The audience for social media is  fragmenting, with different players dominating in different countries. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

WhatsApp is emerging as “a key network for news” in some countries, while Twitter is influential but not as popular as journalists sometimes assume(...)

Facebook is seeking EU antitrust approval to buy WhatsApp. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Facebook is seeking European Union antitrust approval for its plan to buy WhatsApp, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. Facebook (...)

Christian Jago-Byrne, Microsoft’s digital advertising manager. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

While newer, headline-grabbing rival WhatsApp is sticking (for now) with its “no ads” policy, Microsoft is busy persuading marketers that they can rea(...)

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum (back left) is pictured during a reunion of his old security group, w00w000 in San Francisco, California. Photograph:   Suzan Song/Handout via Reuters

A few days after selling WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion, Jan Koum stepped into a suite at the St Regis Hotel in San Francisco to celebrate wi(...)

How do you create a $15 billion company in an industry that gives its primary product away? Line did it by getting smartphone users to pay for (...)

US markets may not be as overpriced relative to the rest of the world as they seem, says Barclays’ new Gilt Equity Study. The S&P 50(...)

The Facebook effect: rival messenger app Telegram claims a surge of popularity in the wake of Facebook’s deal to buy WhatsApp. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

After Facebook announced last week that it would buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a competing messaging application backed by Pavel Durov, crea(...)

Within hours of Facebook announcing that it would buy messaging service WhatsApp in a $16 billion deal, some users were already takin(...)

When Facebook announced its plans to buy WhatsApp for a total sum of $19 billion, there was a mixed reaction. From some corners, there was baff(...)

Markets cheered Facebook’s $19 billion swoop on social media rival WhatsApp yesterday with the shares trading around 2.3 per cent higher in late afternoon trade

Markets cheered Facebook’s $19 billion swoop on social media rival WhatsApp yesterday with the shares trading around 2.3 per cent higher in lat(...)