Posts Tagged: messaging


Rakuten

Rakuten: Viber has 608 million registered accounts, is the future of our company

Viber's company's growth comes at a time when Rakuten wants to make the messaging service an essential component of the larger conglomerate.

  • August 4, 2014
  • at 4:59 pm
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Chat app Line is now selling user-created stickers. Here are our 7 favorite sets

Japan’s powerhouse messaging app Line announced last February that it would begin accepting applications for sticker sets made by ordi...

  • May 14, 2014
  • at 10:17 pm
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Despite WhatsApp’s dominance in India, investors still bet on local chat apps like Hike

Indian instant messaging app Hike just received $14 million in funding from Bharti Softbank, according to the Economic Times. The app repo...

  • April 1, 2014
  • at 11:08 am
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Rakuten wants to see Viber getting a million new users per day

Last month, Rakuten (JSD:4755) acquired Viber messaging app in a $900 million deal as the Japanese ecommerce titan tries to diversify and be...

  • March 6, 2014
  • at 2:50 pm
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Now you can create your own sticker sets on Line, and earn money from them too

Popular Japanese messaging app recently announced it will introduce a new feature that lets users create and sell their own virtual stickers...

  • February 26, 2014
  • at 6:01 pm
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5 reasons why the fight between WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Line matters

Are you tired of tech blogs covering messaging apps that you’ve never used, which are popular in countries that you’ve never been to? Do...

  • November 15, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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Line dives into e-commerce as it recruits Japanese sellers for upcoming Line Mall app

Yesterday Line, the popular Japanese messaging app, announced that it will prepare for the public launch of its upcoming (and long anticipat...

  • November 8, 2013
  • at 12:38 pm
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Mobile chat app Line wants to take over the world, but faces a long road ahead.

At Line’s annual event in Tokyo last August, leaders announced it would roll out channels for shopping, music, and video calls, first for ...

  • September 19, 2013
  • at 8:30 pm
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China’s Xiaomi Aims its MiTalk Messaging App at Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea

China’s Xiaomi not only makes a range of popular Android-based smartphones (a whopping 7.19 million sold in 2012) but also its own gro...

  • January 21, 2013
  • at 4:45 pm
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Kakao Talk

Korean messaging app KakaoTalk to merge with Daum, the country’s second-largest web portal (UPDATED)

In yet another major development in the global chat app wars, popular Korea-based messaging startup Kakao looks set to merge with Daum, the ...

  • May 26, 2014
  • at 4:45 pm
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Facing competition from WeChat, Alibaba’s chat app has turned its focus away from messaging

Last week, Chinese tech giant Alibaba released an updated version of Laiwang, the company’s bid for a mobile messaging app in the vein of ...

  • April 21, 2014
  • at 4:22 pm
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Line Mall

Shoppers rejoice, Line Mall makes its way on to iOS for Japanese users

The team behind Japan’s popular messaging app Line has brought its consumer-to-consumer e-commerce app Line Mall to iOS, over two mont...

  • March 6, 2014
  • at 3:15 pm
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Mxit is betting on feature phones and social change to help it battle other messaging apps in India

More and more people in developing nations are turning to mobile messaging apps instead of SMS. As they do so, they’ll find that there...

  • March 4, 2014
  • at 8:29 pm
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Viber’s CEO insists its still ‘open season’ for messaging apps to dominate Asia

Viber, the messaging app founded in 2010 by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco, has steadily emerged from the enormous pack of mobile messeng...

  • December 4, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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Whatsapp in India

WhatsApp continues Indian invasion as it breaks the 25 million active user mark

Today WhatsApp representatives revealed to Indian media that the popular messaging service recently broke the 25 million monthly active user...

  • November 8, 2013
  • at 9:37 pm
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More chat app silliness: Tencent allegedly blocks invites to Laiwang on rival app WeChat

Alibaba has continued its relentless promotion of its latecomer chat app Laiwang, and it looks like WeChat, its biggest competitor, has begu...

  • November 1, 2013
  • at 3:24 pm
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Xiaomi’s old flagship phone still selling well, now sold 15 million in total

China’s Xiaomi Taps SAP to Help Users Send Global SMS

Chinese startup phone-maker Xiaomi has tapped enterprise software company SAP (NYSE:SAP) to help its users send global SMS with ease. This w...

  • June 27, 2013
  • at 4:30 pm
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WeChat App Implicated at Trial of Pedophile in China

The trial of a sexual predator in Guangdong province in southern China has implicated the smash-hit messaging app WeChat as the way that the...

  • December 19, 2012
  • at 10:30 pm
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