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14 Billion Messages Sent on WhatsApp in India
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14 Billion Messages Sent on WhatsApp in India

New Year's eve saw a whopping 14 billion messages being sent on WhatsApp in India as more people opted to send season's greetings through the instant messaging platform than traditional routes like SMS and greeting cards. India is the largest market for the Facebook-owned company, accounting for about 160 million of its over 1 billion users. According to data shared by WhatsApp, 14 billion messages were sent on December 31, 2016 alone, an all-time high from India. With telecom operators charging a premium for SMS on occasions like New Year and Diwali, WhatsApp has been gaining popularity as an alternative as it is available free for users (apart from data charges). The traffic on the last day of 2016 was higher than WhatsApp's last record of 8 billion messages in one day on Diwali ...
Skype Co-founder Launches Ultra-private Messaging App, Wire
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Skype Co-founder Launches Ultra-private Messaging App, Wire

FRANKFURT: A group of former Skype technologists, backed by the co-founder of the messaging platform, has introduced a new version of its own messaging service that promises end-to-end encryption for all conversations, including by video. Wire, a 50-person startup mostly made up of engineers, is stepping into a global political debate over encryption that pits privacy against security advocates, epitomized by the standoff between the US government and Apple. The company said on Thursday it was adding video calling to a package of private communications services that go beyond existing messaging providers. Rivals such as Facebook's Messenger and WhatsApp or Telegram offer encryption on only parts of a message's journey or for a specific set of services, it said. Wire, which is b...