Liz Gannes

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Pinger Brings Free Text Message App to Europe

Pinger, maker of the popular Textfree app (which has more than 15 million users in the U.S.), has a plan for starting operations in Europe, where it’s hard to break into the mobile business in part because carriers pay each other for each call made or text sent. Starting in Germany in August, Pinger will “gamify” the experience by only letting users of its Android and iOS apps send texts when they have received an equal number, so the company doesn’t have to pay fees to other carriers.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik