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Old 02-19-2014, 06:19 PM   #26
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make another app similar to whatsapp with no ads
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If you're going to invest in tech right now are in companies getting into cloud and other business related services. The rest of these companies are floating on speculation and seriously good luck to investors when you paid billions of dollars for a company which has a potentially to make a few million dollars in profit if that.
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not as easy as you think bro... hahaha

amount of glitches a newbie programmer will have and how will they get the consumer *yes you!* to use their new chat app?!?!
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not as easy as you think bro... hahaha

amount of glitches a newbie programmer will have and how will they get the consumer *yes you!* to use their new chat app?!?!
Not to mention, Whatsapp was essentially the first mover in the market. There wasn't any app close to it when it first came out on iphone back in 2008?
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whatsapp was even available on symbian so they get props from me

i've never used any of these apps though im fine with what comes on the phone however wechat looks nicer to me im surprised that didn't get picked up instead (basing it on screenshots)
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Remember the Mike function back in the with the walkie talkie style, is there an app like that? That'd be pretty sweet.
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Remember the Mike function back in the with the walkie talkie style, is there an app like that? That'd be pretty sweet.
Think that was dependent on a network feature, Push to Talk IIRC
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CNN was saying Whatsapp gets 1 million new users a day.So it's still growing at a crazy rate.
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Wonder who's going to buy up snapchat or will they get investors and try to grow the company themselves and become the next FB.

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FORTUNE -- Like many of you, I'm still having a hard time processing Facebook's decision to pay around $19 billion for a four year-old messaging company. In the meantime, some numbers that weren't in the press release:

$19.5 billion.

That's the amount Facebook (FB) actually is paying for WhatsApp, based on today's closing stock price of $68.06 per share. In calculating the overall price, Facebook used the average of the six trading days preceding Feb. 18 -- which worked out to only around $65.27 per share. Facebook shares are off a bit in aftermarket trading, but still above the $65.27 mark.

35%

That's how much of Facebook's cash is being used for this deal. Pretty extraordinary, given that this is mostly a stock transaction.

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That's how many venture capital firms currently own shares in WhatsApp. The lottery winner here is Sequoia Capital, which led the company's Series A round back in early 2011.

$60 million

That's how much we hear that Sequoia invested overall into WhatsApp, over three rounds of financing (only the first of which was ever publicly reported). The bulk of that was part of a $50 million Series C infusion that WhatsApp quietly closed in the middle of last year.

$3.4 billion

That's a ballpark figure for how much Sequoia will make on the deal. My understanding is that it holds a WhatsApp ownership percentage in the "high teens" -- placing it between $3.2 billion (17%) and $3.6 billion (19%).

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Sequoia Capital's view, keep in mind these guys were also in Instagram before it got bought by FB

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I wonder if Whatapp paid their cleaners with stock options, boy, multi-millionaires overnight. Like how Google/Facebook/Twitter made even their lowest employees multi-millionaires.

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...... If no ads, I guess it'd be information/data being sold then.
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is there an app that is like chat roulette but for mobile phone messaging?

i wonder if that'll take off.
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is there an app that is like chat roulette but for mobile phone messaging?

i wonder if that'll take off.
It needs to be a location based random chat app. So yo can connect with random people in your area or in a different location.
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It needs to be a location based random chat app. So yo can connect with random people in your area or in a different location.
Tinder sounds like what you guys are describing
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Tinder is based on likes and a 'screening' process. This has to be super random and not geographically based. Like you can talk to someone in Europe randomly.

EG: if you're taking a shit and you're bored, you just open the app and someone's there from god know's where in the world.
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with the super computers these corporations can afford and with the upcoming quantum computers, the price they pay is little compared to the data they can mine and what patterns of data they can get these computers to crunch out.

they will have info that no one else in the world has access to. or can have access to... except maybe google and NSA a-alikes.

they'll see new patterns of information that no one else can even begin to start to put together. vital information... and in some aspect, live data.

it doesn't take much except to throw in a few creative minds and you'll have an endless list of stuff u can experiment with.
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Read a great article on this topic a few weeks ago; Quantum Computing: A Primer | TIME.com

It's downright scary what this computer will be able to do and with FB essentially having so much access to so much private data from almost a billion people you wonder if a tech company will one day rule the entire world.
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