Facebook’s New Message to WhatsApp Users: Forget the Privacy Features and just Make Money for Facebook

Four years after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion, it is formally starting the messaging app on a new mission: bringing in revenue for Facebook.

WhatsApp on Wednesday detailed plans to sell advertisements and charge big companies that want to reach their customers through its service, launching its first major revenue streams as growth at Facebook’s main app is starting to decelerate. The measures are aimed at connecting businesses to the eyeballs of WhatsApp’s user base of roughly 1.5 billion accounts, WhatsApp executives said.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2n1O6rm.

If you are dismayed at Facebook’s plan to convert WhatsApp into another Facebook product that creates even more revenue for the multi-billion dollar corporation, I’d suggest you look into Signal at https://signal.org/. No ads, no spyware, total privacy. It just works.

Think about it…

Signal, WhatsApp Co-Founder Launch ‘Open Source Privacy Technology’ Nonprofit

One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that’s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it’s been around. Now, it’s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a rival app.

Brian Acton, who built WhatsApp with Jan Koum into a $19 billion business and sold it to Facebook, is pouring $50 million into an initiative to support the ongoing development of Signal.

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Orchid Labs Introduces the Orchid™ Protocol and Tokens to Create an Internet Free from Surveillance and Censorship

The following is an announcement written by Orchid Labs Inc.:

SAN FRANCISCO–Orchid Labs Inc. has unveiled itself publicly today, along with the launch of the private alpha version of its Orchid Network accompanied by a whitepaper. The Orchid protocol is an open-source network intended to end internet surveillance and censorship, while protecting users’ personal data from being harvested by ISPs or other entities. Early in 2018, the blockchain-based Orchid network beta will launch to the public, enabling people across the world to freely communicate, collaborate, and access information.

According to Freedom House, two-thirds of all internet users live in countries where censorship and surveillance limit their ability to access information and communicate. For these individuals, a click or a share can mean imprisonment, or worse. And wherever you live, ISPs and VPNs are profiting from the sale of users’ most sensitive and private information.

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Storj.io, a Distributed, Encrypted File Storage Service Where Only You Have Access to Your Data

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Storj.io (pronounced “Storage eye oh) is a proposed new service for storing data in the cloud. The data can be anything you wish. I suspect most users will use Storj.io as a file backup service, keeping copies of critical files off site and available at any time. Storj.io’s primary goal is to provide a cloud storage solution that is substantially faster and 50% less expensive than traditional data center-based cloud storage solutions provided by Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Storj uses distributed peer-to-peer storage. That is, there are no centralized servers with huge disk drives. Instead, the Storj.io software breaks the file(s) to be stored into thousands of tiny segments, encrypts each segment, and then stores the segments in available disk space of other Storj.io customers. Each segment is stored in multiple locations. The result is that the information can be restored to the user’s system at any time, even if some or even many of the other Storj.io customers turn their computers off. There are so many segments saved in so many locations around the world that the possibility of any segment being unavailable at any time is mathematically almost impossible. The developers of Storj.io expect the system to provide 99.99999% availability, higher than most any competitive system in use today.

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