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WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

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August 25, 2014
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There are 600 million people actively using WhatsApp. According to its founder, Jan Koum, the mobile app got 100 million more active users in just the last four months. Koum was quick to point out that active users are people using the app regularly. WhatsApp gained traction in every major region in the world. It's growing the fastest in Brazil, Russia and Mexico, and a tenth of the active users are from India. Facebook acquired WhatsApp at the beginning of this year for $19 billion. It expressed interests in monetizing WhatsApp better and is reportedly working on file sharing and call features. However, WhatsApp's most valuable part for Facebook is the database. Top traffic and the number of conversations allow Facebook to extract marketable information on the users' likings. Mark Zuckerberg said, "[WhatsApp] is the only app we've ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself." WhatsApp can also borrow what its competitor WeChat has been doing. WeChat took over the smartphone chatting arena in Asia by storm last year and it sells special stickers and emoticons for users to share with friends. Of course, WeChat contributes the most to its parent company Tencent's bottom line by driving traffic to everything else Tencent owns, and Facebook wants the same. Video provided by TheStreet


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Why Google-Owned YouTube Wants to Buy Gaming Video Site Twitch

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Tablet Sales Decline for the First Time Since iPad Introduction

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TheStreet (May 29, 2014) — Tablet computers are selling slower for the first time since Apple introduced the iPad four years ago, although to be fair, consumers still love them. Market intelligence firm IDC expects 245 million tablets to fly off the shelves in 2014. But, it was slow going into the first three months of the year. Shipments of new tablets fell 5% to just a little over 56 million units. Apple is the most popular tablet manufacturer in world with about a 20% market share, but Apple's shipments during the first quarter slid more than 16% to 16 million units. Some of the change can be attributed to users holding on to the devices longer, as many don't feel the need to replace what they already have and if they do upgrade, they give the older model to a family member or a friend, which makes them less likely to buy another one. Smartphone screens are also getting bigger and phablets are eating away at tablet's market share. Video provided by TheStreet
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Apples Rolls Out New Software Updates for Developers at WWDC14

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