Deal with the Devil: Facebook, Google, mobile apps

A deal with the devil.
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It was the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke who wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." And clearly many people think that way about applications for smartphones.

Mobile apps can show us detailed maps of most places on earth. 
They can read QR codes that tell us when the next bus is coming to this stop. 
They alert us to the scores of sporting events we care about. 
They allow us to send text messages, free, to billions of people anywhere in the world (WhatsApp and WeChat users alone account for nearly 2 billion).
So we willingly give ourselves over to these services that do all these amazing things for us. Often we sign in to them using our Facebook or Google or Twitter accounts, thereby giving those social network platforms access to information about our preferences for products, who are friends are, where we are dining, and how we are amusing ourselves.
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