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Facebook Buys Israeli Mobile Analytics Startup Onavo 38

rtoz writes "Israeli Mobile Data Management Startup "Onavo" has announced that it has been acquired by Social Media Giant Facebook. Facebook will get its first office at Israel by acquiring Onavo. Techcrunch has mentioned that Onavo will give facebook a much deeper tech bench to measure how its mobile services are working. 'Onavo will be an exciting addition to Facebook,' a Facebook spokesperson told AllThingsD. 'We expect Onavo's data compression technology to play a central role in our mission to connect more people to the internet, and their analytic tools will help us provide better, more efficient mobile products.'"
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Facebook Buys Israeli Mobile Analytics Startup Onavo

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  • I love the Onavo app for my Android.
    Is there any good app that can replace it?

    • Used to use on it iOS, until it routed all data through an insecure VPN.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Eh. So you are loving a spyware app that you downloaded and installed yourself? And now you are asking for a good replacement?
      Sorry, I don't follow.

    • That depends, who would you prefer knows which applications you run on a day to day basis?

      As someone with a data plan that's not at all unlimited I find it a valuable tool, and now that Zuckerberg has paid 100M for it, he can find out all about my non-existant Facebook related data usage.
    • by Elbart ( 1233584 )
      If you mean Onavo's traffic-counter: 3G Watchdog is very good.
  • As the Snowden leaks made clear, ALL surveillance data goes to Israel and many of the "companies" that produce the software for this and other espionage purposes are based there.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    My, aren't they philantropic all of a sudden. Except that "the internet" means "facebook", and the price tag is having everything you post as well as everything else you do, slurped up, sliced, diced, analysed, sold off to the highest bidder in convenient packages, and regularly dressed up in a "New! Improved!" privacy policy, which usually means less choice to bare ever more, for you.

    Of course, we all expect cheese-curdling weaselspeak from this sort of announcement, but even that has limits, and even here

    • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

      The fact is that over 90 percent of the public doesn't give a shit about privacy. If they did facebook would have disappeared by now. I deleted my facebook account 3 years ago, I only had it at all to see pictures of my grand children that my daughter and daughter-in-law posted there. Eventually I got so annoyed with facebook's crap I just deleted the damn thing. All this ranting is pointless though because almost everyone on facebook knows that they have no privacy and don't care about it.

  • So my questions are: Does being based in Israel provide Facebook's Israeli "subsidiaries" with the ability to use the data from Facebook users differently, that is, in a way that is similar in some aspect to how Israel has access to raw collect NSA data on American citizens in ways that American law doesn't allow? Not to be all conspiracy theory driven but is there a Facebook / NSA connection in this?

    I'm thinking back to the earlier /. post on "NSA Shares Intel On Americans With Israel" http://yro.slashdot [slashdot.org]

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