Peter Kafka

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Killing It on Android: Things Owned by Google. And Facebook!

Here’s a cool bit of infoporn from Nielsen, which is trying to track which apps Android users actually use. Answer: Overwhelmingly, Android users use stuff made by Google — Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube — along with Facebook.

The data comes from meters Nielsen plugs directly onto its sample set’s smartphones, so it’s certainly worth chewing on: I’m a little surprised to see the popularity of “Advanced Task Killer Free,” a systems utility. The monitoring company defines “active reach” as the percentage of users who have used an app within the last 30 days.


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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