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A major WhatsApp bug has been discovered that leaves your chat history at risk of being permanently deleted by others, and you should update the app as soon as possible to patch out the vulnerability.

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Facebook has launched Facebook Pay, a payment system for Facebook and Messenger. It’ll roll out first for “fundraisers, in-game purchases, event tickets, person-to-person payments on Messenger and purchases from select Pages and businesses on Facebook Marketplace,” the company said in its announcement. It plans to then expand it to Instagram and WhatsApp. In theory, you’ll be able to use Facebook Pay for purchases throughout your daily life, not just in Facebook’s ever-expanding ecosystem.

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A security alert of sorts went out this week for WhatsApp users, which suggested that the platform has a security flaw that allows someone to “Use the ‘quote’ feature in a group conversation to change the identity of the sender, even if that person is not a member of the group”, and to “Alter the text of someone else’s reply, essentially putting words in their mouth”.

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WhatsApp users everywhere: Update your app now. A vulnerability in the app has allowed one company to install surveillance software on both iPhones and Android phones by calling users on the app, regardless of whether they answered. Worse, after a call was placed and software installed, the call could also be removed from the log, leaving no evidence that a call ever occurred.

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Facebook's privacy woes haven't stopped the company from ploughing ahead in its quest to further embed itself into our lives. At the company's F8 conference, Facebook unveiled its plans for Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp with some big changes coming to the former.

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A few years ago, I went on a business trip to Scotland with journalists from other parts of the world. On the trip, we used WhatsApp to stay connected, which encouraged the participants to stay in touch via WhatsApp as well, especially in the form of group chats.

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Between Slack, WhatsApp!, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Hangouts and Telegram, I've been known to miss a message or two as I suffer from notification fatigue and forget to go back to an app. Volt aims to end that pain by delivering a single messaging platform that brings a bunch of different messaging systems to a single screen on Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

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WhatsApp just got a neat new security feature on iOS. With version 2.19.20, iPhone and iPad users can now lock the app using their devices’ biometric locks — Touch ID on iPhone 5-8 and Face ID on the many models of iPhone X. Adding the lock requires you to re-authenticate yourself every time you open the app, even if your iPhone never locked.

It’s a really nice feature if you’re the kind of person who lends people your phone, or has nosy friends and relatives who want to see your private conversations, or swipe through your photo library uninvited.

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iPhone users have it easy. iMessage comes preinstalled, and it achieves more than even the best messaging apps on Android. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, it supports SMS and it’s packed with features that range from gimmicky (Animoji) to can’t-live-without-it useful (Memoji).

The experience of one iPhone user messaging another is seamless, secure, and convenient. The same can’t be said for Android users.

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Last week, Apple rolled back one of the key FaceTime features that was supposed to drop with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave this spring: group video chat. The feature, which would let you and up to 31 friends not-quite-make-eye-contact through their phones and laptops, was removed from the beta versions of each OS last week, and will now reportedly launch at a later date.

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Android: Earlier this week Google announced that thanks to a partnership with WhatsApp, backups from the app will no longer count against your Google Drive storage limits. That means it’s an even better idea than ever to use Google Drive as a backup for your messages.

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In the show I'm in right now, there's an scene when the less-than-pleasant Archdeacon of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Claude Frollo, tells his adopted son, Quasimodo, that "it takes two people to communicate." But it's not just the hunchback that forgets this lesson — I'm surprised, but not that surprised, about how easy it is to ignore this fact in everyday life.