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Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

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Facebook, the biggest social networking giant, has decided to finally make money from WhatsApp by charging businesses that want to conduct customer support in the app. The social media platform snatched up WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, but the popular messaging service still isn't making Facebook much cash despite WhatsApp's 1 billion daily users. The app used to charge users a $1 per year subscription but dropped the fee in early 2016. WhatsApp co founder Jan Koum has long been a staunch opponent of traditional advertising and has promised that the app will never show ads. WhatsApp's program for businesses will charge large companies that want to be verified and have access to a suite of automated tools for helping and responding to customers, the Facebook-owned ap...
Scientists can vaccinate us against fake news!

Scientists can vaccinate us against fake news!

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The pursuit of truth is at the very heart of scientific research. This puts scientists in a challenging situation during a time when “post-truth” is the most recent Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Year. This is a time where the focus is not on rationality or coherence but on sensationalism, regardless of the cost. In this era, “ fake news ” is in. It consists of deliberate misinformation from phony sources spread through traditional print, broadcast news media or online social media to meet a specific agenda. If you’ve ever gotten a flu vaccine, you probably know the somewhat counterintuitive way it works: Your body gets a small dose of inactivated virus, so that if and when the real thing invades, your defenses are already up, prepared to quash the infection before it starts. Mi
WhatsApp to soon have verified accounts

WhatsApp to soon have verified accounts

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According to a new beta version of WhatsApp, the messaging App will soon have a verified account with green ticks for businesses. The WhatsApp Verified account will have a green tick next to it, just like verified accounts on Facebook, Twitter have a blue tick next to them. WhatsApp’s new feature will be rolling out soon, and the company has also put out a detailed blogpost explaining this. The blogpost reads, “WhatsApp is exploring ways for you to communicate with the businesses that matter to you. Some business accounts have been verified by WhatsApp. If you see a green badge next to a contact’s name, it means that WhatsApp has confirmed that the phone number of this contact belongs to a business account.”  So how will you know that the WhatsApp account is verified as a busi
Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

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You may have a hard time envisioning conversations on social media these days that don't have a #hashtag. The hashtag, the symbol attached to keywords to tag topics online, on Wednesday celebrated 10 years making social media just a bit more navigable. The sign has preceded the keywords that mark out all major events around the world since 2007, when it got its first outing on Twitter. Before long, it had spread to other social media including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. It's become a part of pop culture, sitting at the bottom of the TV screen during an ad, or as a catchphrase for a celebrity's fans, just as the Justin Bieber's #Beliebers. Hashtags themselves have ranged from silly to serious. Meanwhile, there's been the campaign to draw attention to nearly 300 kidnapped Ni...
WhatsApp adopts Facebook status background

WhatsApp adopts Facebook status background

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WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that lets users write status updates with a colorful background. It’s pretty much identical to a feature on Facebook, and also allows users to add a link and choose a font for their statuses. Previously, you could only use photos and videos as a background. The number one instant messaging app introduced the option to create status updates with customizable colourful backgrounds, numerous custom fonts and ability to add clickable website links to status updates. Facebook began adding the colored-background statuses in December 2016. While garish at times, the feature was supposed to increase engagement among users. WhatsApp started testing the feature earlier this month before releasing it to all users today. The statuses disappear after 24 hours