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WhatsApp confirms that ads will start appearing in the app in 2020

You know that one episode of Black Mirror where everyone can’t even go to sleep without watching an ad that covers their entire bedroom? Well, we’re one step closer to that reality today, as Facebook has confirmed that ads will arrive in its app as part of Statuses (which are the equivalent of Instagram’s Stories) in 2020.

The social network made the announcement at its annual Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands this week, and Be Connect digital marketing agency’s Olivier Ponteville was apparently on hand at the event, as evidenced by his tweets. He photographed several slides which showed what the ads will look like in the app.

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WhatsApp vulnerability allows hackers to install spyware on your phone with one call

Facebook shared a security advisory on Monday, May 13th warning WhatsApp users that an “advanced cyber actor” has been spreading spyware through the app by taking advantage of a buffer overflow vulnerability. All that it took to install the spyware on a target’s phone was calling them through the WhatsApp mobile app.

According to the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, WhatsApp has announced that a small number of users have been affected and that everyone who uses the app should update it from their respective app stores as soon as they can. There’s a chance that your app already updated itself automatically, but check to be sure.

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WhatsApp Vulnerability Allowed Spyware to be Installed on iPhones

The Financial Times reports a vulnerability in the popular WhatsApp app allowed attackers to inject Israeli spyware onto devices, both Android and iOS.

The spyware was created by Israeli company NSO Group and was transmitted by calling users via WhatsApp on iOS and Android. The malicious code could be transmitted, even if the targeted user did not answer the call. The call would not show up in WhatsApp call logs, so the user wouldn’t even realize they had been targeted.

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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. Read More

3 ways to message a number on WhatsApp without adding them as a contact first was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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