Mountain View, Calif. – WhatsApp, the operator of a service
that lets owners of disparate smartphones exchange text messages, images, audio
and video files, has secured $8 million in financing from Sequoia Capital and
others, TechCrunch reports, citing sources.

Founded in 2009, Mountain View,
Calif.-based WhatsApp’s cross-platform service is interoperable between iPhone,
Android, BlackBerry and Nokia devices.

While the company has not released any
information on its user base, TechCrunch notes the WhatsApp app for iPhone has
received over 28,0000 ratings on iTunes.


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