Tech This Week: WhatsApp New Privacy Policy Causes Mass Exodus

Published January 6th, 2021 - 07:00 GMT
Tech This Week: WhatsApp New Privacy Policy Causes Mass Exodus
Whether you're looking to keep up with launching of new apps or following the updates of existing ones, let's quench your thirst for staying up-to-date with all major tech happenings. (Shutterstock)
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Check out this week's tech news recap!

To all tech fans around the world?, if you were too busy to catch up with the tech world, keep on reading because in this recap we will give you the gist of all that you might have missed!

Whether you're looking to keep up with the launching of new apps or following the updates of existing ones, let's quench your thirst for staying up-to-date with all major tech happenings:

WhatsApp users to Switch to Signal Amid Privacy Concerns

The Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp, announced updating their privacy policy that allows the app to share more data with Facebook.

In a tweet, Elon Musk urged people to ditch WhatsApp and use Signal, a cross-platform encrypted messaging service, instead. 

This exodus from WhatsApp and the mass migration to Signal caused verification code delay in the rival messaging app as the company announced:

Microsoft working on New “Outlook” App
According to leaks shared by The Verge, Microsoft is testing a new “Outlook” application for Windows 10 and Mac. This new app, reportedly code-named “One Outlook”, will be launched as a replacement of Microsoft’s mail built-in app. 
 

Microsoft mulls launching the app sometime in 2022, Windows Central reports say.

Slack Kicks off 2021 with Global Outage

Slack, the popular office communication platform, suffered from a massive global outage on Monday, Jan 4th, hitting workers in the first official workday in 2021. The company announced on Twitter:

Later that day, Slack published troubleshooting status updates on its official website stating all the technical issues and their solutions. 

However, this issue might bring some troubles to Slack as New York times columnist, Ben Smith, commented:

Alibaba Kills 12-Year-old Music Streaming App Xiami

Alibaba, the Chinese multinational technology company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology, decided to shut down music streaming app, Xiami due to what the company called ‘operational adjustments’.

The Chinese giant acquired the music app back in 2013 when it was popular, however, Alibaba failed to compete with Tencent which dominates the Chinese online music market.

It looks like all odds are against Alibaba as China ramps up pressure on the company’s SEO and billionaire founder Jack Ma who reportedly went AWOL for 2 months.

Twitter Acquires Podcast Startup Breaker

In a move to build Spotify's rival, Twitter announced the acquisition of Breaker, the social podcast hosting app.

Per the announcement, Breaker will help Twitter in creating a new audio-based networking project, called Twitter Spaces

Events to Keep An Eye On:

CES [online] (11 Jan -14 Jan 2021)

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: Welcome to the Everyday Epic [online] (14 Jan 2021)


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