Liz Gannes

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Grouped{in} Gives Up, Citing Google+ Competition

Development of Grouped{in}, a group messaging app similar to Beluga and GroupMe that was heavily advertised at this year’s South By Southwest conference, will cease, according to Austin-based creator Appconomy, which said the privacy-focused Google+ likely has a better chance of competing with Facebook than a small start-up does. Appconomy, meanwhile, plans to offer a mobile app platform for the Chinese market. Update: Grouped{in} will continue to be developed as part of the larger platform, according to Appconomy Co-CEO Brian Magierski.


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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