Facebook Negotiating Acquisition of Popular Whatsapp Messaging Program

 Facebook is reportedly looking to expand with an acquisition of the popular cross-platform mobile messaging program, Whastapp.

Whatsapp’s blog boasted in October of 2011 that its 1 billion messages equated to “41,666,667 messages an hour, 694,444 messages a minute, and 11,574 messages a second” – a staggering amount of words that Facebook founder Zuckerburg is looking to augment Facebook’s mobile empire.

Whatsapp, however, comes with major criticism of its security flaws.

CNET noted earlier in September of this year that various security specialists have major concerns over the application’s potential “security nightmare.” For example, “If an iPhone user is on a public Wi-Fi (network) and someone is sniffing the data over the network they can log in to the account and hijack it.” The program is especially popular with activists who believes it is secure so flaws could mean a threat to its largest usergroup.

If successful, the acquisition could mean a complete twist of fortunes for Whatsapp founder Brian Acton who tweeted in 2009 that “Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”


via Techcrunch

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