Facebook’s willingness to copy rivals’ apps seen as hurting innovation

Four years ago, Facebook spent over $150 million on a free app used by millions. Today that app, called Onavo, has become a little-known weapon in Facebook’s massive expansion strategy — helping the ­social-networking giant determine what is gaining popularity among consumers. It can then bring similar features to its own products, according to five people familiar with the effort who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it involves internal corporate strategy.

Link: Facebook’s willingness to copy rivals’ apps seen as hurting innovation
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