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Facebook Buys Israeli Mobile Analytics Startup Onavo

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the like-this dept.

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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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Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45120969)

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Onavo app (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year ago | (#45120999)

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

Re:Onavo app (1)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | about a year ago | (#45121025)

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

Re:Onavo app (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121043)

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.

Re:Onavo app (-1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#45121257)

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.

Its Israeli, so they will be after the bad guys.

Re:Onavo app (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#45121583)

Wait, I don't follow politics daily: Who is the "bad" guys du jour in the middle east currently?

Re:Onavo app (2, Insightful)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#45121705)

They ARE the bad guys.

Re:Onavo app (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45122199)

I find this offensive, and i have always taken offense at the fact that akamai has also lodged itself in over 50percent of the worlds private-personal-computers. If I were a nuclear operater, i would also be offended and threatened by this onavo and akamai after the stuxnet and duqu worms have spread to offline scada appliances like drink dispensers and allsorts!
i demand they be taken down/taken out.

Re:Onavo app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45122861)

lol akamai now? wut?

Re:Onavo app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45122259)

No, *they* are!

This could go on forever the sad thing is, it probably will :|

Re:Onavo app (1)

Steve_Ussler (2941703) | about a year ago | (#45124767)

why u say that?

Re:Onavo app (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45122309)

You mean Palestinian women and children you consider to be "bad guys" because you starve them until they break the rules?

Re:Onavo app (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#45125869)

No, i doubt that they will be gathering intercept information on them, unless they are planning on being suicide bombers. I mean Muslim terrorists of course

Re:Onavo app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45126429)

You doubt? What are your credentials for having *any* opinion of the IDF, Mossad, et al? None.

You're an idiot. They profile everyone they can find info on. Women and children, yes.

Re:Onavo app (1)

Sun (104778) | about a year ago | (#45129317)

As far as I can see, an Israeli company's chances of backdooring its own product to help the Israeli intelligence are much lower than an American's.

My source - I have been in charge of product security for Check Point between late 2000 and early 2003. Never once saw any sign of back door. Never saw any request to backdoor. Was never asked to ignore or bury a vulnerability. Was never dissuaded from conducting proactive audits to find vulnerabilities.

What's your source?

Shachar

P.S.
Yes, I know that it is possible to read what I wrote as saying that American companies are backdooring their products to help Israeli intelligence. I made a conscious decision not to fix it. You are now free to make fun of this mistake. Enjoy.

Re:Onavo app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121071)

It's a phone, right? Call the NSA directly, tell them who your friends are and what you're doing all the time. They need this info, apparently.

Re:Onavo app (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | about a year ago | (#45124039)

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.

Re:Onavo app (1)

Elbart (1233584) | about a year ago | (#45131789)

If you mean Onavo's traffic-counter: 3G Watchdog is very good.

Woohoo! (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121095)

Another way for the Israeli government to get all of our Facebook data. Thanks America!

Re:Woohoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121207)

Blast! And it was so secure too before the Israelis got involved.

Re:Woohoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121925)

This is the cost of doing business in many countries. Want to do business here? Partner with or buy one of our buddies start-ups for a big pile of money. An outright cash payment would fall afoul of anti-bribery laws.

Facebook. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121203)

Fuck It.

Technology is all about marketing now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45121267)

...their analytic tools will help us provide better, more efficient mobile products.'"

Ah yes, corporate double speak.

....and later launched Onavo Insights, the first mobile market intelligence service based on real engagement data.

More data mining shit to profile people in order to sell them more shit.

I'm just getting more and more disgusted with "technology". It's no longer about making our lives better. It's all about selling now.

Kids, that's how to become rich - develop applications that give the marketers data analysis.

I miss the days when technology was about computing power and making things smaller and smarter. When making a new computer or chip fired people up.

Now it's all about pushing more advertising on people to get them to buy more stuff.

Re:Technology is all about marketing now. (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#45121661)

Capitalism is about to come apart at the seams, actually. It was about a product and selling a product. All that's left by now is selling, and the current pinnacle of the devolution is that we're just selling the selling now.

That's what Facebook is, essentially. It's selling you info that allows you to sell your products. Since that is far more profitable than actually selling a product (because you have the expense of actually making a product) whereas Facebook can simply sell a "self producing" product (its users), market dictates that everyone will have to follow. And even a surplus of supply, something that should limit the appeal to become a supplier yourself instead of providing other goods and services, has a self propagating and boosting effect, because the more companies sell selling info, the more the very same companies need selling info to stay competitive.

