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Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency is official, Calibra wallet app coming 2020

Rumors have swirled for some time about a Facebook cryptocurrency and now it's official. It's called Libra and its lofty mission is similar to that of other digital currencies that have come before it, to "reinvent money" and "transform the global economy." At the same time, Facebook is sharing the wider plans for Calibra, a newly-formed subsidiary in charge of blockchain and financial services products going forward.

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[Update: In stable] WhatsApp beta rolls out continuous voice note playback and message forwarding count

Step by step, WhatsApp has been implementing features to combat the uncontrollable spread of fake or even just sugar-coated news on its platform. Today's update to the beta app includes one more measure to help monitor forwarded messages, but it also brings one very handy feature for voice notes.

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[Update: Night Mode, more screenshots] Here's our first look at WhatsApp's dark mode

There are few things in life more certain than Android users getting excited about an app adding a dark mode. Personally, white text on black/dark backgrounds tires my eyes, especially during daytime, but I'm not here to argue with you about personal preferences. If you like dark modes in apps, you'll be happy to know that WhatsApp is working on its own.

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WhatsApp vulnerability exposed civil rights promoters to hacking attempts

WhatsApp is scrambling to determine the impact of a now-patched vulnerability in its iPhone and Android apps that allowed hackers to inject spyware into users' devices. The security hole is at the center of at least one known recent hacking attempt against a lawyer representing a group suing the surveillance software vendor that made the spyware.

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Apps can now use WhatsApp for verification codes with Facebook Account Kit

Some apps and websites allow you to log in using just an email address or phone number thanks to Facebook's Account Kit SDK. Until now, two-factor codes for mobile logins were sent via SMS only, but an update is adding WhatsApp verification.

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3 ways to message a number on WhatsApp without adding them as a contact first

One of the biggest annoyances of WhatsApp, which I have to explain to everyone new to the app (a number that's dwindling every day), is that you can only start chats with numbers that are saved as phone contacts. The only exception is if you receive a contact's number from someone else inside a WhatsApp chat, in which case you can start talking to them without adding them to your address book first.

However, there are a few ways to bypass this limitation, one of which is provided by WhatsApp itself, though not natively in the app. If you're not aware of these, I'll explain three of the easiest methods below.

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WhatsApp improves audio attachment process with new UI, multi-selection, and previews

In a recent beta update, WhatsApp has completely overhauled the audio attachment interface. As you can see in the screenshots above and below, the change is impressive. We're going from a Gingerbread-era screen to something that looks decent on a modern device.

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[Update: Roll out begins] WhatsApp won't throw you into unwanted group chats anymore

Consent. We've heard everyone talk a lot more about it these days, but it doesn't just apply to people, it should also be required in the tech world. Specifically, from our apps and the services we use. If I like a certain service but don't want to give it all the freedom to do everything it wants, I should be able to limit it. Take for example WhatsApp's groups. For years, anyone could add you to a group, without asking you or even knowing you, and WhatsApp let them do it. You just get a notification that you've been added to a group; you can leave it, sure, but you were already added.

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WhatsApp offers fact-checking service to combat fake news during India elections

WhatsApp is collaborating with a startup in India as it hopes to change the perception that the messaging app is used to spread misinformation. A new feature will help users determine the credibility of information sent to them during the country's national elections.

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'Pay with Facebook' option spotted as rumors of Facebook Coin cryptocurrency intensify

Some Italian-language Facebook users have noticed a new option in the app that invites them to "Paga con Facebook" ("Pay with Facebook") alongside a Bitcoin-esque icon. At the same time, fresh rumors have emerged about the company's plans to enter the cryptocurrency space with Facebook Coin, so it would seem that we're not far away from an official announcement on the subject.

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