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the rules and what we need to do and how we are going to finance the business, WhatsApp is still probably best known as that company Facebook is in the process of buying (The FTC signed off on the sale earlier this month–while emphasizing that WhatsApp must continue to abide by privacy promises it made to users–but other regulatory approvals are still pending internationally) In much of the world though its already the app all your friends and relatives are using instead of carrier-provided text messaging Koum says that the app’s torrid growth tracks with the boom of smartphones–especially Android models As people in a country join the smartphone era some of them get WhatsApp And then their friends and family members do too and the service explodes WhatsApp’s Android version WhatsApp Right now "the four big countries are Brazil Mexico India and Russia” he says “People who never used computers never used laptops never used the Internet are signing up" Rather than going after any particular country Koum says WhatsApp has always obsessed about the overall usage number “We’re pretty confident that eventually we will a reach tipping point in the US as well Russia only tipped in the last six months A switch flipped and we took off” Though WhatsApp’s customer base may skew towards young people who like to share lots of quick messages and lots of photos Koum says that it’s a mistake to assume that it’s just kids who are keeping the app growing “We hear lots of stories where grandparents go to a store and buy a smartphone so they can keep in touch with kids and grandkids” he says That dynamic is helped by the app’s ridiculously easy setup–you don’t even have to create a user name or password–and features such as the ability to adjust the font size for easy readability The growth in smartphones isn’t enough to keep WhatsApp growing however There may be roughly two billion smartphones in the world Koum notes but between 500 million and one billion of them may be used without a data plan In most cases that’s because of cost but the availability of Internet access isn’t a given everywhere "We take [connectivity] for granted in Silicon Valley where you turn on your phone and see twenty different Wi-Fi networks” he says He told me how moved he’d been by a National Geographic photo showing people in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa standing on a beach with their phones in outstretched arms trying to catch a stray wireless signal from neighboring Somalia and says that he’s passionate about efforts such as Internetorg a partnership between Facebook and mobile technology companies to bring Internet access to everybody everywhere "We have no plans to change anything about how we execute" Even in developed countries “not everybody is on a data plan which is unfortunate” he says So for the past two and a half years WhatsApp has been busy partnering with wireless carriers around the world to offer affordable access to its service "Weve done some really cool deals and theyre not all cookie-cutter" Koum explains In India you can sign up to get unlimited WhatsApp for 30 cents a month In Hong Kong you can buy a WhatsApp roaming pass In Germany there are WhatsApp-branded SIM cards with unlimited WhatsApp service and starter credits for voice and data Rather than carriers looking at WhatsApp solely as a scary disruptive force killing their ability to make money off text messaging such offerings turn the service into a “win-win-win” Koum says “Users get unlimited WhatsApp We get happy users who dont have to worry about data Carriers get people willing to sign up for data plans" The Future–and Oh Yeah Facebook For all of its growth WhatsApp remains a famously lean operation: It got those 500 million active users with a team that only recently reached 60 staffers for a ratio of over eight million users per employee Koum says that the company doesn’t need to grow huge to serve even more folks But “we do need more people–we’re actively hiring” he says In particular it’s beefing up its ability to provide customer support in more languages including Portuguese German Ukranian Polish and Romanian “If anyone reading this article speaks multiple languages they should apply” he jokes When news of the Facebook acquisition broke it inspired many people to worry about what it meant for the future of WhatsApp whose business model has had a decidedly un-Facebookian slant in the past The company makes money from customers–who pay 99 cents a year for service after the first year–and has been staunchly anti-advertising Both companies said at the time that WhatsApp would continue to be run independently and according to its existing principles a point Koum stressed when I asked him about it “What makes our product work is the way we’re tightly focused on messaging and being an SMS replacement” he says The company plans to stick with that approach as it looks to “continuing to get to a billion users and then two billion users I think Facebook understands that and Mark [Zuckerberg] understands that quite well We have no plans to change anything about how we execute” As for competition from other messaging apps–and boy is there a lot of it–Koum told me that some of WhatsApp’s rivals such as Japan’s Line and China’s WeChat are getting distracted from their core missions People use WhatsApp he says to “keep in touch with each other not movie stars or sports stars or random people you meet on the Internet Thats why we’re succeeding internationally” “We want to do one thing and do it really well For us that’s communications between people who are friends and relatives” Contact us at [email protected] Director James Comey refused to answer questions from Congress about a longtime President Trump associate Monday but he argued that people shouldn’t “draw any conclusions” from that Speaking at a hearing of a House intelligence committee Comey said that because it is an ongoing investigation on a counterintelligence matter there were certain topics he simply could not address “Please don’t draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on certain topics” he said “I know speculating is part of human nature but it really isn’t fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can’t comment” Still Comey’s refusal to answer questions about Trump associate Roger Stone who informally advised Trump during the campaign and has been a longtime confidant drew attention online Stone told the Washington Times