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Daily News Stuff 17 November 2023

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  • Running Signal - an encrypted messaging app with hundreds of millions of installs worldwide - costs $40 million a year.  (Wired)

    That's not a lot on the scale of major platforms, but the breakdown is interesting.

    Nearly half of it goes on salaries and benefits.  Signal has a relatively small engineering team but keeping engineers working in a major US city is expensive.

    $1.7 million goes to pay for 20 petabytes of data transfers for voice and video calls.  

    And $6 million is spent just on the verification messages sent via SMS when new users sign up - a markup of around 50,000% over the real data costs incurred by mobile carriers.


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