- WhatsApp went down for over three hours yesterday just days after it agreed to sell itself to Facebook (FB) for $19B.
- The service has been restored and appears to be working fine.
- Meanwhile, WhatsApp and other mobile-messaging services have cost phone carriers an estimated $32.5B in lost revenue from texting fees.
- WhatsApp's messages are sent via the Internet and are free once the application has been downloaded and a data plan has been paid for, while traditional text messages are sent via the cellular network.
- Separately, the WSJ profiles the role of former Google employee Neeraj Arora in WhatsApp's negotiations with Facebook. Arora is WhatsApp's one and only marketing manager, human-resources head, publicist, and business-development chief.
WhatsApp roundup: Service restored after outage
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