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Google Allo is Fucking Stupid

Yesterday, Google announced their new messaging app (after several previous attempts and failures in the space) Allo (pronounced Aloe). I'm going to spare you the circlejerk the tech media world has had over the "groundbreaking tech" and just go over the ways Google fucked up. Incognito Mode One of Google's big features for Allo is the inclusion of an end to end encrypted "incognito mode." The encryption for this is provided in partnership with Open Whisper System's signal protocol which is considered the state of the art for encrypted mobile messaging (and can be found in WhatsApp and OWS's own Signal application). This is big news... read more »