WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum - former employees of Yahoo It's one of the most popular messaging services in the world Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like "what's up" After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn) The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers As of January 2018, WhatsApp has over 1.5billion users globally … [Read more...] about Facebook ‘bins plans to flood WhatsApp with ads’ – except for one part of app
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Billy Howle plays Herman Knippenberg – a junior diplomat based at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok – who seeks to bring Sobhraj to justice. … [Read more...] about When does The Serpent start on BBC One? Date, cast, plot and episodes
In the UK, the number of children born by surrogate is up to 10 times higher than it was a decade ago, according to the Law Commission, which recently consulted on modernising the process to better support parents, surrogate and child. While US states such as California have commercialised the arrangement, with surrogates earning well in excess of $50,000 (£38,300), it is illegal to pay someone for acting as a surrogate in the UK, meaning the process relies on the altruism of strangers recruited through an agency, or loved ones. It is not routinely available on the NHS, and the private medical costs are typically up to £16,000. “Known” surrogacy – between friends or relatives – is still rare: at Care, the UK’s largest private fertility group, they accounted for 10% of more than 100 surrogacy cycles at their clinics last year. … [Read more...] about ‘She said she’d be babysitting our embryo’: what’s it like to carry a child for a friend?
Amazon is giving UK music lovers the chance to stream four months of Amazon Music Unlimited service for under one pound (that’s a saving of nearly £39). You don't need to be a Prime member to take advantage of this amazing deal, but this trial promotion is only available for new subscribers. … [Read more...] about Give the gift of great TV shows this Christmas: The Fire TV Stick 4K is currently 20% off on Amazon
It might not seem like an obvious parallel, but a line can be drawn between what Love Island is doing for high-street shopping now and what Burberry once did for the luxury market – the brand’s See Now Buy Now format, which has since been limited to capsule collections, was a radical approach to seasonal catwalk shopping when it first launched in 2016. By reducing the time that people had to wait to get an item of clothing from a whole season to offering instant gratification, the brand gave the world of high fashion something a little like farm-to-table, except, well, catwalk to home delivery. Although it was difficult to do (and played a big part in disrupting the fashion calendar), it allowed people to tap into the excitement of the catwalk show and, much like Love Island is doing, turned shopping into part of the entertainment itself. … [Read more...] about Love at first swipe: would you shop the Love Island look live?