Rumours: Facebook brings back Messenger to App

FastCompany recently posted some rumours on possible integration of FB Messenger back to Facebook app: Until 2014, Facebook users were able to send and receive Facebook messages in the primary app. But then Facebook decided to remove the messaging feature from the app and forced users to use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app to send and receive Facebook messages. Wong speculates that the reversal of this policy is in preparation of Facebook integrating its messaging services across all its apps: Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram....

April 12, 2019 · 2 min · anvyst

#delete campaigns: social solidarity vs privacy

Uber: Travel ban January 2017, we witnessed #deleteuber social media campaign. The movement erupted after Trump’s ban on travel ban from Muslim-majority countries, when NYC taxi drivers went on strike. At the very same moment Uber announced “surged pricing on JFK airport” being turned off. February 2017 benchmarks shown 200,000 accounts being deleted as an act of solidarity against US President decision. Cambridge Analytica: Elections March 2018, Christopher Wylie, whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica (has nothing to do with famous university), gives an interview to Guardian on how the company was collecting Facebook user profiles and presumably helped targeting elections campaign for Republican Party to win the elections....

April 9, 2018 · 3 min · anvyst

Twitter as communication tool for botnets

ESET researchers discovered an Android backdoor Trojan controlled by tweets. Detected by ESET as Android/Twitoor, it’s the first malicious app using Twitter instead of a traditional command-and-control (C&C) server. After launch, the Trojan hides its presence on the system and checks the defined Twitter account in regular intervals for commands. Based on received commands, it can either download malicious apps or change the C&C Twitter account to another one....

August 26, 2016 · 2 min · anvyst

Bored with your free time?

This tweet had to land here without any doubts, as those who maintained open-source projects know the drill. Bored with your free time? Had enough of people being nice to you? Masochist? Maintain a popular open source project. — I Am Devloper (@iamdevloper) January 27, 2015 In case this tweet disappears, or something happens in far far future:

March 1, 2015 · 1 min · anvyst

Automattic valued 1B

Great products, small productive teams. A place to work! Automattic Raises $160 Million, Valued at $1.16 Billion — Hacker News Bot (@newsycombinator) May 5, 2014 Automattic, the company behind and other Web publishing tools, has raised $160 million from investors. Including Insight Venture Partners, CEO Matt Mullenweg confirmed. The round values the nine-year-old company at $1.16 billion. After the investment, which is its first since it raised $12 million in 2008....

May 5, 2014 · 1 min · anvyst