Gizmodo March Madness: Elite Eight – Encrypted vs Maps

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March Madness Bracket Challenge: Determining the Greatest App of All Time

Welcome to Gizmodo’s March Madness bracket challenge where the search for the greatest app of all time has reached the Elite Eight stage. In yesterday’s tournament, Calculator firmly defeated Uber, securing over 73 percent of the votes and moving on to the next round. Today, we witness a showdown between the leading encrypted messaging app and the reigning champion of maps.

If you’re new to the competition, you can find detailed information on our selection criteria by clicking here. Take a look at the complete bracket of contenders below. And if you believe we overlooked your preferred app, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Let’s delve into today’s matchups.

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WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app, emerged in 2009 as a modest attempt to safeguard user privacy through a simplistic platform centered on encryption. However, its popularity surged, captivating the attention of major investors. In 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion, prompting co-founder Jan Koum to publicly acknowledge relinquishing his principles for profit. Meanwhile, Brian Acton, the other co-founder, assumed a prominent position at Signal with the aim of preserving WhatsApp’s original mission. Notably, WhatsApp has notably resisted Facebook’s typical transformation tactics and has yet to integrate advertisements, although this is anticipated in the future. Despite these changes, WhatsApp remains a social hub connecting friends, aligning with the initial vision of Facebook.

Google Maps: Navigating the Globe with Precision

Debuting in 2005, Google Maps stands as one of the oldest contenders in the competition, exhibiting enduring relevance and innovation. Often credited with revolutionizing navigation, this app has significantly enhanced global accessibility, rendering printed directions obsolete. Even Apple, a key tech competitor, has struggled to rival the success and efficiency of Google Maps.

Now, the time has come to cast your vote. Which app will emerge victorious in this clash of digital titans?

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