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12 features you probably didn't know exist on WhatsApp (FB)

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WhatsApp’s core messaging function is pretty easy to use.

But there’s a lot more to the Facebook-owned messaging service — which surpassed 1 billion users in February 2016 — than most of its users possibly know.

We take you through some of its most useful but less well-known features, including how to get WhatsApp on your computer, how to switch phone numbers on your account, and its newest Snapchat-like feature “status.”

1. Stop photos and videos you receive in chats (WhatsApp media) from automatically downloading onto your phone and taking up precious space.

On an iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy >Photos > Tap to toggle off the WhatsApp button

2. Use WhatsApp on your computer just like you do on your phone with the web app “WhatsApp for Desktop.”

Click on this link to download WhatsApp for your computer and follow the install instructions.

You’ll need to scan the barcode from the WhatsApp app on your phone to set it up. It’s pretty simple.

In your phone’s WhatsApp app, go to Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop and scan the barcode on the desktop app. 

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Paris' giant Station F startup hub has delayed its opening because of flooding

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Station F, the 366,000 square foot startup hub due to open in Paris, will open its doors later than expected because of a flood.

A pipe underneath the building burst on Friday last week, according to a blog post from Station F

This is what happened, according to the post:

Unfortunately and unexpectedly, on Friday afternoon, a pipe burst in the sublevels under Station F. This incident happened during the initial operating of the pipe and therefore cannot happen again once Station F opens.

We were able to quickly respond but we now will need to repair and replace some of the equipment that was damaged before opening to the public.

Station F plans to house around 1,000 startups and was due to open at the beginning of April. Now, according to the post, it will delay its opening by “a few weeks”. A spokesperson was unable to confirm when exactly the building will open.

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Facebook was due to be one of the first occupants at Station F, with a startup incubator for around 10 to 15 companies and 80 desks. It isn’t clear whether the flood affects the company’s plans to move in as scheduled, and Facebook hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment.

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The 18 most congested cities in Europe

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Navigation company TomTom published a list of the most congested cities in the world this week — and many of Europe’s busiest cities featured on it.

The TomTom Traffic Index is based on 19 trillion data points collected over nine years from 390 cities, according to the Dutch company.

Each city’s congestion level was given a percentage score out of 100, with levels ranging from 66% in the most congested cities to 9% in the least.

TomTom defined the congestion level as the “increase in overall traffic times when compared to a free flow situation (an uncongested situation).”

Ralf-Peter Schaefer, VP TomTom Traffic, said in a statement that the traffic index is “designed to help drivers, cities and transport planners to understand traffic congestion and, most importantly, how to reduce it.”

Here are the 18 most congested cities in Europe.

18. Hamburg, Germany (33%)

17. Ankara, Turkey (33%)

16. Naples, Italy (33%)

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UK chancellor Philip Hammond is being asked about Uber's tax arrangements

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Uber is facing yet more scrutiny from politicians this week after an MP questioned whether the company was paying enough tax.

Labour politician Iain Wright tabled a written question in parliament on Friday, asking chancellor Philip Hammond whether he had calculated the potential VAT owed by Uber.

He wrote:

“To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential VAT owed to his Department in respect of supply of passenger transportation services arising as a result of the employment tribunal ruling of 28 October 2016; and if he will make a statement.”

The chancellor has yet to respond.

Wright’s question came after Jolyon Maugham, a respected UK barrister, announced he was suing Uber over allegedly failing to pay millions in VAT.

Maugham has calculated that Uber owes at least £20 million in taxes, though it could avoid paying up if it changes its company structure. Uber, in response, has said its drivers are subject to the same VAT laws as other transportation services.

Maugham, who is suing Uber through his organisation the Good Law Project, said his case was strengthened by last year’s employment tribunal ruling that Uber drivers — currently classified by the company as self-employed — were actually employees.

Speaking to Business Insider, Maugham said he welcomed Iain Wright’s question.

He said: “There is genuine and proper public interest in the nature of the deals that HMRC is doing with big US multinationals. It is unfortunate that the government does not feel the need to recognise that public interest, and the purpose of this action is to bring a private conversation between Uber and the government into the public domain.”

Uber’s UK head of public policy, Andrew Byrne, has already appeared before MPs several times this year to explain the company’s business model.

Parliament’s ongoing work and pensions select committee is already examining whether newer companies like Uber, Deliveroo, Hermes, and Amazon are treating casual workers properly, and whether those workers should be considered full-time employees.

