Apple, Path, Facebook, others in lawsuit sights
A new lawsuit (below) filed last week and uncovered on Friday by CNET could try and take Apple and key iOS app writers to task for alleged unapproved contact access. The potential class action case accuses those who've admitted to any access, such as Path, Twitter, and Instagram, of violating privacy by becoming "mobile radio beacons" that were "broadcasting and publicly exposing" contact lists to everyone. Questionably, however, it also names the developers of numerous other unverified apps of doing the same thing, including Beluga, Burbn, Chillingo, EA, Facebook, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Hipster, Gowalla, Kik, LinkedIn, Rovio (Angry Birds), and ZeptoLab (Cut the Rope).
Beluga starts shut down after Facebook deal
The messaging app team from Beluga warned Friday that the iOS app would be phased out in the transition to Facebook Messenger. Regular chat will stop November 11, when access turns to read-only. An archive of messages will be available until an absolute shutdown on December 15.
Facebook buys out Beluga product, staff
Facebook has just purchased the group messaging service Beluga, TechCrunch has learned from the social network. Unlike in its previous acquisitions, Facebook has taken over the primarily iOS-focused app and the team behind it. That team is made up of three ex-Google employees and the new owners plan on keeping the service operational, at least for the short term.