Liz Gannes

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Facebook Splinters Mobile Strategy With New App

Facebook today is starting the rollout of a new mobile app called Messenger that extends its Messages product.

It’s a strategic departure for the company, which has said it will emphasize HTML5 over native apps so as to simplify development — in fact, it still hasn’t released a general-purpose Facebook iPad app. But now, Facebook will split off just its messaging features into the Messenger app that’s native for both iPhone and Android.

The Messenger app was developed by the Beluga team, which Facebook acquired in March, and like the start-up’s original product it emphasizes group planning.

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.


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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