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Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat 61

Nerval's Lobster writes "Our lives online come with perils, whether from the NSA checking up on our digital communications, or the possibility of the wrong e-message going viral. Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram, and other social networks have collected all sorts of personal data about us, where we've been, what we're saying, what we like, and our friends. No wonder the idea of ephemeral messages — such as those sent via Snapchat and other services — is beginning to resonate, attracting lots of startups who want to service that very need. These creators of self-destructing message apps claim they don't care about monetization, and that their products are secure — but as so many apps from other startups have demonstrated, security is often a very porous thing, and government agencies are more than happy to fire off a warrant to see unread messages stored on a server. Lots of developers want to become the Snapchat (if it means they can take a multi-billion-dollar buyout), but in the case of vaporizing messages, they're tiptoeing into tricky territory."
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Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat

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  • Stupid (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @04:19AM (#46332149)

    > No wonder the idea of ephemeral messages ... self-destructing message

    The entire concept is stupid. Screenshots. Or use your camera to photograph the screen if you must. Or run it in am emulator and do a screenshot of that.

    If you send something to someone, you should assume that they can keep a copy of it. Dont like that? Dont send it.

  • Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rebelwarlock ( 1319465 ) on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @04:20AM (#46332153)
    Let's reword the headline to say what was really meant:

    Attention whoring for an unoriginal idea.
  • Is it just me (Score:4, Insightful)

    by korbulon ( 2792438 ) on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @05:16AM (#46332281)

    Or does it seem that "serious" tech development has been largely superseded by much more frivolous stuff like social networks, casual gaming, and crap like snapchat? They have their place, sure, but the prices being thrown about for what are after all pretty basic applications are absurd. Seems to me that much of the "value" of these companies is 99% hat and 1% cattle. Exasperated by these tech bubbles - because that's what all this is - they exalt a few lucky morons and do so much damage when they pop.

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