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Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition might not have happened if it wasn't for Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast (FB)

Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have happened if it wasn't for CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast.  In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg said, "My dog Beast, I think, is actually the secret weapon here."  According to Zuckerberg, negotiations were tense but when Beast hopped onto WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum's lap "a second later Jan goes like, 'Okay, I think we’re good.'"  Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have ha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Cnn, Wall Street Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Max, Forbes, Acton, Jan, Laurie Segall, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Koums


Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, New York Times, European Commission, Nyt, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, WhatsApp Facebook


Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook won't merge the backends of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram until at least 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on an earnings call that the planned integration of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram direct messages won't happen until 2020 at the earliest. He laid particular emphasis on rolling out end-to-end encryption on the new amalgamated service, which is currently a big WhatsApp's selling point. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and its cofounders left in the past two years reportedly after clashing with Facebook executives over user privacy. Mark Zuckerb...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Brussels, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


Facebook Merges Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram; Will Your Marketing be Impacted?

Exciting news. Facebook is planning on integrating the messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Integrating the Messaging Services While all three apps will continue to work as stand-alone applications, the underlying messaging infrastructure will be integrated. For example, a WhatsApp user could message an Instagram user, which is something that is currently not possible. The integration effort will be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020, according to reportin...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, China, Sales, Social Media, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Tencent, Kevin Systrom, Skype, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Publisher Channel Content, Brian Acton, Messenger Instagram


Mark Zuckerberg is ordering Facebook employees to make big changes to the way the company's most popular apps work, connecting WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger

Mark Zuckerberg has tasked Facebook employees to reconfigure its messaging services WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram so users can communicate across the platforms, The New York Times reports. The apps will continue to operate as three standalone platforms, but would be unified by an "underlying messaging infrastructure" that includes end-to-end encryption for the entire "family" of Facebook-owned apps, according to the Times. These proposed changes have reportedly caused unrest within the co...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Kevin Systrom, Bing, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg


WhatsApp Ads Target Potential Customers, But Is It Secure?

Rumors about ads coming to WhatsApp have finally been confirmed by its vice president Chris Daniels. This will be similar to utilizing WhatsApp for business. The decision was made to monetize its ‘Status’ feature, which is similar to a story on Facebook or Instagram. Since WhatsApp was bought by Facebook for $18 billion in 2014, the trend may have been carried out to advertise to a bigger market. Video credit:Sorav Jain Comments From Previous Owners The creation of a m...
Tags: Facebook, Web Apps, Acton, Daniels, Chris Daniels, Brian Acton, Messenger Facebook, WhatsApp Ads


Facebook endured a staggering number of scandals and controversies in 2018 — here they all are (FB)

Facebook has had a truly tumultous 2018. The company lurched from scandal to crisis, from spreading genocide-fuelling hate speech in Myanmar to the Cambridge Analytica debacle. Business Insider has rounded up the Silicon Valley tech giant's dozens of scandals over the last 12 months. Mark Zuckerberg kicked off 2018 with a promise: He was going to fix Facebook. The billionaire chief executive is famous for his often-wacky yearly challenges — build a robot butler! Visit all 50 states! Only eat ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Un, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, George Soros, Soros, Boz, Andrew Boz Bosworth, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, World Economic Forum in Davos Facebook


WhatsApp Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora Is Leaving the Messaging App

WhatsApp chief business officer Neeraj Arora revealed in a Facebook post that he is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging application. Co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum left WhatsApp in September 2017 and this past April, respectively. Kate Clark of TechCrunch reported that there had been speculation that Arora would succeed Koum as CEO. Arora joined WhatsApp...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Jan Koum, Koum, Arora, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton, Social Pro Daily, Kate Clark


WhatsApp chief business officer Neeraj Arora resigns

WhatsApp’s chief business officer, Neeraj Arora has quit WhatsApp roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton exited from Facebook. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014 and the company mentioned that it would allow WhatsApp to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Koum, who served as its chief executive officer until abruptly quitting over privacy and data concerns in April. Neeraj Arora joined WhatsApp in 2011 from Google, was rumored to be the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Blogging, Whatsapp, Jan Koum, Acton, Koum, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton, Neeraj


WhatsApp's chief business officer is the latest exec to leave Facebook (FB)

WhatsApp's chief business officer Neeraj Arora is quitting. He's the latest in a long line of senior execs to quit Facebook, from the cofounders of Instagram to Oculus. Arora's departure follows ugly clashes between WhatsApp's cofounders and Facebook leadership. He says he plans to spent time with his family. The chief business officer of WhatsApp is leaving, the latest in a line of high-level departures at Facebook and its associated apps. Neeraj Arora, a seven-year veteran of the encrypted ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Brian, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Signal, Brendan Iribe, Jan Koum, Koum, Chris Daniels, Arora, Facebook FB, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


WhatsApp’s chief business officer is leaving

Roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made his highly-publicized exit from Facebook, another executive and early employee of the messaging platform is doing the same. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s chief business officer, announced today that he would be “taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family.” Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and pledged to allow the messaging giant to continue to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Ko...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Arora, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


