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WhatsApp group audio and video calls start rolling out on Android

At the start of the month, Mark Zuckerberg announced at the Facebook F8 conference that group calls were coming to WhatsApp. The feature has been discovered in countless leaks and teardowns before, so the news was not a surprise to anyone. Over the past few days, reports have started springing up of group calls showing on iOS, and now it looks like the feature has also made its way to Android. But beware, this a server-side update so not everyone has it.

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Google and Facebook are already being accused of violating GDPR laws

The new GDPR rules have barely been in effect for more than a few hours, but Google and Facebook are already being hit with a complaint for failing to comply with the regulation's requirements. According to privacy group noyb.eu, both companies are engaging in so-called "forced consent," which is the practice of bundling consent into an all-or-nothing package instead of the granular approach to consent required by the GDPR.

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WhatsApp's new group features are rolling out to everyone [APK Download]

At the start of this month, WhatsApp added some new features to group conversations in the beta version of the Android app. Those features and more are now rolling out to everyone in the stable channel, and they include expanded admin controls, group catch-up, and participant search.

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There's a ⚫ emoji message that freezes or completely crashes apps, but it's no big deal

There's a message that's making the rounds on WhatsApp that mysteriously causes the app to crash if you dare to tap on the black dot within. You may have already come across it and wondered how just tapping on a single emoji can cause an app to freeze and become unresponsive. The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it can't.

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WhatsApp beta 2.18.132 is rolling out group settings and restrictions for admins

Up until now, WhatsApp groups hadn't given admins full control over what's happening inside them. Only they could invite and remove members, or promote others to admin status, but they couldn't restrict the option to edit the group's icon, description, and subject (name). Any member, admin or not, was able to change those, which probably resulted in unfortunate circumstances where troublesome or even malicious members messed up with a group's information.

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Whatsapp founder Jan Koum announces he's leaving Facebook

Facebook picked up WhatsApp back in 2014 to the tune of $19 billion, and since then co-founder and former CEO Jan Koum has hung around his baby. He's even stuck to his values, remaining adamant that the acquisition by Facebook wouldn't result in a change of company principles. But four years later, it seems his time at WhatsApp is coming to an end. Koum has just revealed that he's leaving WhatsApp. 

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WhatsApp 2.18.102 brings a voice note recording lock option

If you've been following the WhatsApp rumors, you'd know that we've been promised a voice recording lock option for a while now and it's finally live in the beta channel on version 2.18.102 of the app. The lock won't show up immediately after you start recording a voice note, but after a few seconds it will appear with a little hint that sliding up will lock the microphone on.

Anyone who's used WhatsApp's voice recording knows that it can be a little annoying: you tap the microphone and have to keep it tapped while you're talking then release it to send the message or slide to the left to cancel it.

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WhatsApp's 'change number' feature now includes an option to automatically notify your contacts [APK Download]

Just like moving house, changing your phone number can be a laborious and stressful undertaking. You have to let everyone know and update a bunch of accounts with the correct information. And there's always at least one thing you forget about, frustratingly. An update to WhatsApp's 'change number' feature hopes to make the process a little bit more bearable.

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WhatsApp beta adds an adaptive launcher icon

Some changes are a little subtle, but this one seems to have made an impact as we've received not one, not two, but six tips so far about WhatsApp's icon in the latest 2.18.74 beta. So either you guys hated that WhatsApp didn't conform to your chosen launcher icon shape and were impatient for it to look the same as your other homescreen icons, either you have a little too much time on your hands. It could also be that WhatsApp rarely changes its identity and it's been years since this icon first showed up, replacing the older more shadowy one.

But that's really all there is to it.

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BlackBerry alleges Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are infringing on BBM patents

BlackBerry Messenger was the iMessage of the late 2000s, especially since it was initially exclusive to the company's own hardware. BBM expanded to iOS and Android in 2013, but it has become mostly irrelevant thanks to competitors like WhatsApp and iMessage. BlackBerry is now suing Facebook and its subsidiaries (including WhatsApp and Instagram), alleging that Facebook is violating numerous BBM patents.

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