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WhatsApp Is Now Free; How Businesses Stand To Gain

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When you joined WhatsApp, there was a reminder that you would be enjoying it for free for a year after which you would be forced to pay a subscription fee of about 0.99$ per year. If you cleared your application data and logged back in to your WhatsApp account, there was a reminder of how long you had to enjoy that service. This however, is no more after the move announced by Mark Zuckerberg to make WhatsApp completely free. While the generous and magnanimous move has pleased most of us, there is that nagging suspicion that there is a catch. Of course there is. One of the greatest joys that came with WhatsApp was the ability to hide from ads. On WhatsApp you aren’t hounded by thousands of irritating pop up ads. A lot of us thought that that might be the reason why you have to pay for Wh

Twitter Hit by a double downtime in a day, triggering massive Tweep hysteria

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Twitter site spent about an hour offline this morning, then came back up — only to be hit my a more prolonged glitch fall once more with the network's website and mobile apps inaccessible. Reports The Independent Visitors to the website were greeted by a message telling them that "Something is technically wrong". "Thanks for noticing," the message reads. "We're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon." Mobile apps as well as the website itself appeared to be broken. Tweetdeck, Twitter's other official client, was also broken. Twitter's @Support account posted a message saying that "Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution." (That account is itself part of the outage, but Twitter sent

Facebook Launches Africa Internet.org Innovation Challenge

Internet, Mobile, social media
Facebook has launched the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa. According to the social media company,  this is with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities. Developers across Africa are invited to enter the challenge. Prizes Facebook has prepared to present an Innovation Challenge Award of US $150,000 to the app, website or service judged to be the best in two categories: learning/education and economic empowerment. Each Innovation Challenge Award winner will also receive a package of tools and services worth up to $60,000 from Facebook’s FbStart program. Two apps, websites or services in each category will receive an Impact Award prize in the amount of $50,000.

Facebook launches live broadcasting to select non-verified U.S. users

social media, Startups
For nearly the past four months, Facebook has had a live-streaming service that’s sought to rival what Periscope, Ustream, or YouTube offer. But the service has been limited to celebrities and those with verified profiles. Now, the social networking company has revealed that it’s testing its live video offering with more people. Facebook hasn’t given a time frame for releasing this feature to the general public, but it’s not an easy thing to scale, according to a new engineering post. We do know that the company is starting with a “small percentage” of iPhone users within the U.S. If you’re one of the select few, you’ll notice a “Live Video” option in the “Update Status” dialog box within Facebook’s app — you won’t be using Facebook Mentions. “Building live video for Facebook was a challe

Facebook now hits 1 billion daily active users

Internet, Mobile, social media
Facebook's growth shows signs of rising daily. Facebook has announced that it has over one billion users on average using it everyday. In August it announced it had passed a milestone of having one billion users on the site in a single day. By the next month that was the average. That's a year-over-year increase of 17 percent. Monthly active users increased by 14 percent to 1.55 billion as of the end of September, an increase of 14-percent from the year before. Meanwhile the company continues to see a majority (78-percent) of its ad revenue come from mobile. In the earnings statement CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated, "we're focused on innovating and investing for the long term to serve our community and connect the entire world." Reports by Roberto Baldwin Facebook reported earnings on Wednesda...

Twitter shows interest for its own Brand domain, but will there be 2nd Round of applications?

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Twitter could be planning to apply for its own brand gTLD .Twitter according to an article published by TrademarksandBrandsOnline.com for the second round of new gtld expansion. This being a lingering interest from many big firms, could be a promise for a probable surge in new gTLD applications. Given how ICANN has managed the first round of the applications, it could be unlikely that a second round would be coming soon. Stephen Coates is trademark counsel for the social media giant, he told TrademarksandBrandsOnline.com that he doesn’t know exactly which extensions they would apply for, but that he would imagine .Twitter being high on the list. Interestingly Coates said the jury was still out on whether or not there are marketing benefits by using a new gtld, but he did think there we

Airtel looks to expand Facebook’s free Internet footprint in Africa

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Even as Net neutrality continues to kick up much dust, a top official of internet.org -- Facebook's free mobile Internet service -- has said Airtel is planning to roll it out in more African countries next month, reports Business-Standard "We have a strong partnership with Airtel and we continue to roll out internet.org with Airtel throughout Africa. With Airtel, we will be rolling it out in more countries after this month," internet.org Vice-President Chris Daniels told PTI in an interview. Airtel was the first operator to launch this service in Zambia and later expanded it to three more African countries. It did not comment on a query sent in this regard. Through internet.org, mobile users can access websites available on the platform for free. Even the websites are not required to...

Google hits 10 Million Internet Users in Nigeria

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Google has disclosed the geometric progressions in the number of internet users in Nigeria, as about 10milion visited the internet for the first time in 2014. Reports theGuardian Caesar Sengupta, vice president, Product Management at Google, made the disclosure during AndroidOne launch in Nigeria, adding that, globally, there are 3billion people connected online and the number is expected to surpass 4billion by 2017. According to him, "Nigerians are not left out in the internet revolution as finding by Google showed that 10million Nigerians came online, for the first time, in 2014". He added that Google sees Nigeria's internet economy as real with enticing, data-friendly and life-impacting applications such as Trupper, Okada Books, Gidimo, Afrinolly, among others changing the way face soc...

Facebook adds ‘Donate Now’ button to aid charity giving

Mobile, social media
Today, Facebook for Business announced in a post that it has added “Donate Now” as a call-to-action button available for Brand Pages. These buttons can now appear right on a Facebook Brand Page, or directly within an ad on the site. “Now, it’s easier than ever for nonprofits to connect with people who care about their causes and encourage them to contribute through the website of their choice.” Facebook introduced the call-to-action button for Brand Pages in December of last year, which are designed to drive a company’s many fans to take further action beyond Liking a page. These buttons include “Book Now,” “Shop Now” and “Contact Us” buttons, and appear right alongside the Like Button at the top of a Page. This button also seems like a more permanent iteration of the one found when

Will Facebook’s Messenger Cannibalize WhatsApp. App downloads surpassed!

Mobile, social media
A latest Facebook Messenger update that allows it to be used even by those who don’t have a Facebook account, has made the Messenger have an extra feature much like WhatsApp. The latest development is intended to increase user engagement, while the Messenger now competes with other rival applications such as WhatsApp, which, interestingly, is also owned by Facebook. Reports Bidnessetc Messenger has collected 646.6 million downloads, according to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, while the Facebook app had 568 million downloads in the same period. Messenger has been available as a standalone app since late 2011. Last year, Facebook announced it will be forcing mobile users to download the separate app and not allowing them to chat through the main Facebook app any more. The su