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While the world wonders whether Snapchat is a three-billion-dollar disaster because of its recent hack, an AOL alumnus has launched a disappearing message app designed for corporate audiences. Confide, which hit the app store on January 8 US time, pitches itself as an app that “lets you say what you want … messages disappear …

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Er... what's wrong with a good-old telephone ... while there is a record of the call being made (at the telco), the talker can (optionally) request the listener authenticate him/herself, there's no trace of the contents (the conversation) as soon as its received. The talker can also request and obtain immediate confirmation that the message has been received and understood.

And if you're worried about the record of the call, use someone else's - or a phone box.

Even better, meet in person.

Sounds like a better solution...

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Because people need to communicate across time zones for example? We all lead busy lives so it's easier to simply leave quick messages for each other so no one has to wait around for someone else. We can get on with our lives and catch up with each other when it suits us. No wasted time dialing, calling and leaving a voice-message that might not get heard due to bad recording or background noise from the caller. Plant workers might not have time to leave their posts and walk 250 yards to a find a quite spot, a text message is perfect, clear and precise. Most of the time text message, being so small, the services can be offered free or at the very least can be made cheap being subsidised by another service on offer.

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Because private telephones are banned from trading floors. But of course, chat on a mobile isn't. And the traders phones are always recorded. So yeah, the application seem tailor made for insider trading.

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nothing is private

Unless it is truly "se offendendo"... it cannot be else.

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I wonder whether this comes pre-compromised by the NSA or is on their to-do list.

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>(the determined recipient could, of course, just use a separate video camera to capture messages permanently).

It's not uncommon for people to have a works phone and a personal phone - the latter could be used to photograph the screen of the former. Heck, just use the camera on a tablet or laptop.

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Paris Hilton

I know what a "con" is...

...but what is a "fide"?

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