earlier this month that he had a “completely innocuous” private Twitter exchange with “Guccifer 20” the hacker tied to the email leaks Pressed by ranking Democratic member Rep Adam Schiff about Stone Comey repeatedly said “That’s not something I can comment on” “Mr Schiff I’m worried we’re going to a place I don’t want to go which is commenting on any particular person” he said “And so I don’t think I should comment I’m aware of public accounts but I don’t want to talk more than that” While the hearing was still going on Stone tweeted that he should be allowed to respond Watch the full exchange above Write to Alana Abramson at [email protected] Facebook announced its stunning agreement to acquire messaging app WhatApp last February for $19 billion in stock JetBlue said it was experiencing problems because of a Verizon data center power outage. Kent and his fellow cable execs, Happy Tails will continue to update you on Trixies progress. Credit: PAThe MMA pro was found not guilty on three charges: burglary with use of a deadly weapon, Creating non-existent factions of IPOB will not stop the agitation. PIB He was referring to the recent meeting held by Purohit with government officials in Coimbatore and Bedi’s ‘interference’ in the administration of the territorial government. Write to Charlotte Alter at charlotte. Marina Kaljurand is "to restore in one form or another the power of the Russian Federation on the lands where Russian people live" The operation has the secondary larger goal of undermining and rolling back western power say US and European officials And while the greatest threat is to his immediate neighbors his activities also challenge Europe and the US All NATO countries have committed to each others mutual defense which means the US is treaty-bound to come to Russias NATO neighbors like Estonia Latvia and Lithuania if Putin were to attack For now Putin seems unlikely to risk a direct conflict with NATO But his espionage efforts in relatively weak NATO countries can be as effective as military action "If you look at the complex sort of strategy that Moscow has employed in Crimea and in Ukraine it becomes much less clear what constitutes an invasion or measures to destabilize" neighboring countries says Sharyl Cross director of the Kozmetsky Center at St Edwards University That uncertainty about what kind of invasion the Baltics might face could make a strong NATO response impossible That in turn says former CIA chief John McLaughlin could be even more damaging to the US and Western Europe by fatally undermining one of the most successful peacetime alliances in history "If he were to challenge NATO in some way that paralyzed us over an Article Five issue that would be a dagger to the heart of the alliance" McLaughlin says The espionage confrontation between Russia and its Western neighbors started with their independence back in the early 1990s but it escalated in 2007 In one particularly bad incident the Estonian government removed a statue of a Russian soldier from central Tallinn in April that year sparking riots by ethnic Russians In the wake of the riots Amb Kaljurand who was then the Estonian ambassador to Moscow was attacked in her car by a mob on her way to a press conference Days later a massive Distributed Denial Of Service cyber attack was launched against the computer systems of the Estonian government and major Estonian industries In private meetings with the US Ambassador to Estonia top Estonian officials said Russia was behind the organization and implementation of all the attacks according to confidential cables sent to Washington by the US embassy and published by Wikileaks The war in Georgia in August 2008 sharpened NATOs focus on Putins threat Russia declared it was protecting ethnic Russians from a hostile Georgian government an assertion that was taken as a direct warning by other countries in the region with Russian minorities including the Baltic States and Ukraine Around the world intelligence agencies noticed a shift in Russian behavior according to other Wikileaks cables In a meeting between a State Department intelligence officer and his counterpart from the Australian government in Canberra in mid-November 2008 for example the Australian warned the US that Russia was launching a regional program to destabilize its neighbors and advance its interests In a secret cable back to Washington the State official said his Australian counterpart "described the Baltic states and Ukraine as countries that are in Russia’s sights with the dangerous similarities in Moscow’s view of the ethnically Russian population and strategic geography of Crimea to those which motivated its recent actions against Georgia" In response to the war in Georgia the US agreed for the first time that NATO should draw up contingency plans to respond to a Russian attack against the Baltic states The alliance set about expanding plans known as Operation Eagle Guardian which were developed to defend Poland to include Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Russia for its part also stepped up its game Putin encouraged the Russian parliament to pass a law authorizing him to intervene in other countries to protect ethnic Russians More subtly in 2008 the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs established a national agency dedicated to advancing Russian interests especially in the former Soviet Union now known as the Commonwealth of Independent States and to engaging with and organizing what Moscow calls "compatriots living abroad" Called Rossotrudnichestvo the agency performs a variety of traditional cultural roles at embassies around the world It also helps organize local ethnic Russian groups abroad in ways that unsettle host governments According to a report by the Estonian security services membership in one local ethnic Russian group in Estonia "Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots" is approved by the Russian Embassy and its activities are guided by the embassy The purpose of the group "is to organize and coordinate the Russian diaspora living in foreign countries to support the objectives and interests of Russian foreign policy under the direction of Russian departments" according to the most recent report of the Estonian Internal Security Service "The compatriot policy aims to influence decisions taken in the host countries by guiding the Russian-speaking population and by using influence operations inherited from the KGB" the report says Last October Mother Jones magazine