Business Insider India: Whatsapp, Google, Amazon and Facebook under the scanner for data protection violations as Supreme Court calls on RBI and NPCI to investigate

Business Insider India: Whatsapp, Google, Amazon and Facebook under the scanner for data protection violations as Supreme Court calls on RBI and NPCI to investigate. “The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) seeking directions to ensure that the data of Indian users collected by the United Payments Interface (UPI) platforms of Amazon, Google and Facebook-owned WhatsApp is not misused.”

Chap beats rap in WhatsApp zap flap: Russian banker walks from insider trading case after deleting software (The Register)

The Register: Chap beats rap in WhatsApp zap flap: Russian banker walks from insider trading case after deleting software. “A Russian ex-banker has been found not guilty of destroying potential evidence after he deleted a copy of WhatsApp from his phone before handing it over to police. Konstantin Vishnyak, 42, was cleared by Southwark Crown Court in London, England, of destroying documents relevant to a now-discontinued investigation into insider trading.”

Reuters: China’s Didi Chuxing partners with WhatsApp for ride-hailing in Brazil

Reuters: China’s Didi Chuxing partners with WhatsApp for ride-hailing in Brazil . “Brazilian ride-hailing service 99, controlled by China’s Didi Chuxing Technology Co Ltd, has partnered with WhatsApp to accept orders on the chat platform owned by Facebook in a move that would allow users to summon cars without using another app.”

Neowin: WhatsApp working on Expiring Media feature that deletes media files once viewed

Neowin: WhatsApp working on Expiring Media feature that deletes media files once viewed . “A recent report had indicated that WhatsApp was working on allowing users to link their account to multiple devices. A new beta of WhatsApp for Android now reveals that the company is working on bringing a lot more features to the platform.”

9to5Google: WhatsApp beta preps fingerprint authentication for web companion app

9to5Google: WhatsApp beta preps fingerprint authentication for web companion app. “The latest WhatsApp beta update for Android shows signs the messaging application is tightening security when using the companion web app with fingerprint authentication. Code digger WABetaInfo found evidence of this enhanced security for the companion app in the 2.20200.10 build of the latest WhatsApp beta.”

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers. “Under a new law proposed by the government, ‘all operators who provide telecommunication services without having to provide phone numbers, such as WhatsApp’ and Telegram would have to register as telecommunications operators and would be taxed based on revenue, Sanchez said in a press conference. Currently, only phone operators that can provide phone numbers need to sign up as telecom operators, he said.”

TechCrunch: WhatsApp reveals six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities on new security site

TechCrunch: WhatsApp reveals six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities on new security site. “Facebook-owned WhatsApp has revealed six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, which the company has now fixed. The vulnerabilities are being reported on a dedicated security advisory website that will serve as the new resource providing a comprehensive list of WhatsApp security updates and associated Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE).”

Neowin: WhatsApp launches new tool to help users spot fake news

Neowin: WhatsApp launches new tool to help users spot fake news. “WhatsApp has launched a new tool called ‘Search the web’ that allows users that have been sent links to quickly find information about them from the web. In an example, WhatsApp showed a link someone had been sent that claimed that drinking boiled garlic water would cure COVID-19. The recipient can now press the magnifying glass button to search for information about the link.”

TheNextWeb: WhatsApp might soon let you mute annoying chats forever

TheNextWeb: WhatsApp might soon let you mute annoying chats forever. “You might soon be able to forever mute those annoying WhatsApp groups you never really participate in. The Facebook-owned messenger seems to be testing an ‘Always Muted’ option for chats, WABetaInfo has noticed. The feature is still in development, but it will likely replace the ‘1 year’ option which WhatsApp currently gives to users.”

Mashable: Instagram and WhatsApp are tainted by Facebook’s BS. Delete them.

Mashable: Instagram and WhatsApp are tainted by Facebook’s BS. Delete them.. “So you’ve deleted your Facebook account. Good. Now let’s talk about Instagram and WhatsApp. The two Facebook-owned services often get a pass whenever hate speech, misinformation, right-wing propaganda, privacy abuses, and self-mythologizing nonsense make the news — which, because of Facebook, is often. Overlooking WhatsApp and Instagram, however, would be a mistake. These services feed the Facebook beast and you should absolutely delete your accounts with Mark Zuckerberg’s seemingly less-tainted platforms, too.”

TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results

TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results. “WhatsApp has resolved an issue that caused phone numbers of some of its users to appear in Google search results. The fix comes days after a researcher revealed that the phone number of WhatsApp users who created a simplified link to allow others to chat with them or join a group appeared in search results.”

Tom’s Guide: WhatsApp can reveal your phone number in Google searches — how to protect yours

Tom’s Guide: WhatsApp can reveal your phone number in Google searches — how to protect yours. “Security researcher Athul Jayaram contacted the security-news site Threatpost last week to report that he did a site-specific Google search for numbers on a WhatsApp-owned domain and thousands of phone numbers popped up.”

Neowin: WhatsApp works with WHO to launch a new sticker pack

Neowin: WhatsApp works with WHO to launch a new sticker pack. “WhatsApp has announced that it has collaborated with the World Health Organization to develop a new sticker pack called ‘Together at Home’. The new stickers are designed to be funny and educational. The stickers were also called universal by WhatsApp because they’re available in ten languages and break through other barriers such as the age barrier. The two entities hope the stickers will encourage people to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Slate: WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to Curb the Spread of Coronavirus Rumors

Slate: WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to Curb the Spread of Coronavirus Rumors. “On Tuesday, WhatsApp announced that it will impose strict limits on forwarding messages. It’s part of the messaging service’s push to slow the spread of false information about the coronavirus.”

Wired: WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

Wired: WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response. “THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC is impacting communities around the world. For the 2 billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information. So the World Health Organization is going where the people are, launching a new tool called WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp today.”