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WhatsApp users sent an impressive 75 billion messages on New Year's Eve

I enjoyed a calm New Year's Eve dinner with my family this year, but as expected, my phone didn't experience it as such. Messages were streaming in every few minutes from friends, groups, acquaintances, and even random people I had once briefly talked to who seemed to still have my number in their contacts and were now mass-messaging their entire contacts list. The messages, as always, were coming through WhatsApp, our go-to communication platform in Lebanon.

Turns out we/they weren't the only ones. Obviously. WhatsApp has recorded over 75 billion messages sent using its service on New Year's Eve (12 AM – 11:59 PM PST on December 31).

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Google Maps v9.68 makes indoor maps easier to spot, prepares intelligent 'out of range' warnings, and much more [APK Teardown]

For many people around the world, this is the holiday season. We're packing things up and hitting the road to visit family and friends. Most of us will put at least some part of our trip into Google's hands as we launch Maps and wait for it to tell us which turn to take next. A new version hit the beta channel yesterday to prepare for some of these road trips. There are a few new features and a boatload of items for a teardown.

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Google Hangouts Rings In The New Year With A Dancing Emoji

One of the best things about tech companies is that they believe in having a little fun around the holidays, and there's no better time to take a beat to enjoy the festivities than New Year's Eve. Facebook just featured a themed selfie frame in its Messenger app, and Google is matching with a dancing emoji when you type the words "Happy new years" to somebody.

This easter egg has actually been around for a few days, but we thought today was the perfect day to highlight it. One more emoji isn't the most exciting thing, but you can have a little bit of fun surprising your uninitiated friends with a little animated treat.

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Facebook Messenger Lets You Celebrate The New Year With A Themed Selfie

There's little going on in the world of Android at the moment, and the holidays are why. Today many of us are celebrating New Year's Eve, so instead of major software updates, we get themed selfies. People firing up the Facebook Messenger app are seeing the option to celebrate the new year with a photo pop up at the top of their screens. Clicking the banner activates the front-facing camera and applies a festive overlay.

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That's right, the news is so slow today that you get a post about Facebook Messenger and selfies. Android nerds are scoffing so hard right now that I can hear them through my computer (including my co-workers).

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