said the FBI had interviewed Americans who had accepted travel stipends from the office of Russotrudnichestvo in Washington as part of an investigation into potential spying by the Russian agency The head of the Rossotrudnichestvo office denied the charges and called on the US government to distance itself from the allegations The FBI and other US agencies declined to comment on the report Russia also targets regional businesses and businessmen to establish influence over key sectors especially energy Recently Latvian intelligence identified a top businessman in the energy sector holding clandestine meetings with a Russian intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover out of the Russian embassy according to an official familiar with NATO and Latvian intelligence When Latvian security services reached out to the businessman in an attempt to work with him his meetings with the Russian official stopped but his trips to Russia increased The Latvian intelligence services concluded he was meeting with his Russian handler out of their view the official says Putin has also used his intelligence advantage in neighboring countries to go after NATO itself After Estonia arrested the former head of its National Security Authority Herman Simm in 2009 on charges of spying for Moscow the Atlantic alliance uncovered and expelled two alleged Russian co-conspirators working at its headquarters in Brussels Most recently during the crisis in Ukraine Putin has stepped up the traditional use of media propaganda especially on television The propaganda peaked with outlandish and false accusations of attacks against Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine Russia’s neighbors have taken a variety of approaches to countering the propaganda from outright censorship to counter-programming On Mar 21 Lithuania banned broadcasts of Gazprom-owned NTV Mir station after it showed a movie that the government said "spread lies about" Lithuanias move to declare independence from the Soviet Union in early 1991 On Apr 3 Latvias National Electronic Mass Media Council suspended the broadcast rights of Rossiya RTR for three weeks claiming the station was peddling "war propaganda" Estonia for its part considered banning Russian broadcasts but opted to leave Russian channels on and instead to compete with a barrage of "counter-programming" through Russian language TV radio and print media "If you ban things it creates more interest" says Amb Kaljurand "The better way is to give better facts and the point of view of the West” The US and its allies are hardly innocents in the international spy game The US government uses overt and covert means to influence and organize pro-Western groups in many of the same countries Putin is targeting It works through cultural and diplomatic channels to recruit intelligence sources around the world and in eastern Europe and the Ukraine crisis has only heightened that work Says CIA spokesman Dean Boyd “The Agencys strong partnerships throughout the region enable cooperation on a variety of intelligence issues When a foreign crisis erupts its normal for the CIA to shift into overdrive to ensure that our officers have access to the best available information to support the policy community” It is also true that Russia’s western neighbors include some with anti-Russian and anti-Semitic views that are occasionally reflected in political debate Lithuania and Latvia in particular are noted in repeated US diplomatic cables from the region to Washington for the presence of “strident” anti-Russian and anti-Semitic voices in politics some of them belonging to powerful figures In late April the US deployed 600 troops to the Baltics and Poland and US and other NATO countries increased air patrols in the Baltics The largely symbolic deployment was intended to reassure all four countries that the US takes its Article 5 obligations seriously Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at the time Likewise Kirby said “If there is a message to Moscow it is the same exact message that we take our obligations very very seriously on the continent of Europe” Even the most nervous Russian neighbors believe Putins use of force is likely to stop in Ukraine but his espionage program is likely to continue "[He] is using the soft power tools and other forms of indirect coercion and influence against the Baltics states" says the official familiar with NATO and Latvian intelligence "He will use all of these tactics" That is a particular concern for Moscows neighbors as Russians everywhere prepare to celebrate on May 9 Russias victory over Nazi Germany "If we have a little bit of rioting that will make people become scared and theyll say maybe we need to find an accommodation with the Russians" the official says Contact us at [email protected] Canadian oysters are likely behind a norovirus outbreak that has both Canadian and American health officials warning consumers to use caution The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday said that approximately 100 people there have become sick after eating oysters from Baynes Sound in British Columbia The department said several people have tested positive for norovirus a highly contagious infection that causes inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines and results in symptoms including vomiting diarrhea nausea fever and stomach pain TIME Health Newsletter Get the latest health and science news plus: burning questions and expert tips View Sample Sign Up Now Nearly 200 people in Canada have reported gastrointestinal illness associated with the outbreak and multiple people there have tested positive for norovirus according to the Public Health Agency of Canada The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday also warned consumers that the problem may extend beyond California and Canada The agency has confirmed that the potentially tainted oysters were also distributed to Alaska Illinois Massachusetts New York and Washington and warn that they may have reached other states as well The FDA is urging retailers and consumers not to serve or eat oysters that were harvested in four locations within Baynes Sound The FDA is working with state health departments to remove the affected oysters from the market according to the announcement The farms associated with the outbreak have been closed during the investigation Write to Jamie Ducharme at [email protected] for example,"We’re really excited about it.

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