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The latest anonymous chatting app is both harrowing and intriguing

My first conversation on Kindly – a new, anonymous chatting app where strangers can seek emotional support — didn’t go so well. I volunteered to be a …

Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts

With Whisper and Secret raising millions of dollars to build anonymous services, all kinds of apps are popping up that let you share things without attaching your identity.<p>While most of the apps emerging try to build a community by letting you scroll through streams of anonymous messages, some …

PostSecret founder has a few things to say about new anonymous apps

Long before secret-sharing apps like Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak were raking in millions in venture funding, Frank Warren was asking strangers to …

Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your …

Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Sangeet Paul Choudary is the director of Platform Thinking Labs and analyzes platforms and network effect strategies at his blog</i> <i>Platform Thinking</i><i>.</i><p>Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest …

Want To Communicate Anonymously Without Being Monitored Or Tracked? 'Blackphone' Now On Sale

Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks …

Fundraiser to support 'NSA-proof' email gets off to a roaring start

ProtonMail, an encrypted email service that advertises itself as “NSA-proof,” launched to much acclaim about a month ago.<p>Since then, the company says it has signed up 200,000 users — and it just launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo because, co-founder Andy Yen says, “that is the best way to …

Asia’s most popular messaging app is censoring itself in China

Line, a popular messaging app used throughout Asia and beyond, is blocking a list of 535 words for its Chinese users.<p>Researchers at the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs reported this week that the Japanese app has added some 300 words to an existing list of …

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Tresorit Launches Its End-to-End Encrypted File-Sharing Service

Tresorit today officially launched its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service after emerging from its stealth beta. The startup employs multiple layers of security that make its data extremely difficult to compromise.<p>One key advantage to Tresorit is that it doesn’t have a master key to your …

Impala for Android recognizes your pics and automatically sorts them into categories

Say goodbye to your messy photo gallery and say hello to better-organized and automatically sorted photos courtesy of Impala, an app that uses computer vision technology to help you categorize your photos.<p>First released as an iOS-exclusive app and now available for free on the Google Play Store, …

Facebook encourages users to install Messenger app by removing chat

Facebook will remove chat from its iPhone and Android app, forcing users to download its separate Messenger app if they want to continue sending and receiving private messages.<p>The social network began notifying users in the UK, France and other European countries on Wednesday that they will need to …

How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

A few weeks ago, January Chang, a student at National Taiwan University, joined her fellow students in protesting a controversial trade agreement, which would bring Taiwan closer to China. The students occupied Taiwan's legislature, and some of them are still there, but they had a problem: With …

WhatsApp announces 64 billion messages sent through its texting app — in just one day

Whatsapp, the popular messaging client for iOS and Android, announced today on Twitter that it had reached a new record for messages sent in a single day. With 20 billion outgoing messages and 44 incoming messages handled in a single 24-hour period, the grand total came out to 64 billion.<p>[tweet …

Samsung ChatOn update deletes messages, Snapchat-style

Samsung has taken a page out of Snapchat 's book -- and then thrown that page away so you can't read it any more. The own-brand instant messaging service now lets you delete messages even after they've been read, one of the new features in an update.<p>ChatOn users will now be able to erase messages …

Facebook Messenger for Android lets you pin chats right to your home screen

Facebook's big-spending CEO presumably has a grand plan for Messenger, now that he's gone to such great lengths to own WhatsApp. For the time being though, his company is continuing to focus on subtle but useful changes to its homemade apps, with the Android version of Messenger just receiving an …

Book Creator: Create Ebooks From Your Android Tablet

After almost three since launching for iPad, Red Jumper Studio has brought its personal ebook-creating app to Android tablets.<p>The aptly-titled Book Creator app probably isn’t what you’d use to self-publish your first piece of fiction, but it will work well for personal use, say, creating stories …

Can't stand your friends? Rumr lets you chat with them anonymously

James Jerlecki can’t tell me exactly <i>how</i> his new app is going to be useful, but he thinks teens are gonna love it.<p>"My sister is a teacher and works a lot with teens," he says, "and they want her to respect them, but they are afraid about what they share." Jerlecki’s sister wishes there were an open …

FireChat sees 100K app downloads a day with a huge uptake overseas

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Anonymous Social Apps Aren't Too Gossipy - Or Anonymous - For Advertisers

It’s hardly a secret anymore. Anonymous social apps like Secret and Whisper are among the hottest diversions to come out of Silicon Valley, showcasing streams of short confessions from your contacts list or the near vicinity. Users comment or “love” posts anonymously, and often keep scrolling to …

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