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Koum then hired a friend who lived in Los Angeles, Chris Peiffer, to develop the Black Berry version, which arrived two months later.Whats App was switched from a free to paid service to avoid growing too fast, mainly because the primary cost was sending verification texts to users.In December 2009, the ability to send photos was added to Whats App for the i Phone. Facebook, which was advised by Allen & Co, paid billion in cash, billion in Facebook shares, and (advised by Morgan Stanley) an additional billion in restricted stock units granted to Whats App's founders, Koum and Acton.By early 2011, Whats App was one of the top 20 apps in Apple's U. At a keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook's acquisition of Whats App was closely related to the vision.The oldest device capable of running Whats App is the Symbian-based Nokia N95 released in March 2007.In August 2014, Whats App released an update to its Android app, adding support for Android Wear smartwatches.Acton was still unemployed and managing another startup, and he decided to join the company.After months at beta stage, the application eventually launched in November 2009 exclusively on the App Store for the i Phone.
Diego Dzodan, a Facebook executive, is arrested by Brazilian federal police after Facebook fails to turn over information from his Whats App messaging account into a judge's request for a drug trafficking investigation.
consumer users to provide a standard cellular mobile number.
Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of individual users, but in September 2017 Whats App announced a forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to provide customer service to users at scale. in September 2007, the duo traveled to South America to take a break from work.
Fishman found a Russian developer on Rent ACoder.com, Igor Solomennikov, and introduced him to Koum.
Koum named the app "Whats App" to sound like "what's up".