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Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game

show-tell Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he’d already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You’re given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends and they try to guess what you’re feeling. “I made 4 Snaps about… Read More

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Al Gore just sold $29 million of Apple stock (AAPL)

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Former US Vice President Al Gore sold 215,437 shares of Apple this week at an average price of $136.72 per share — a transaction netting him about $29.4 million. 

This transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which you can read here. Earlier this week, Apple’s stock hit an all-time high of $136.68 and kept trending upwards from there.

The sales appear to represent a significant portion of Gore’s stake in the iPhone maker. According to the most recent Apple proxy statement, filed in January, Gore’s ownership in Apple is roughly 721,000 shares. 

But that figure includes stock options for roughly 276,000 shares scheduled to vest on February 1. It’s not clear if Gore has exercised his option to acquire those shares.

In the event that Gore has not exercised the new slice options, his stock sale this week would account for half of his stake in Apple. 

Gore serves as a member of Apple’s board of directors. Back in 2013, Gore attracted attention when he sold another $30 million worth of Apple stock

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Here’s how thoroughly the smartphone has annihilated other gadgets

Mobile World Congress, the smartphone world’s biggest conference of the year, kicks off in a few days. Though Samsung’s Galaxy S8 isn’t likely to make an appearance, several new, not-crazily-different phones are still expected to be on display.

With this year also being the tenth anniversary of the iPhone — which effectively kicked off the smartphone era — surveying the phones at MWC is also a good time to look back at how much the smartphone has altered the tech industry at large.

This chart from Statista shows one way of looking at it: Over the past decade, smartphones have made a number of once-popular gadgets all but irrelevant to society. While the dollar value of smartphone shipments has grown 536% in that time, those of the MP3 player, digital camera, and portable GPS have sank.

Still, time has a knack for not stopping: Recent sales figures now suggest the smartphone boom is over, and major tech firms are now hungry for new tech like augmented reality to eventually redo the cycle all over again.

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Google is killing a weird group messaging app less than one year after it launched (GOOG, GOOGL)

Remember Google Spaces?

The group messaging app was launched by Google only 10 months ago, promising a new way for groups of friends to have chats around particular topics.

The app stitched together a slew of Google services such as YouTube, Search, and Chrome, allowing users to easily share video and other information about a topic — say, a new movie — without having to jump between apps, cutting and pasting relevant links and so forth. 

But Spaces will be no more. Google announced on Friday that Spaces will be shut down on April 17. And on March 3, Spaces will become “read only,” meaning you won’t be able to use the app for anything other than glancing at your old conversations with friends. 

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“Our goal with Spaces was to create a better small-group sharing experience, and we’ll use what we’ve learned to improve other Google products and services. Thanks again for your support,” Google said on the Spaces support page

Spaces got off to a bumpy start when it was launched in May 2016, with many users expressing confusion as to how the app fit in with Google’s already crowded portfolio of messaging apps, such as Google Hangouts and YouTube messaging. Since then, Google has introduced yet another messaging app called Allo.

For Spaces though, it’s now time to say Goodbye.

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SoFi confirms $500 million in new funding as it pushes beyond lending

unicorn-money Online finance startup SoFi got its start refinancing student loans but gradually has been adding other services to members. To expand into new regions and move closer to becoming a full-service financial services company, SoFi has confirmed that it raised an additional $500 million in equity financing led by Silver Lake. Read More

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Uber says it is not behind mysterious efforts to dig up 'intimate' info about the ex-engineer who accused it of sexism


travis kalanickUber said it is not involved in efforts to collect personal, and potentially unflattering, information about Susan Fowler, the former engineer that published a tell-all blog post about sexism at the company.
On Friday, Fowler tweeted that someone was doing research for a “smear campaign” against her, warning her friends to beware of anyone seeking personal information about her. 
Many people on Twitter immediately suspected Uber as the source of the research into Fowler, due to the company’s ongoing investigation into her claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Fowler later clarified that she didn’t know who was behind it the efforts to obtain information about her private life.

Uber told Business Insider on Friday that it was not involved:

“Uber is in no way involved. This behavior is wrong,” an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider.

The claims of sexual harassment at Uber are the latest in a string of negative publicity that the $69 billion ride-hailing company has suffered this week, along with a lawsuit by Google alleging that the technology used in Uber self-driving cars were stolen. Uber has called the lawsuit “baseless.”

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