facebook’s services, including WhatsApp and Instagram, went offline. This was a worldwide outage but one that impacted...
The Verge

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart on a rocky year for the app

It has been a contentious year for WhatsApp. In January, a simple effort to update its terms of service to enable some commerce features triggered a massive backlash in India, helping its rival Signal to double its user base in a month. In May, the Facebook-owned messaging app sued India over new rules issued by the country’s IT ministry that could break end-to-end encryption around the globe. And just last week, a widely read report in ProPublica drew attention to the service’s use of human reviewers to investigate potential violations of WhatsApp’s terms of service, in part by reading the five most recent messages in any reported exchange.

WhatsApp launches test of in-app business directory

Sept 15 (Reuters) - Facebook's messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday launched a new feature to make it possible to search for businesses within its app for the first time, the company told Reuters. The test in São Paulo, Brazil, which allows WhatsApp users to find shops and services through a...
CoinTelegraph

Bitcoin moves past $49K as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down

Major social media and communication platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline Monday as the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies surged. As data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro shows, Bitcoin (BTC) price moved above $49,000 after falling to a daily low of $47,166, an increase of roughly 4.5% in less than two hours. Similarly, the price of Ether (ETH) rose 3.5% over the same period to reach $3,411 at the time of publication.
The Verge

WhatsApp is adding encrypted backups

WhatsApp will let its more than 2 billion users fully encrypt the backups of their messages, the Facebook-owned app announced Friday. The plan, which WhatsApp is detailing in a white paper before rolling out to users on iOS and Android in the coming weeks, is meant to secure the backups WhatsApp users already send to either Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud, making them unreadable without an encryption key. WhatsApp users who opt into encrypted backups will be asked to save a 64-digit encryption key or create a password that is tied to the key.
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