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Facebook to win EU approval for $19bn WhatsApp bid

Leading social network Facebook will win unconditional EU approval for its $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal pitting it against telecoms operators, two people familiar with the matter said. The land

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Facebook to launch new advertising platform

Facebook is set to unveil a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter. The product is a redesigned version of Atlas Adver

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WU hunts for UAE brand ambassador

The Western Union Company (WU), a leading money transfer company, is inviting Facebook users in the UAE to step forward and participate to become the new face of the Western Union loyalty programme. “Face of my WU” is an int

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Facebook ready to spend billions to bring world online

Facebook is prepared to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at a conference in Mexico City. "What we really care about is connec

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Only Etisalat, du licensed for VOIP in UAE: TRA

Only Etisalat and du are licensed to provide telecommunication services in the UAE including VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services, said the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The VOIP regulatory

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WhatsApp to introduce voice calls?

Rumours are rife that WhatsApp could be offering free VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls to 600 million users, a report said, while casting doubts whether the service will be allowed in the UAE. "The leaked images of t

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Facebook offers free online services in Zambia

Facebook is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries. The Internet.org app will offer,

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Facebook restores service after outage

Facebook said service to the world's largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries. "Earlier this morning, some people had trouble acce

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Twitter's surge revives valuation debate

The surge in Twitter's stock has revived debate about whether it warrants a valuation five times that of Facebook, its biggest rival in social media. Twitter reported on Tuesday that its active users jumped 24 percent to 271 m

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Twitter's user growth up 24pc in Q2

Twitter's monthly active users rose a better-than-expected 24 percent in the second quarter as the online messaging service mostly succeeded in stemming a dwindling pace of growth, sending its shares soaring after hours. Twitt

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