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I agree its all about getting more information on people and selling it to advertisers

 

The big guns like Apple and Google do NOT sell personal information to advertisers.  They simply use to serve up anonymous targeted ads.

 

The true info danger comes from little apps that make money on the side by sending our Contacts info to their servers and possibly onto spammers.

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WhatsApp is a useful app but I will delete it if Google takes over. There is no way I am putting more Google spyware on my phone. That is why I won't buy a spyPhone (Android). The question is, if there is a way to delete all my data that they have on their servers?

I have not found it to use the battery excessively
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Seriously?  What's a good looking app then?

Seriously you don't know? On this forum a good looking app, in fact a beautiful and magical app would be... the same WhatsApp if... Apple would have bought it, of course! :D

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WhatsApp is a useful app but I will delete it if Google takes over. There is no way I am putting more Google spyware on my phone. That is why I won't buy a spyPhone (Android). The question is, if there is a way to delete all my data that they have on their servers?

I have not found it to use the battery excessively

What's App may use the same method as Apple offers for deleting the personal data they've gathered on you.
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Seriously you don't know? On this forum a good looking app, in fact a beautiful and magical app would be... the same WhatsApp if... Apple would have bought it, of course! 1biggrin.gif

Right?¡ Because no one here has ever spoken up against the excessive and gaudy use of skeumorphism with faux leather and stitching in any Apple app¡ 1oyvey.gif

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I am surprised they went with WhatsApp instead of an app called Line. It is hugely popular now and allows text as well as voice. Very clean interface and easy to use.

Line is by Naver, South Korea's equivalent of Google. It is HUGE and while I don't doubt Google can afford it, it will cost alot. Kinda like Apple buying Samsung.

On another note, different countries have their own popular chat app. Line is very popular in Japan even though it is done by a Korean company. In Korea, Kakao Talk is very popular. In China, WeChat is the popular one.
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I was thinking "What's App, G?"

 

I was thinking, "WTF is 'What's App?'"

 

Another example of how Google will spend $billion(s) to acquire some largely unproven asset (even if it has potential.)

It is a totally different approach from Apple, who might spend a few $10s of millions to get the same thing from a small company with better assets, but less buzz.

Google looks to buy buzz and customers, while Apple looks to buy expertise and IP to attract customers and make them happy.

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I was thinking, "WTF is 'What's App?'"

Another example of how Google will spend $billion(s) to acquire some largely unproven asset (even if it has potential.)
It is a totally different approach from Apple, who might spend a few $10s of millions to get the same thing from a small company with better assets, but less buzz.
Google looks to buy buzz and customers, while Apple looks to buy expertise and IP to attract customers and make them happy.

Overall I think Apple is smarter with its acquisitions but I think both companies go to the extremes of each. Google seems to like to overpay for companies like someone who just came into money and wants to show it off. Apple seems too frugal.

For example, I wish Apple would have invested several billion more in mapping back in 2007(?) when they started buying up companies. I would have loved for secret Apple cars going around using the same laser tech their flyover uses mapping out every road. I think they could have even used some clever math to remove the moving cars and people from their images digitally so that the results were mostly pristine. Add that the other uses of a street level comparison would make their mapping staff that deal with location errors more quickly and accurately resolve issues if they have something internal to compare the user submitted requests for change.

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post #49 of 51

Great investment should it happen.

post #50 of 51
Well this rumor was just that... A rumor. As it turns out Facebook was willing to pay the $1B, plus another $3B on top of that, plus another 12B in stock. . 1rolleyes.gif
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Well this rumor was just that... A rumor. As it turns out Facebook was willing to pay the $1B, plus another $3B on top of that, plus another 12B in stock. . 1rolleyes.gif

$15B
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