Zoom says free users will get end-to-end encryption after all

Zoom says it will begin allowing users of its videoconferencing software to enable end-to-end encryption of calls starting with a beta next month, the company announced on Wednesday. The feature won’t be restricted to paid enterprise users, either. It’s coming to both free and paid users, Zoom says, and it will be a toggle switch any call admin can turn on or disable, in the event they want to allow traditional phone lines or older conference room phones to join.

Zoom plans to open an office in Saudi Arabia and a data centre in region

Zoom is making big investments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as it has become a household name due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Speaking to TechRadar Pro Middle East, Sam Tayan, Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa (Mena) at Zoom, said that they are looking to open an office in Saudi Arabia and a data centre in the region but did not give more details.

Zoom is up 250% this year: it’s now worth more than AMD and General Electric

Zoom Video stock rallied again on Monday — this time by nearly 9% to set a new record high — valuing the incumbent video conferencing app well beyond the likes of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Uber.

Indeed, Zoom‘s market cap swelled to hit $67.43 billion yesterday, buoyed by continued market optimism for ‘stay-at-home’ stocks that also drove the wider NASDAQ 100 (NDX) index up 1.17%.

How Zoom Colonized Our Lives

On March 27, David “Doc” Searls, a technology writer and veteran of the ad industry, posted an entry on his blog about the newly ubiquitous videoconferencing program Zoom, calling it “creepily chummy” with the shadowy advertisers who electronically eavesdrop on users. The blog was shared on Hacker News, the message board that serves as a digital town square for Silicon Valley habitués, and readers took notice. His blog, which usually got about 50 readers a day, was getting more than 16,000, and he continued to put pressure on Zoom, writing that its privacy policy left all sorts of room for the company to harvest personal data for ad tracking. “Here’s the thing,” he wrote. “Zoom doesn’t need to be in the advertising business, least of all in the part of it that lives like a vampire off the blood of human data.”

Zoom are boasting it doesn’t have 300 million users, corrects misleading claims

Zoom has admitted it doesn’t have 300 million daily active users. The admission came after The Verge noticed the company had quietly edited a blog post making the claim earlier this month. Zoom originally stated it had “more than 300 million daily users” and that “more than 300 million people around the world are using Zoom during this challenging time.” Zoom later deleted these references from the original blog post, and now claims “300 million daily Zoom meeting participants.”