The seventh annual Digital News Report from the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, which is based on an online survey of 74,000 people in 37 countries, reveals the use of Facebook for news is down 9 percent points from 2017 in the US, and down…
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Brian Acton, who cofounded WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook for $16B, tweeted “It is time. #deletefacebook” — Facebook bought his app for $16 billion — In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion, making its co-founders — Jan Koum and Brian Acton — very wealthy men.
(Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd on Tuesday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook Inc and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps, arguing that they copied technology and features from BlackBerry Messenger.
They look somewhat similar to the iOS emoji — which the messaging app has so far adopted, even on Android phones — but have a slightly flatter look that is reminiscent of LG’s proprietary set.
The update has so far hit only Android customers running WhatsApp’s latest beta, but a broader rollout for the platform is to be expected in the coming weeks and months.
It is still unclear, however, whether WhatsApp will adopt the new emoji set on iOS as well. As of this beta release, WhatsApp’s is actually ahead of iOS’ native emoji support.
The new WhatsApp set uses Unicode’s latest standard, Emoji 5.0, which means some of the new emoji inside WhatsApp are not present on iOS as of yet.