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Animated Avatar Messaging App Zoobe Monetises With Shop Featuring Smurfs

Avatar messaging applications have had some successes. The Talking Tom apps for kids have been a smash hit for Outfit7 and spawned many off-shoots. Others like Headcast created bespoke apps for celebrities. Xtranormal, sadly, closed this year. But Zoobe, a startup which has come up with the …

BlackBerry announces 40 million users registered on BBM for iOS/Android

<b>From 9to5Google:</b><p>Holy wowzers Batman as BlackBerry announces over 40 million “newly registered iOS/Android users in the last 60 days.” The BBM tidbit dropped during this morning’s BlackBerry Earnings Report and while we’ll ignore the economic crisis that is BlackBerry, the messaging numbers are …

Google 'Started Over' on Android the Day the iPhone Launched

Apple changed the mobile industry with the iPhone, and has been known to suggest that others have copied it along the way. Now, one of Android's …

Texting App WhatsApp Now Has 400 Million People Using It Every Month, Making It Bigger Than Twitter

That's bigger than Twitter, which has 230 million active users and just had its big IPO.<p>WhatsApp is a messaging service that doesn't require users to pay for texts. Instead, messages are sent over the Internet. It's particularly popular overseas where carriers typically charge users for every text …

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WhatsApp hits 400m user mark

<b>WhatsApp has announced that it now has 400 million monthly users.</b><p>Jan Koum, CEO of the popular messaging app took to the company's blog to break the …

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Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today. The app, which is now available for download in Japan’s Google Play store, is a sign that the service is doubling down on its efforts to increase engagement among users as it competes with WeChat, …

Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android

Redmond wants to counter Mountain View<p>Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that free future versions are under serious consideration by OS chief Terry Myerson. We …

Will Instagram’s Messaging ‘Moments’ Be Ephemeral?

Instagram is preparing to launch a new messaging service on its platform this year — as soon as its event this Thursday — TechCrunch has heard from a variety of sources. This isn’t too shocking, as Om Malik reported in a piece last month that the service would be coming very soon.<p>What we’ve also …

Fez has sold one million copies, across all platforms, developing studio Polytron said today in a th

<i>Fez</i> <b>has sold one million copies, across all platforms</b>, developing studio Polytron said today in a thank-you message to everyone who bought, stole, or …

Heyday App Is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself

An iPhone app called Heyday launches today — it compiles a record of its owner’s life, based on places visited and photos taken.This is a topic I’ve …

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Instagram invites press to 'share a moment' at NYC event

CNET today received a mysterious invite -- sent via FedEx, not e-mail -- from Instagram for an event it's hosting next week.<p>The package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block, 4 inches long and wide and 1.75 inches thick, covered with a printed Instagram shot and a …

Fragmentation lives: iOS 7 now on 74% of iPhones, while KitKat has only reached 1% of Android devices

Android fragmentation might be on the decline, but it’s hard not to notice it when comparing numbers like these. According to web and analytics …

Google takes aim at Microsoft and Amazon with its Cloud Platform

Google is taking on Amazon, Microsoft, and the rest with a web hosting solution aimed at individuals and businesses. Although previously available to a select few, Google's Compute Engine server platform is now available for everyone. Compute Engine forms part of the Google Cloud Platform, which …

Bokeh, a new tool for quietly logging your memories

Facebook is great for extroverted folks who want to broadcast their thoughts and photos to a lot of people. A new service called Bokeh, though, is geared for those who want something closer to a private journal -- though not too close.<p>Michael Zhang and Mike Zupan just launched Bokeh on Tuesday, …

Microsoft's 'Project Spark' beta arrives on Windows 8.1, lets you create an Xbox One game

Microsoft is launching a beta version of <i>Project Spark</i> today, its game-maker project for Windows 8.1, Xbox 360, and the new Xbox One console. <i>Project Spark</i> is essentially a tool to allow developers, enthusiasts, and gamers to build a game within a game. Players can build custom worlds, characters, …

Eye-tracking takes a big step towards the mainstream with Tobii’s new dev engine

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Eye-tracking is going to be a big deal for consumers very soon.<p>But before the tech gets to you, it first has to get to developers — and Tobii wants to make that happen. The eye-tracking company is taking the wraps off its EyeX Engine, a new set of tools …

WhatsApp Emerges As The Leading Mobile Messaging App

<i>Social Media Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider Intelligence that collects and delivers the top social media news first thing every morning. You can sign up to receive Social Media Insights here or at the bottom of this post.</i><p>The findings are based on a survey conducted by On …

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Social Media’s Cold, Hard Reality: It Still Doesn’t Drive E-Commerce Sales, IBM Says

Shutterstock / Andrew Williams<p>Last year, IBM poured some cold water on social advertising when it said social sites like Twitter and Facebook had …

Windows Phone is número uno in Latin America

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Google Glass Banned From Restaurant After Glasshole Tries To Get Employee Fired

<i>Dramatization.</i><p>The inevitable has occurred. Another restaurant in Seattle, Washington, has banned Google Glass from its establishment due to privacy concerns. The first restaurant to do so earlier this year was the 5 Point Cafe. Now the Lost Lake Cafe And Lounge (co-owned by the owner of the 5 Point …

Who Will Own The Next Great Instant Messaging Service?

The social media era was about what we make public. Now, it's about what we don't. The race to own the next great back channel.<p>Instant messaging is the center of the internet. Everything else is a temporary distraction.<p>The case for this is strong: Every company that has ruled the internet in the …

iPhone Represented Massive 76% Of October Smartphone Sales In Japan

An astonishing 76 percent of new smartphone sales in Japan for the month of October were either iPhone 5s or 5c handsets, according to recent data.<p>The report comes from a Kantar World Panel, and demonstrates just how far Apple’s share of the Japanese smartphone market has increased over the present …

Global Mobile Android/iOS Messaging App Map Dominated By WhatsApp — But BBM Bags A Foothold

The mobile messaging app landscape continues to be highly geographically fragmented, with different messaging services doing well in different global regions. Despite ongoing localised variety, messaging veteran WhatsApp remains dominant in multiple global regions, even as relative newcomer — to …

Confirmed: Apple Bought the Company That Made the Original Kinect

Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company …

Apple confirms PrimeSense buyout, paves way for motion-controlled future (updated)

At last, the will-it-or-won't-it drama surrounding Apple's rumored acquisition of PrimeSense is over. The iPhone maker has confirmed the deal with <i>AllThingsD</i>, issuing its now familiar statement that it buys smaller companies "from time to time." The company isn't discussing its plans or the terms of …

Line messaging app doubles size in seven months, has 300 million users

The public's adoration of stickers and <i>kawaii</i> mascots continues unabated. There are now 300 million Line users out there, possibly making it the biggest messaging app you've never used. While it still has a challenge on its hands to claw away users from Western favorites like Whatsapp and Facebook, …

Pinterest Details Engineering Process Behind iOS 7 Redesign

Pinterest’s engineering blog has an interesting post providing a behind-the-scenes look at the development process for its iOS 7 app redesign, which went live last month.<p>Software engineer Steven Ramkumar explained the company’s plan to drop iOS 5 support, make use of the new APIs in iOS 7 and …

Record Setting 32M Tuned In To Watch League Of Legend’s Season 3 Finals

Among the youngs, competitive gaming, often referred to as esports, is growing at a rapid pace. The world’s most popular video game, League of Legends, this week reported the viewership figures for its recent Season 3 finals event that sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles: 32 million tuned in …

What is Instagram’s next big thing? Messaging, perhaps

Instagram, known as a visual communication platform, is looking for way to expand its appeal to its community of 200 million (and growing) users. …