NEWSLETTER: WHATSAPP CEO QUITS AMID CLASHES & FITBIT SHARING DATA WITH GOOGLE

NEWSLETTER: WHATSAPP CEO QUITS AMID CLASHES & FITBIT SHARING DATA WITH GOOGLE

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

– Mother Teresa  

WHATSAPP CEO QUITS FACEBOOK

 THE STORY

Jan Koum, CEO of popular messaging app WhatsApp, leaves parent company Facebook and also steps down from Facebook’s board of directors. As Jan Koum disagree with Facebook’s policy on data privacy.

WHAT’S THE MATTER?

Jan Koum in 2014 sold WhatsApp to Facebook for a stupefying $19 Billion.

At the time this deal took place, Facebook guaranteed that WhatsApp will be ad free and the data will not be merged with Facebook’s. Same was assured to regulators in Europe, where WhatsApp is most used.

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WhatsApp user count jumped to 1.5 billion just after getting acquired by Facebook, triple than what it was before.

But, just after a year, Facebook asked WhatsApp to change its terms of services, also asked to give users’ phone numbers to them. This will allow Facebook to target users’ with more precise advertisements depending on their interests and likes.

In 2017, Facebook was also fined small amount of $122 Million by the European Union for disclosing the deal between them.

WHAT WERE THE REPERCUSSIONS?

As a result, Koum has now confirmed that he is leaving Facebook, but didn’t stated the reason.

Koum was against the advertising strategy, and doesn’t believe in ads on which earlier in an interview earlier he said that, “Dealing with ads is depressing. You don’t make anyone’s life better by making advertisements work better.”

Post by Jan Koum on Facebook:

“It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.

I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined. The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things. I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside. Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible.”

WHAT COULD BE THE FUTURE OF WHATSAPP?

After all that has happened, WhatsApp will now fully be under Facebook. Privacy and Terms could now be changed, and if possible, we can also expect ads on WhatsApp this time. Hope it stays the same, and doesn’t runs ads and subscriptions.

This was the major loss for Facebook. It turns out that Facebook is not having a great time this year so far.


GOOGLE COLLABORATES WITH FITBIT

THE STORY

Google announced collaboration with Fitbit to fast-track Digital Health and Wearables. As Fitbit has chosen Google Cloud as the cloud provider and will use Google’s Cloud Healthcare API, which was updated recently, to provide and interoperability solution that will boost the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information. Also, will allow their users to collaborate with their own healthcare provider.

WHAT ARE THEY BOTH GETTING AT?

The goal of both the organizations is to reach out user’s at large scale to help them manage their healthcare including hospitals and doctors.

The goal is similar to what Google is doing since it came into existence, which is to organize the information and make it available for all the universal users’.

This will help users to connect with their respective healthcare providers, and when needed all the providers can easily and securely connect to each other for your health and care.

WHAT GOOGLE AND FITBIT HAVE TO SAY?

Gregory J. Moore, Vice President of Healthcare, Google Cloud wrote in a blog regarding the collaboration that:

“Although we’re just getting started in this collaboration, we’re excited by what’s possible. To date, Fitbit has sold more than 76 million devices, built a community of more than 25 million active users and has one of the world’s largest health and fitness databases. We hope that by helping them take advantage of our highly secure platform and support for open standards, we can bring better health to more people around the world”.

In a statement he also said that, “By enabling Fitbit to connect and manage key health and fitness data using our Google Cloud Healthcare API, we are getting one step closer to this goal. Together, we have the opportunity to deliver up-to-date information to providers, enhancing their ability to follow and manage the health of their patients and guide their treatment.”

Whereas, on the other hand, James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit said,

“Over the past decade, we have built an incredible foundation as the leading wearables brand, helping millions of people around the world make lasting behavior changes that improve their health and wellness through fun and engaging experiences. Working with Google gives us an opportunity to transform how we scale our business, allowing us to reach more people around the world faster, while also enhancing the experience we offer to our users and the healthcare system. This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables.”

Anuj is a content writer for Systweak and being from an engineering background, likes to get more in-depth with technology and gadgets. He likes playing video games and reading in his free time.

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