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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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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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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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'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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WhatsApp updates its Settings page with clearer data usage graphs and new icons

WhatsApp has received a new update to its beta app that freshens up the Settings section with a more modern look. Gone are the line separators between most elements, and the mixture of bold green and grey icons. Instead, new green pastel icons take their place. But the most important change affects the data usage screen, which is now a lot more readable.

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WhatsApp Web adds picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook

A year ago, WhatsApp added picture-in-picture video playback in its iOS app. It wasn't until October that the feature made its way to Android in beta, then a few weeks ago, it rolled out to the stable version of the app. Now, it's making the switch from mobile to desktop, as PIP videos have appeared on WhatsApp Web.

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Facebook working on unified, encrypted backend for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, also considering cross-platform chat

According to a report in the New York Times, Facebook is in the early stages of merging the backend of its three popular messaging apps. WhatsApp and Instagram — both acquired by Facebook after independent success — and the separated Messenger app will share the same infrastructure by the end of 2019 or early next year.

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WhatsApp 2.19.17 makes it easier to call all participants in a group

Group calls on WhatsApp aren't new. The feature began showing up last May and rolled out to everyone in July, but many users still don't know it exists. The reason is that you couldn't actually call a group, you had to start by calling to one person then add other participants. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that WhatsApp beta added the option to call a group, and now this is available in the stable version of the app.

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