In the end, all that's left is a circle jerk of people telling each other how to sell something better. Problem is just that nobody is selling a product anymore that anyone would possibly actually WANT to have.

Re:Technology is all about marketing now. (1)

mfwitten (1906728) | about a year ago | (#45123605)

Problem is just that nobody is selling a product anymore that anyone would possibly actually WANT to have.

Then how do people pay Facebook for its information?

Geesh. It's hard to believe the crap that people upvote on Slashdot.

huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45125527)

I think he means free as in beer. Not actually purchasing information. Facebook provides the ecosystem for all of this selling info to fester.

"Check out on facebook, and twitter! Forget our shitty product, just check us out!! Isn't it the cool thing to do?

Either that or he's speaking in adwords terms, as in they are selling you the data that you need to reach your target audience. (even though if it's not your target audience 90% of the time factually) Never used facebook ads, or facebook.

Re:Technology is all about marketing now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45123755)

Zuckerberg is really into Jewish and Israeli stuff. He has been buying companies that were started by Jews and Israelis a lot. Anybody see this pattern too ?

Facebook is an Israeli/US intelligence operation (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45122127)

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.

Re:Facebook is an Israeli/US intelligence operatio (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45123773)

Well, that must be the Zionist bankers then, because regular people in Israel do not have access to that spy data, as far as it seems.

Re:Facebook is an Israeli/US intelligence operatio (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45124423)

You do know that the founders of Facebook are all Jews right?

Re:Facebook is an Israeli/US intelligence operatio (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about a year ago | (#45128819)

You do know that the founders of Facebook are all Jews right?

So your theory is that The Winklevoss Twins were cut off because goyim?

"mission to connect more people to the internet" (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45122261)

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 they "innovate". Yep, that's the face of "innovation" these days. Better get used to it, more is coming.

Re:"mission to connect more people to the internet (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#45122757)

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.

Re:"mission to connect more people to the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45124513)

Interesting perspective, woolen-glasses not removed;
EVERYONE cares about their privacy, but 90% do not clearly understand how belligerent the GROSS VIOLATIONS OF PRIVACY perpetrated by facebooger/akamai/amdocs and other *multinational foreign* internet behemoths has become.

Doesnt give a shit about privacy. If they did....

they might say "I`m taking this call in the other room.", or "i do not want my reject-photo album to be displayed, distributed, copied, or sent to a data-wormhole in TEL-AVIV?!?"
Are you kidding? EVERYONE is concerned with privacy, its a homosapien thing; even nudists keep their wallets away from prying eyes.

There is a very odd and dangerous pattern emerging in the "internet": a country half the size of Switzerland is (by various methods and means) increasing in possession of data which has been obtained through VIOLATIONS OF THE HUMAN RIGHT TO PRIVACY.

Does the mass-media play a part in the mass-deception resulting in the "herd phenomena" directing netizens to these data-wormholes? One`s own government obtaining (legally by way of court-order or otherwise) and hoarding One`s data is one thing, but to to have One`s private data in the (dirty) hands of an unwelcome third-party or *multinational foreigner" is certainly a step or two too far. And when those multinationals are based in the Eastern Mediterranean, unless youre a Cypriot or israeli, IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.
Ask a Chinese or Norwegian if they intended that their word-processor-files or digital-photo-albums which they manage on their Personal Computers, if those files were intended to be stored in the far-distant desert? Overwhelmingly, NO. So HOW THE HECK DID THIS HAPPEN?

Re:"mission to connect more people to the internet (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#45128999)

Have you ever talked to any of these people about the fact that facebook datamines them and sells all their personal info? I have. To dozens of people. Out of all of those, every single one without exception, the response was always some form of "so what." Yeah they don't want their friends to know what they're talking about on the phone maybe and they probably don't want their coworkers knowing all about them but when it's just some faceless global corporation it's like it's okay. Really all the stuff that I had on facebook, which was very little, I basically didn't care about either but then I kept my personal info to a minimum. A lot of people have their entire lives online.

NSA tie in? (2)

j33px0r (722130) | about a year ago | (#45123245)

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.org/story/13/09/11/1752223/nsa-shares-intel-on-americans-with-israel [slashdot.org]

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