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Google Reported To Launch A New, Smarter Messaging Service

In an attempt to keep up with Facebook Messenger and WeChat, Google will reportedly incorporate artificial intelligence into a new messaging platform.<p>In the past few years, messaging has become the biggest new battleground for tech companies. Facebook, WeChat, and Slack have all elevated quick …

The Personal Assistant That Will Help Facebook Eat The Internet

Welcome to your new home! Allow me to get that for you.<p>In late March, Facebook gave the world a peek at its grand ambition: to use the Messenger platform to effectively <i>become</i> the internet. Yesterday evening, thanks to a test rollout of the company's virtual personal assistant program, M, some of us …

How Facebook M Will Hook Us On Shopping At Facebook

A new personal assistant called Facebook M allows you to buy things by chatting with a faceless assistant in Messenger.<p>In March, Facebook quietly revealed a major play. Their Messenger platform, with 700 million users, would be updated to allow you to buy things right in the chat window. Looking …

Artificial Intelligence

M

M - A personal assistant built inside Facebook Messenger. (Android, iPhone, and Web App) Read the opinion of 73 influencers. Discover 16 alternatives …

Pana

Pana - On-demand travel concierge. (iPhone, Productivity, and Messaging) Read the opinion of 48 influencers. Discover 21 alternatives like Taylor and …

Pie Eats Up $1.2M For Its Enterprise Messaging Service For Non-Techies

Pie, the Singapore-headquartered enterprise messaging service for ‘normals’ that we profiled last summer, has raised a $1.2 million Series A round as it prepares to monetize its service.<p>The freshly baked funding is lead by GREE Ventures, the investment arm of the Japanese games maker which is …

A New Chapter for Path

In 2010 a small team of us set out to build a company focused on quality products that bring you a source of happiness, meaning, and connection. Five …

Path Sells Its Social Networking App To Daum Kakao

The company behind the Path social networking app might be looking for a new name. That’s because Dave Morin and crew have sold their social networking app of the same name to Korean messaging heavyweight Daum Kakao.<p>In a blog post this evening, Path Inc. CEO Morin the confirmed sale of the Path and …

Apps

Messaging is just getting started

Messaging isn’t about text. It’s about conversations. Here’s why the simplest apps on your phone are quickly becoming the most powerful.<p>There’s …

Chatbots

Therapy-By-Text Startup Talkspace Raises $9.5M Led By Spark Capital

Therapy startup Talkspace has spent the past year seeking to help users connect with mental health professionals through the company’s web and mobile apps. To continue growing its business, the company has raised a $9.5 million Series A round led by Spark Capital, with participation from …

DigitalGenius Brings Artificial Intelligence To Customer Service Via SMS

Imagine you’re dreaming of buying a new car. You see a commercial on TV with a phone number where you can text your questions, but the answers aren’t coming from a human. They come from a smart system fueled by artificial intelligence and natural language processing (NLP).<p>That’s what DigitalGenius, …

Artificial Intelligence

Automated Savings Startup Digit Raises $11.3M From General Catalyst

It’s only been a few short months since automated savings startup Digit opened to the public, but it’s already garnered serious interest from consumers who want more money in their bank accounts, as well as investors who think the service could eventually be a huge hit.<p>Digit operates a simple …

Here’s How Uber’s Co-Founder Is Going to Take on Amazon and eBay

Garrett Camp made a fortune helping people navigate the digital world, then a far larger fortune helping them ­navigate the physical one. The …

First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand …

eCommerce

ChatGrape, The Enterprise Messaging App Backed By Betaworks And Mark Pincus, Launches Publicly

After securing backing from Betaworks, and more quietly Zynga founder Mark Pincus, ChatGrape, the enterprise and team messaging app that pitches itself as a more ‘intelligent’ Slack or HipChat, is launching publicly today.<p>Previously, the service was running as a private beta while the Austrian …

Apps

Quip Chat Rooms

Quip Chat Rooms - Real-time chat with your team. (Android, iPhone, and Mac) Read the opinion of 20 influencers. Discover 8 alternatives like Slack …

Night Owl

Night Owl - We'll solve your homework problems. Text (831) 291-3236.. (iPhone, Education, and Tech) Read the opinion of 8 influencers. Discover 5 …

Product Hunt

Khloe Kardashian is working on a new messaging app that helps friends plan their nights out

The idea behind Regroupd is simple: It can be tough to manage your social life, so Regroupd wants to give people a fast and easy way to make evening plans with friends.<p>To accomplish this, Regroupd will focus on making group messaging more interactive, and it will feature integrated decision-making …

Hello Alfred Raises $10.5M To Automate Your Chores

Hello Alfred, a startup that taps into existing on-demand services to automate your weekly chores, has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding.<p>The round was led by NEA and Spark Capital, with participation from Sherpa Ventures and CrunchFund. (CrunchFund is backed by TechCrunch-owner AOL, and like …

chores

FetchMe Lets You Request Anything (Legal) via SMS in the UK

FetchMe is a new service based in the UK that allows anyone to order pretty much anything simply by sending an SMS.<p>Yes, of course the requests need to be within the bounds of legality, but the company’s founder Rowan Hand says that pretty much anything else is fair game:<p>FetchMe is for people who …

Zynga founder Mark Pincus invests in Austria’s ChatGrape, a Slack competitor

Slack may be gaining huge momentum in the enterprise messaging and collaboration space, but it appears that investors think the game is far from over.<p>Following news earlier this year that ChatGrape had raised $1.3 million from Betaworks, the company said Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus has now also …

Zynga

Magic just showed its first product to investors on Monday — now it may be worth $40 million

Magic — the service that lets you text a number and get "anything you want as long as it's not illegal" — is raising $12 million from Sequoia Capital at a $40 million valuation, just a few days after graduating from the Y Combinator startup accelerator program, reports TechCrunch.<p>If Sequoia is …

Sources: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money.<p>Magic lets users text a …

Startups

Facebook explains why it needs Instagram, WhatsApp, AND Messenger

"There's a theory that in five years, all your products will morph into one. Maybe it'll be called WhatsInstaMessage," said panel moderator Mary Meeker.<p>The key, it turns out, is simplicity: Facebook and Facebook Messenger are only getting bigger and more complicated. Apps that do one thing, and do …

Sweet New Facebook Messenger App Turns Texts Into Pop Songs

At today’s F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, Facebook announced its Messenger service would now be an open platform for third-party …

Facebook unveils platform to integrate third-party apps, customer support for businesses into Messenger

During its F8 Developer Conference today, Facebook announced a new Facebook Messenger Platform that will allow third-party apps to integrate with its popular Messenger app.<p>The platform will allow users to launch and install other apps from the Facebook Messenger app itself that add additional …