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EU Approves Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp

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Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp has been approved, but don’t expect it to merge with Facebook Messenger.

I still have a hard time getting my head around the fact that lines of code can be worth $19 billion, but EU regulators have approved the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp, the widely used cross-platform messaging app. WhatsApp is a really popular app and currently has over 500 million users. It functions over a data connection, so if you get your friends using it you can stop paying for that painfully overpriced SMS and MMS plan of yours, and, at the root of it, it basically does the same thing as Facebook Messenger.

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Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Apologizes For ‘Real Name’ Crackdown

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In a (fittingly) Facebook post earlier today, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, offered a sincere apology for their implementation and recent stringent enforcement of their “real name” policy.  If you don’t remember, the accounts of quite a few drag queens, and other members of the LGBT community were flagged and banned due to the use of a stage name, or performance name rather than their real name.  For anyone who’s entire life exists as a pseudonym, this was an especially troubling move.  Conveniently, right around this same time, the “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Ello started popping up and happily accepting any and all who felt betrayed by Facebook (before going to an invite system due to increased popularity).  You can read Mr. Cox’s heart-felt response below.

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Weekly Refresh: Default Encryption, Buckling Up With NASA, Jabra Stealth Review, and More – Sep 14-20

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From Apple and Google enabling encryption by default on mobile devices to NASA’s new space transportation program and a review of Jabra’s Stealth Bluetooth headset, we’ve covered a lot over the past week here at Techaeris. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered in our Weekly Refresh.

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Facebook Can’t Buy Snapchat, Rips Off Their Features Instead

Snapchat is an ultra-popular photo sharing app that on the surface seems meant for sending temporary naughty pictures to one another.  You take your (presumably naughty) picture, set the (again, presumably naughty) picture’s expiration via Snapchat, and send the (horribly horribly naughty) picture to your friends/family/strangers/etc.  You may remember that just under a year ago, Facebook tried to purchase Snapchat for a cool $3 Billion in cash.  You may also remember that Snapchat turned them down.  Hard to believe that $3 Billion wouldn’t be enough, though maybe that was for the best, as Snapchat has recently received funding with a company valuation of right around $10 Billion.  It seems that Facebook hasn’t taken being spurned too hard though, as they’ve recently started testing a very Snapchat-ish feature for some iOS users – Self-destructing photos.

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How One Man Bypassed 2-Factor-Authentication

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Shubham Shaw reveals in a blog post, that he has been able to bypass 2-Factor-Authentication on Facebook, Yahoo, Linkedin and Google yes Google. Shaw is a based in Sydney Australia and this is where he conducted his research. But even so,this exploit/hack could be valid just about anywhere, it just hasn’t been tested anywhere else (that we know of). 2-Factor-Authentication has always been a solid security measure to protect your accounts and it is used widely, especially amongst more tech savvy individuals.

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Net Neutrality – Tech Giants Deliver Open Letter to FCC

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As recently as yesterday morning, several members of the Techaeris crew were lamenting the hands-off nature that some of the big names in tech were taking with this most recent Net Neutrality brouhaha.  Leave it to those same big names to deliver an open letter to the FCC yesterday afternoon!  The full text of this letter is listed below:

 

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Social Media Convention Bringing Virtual Friends Together

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I can remember as a young adult being told to be careful who I spoke to online. You had to be safe and stay on your guard. We were told to never give people our name or give them any idea of where we lived.  Back then the  whole idea of picking a great username was basically to cover up your real name. Hence, fluffybunny 2987 was born. No, that wasn’t mine it was, um, a friends username…

Based on the information we were given at the time we just knew there were bad people on the other end of that internet connection…just waiting to get us! We were warned constantly about the dangers of talking to “strangers” online.

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