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The Ultimate Spying Machine?

The Ultimate Spying Machine? | LinkedIn

“Facebook is only beginning to leverage all their data and I believe that even if we all stopped using Facebook today (which is very unlikely), the company would still have more information about people than any other private company on the planet (maybe Google is a close, but they haven’t got all the detailed personal data).

Recent attempts by Facebook’s data science team shows the incredible power of analyzing the data. For example, Facebook revealed that it can now safely predict when a user is about to change their relationship status from ‘single’ to ‘in relationship’. The insights come from analyzing the way we exchange messages and post on our timeline just before we ‘commit’. Read the details here. The question is, what else will Facebook be able to predict?”

via Facebook + WhatsApp = The Ultimate Spying Machine? | LinkedIn.

Nobody expects the Zuckerberg acquisition…

Ed note: Wrote this post earlier in the week, before the news broke about Facebook’s purchase of Whatsapp for…  

Game over, man. Game. Frickin’. Over.
If you don’t get it, you’re just too young to read this blog.

Did you think the Google purchase of Waze for $966 million was a major purchase?  Or Yahoo taking a tumble for Tumblr at just over $1 billion?  These were just some of the high-profile acquisitions that took place during 2013:

“When one tech giant gobbles up another major player, like in the (ed. note: $7.2 billion) Microsoft and Nokia deal, the whole world talks about it. However, most of us are not aware that these media empires actually purchase companies by the dozen each year. Most of the time, the purchase price is not disclosed, but it is safe to say that it usually amounts to tens of millions of dollars.” (emphasis mine)

Only “tens of millions” of dollars?  I hope that these startups hold out until they get all the extras, including… Anyway – there’s a decent  infographic showing the leaderboard for 2013 available below:

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