David Marcus, VP of messaging products at Facebook and a former president of PayPal, will be joining Coinbase’s board (Jeff John Roberts/Fortune)

Jeff John Roberts / Fortune: David Marcus, VP of messaging products at Facebook and a former president of PayPal, will be joining Coinbase’s board  — 

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Interviews and police records show Chinese authorities are monitoring WeChat and other messaging apps, with some participants detained for jokes about officials (Eva Dou/Wall Street Journal)

Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal: Interviews and police records show Chinese authorities are monitoring WeChat and other messaging apps, with some participants detained for

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Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no timeline yet for a global launch (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no

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Uber’s use of encrypted messaging app Wickr, which may have allowed the company to avoid preserving records relevant to litigation, could set legal precedents (Reuters)

Reuters: Uber’s use of encrypted messaging app Wickr, which may have allowed the company to avoid preserving records relevant to litigation, could set legal precedents 

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A look at PLATO, a 1960s-era networked platform of computers for education, a precursor to modern Internet concepts including forums and instant messaging (Ernie Smith/Motherboard)

Ernie Smith / Motherboard: A look at PLATO, a 1960s-era networked platform of computers for education, a precursor to modern Internet concepts including forums and

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