Allows simple user-to-user transactions
Payment service Square has partnered with Snapchat on a new feature in the latter's mobile apps for iOS and Android, called Snapcash. Users can quickly transfer money between each other by joining a chat, typing in the amount preceded by a dollar sign -- for instance "$3.50" -- and then hitting a green button. Prior to this, a person must register a debit card, the data for which is stored on Square servers.
Messaging service issuing notices, wants users to 'stop using unauthorized apps'
Ephemeral picture messaging service Snapchat said this week that it's cracking down on the use of third-party applications. The move comes a month after a database of photos originating from Snapchat was leaked online, reportedly coming from a third-party service that allowed users circumvent the self-destructing feature of the platform.
Misconfiguration of Apache server to blame, Snapsaved says only 500MB of images taken
After news broke last week that thousands of photos from Snapchat leaked after a third-party service was hacked, a company stepped forward up to take the blame. The developers behindSnapsaved, an app developed to save photos from Snapchat, said that its servers were hacked as a result of a misconfigured Apache server. The company also refused the claims made in the "snappening" document that says an administrator provided the directory and content of the site.
Breach from either Android app or third party web tool SnapSaved
Some supposedly ephemeral messages sent through the SnapChat service have been leaked to the Internet. Private photos collected for years through the either the SnapChat archiving Android app Snapsave or the shuttered SnapChat web client SnapSaved have been stolen, and posted en masse to chat forum 4chan, and other similar locations.
MessageMe application shuts down in November, team working on Yahoo products
Yahoo is quickly putting the money it earned from the Alibaba IPO to work, as it was announced last week that the search company acquired social texting service MessageMe. Details of the acquisition weren't announced, but according to the confirmation from MessageMe, the deal appears to be negotiated strictly for the talent behind the platform.
Friend of Snapchat founders accepts settlement of 'mutually agreeable terms'
Snapchat's largest legal issue came to a close today, as the company decided to settle its dispute with Frank Reginald "Reggie" Brown. In a press release announcing the closure of the legal battle, it was said that the settlement would bring an end to the suit that Brown filed, alleging that he originally came up with the idea for a disappearing picture message.
App known as Slingshot could bring simple interface in ephemeral messaging
A report from the Financial Times indicates that Facebook is working on another app to complete with the ephemeral messaging service Snapchat. Information from sources close to the company say that the app, internally known as Slingshot, has been under development for several months at the evolving social media organization.
Ephemeral chat service SnapChat has settled a grievance with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint to the FCC against the service alleged that messages sent through SnapChat would irrevocably vanish, and not be able to be captured by other means were misleading. To settle the complaint, SnapChat has agreed to launch an enhanced privacy program, and be subject to compliance monitoring for 20 years.
Use of security tokens allows Snapchat denial of service attack
Snapchat, the picture based messaging platform, appears to have more problems on its hands after its recent account breach. It has been discovered that the program can be used in denial-of-service attacks against iOS and Android based phones to disable or crash the devices through sending thousands of messages to the device in a matter of seconds.
Snapchat Captcha defeated by 100 lines of code created in 30 minutes
A coder has claimed to have bypassed Snapchat's verification system, within a day of its launch. The verification system, which attempts to prevent spammers from quickly creating accounts via a Captcha-style method, was circumvented by less than 100 lines of code and approximately 30 minutes of work, strongly suggesting that the system is not fit for purpose.
Snapchat users can opt out of supplying phone number to app
Snapchat has apologized for a server intrusion that led to the leaking of usernames and phone numbers of approximately of 4.6 million users. At the same time, the service has updated its Android and iOS apps to allow users to opt out of linking their phone number from their user name, as well as requiring new users to verify their phone number before using the Find Friends function of the app.
Hackers acquire millions of Snapchat IDs
A flaw in ephemeral messaging service Snapchat's API has been exploited, and the phone numbers and usernames of some 4.6 million users are now on a site called SnapchatDB.info. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday on the hack, noting that Snapchat users can look up whether their accounts are among the affected by going to this site. The API vulnerability was publicized last week, and Snapchat later stated that it had made the hack "more difficult to do" in response.
Ephemeral message service sender's privacy potentially in danger
An unpatched code flaw in Snapchat's API is allowing rogue coders to generate a script to associate actual phone numbers with Snapchat user names, display names, and account privacy settings. This information, combined with other data breaches can be sold, as well as pose a significant amount of data on a Snapchat user that has been identified in such a matter.
Facebook offered three Instagrams for Snapchat
Popular image sharing app Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Sources familiar with the matter claim that the world's largest social network offered three times the price it paid when acquiring Instagram for Snapchat, which allows users to send picture messages that expire soon after they are viewed. Those same sources say that the $3 billion offer was not Facebook's first attempt to court the image sharing service.
Poke allows users to send expiring messages
Facebook today continued to expand the options available to users on its messaging platform, debuting Poke, a new iOS app that sends a message that automatically expires. The app allows users to set a duration time for a message, as well as to communicate with one or several friends at once. Users press and hold messages until they expire, and a timer at the top displays how much time is left on the message.