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WhatsApp drops US$1 fee; mulls over making businesses pay

Popular communications service also expects in coming months to offer complete encryption of messages

WhatsApp is testing making restaurants, airlines and credit card firms pay to contact consumers.


THE world's most popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is dropping its token US$1 fee still levied on some users as it experiments with making businesses pay to reach their customers, chief executive Jan Koum said on Monday.

In addition, the Facebook-owned communications...