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Wickr, secure messaging startup, aims to power encrypted communications for Facebook and financial transactions

October 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Phil Goldstein / Fierce Wireless

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Wickr, a secure messaging application that encrypts data from end to end and lets users destroy messages they receive, hopes to be the platform that powers similar messaging capabilities for Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Messenger, Snapchat and many other messaging services, according to CEO Nico Sell.

The startup is already moving in that direction and is partnering with No. 3 Mexican operator Iusacell to power the carrier's branded messaging service, Iusacell Messenger, and is preloaded on all of the carrier's new Android phones. In an interview with FierceWireless here at Re/code's Code/Mobile conference, Sell said that Wickr wants to have a multitude of partnerships and wants to license its technology, noting that brands, movie stars and other companies are going to have their own messaging apps going forward.

"I really think what we have here is the main communication tool everyone is going to use every day," she said.

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