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Old 11-12-2010, 09:31 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Kik has a serious privacy flaw. Kik ties in a person's username with their email address. Kik then sorts through the person's addressbook to find potential friends. This is considered a major privacy issue because a user may not want someone that is in their addressbook to know they have a Kik account--but they will because if they have your email address then they also have your Kik username without authorization or adding that person to your friends list. I understand the usefulness of finding other Kik users quite easily but there should be an ability to turn off the feature that allows Kik to search for other Kik users in your addressbook and SPAMMING them with a "you may know" message.

There's a reason why Blackberry Messenger allows its users to accept/reject another user before they are able to message them, and that it doesn't just sift through the user's address book looking for other potential BBM users.
Kik is addressing this privacy flaw according to an article in BGR. The data and battery issues cause me to not recommend this app at this time
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:36 PM   #62 (permalink)
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From what I understand Kik has temporarily suspended new downloads from its BB users. i am not sure about the other platforms
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I'm thinking of downloading this program guys. Why is it better than say MSN Messenger or Google Talk?

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Old 11-16-2010, 12:16 PM   #64 (permalink)
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I prefer this app or pingchat because I can communicate with any BB, Droid or Iphone user whether I or they have an MSN or Google acct.
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From what I understand Kik has temporarily suspended new downloads from its BB users. i am not sure about the other platforms
This link will partly explain some issues

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Old 11-21-2010, 06:40 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Could Kik be used with only a WAP connection? I have a Blackberry Tour which is flashed to Metro PCS with WAP and I haven't been able to log in. I've been able to use the app on a Blackberry 8900 using only a wifi connection, so I thought since it didn't need BIS, BES, or a data plan that it would be possible to use it on WAP.
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:55 PM   #67 (permalink)
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My understanding is that you need a data plan regardless.
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RIM suing Kik

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From David's law blog:

Yesterday, RIM launched a suit against Kik Interactive for patent infringement.

I just had a look at the statement of claim (available here), and it look like there's more to the story than simply patent infringement.

Not only does RIM allege that Kik infringed the following Canadian Patents:
2353161
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It also looks like Ted Livingston, the CEO of Kik interactive, worked at RIM as part of the BBM group in 2007 to 2008. RIM alleged that Ted had access to confidential information regarding BBM development, future plans, and technology and used them to his benefit.

RIM also alleged that Kik had, without obtaining user consent, transmitted end users' personal information, including information from their address books, to Kik's servers and then used that information to send spam.

This is going to be an interesting case to watch, as RIM will certainly ask for an injunction to stop Kik from distributing its software across not only BlackBerry, but all other mobile platforms as well.
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