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Briefly: Boston Globe releases iOS app, WhatsApp reveals user stats

updated 11:44 am EDT, Fri June 21, 2013

Major newspaper launches mobile reader app for iPhone

The Boston Globe announced its launch of The Globe iPhone app today. The free app allows users to prioritize the most personally relevant newspaper sections, promoting a more efficient reading experience. Featuring a customizable homepage with an infinite scroll function, users can swipe from section to section of the newspaper, and then scroll through stories of interest. Also incorporated into the app is a smart feed trending section, highlighting most read stories.

While the app may be free, access to newspaper content requires a monthly subscription of $4 per month. A 30-day free trial is available for a mobile-only subscription.

WhatsApp publicly reveals its popularity

The makers of Whatsapp, a third-party messaging platform, told The Wall Street Journal Thursday that it has more than 250 million monthly active users. This number release has been the first definitive number release from the company, and it indicates that it app is one of the largest messaging platforms and possibly surpasses Twitter. WhatsApp is encroaching upon the profits of telecom carriers that profit from text messaging, creating concern for many companies. WhatsApp allows its users to message one another without fees, and is available across major operating platforms.




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