Building a company that sells for millions might sound like a dream — but for CEOs who do it, the next chapter can be just as hard

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


'It was validation that our idea was right': After an acquisition, there's a sharp contrast between founders who are thrilled, and those with seller's remorse

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


How Badly Has Facebook Effed Up? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 234)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. How Badly Has Facebook Effed Up? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 234) – Headlines and Show Notes Faced with a slew of negative coverage, it’s fair to ask, how badly has Facebook effed up? And, more importantly, how badly will that eff up your business? The latest episode of Thinks Out Loud takes a look. Show notes as follows: Maybe Facebook’s Data Problem Is Your Data Problem (Thinks Out Loud Episode 203) Facebook’s Data Proble...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Seo, Myanmar, Pew Research Center, Rogers, Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB, Tim Peter, US Facebook, New York Times Facebook, Brian Acton, AdWeek Facebook, Facebook Newsroom, Myanmar The Philippines And Sri Lanka


WhatsApp Status to start showing ads soon, confirms Vice President Chris Daniels

Back in August, WhatsApp was reported to display ads in the Status section, and now the company's Vice President Chris Daniels confirmed that the company is going to put advertisements in its 'Status' feature. This clears the air on Facebook's monetization efforts towards WhatsApp. This is going to be the company's primary monetization method as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp. However, there is no timeline for this development but it has been in the news for...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, News, India, Blogging, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Chris Daniels, Brian Acton


WhatsApp VP confirms ads are coming to the ‘Status’ section

The day we’ve been fearing is on the horizon: WhatsApp is getting ads. For real, this time. In a comment to several publications in India. WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels confirmed that the popular messaging app will be placing ads in the Snapchat-like Status section: “We are going to be putting ads in ‘Status’. That is going to be primary monetization mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp.” We’ve known for a long time that Facebook is pl...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, India, Insider, Chris Daniels, Brian Acton


Signal's new "Sealed Sender" will hide your identity from Signal

A new feature on the encrypted messaging platform Signal, "Sealed Sender," will hide your identity from Signal itself, so that if the company is ever compromised, it will not be able to reveal who sent messages to whom. Sealed Sender is cleverly implemented to fight spam and abuse; you can turn Sealed Sender on selectively, only allowing sealed messages where you and the other party appear in one another's address books (and you can also block sealed messages from specific individuals, even...
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Green, Signal, Crypto Wars, Amazon Web Services, Encrypted Messaging, Lily Hay Newman, Brian Acton, Signal Has a Clever New Way


WhatsApp is finally adding stickers

WhatsApp is finally adding stickers to its hugely popular messaging app. The company said today that support for stickers will roll out to Android and iOS users over “the coming weeks.” Initially, the app’s 1.5 billion users will have a seemingly limited selection with the first packs provided by WhatsApp’s own design team and some “other artists” chosen by the company. However, that’s likely to change in the future since WhatsApp will allow anyone to add stickers that can be used inside t...
Tags: Google, Android, Facebook, Apps, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Social Network, Jan Koum, Acton, Koum, Brian Acton, Sticker


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #417

Instagram launches Nametag for easier following IRL Your eyes meet across a crowded bar, and you know, you just know, that you MUST see their Instagram account! Fortunately, the platform is making it easier to follow those rare people that you actually meet in real life with a new QR code type feature called Nametag. You can access your nametag from the menu on the right had side of the app, or scan other people’s tags by hovering over them with your Instagram camera (smooth). It’s launched glo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Yahoo, Facebook Pages, US, Seo, Snapchat, Pandora, Facebook Messenger, Evan Spiegel, Mashup


A Silicon Valley techie reveals why he sent a brutal rejection to a Facebook recruiter

Facebook may be losing out on talent thanks to the cumulative impact of its various data and fake news scandals. Ben Werdmuller, a Bay Area-based product manager, turned down a Facebook recruiter because of the Cambridge Analytica data breach. He said people who work at Facebook are also disappointed in the company but feel they can do good inside the organisation. Werdmuller said there was an "endemic problem" with Silicon Valley not taking its social responsibilities seriously. Facebook has...
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Samsung, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Facebookers, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Ben Werdmuller, Werdmuller, Forbes Now


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. The US Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Tesla chief executive Elon Musk for making "false and misleading statements." Specifically, the SEC said Musk didn't truly have a deal to take Tesla private, as he claimed in an August tweet. Current and former Facebookers piled into the debate about how the company treats acquisitions, after WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton dunked on the firm in a tell-all interview. Several entr...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, London, Softbank, Colin Kaepernick, Trends, Nike, Tesla, Bloomberg, SEC, Julian Assange, Lg, Wikileaks, Alexa, Musk


