Google’s new messaging app Allo sparks…

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Controversy over Google’s new messaging app Allo erupted within hours of its release Tuesday night. Edward Snowden, the former federal government contractor who leaked National Security Agency data, was unequivocal: “Don’t use Allo,” he tweeted. At issue for privacy advocates is the artificial intelligence that Google says adds value to the app — but requires the company to read, analyze and hold onto a user’s messaging and other interactions. Allo, first announced at Google’s I/O developers’ conference in May, went live Tuesday night for Android and iPhones. Competing with Facebook’s Messenger and Apple’s iMessage as a chatting app, it also contains a bot — called Google Assistant — to go up against Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. The assistant can be invoked within a chat by typing “@Google.” “All…


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