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Why WhatsApp’s founders still carry old Nokia phones

Brian Acton, one of the two founders of WhatsApp, the messaging service that Facebook recently bought for $19 billion, carries this phone:<p>His partner, Jan Koum, totes this old thing:<p>WhatsApp’s founders aren’t Luddites. They also carry other, more modern phones. But the pair—spotted carrying these …

Mobile

Why Microsoft Won't Immediately Kill The Nokia X Android Smartphone

The Nokia X Android-based smartphone has been official for less than a week and already the talk of the industry is that Microsoft will kill the phone as soon as the acquisition of Nokia is final.<p>“Let me put it this way,” one Microsoft employee said to me at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this …

Google Hangouts for iOS gets a complete redesign

Google's cross-platform messenger app got a nice update today that includes a major redesign for iPhone and iPad. Google Hangouts for iOS 2.0 boasts a flat new look consistent with iOS 7 and enables picture-in-picture video calling for the first time. You can now send video messages of up to 10 …

Boot up: Google on Whatsapp, 10 Microsoft things, Sony shutters stores, and more

Plus a 404 page to stay on, more Android app permission niggles, how quickly is iOS 7.0.6 being adopted?, and more<p>A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Google SVP Sundar Pichai denies it bid on WhatsApp >> 9to5Google<p>Google SVP Sundar Pichai went on the record …

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy protection with $64 million in liabilities

After weeks of speculation over its financial health, the beleaguered Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has filed for bankruptcy protection. A company lawyer made the announcement at an impromptu news conference held at Tokyo District Court, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>Mt. Gox says it has ¥6.5 …

How Nokia runs Windows Phone apps on Android

Ever since Nokia jumped off its burning platform and into the arms of Microsoft it has focused its software development on Windows Phone. But since the company announced its three new Android handsets it has become clear that Nokia has also been working to get its apps and services on Android. The …

Windows Phone

South African police take Oscar Pistorius’s iPhone to Apple after failing to crack passcode

The <i>International Business Times</i> reports that three detectives investigating the killing of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp have flown to Apple’s HQ in Cupertino to seek assistance in accessing the athlete’s iPhone.<p>Prosecutors want to access its SMS and WhatsApp messages as evidence for …

Backed By $10 Million, Flyby Messenger Is The First Consumer App To Use Image Recognition Tech From Google’s “Project Tango”

Flyby, a new messaging application that lets you share text and recorded videos attached to objects in the real world, is the first consumer-facing app to use the image recognition capabilities found in Google’s “Project Tango.” That project, for those unfamiliar, involves an Android-based phone …

How to Do Business With WhatsApp | Inc.com

WhatsApp may pride itself on having "no ads, no games, no gimmicks," but you can still use the service to sell your product or business.<p>The little-known (at least in the U.S.) messaging service came to the forefront last week, after Facebook handed over $19 billion in cash, shares, and stock to …

Apps

Try, Try Again: The Incredible Story of WhatsApp's Tenacious Founders

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.</i><p>WhatsApp, which was freshly acquired by Facebook for $16 billion, is #winning this week. But the app’s success did not come at a small price. Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton are no strangers to failure, and their …