Icons of messaging applications WhatsApp of Facebook (L), Laiwang of Alibaba Group (C) and WeChat, or Weixin, of Tencent Group

China’s broader economy may be slowing but some parts of its technology sector are on fire. For many years, the country’s tech stocks have play(...)

WhatsApp, which has 450 million users, has stuck to basic messaging, but also a simple business model of charging users an annual subscription fee of just $1. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications featur(...)

WhatsApp founders Brian Acton (left) and Jan Koum at the company headquarters in Mountain View, California in May 2013. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

The relationship between Facebook and WhatsApp started in spring 2012 over coffee at a German bakery. It was consummated on Valentine’s Day wit(...)

“No one in the history of the world has ever done something like this,” said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on the WhatsApp deal. Photograph: Getty

Shares in Facebook fell by 5 per cent in after hours trading on Wall Street after it announced plans to acquire mobile-messaging application st(...)

Pinterest, which allows users to create online bulletin boards, has nearly 50 million users globally, according to consultancy comScore

Pinterest raised more than $400 million in venture capital funding last year, placing it ahead of other leading technology firms, according to (...)

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