Zoom acquired Keybase today.
Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.
Beware the Keybase formula:
1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded
I was supprised when I read the show notes and went on a hunt to see if I had missed something. Couldn't find anything so it seems fairly sudden.
Published a guide for the Hanabi competition (and found a bug in j2static in the process 😞) - hopefully it makes sense :P.
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