You know what’s cool? Turning down twenty billion dollars

Brian Acton does not sound like the happy, fulfilled guy the stereotype of billionairedom would have you believe. He sounds like someone racked with regret, guilt, and torment over his decision to sell the most promising rebel base to the empire and then realizing that the empire would do what the empire does.It’s so easy to dismiss such anguish with gifs of a man crying himself to sleep on a bed of money. But that’s as shallow as it is glib. Yes, Zuckerberg made Acton unfathomably rich. He als...
Tags: Facebook, Entrepreneurship, Regret, Blogging, Whatsapp, Purpose, Signal, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Acton, Brian Acton


Whatsapp founder: I sold out, but I walked away from $850,000,000 when I quit Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought the messaging system Whatsapp for $22B; it was a weird fit, because Whatsapp founders had decried Facebook's surveillance-based business model and targeted advertising, and had promised its users "No ads, no games, no gimmicks." Late last year, the cofounders of Whatsapp left Facebook, saying little at the time -- but then, in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Brian Acton, one of the founders, tweeted "It is time. #deletefacebook." Acton has said little...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Post, Business, News, Eu, Whatsapp, Forbes, Acton, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Surveillance Capitalism, Selling Out, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Alessio Jacona CC


Facebook’s ex-CSO, Alex Stamos, defends its decision to inject ads in WhatsApp

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, who left the company this summer to take up a role in academia, has made a contribution to what’s sometimes couched as a debate about how to monetize (and thus sustain) commercial end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms in order that the privacy benefits they otherwise offer can be as widely spread as possible. Stamos made the comments via Twitter, where he said he was indirectly responding to the fallout from a Forbes interview with Wha...
Tags: Apple, Android, Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, Instant Messaging, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum


WhatsApp co-founder: Facebook already had plans to serve ads on the app before acquisition

Brian Acton – one of the co-founders of the popular messaging app WhatsApp – resigned from Facebook in 2017. And with that, he left $850 million on the table in the form of non-vested stock options. He stood against the changes Facebook’s management was trying to bring to WhatsApp, and paid the price, literally. Since its inception in 2009, WhatsApp never wanted to show its users any ads. Both Acton and Jan Koum – the other co-founder of WhatsApp – hated the idea of earning money that way. Their...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Jan Koum, Insider, Acton, Brian Acton


'A sellout crying into his money': Current and former Facebookers dunk on WhatsApp's cofounder after tell-all interview

There's a big debate between current and former Facebookers over the way the company treats the founders of companies it acquires. That's after Instagram's founders decided to leave, and WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton lifted the lid on his frustrations with Facebook. But the founders of other Facebook acquisitions appeared to dunk on Acton, saying Facebook had always been supportive. One founder said entrepreneurs need to realise their company will eventually have to integrate with their acqui...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Instagram, Samsung, Trends, David Marcus, Javier Olivan, Marlon Brando, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Marcus, Martinez, Acton


Facebook's former security chief says it was 'foolish' to believe WhatsApp wouldn't be monetized

Facebook's former security chief Alex Stamos said it was "foolish" to expect WhatsApp to remain largely revenue-free after Facebook paid $19 billion for the messaging service in 2014. It followed a scathing interview with WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton. He told Forbes about the clashes he had with Facebook bosses over monetizing WhatsApp. Stamos said he wasn't picking sides, however. "There are people I respect on both sides," he said in a 13-part tweet thread. The fallout from WhatsApp cofou...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, David Marcus, British Airways, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Marcus, Acton, Koum, Zuck, Stamos, Alex Stamos, FB


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Brian Acton, the cofounder of WhatsApp, broke his silence and told Forbes that he left Facebook after tensions with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. According to Acton, he left $850 million on the table by leaving when he did. Facebook executive David Marcus described Brian Acton as "low-class" for criticising the firm which made him a billionaire. Marcus said he read statements in Acton's interview that "differ gr...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, Trends, Comcast, David Marcus, Sony, Nintendo, Gizmodo, Sheryl Sandberg, Alexa, Forbes, Marcus, Soho


Facebook poisons the acquisition well

Who should you sell your startup to? Facebook and the founders of its former acquisitions are making a strong case against getting bought by Mark Zuckerberg and Co. After a half-decade of being seen as one of the most respectful and desired acquirers, a series of scandals has destroyed the image of Facebook’s M&A division. That could make it tougher to convince entrepreneurs to sell to Facebook, or force it to pay higher prices and put contractual guarantees of autonomy into the deals. WhatsA...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Whatsapp, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, David Marcus, Xiaomi, Vr, Oculus, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


At Oculus Connect keynote, original co-founders absent onstage

As Facebook execs took to the stage during the opening keynote for the company’s VR-focused Oculus Connect 5 conference, one thing was clearly missing, the founding team that had built the virtual reality startup Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014. None of the five original OculusVR co-founders took to the stage at the company’s big keynote, while Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, long-time VP of Ads Andrew Bosworth — now VP of VR/AR — and Hugo Barra, Facebook’s VP of ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Xiaomi, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Brendan Iribe, Mitchell, Andrew Bosworth, Clinton, Palmer Luckey, Zuckerberg