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New WhatsApp record sees 20bn messages in one day

Instant messaging service WhatsApp has set a new company record for the number of messages handled in a single day, just weeks after being purchased by Facebook.

In a tweet sent from the company's official Twitter account, the messaging service announced that in a 24 hour period more than 64 billion messages were handled.

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new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours.

This breaks down into 20 billion sent messages and 44 billion received according to the tweet.

The figures differ due to the group messaging setting in the app which counts a message sent to a group as one sent item, but is counted as received by each individual in the group.

A year ago, WhatsApp's daily message traffic was around 27 billion a day; highlighting a significant increase in traffic.

February: Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for £9.6bn

Charity calls for swifter action to protect children online

A children's charity is calling for a change in the law to help better protect children from being targeted by predatory sex offenders.

A report published by Barnado's and Labour MP Sarah Champion urged the Government to close a "legal loophole" preventing police from taking quicker action when they suspect a child is being groomed for sex.

File picture: A children's charity is calling for a change in the law to help better protect children.
File picture: A children's charity is calling for a change in the law to help better protect children. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Under current legislation someone must make contact with a child at least twice before a meeting takes place, with the intention of abusing them, in order to be arrested for 'meeting a child following sexual grooming'.

But the charity is demanding that police should only need to prove one incidence of contact if there is also a clear intention to meet and abuse the child.

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Dating site calls for browser boycott over anti-gay CEO

The page OK Cupid users get if they try to access the site via the Firefox browser. Credit: OK Cupid

A major online dating site has called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox after the world's second most popular internet browser named a gay marriage opponent as chief executive.

OkCupid visitors who accessed the website through Firefox on Monday were told in a message to use other browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Google's Chrome.

"Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples," the message said. "We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

Christian Rudder, an OkCupid co-founder told Reuters: "We have users who are trying to find other people and we wanted to point out that this browser might be in conflict with their own values."

Apple aims to make walking while texting much safer

US technology giant Apple has filed a patent that aims to make texting while walking safer by replacing the text background with a live video feed of whatever is in front of the smartphone user.

(File Image) A man crosses the street while looking at his phone. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Apples 'Transparent Texting' patent says: "The camera can be a rear-facing camera on the device".

It said video images will be displayed behind the text messaging session, with the user "less likely to collide with or stumble over an object."

PM 'hoodwinked' April Jones parents over abuse images

The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones have criticised David Cameron for failing to clamp down on online images of child abuse.

Paul Jones accused the Prime Minister of reneging on a vow to take tough action on blocking internet images of abuse.

Jones told Channel 5 News: "I think he's hoodwinked us a little bit by coming out banging the drums, but hasn't actually put any money in place - he's left it to the internet (companies)."

April Jones' parents Coral and Paul with her brother Harley. Credit: PA Wire

He added: "When I last met David Cameron I said aim high - but he's fallen well short of the mark."

Last July, Cameron threatened to impose tough new laws on internet giants if they fail to blacklist key search terms for horrific images as part a crackdown on online porn unveiled today.

In November, Google and Microsoft promised to introduce new software that will automatically block 100,000 "unambiguous" search terms which lead to illegal content.

Coral and Paul Jones launched the campaign after Mark Bridger was found guilty of their daughter's abduction and murder last year.

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