Discovering and exploring fediverse projects and instances on the network page is really cool.

I want to make useful for everyone!

Lessons Learned From Self-Hosting -
blog.polynom.me/Selfhosting-Le

That was an interesting article and lessons to learn!

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Three years after the WhatsApp acquisition, Acton said Zuckerberg was growing impatient — recounting how he told an all-hands meeting for WhatsApp staffers Facebook needed WhatsApp revenues to continue to show growth to Wall Street.
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Well, Mark didn't buy WhatsApp for nothing, now did he?

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The ‘compromise’ being that the clause about ‘no ads’ would remain — but Facebook would get to link accounts to power friend suggestions on Facebook and to offer its advertising partners better targets for ads on Facebook. So really they just bought themselves (and their users) a bit more time
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At this point, it was already a lost cause for them. They didn't control shit the moment they signed that deal.

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After the acquisition had been cleared Acton said he later learned that elsewhere in Facebook there were indeed “plans and technologies to blend data” between the two services — and that specifically it could use the 128-bit string of numbers assigned to each phone to connect WhatsApp and Facebook user accounts.
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It always starts simple, "enhancing user experience".

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“I was coached to explain that it would be really difficult to merge or blend data between the two systems,” Acton said.

earned it a $122M fine from the European Commission for providing incorrect or misleading information on the original filing.
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Well, what else did you expect?

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Company lawyers told him the clause didn’t yet apply because it had only been “exploring”, not yet implementing monetization.

At a meeting over the issue he said Zuckerberg also told him: “This is probably the last time you’ll ever talk to me.”
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The $ again, if you are going to sign a contract with a tech giant like Facebook, you can be sure that you'd get screwed over at some point.

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The WhatsApp founders’ departure from Facebook boils down to a disagreement over how to monetize their famously ‘anti-ads’ messaging platform from Menlo Park.
Though how the pair ever imagined their platform would be safe from ads in the clutches of, er, an ad giant like Facebook remains one of the tech world’s greatest unexplained brain-fails. Or else they were mostly just thinking of the billions Facebook was paying them.
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Either they were naive or the $ deal was just hard to pass.

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Let's see how BS is the above explanation -

techcrunch.com/2018/09/26/what

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Acton has also suggested he was used by Facebook to help get its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp past EU regulators who had been concerned it might be able to link accounts — as it subsequently did.
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That is naive to think that Facebook bought WhatsApp for a whopping $19 bn, just so that we could have a family time.

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We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. The changes are related to optional business features on WhatsApp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.
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faq.whatsapp.com/general/secur

nitter.net/sebslomski/status/1

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@GitHubHelp
, you blocked our entire company account after one employee opened his laptop while visiting is parents in Iran. We are completely blocked from deploying!
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> It has the potential to drive them away from a well-engineered and carefully considered system to much more dangerous products that make truly false claims. Since the story has been published, we have repeatedly reached out to the author and the editors at The Guardian, but have received no response.

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> It is great that The Guardian thinks privacy is something their readers should be concerned about. However, running a story like this without taking the time to carefully evaluate claims of a “backdoor” will ultimately only hurt their readers.

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signal.org/blog/there-is-no-wh

> We believe that WhatsApp remains a great choice for users concerned with the privacy of their message content.

Mmmmmmmmmmm!

> An open source infrastructure for a centralized network now provides almost the same level of control as federated protocols, without giving up the ability to adapt. If a centralized provider with an open source infrastructure ever makes horrible changes, those that disagree have the software they need to run their own alternative instead. It may not be as beautiful as federation, but at this point it seems that it will have to do.

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