Jamal Khashoggi's private WhatsApp messages may offer new clues to killing
- London (CNN) - In his public writings, Jamal Khashoggi's criticism of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was measured.
- In more than 400 WhatsApp messages sent to a fellow Saudi exile in the year before he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Khashoggi describes bin Salman -- often referred to as MBS -- as a "beast," a "pac-man" who would devour all in his path, even his supporters.
- In a statement to CNN Monday, after the lawsuit was filed, NSO Group said it was "completely unfounded" and "shows no evidence that the company's technology was used" to hack Abdulaziz's phone.
- Abdelaziz's recorded messages are telling because Saudi Arabia has always claimed its crown prince had nothing to do with plots like the one leading to Khashoggi's death, blaming that incident on a failed rendition attempt, masterminded by advisers and subordinates from the security staff.
Facebook's Board Wrote Soros' Foundation A Letter Fully Supporting Sheryl Sandberg
- The social media company came under fire last month after a searing New York Times investigation reported that it knew of Russia’s 2016 election meddling (which Facebook denies) and that it hired a public relations firm that attacked Soros, stoking anti-Semitic sentiment.
- Facebook did confirm, however, that Sandberg asked subordinates to research whether Soros was shorting the company’s stock after he publicly accused the tech giant of being “monopolistic” in January.
- However, Patrick Gaspard, the president of Soros’ Open Society Foundation, publicly disagreed with this narrative.
- Buzzfeed reports that Sandberg tried to talk to Soros about the Definers report, but that her phone message went unanswered.
- A source told Buzzfeed that Soros hadn’t called back due to travel.
- Facebook and Soros’ Open Society Foundation did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
Google rolls out smart replies to Hangouts Chat
- Google is finally rolling out the previously-announced Smart Reply feature to Hangouts Chat users in G Suite.
- The internet giant first introduced smart replies to its experimental Inbox mobile email app way back in 2015, followed by its flagship Gmail mobile app last year and then the web-based incarnation back in May. It has been pretty clear that smart replies are emerging as a core tool for Google across its messaging empire, and back in July the company confirmed that the feature was heading to Hangouts Chat.
- The workings of Smart Reply in Hangouts Chat is similar to Gmail — you’re presented with a bunch of pre-generated options to select above the message field, saving you a whole handful of seconds having to type a reply yourself.
Google will shut down Allo in March 2019, transition Hangouts users to Chat and Meet
- Allo features will continue to make their way to (Android) Messages, part of Google’s rich communication services (RCS) strategy.
- Google had turned its focus to Messages, the default SMS app on Android (unless the carrier decides to change it).
- Google has so far partnered with over 40 carriers and device makers and says over 175 million Android users now have Messages — a number Allo never even got close to.
- G Suite users that have Hangouts Chat will be able to include people from outside of their organization, “in the coming months.” Google did not say when, but it did share that Chat and Meet “will be made available for existing Hangouts users, too.” Overall though, Hangouts will continue to have an enterprise focus, just across two apps.
- So in summary, Android Messages and Google Duo for consumers, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for enterprise.
Google: The Latest on Messages, Allo, Duo and Hangouts
- We’ve been working closely with the mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that people around the world can more easily enjoy group chats, share high-res photos, and get read receipts on any Android device.
- In parallel, we built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily.
- This year we launched Duo support for iPad, Android Tablet, Chromebook, and Smart Displays, giving you more flexibility to make calls from your favorite devices.
- We also launched the ability to leave a video message, and will continue to bring more quality improvements based on machine learning that make video calls with Duo simple and reliable.
- In March of last year, we announced plans to evolve classic Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.