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Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content

Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service as it lays the groundwork to offer more interactive content options for its 200 million registered users.

An update to Kik for iOS and Android today now lets users record videos of up to 15 seconds from inside their chat windows. …

Mobile Messaging

The Israelis Behind The Wildly Successful ‘Pebble Time’ Smartwatch

Technology News
Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels | Mar, 3 2015

It’s only been a week since Pebble began its new crowdfunding campaign for the second-generation …

Kickstarter

Japanese messaging app LINE is blowing up, and these stats prove it

LINE, the messaging app that first became popular in Japan, is also experiencing tremendous success outside of Asia.

Like WhatsApp, LINE lets users make free voice calls and send free text messages from anywhere in the world.

Jeanie Han, the CEO of LINE Euro-Americas, spoke to us about LINE's …

Japan

Meerkat Is The Livestreaming App Twitter Should Have Built

Everything’s more interesting if it’s happening right now. Jokes seem funnier when you hear them told in person. A dense political debate becomes captivating when watched live on TV. Real-time performances carry a peculiar vividness and urgency you can’t get from something that already happened, …

Twitter

Rubicon Project holds lead among competitors in advertising technology

LOS ANGELES -- In the fragmented and competitive world of digital advertising, a Los Angeles company is putting up some impressive numbers, but still …

Advertising

Bradley Horowitz Is Now Running Google+

More changes afoot at Google+. TechCrunch has learned, and now confirmed with Google, that David Besbris has left his role as the head of the company’s social and identity product. He has been replaced by Bradley Horowitz, a longtime VP of product for Google+.

Update: Horowitz has confirmed our …

Google

Chat App Viber Opens Its Games Service To All Users Worldwide

Messaging app Viber has quietly made its games service available for all users worldwide following a two month pilot in five countries.

The company, which was bought by Rakuten for $900 million a year ago, initially launched three games for users in Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and Ukraine …

Viber

Google Starts Testing Mobile App Ads In The Google Play Store

Google announced this morning the launch of a pilot program which will allow mobile application developers the ability to advertise their apps directly within the Google Play store. These ads, which will initially be made available to advertisers already running search ads on Google.com, will also …

Google

Hop Email App Has Landed On Android

Hop, the email app that tries to make sending emails like using IM, has landed on Android today.

The idea behind Hop is that instead of sending long, cumbersome emails, you can quickly jump in and out of message threads and treat them like it’s like a quick chat service instead.

Over the last few …

Email

Watch Tim Cook and the president of Israel share the love

Tim Cook is currently visiting Israel in conjunction with Apple opening a new office in Herzliya. As part of the trip, he met with the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.

The two leaders showed great respect for each other during a chat at the president’s residence. Along with recognizing an Israeli …

Israel

Dear publishers and advertisers: It's time to start worrying about ad blockers

For the past several years, the use of ad-block software has been a fringe behavior that publishers and advertisers didn't need to think much about. That is starting to change.

Overall, ad blockers are now used by ~5% of total internet users and climbing, according to PageFair, and this has the …

Advertising

Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

Layer, the company making it possible for developers to add rich messaging capabilities to their apps without having to build their own infrastructure from the ground up, is today making its service available to the public, following its beta period that began with its TechCrunch Disrupt win back …

Software

The Ultravisual Team Acqui-Hired By Flipboard Leave To Found Apple Watch-Focused Messaging Startup

Just six months after being acqui-hired, the original team behind ‘visual storytelling’ app Ultravisual are leaving Flipboard to venture out on their own once again.

The group’s yet-unnamed startup aims to make messaging — either one-to-one or one-to-many, Twitter-style — more context-aware, so that …

Startups

Google Makes A Push For The Mobile Enterprise Market With Launch Of Android For Work

At a small press event in San Francisco today, Google officially launched Android for Work, a set of technologies that makes it easier for companies to adopt Android and allows their users to bring their own devices to work.

The company first unveiled a preview of this technology during its I/O …

Google

Txtter Aims To Be A More Photo-Centric Messaging App

From Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage, to startups like Kik, and Telegram, it is easy to think the social messaging market is all sewn up.

Then there are photo and video-focused apps like Facebook’s Instagram, Twitter’s Vine or upstarts Coub, DubSmash, Prezi’s Nutshell, and MusixMatch’s …

Instagram

Ad outlet tries using drones to track your phone's location

Irked that advertisers are already trying to pinpoint your phone's location? It might be even harder to escape their grasp if AdNear is successful. The ad intelligence group is experimenting with location-tracking drones that profile audiences in harder-to-reach areas (say, field concerts or …

Phones

Viber Faces Ban In Korea As SK Telecom Wins Potentially Wide-Ranging Patent Suit

Free calling and messaging service Viber could be banned in South Korea, after the company lost a patent suit to domestic operator SK Telecom.

Korea Herald reports that a court ruled in favor of SK Telecom’s claim that Viber’s “feature of reorganizing selected information from contact numbers saved …

Patents

Yahoo Woos Mobile App Developers In Hopes Of Boosting Ad Business

Yahoo wants app developers to know it really, really likes them. But even if they return the affection, will that be enough to turn the company around?

Today, at its Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco, the Internet company rolled out a suite of new products and services aimed at helping …

Yahoo

A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had …

Facebook

Glip 1.0 has been awesome, 2.0 here we come.

The instant messenger designed for business is about to get even better. Glip 2.0 is around the corner. Here are the highlights that made Glip 1.0 a …

Sports Highlights

New Yahoo Mobile Development Suite Seduces App Makers With Analytics, Search, Ads

Today at Yahoo’s first mobile developer conference, the tech giant unveiled its new Yahoo Mobile Development Suite that combines Yahoo App Publishing for monetization, Search In Apps, and App Marketing with its Flurry Analytics acquisition made last year. This is Yahoo’s “ads in dev’s clothing” …

Yahoo

Lo-fi video messaging app Pop can work with even the poorest connection

Imagist Labs announced today the launch of Pop – a lo-fi video messaging app for iOS.

Pop is offering users the opportunity to have expressive conversations through video with the ease of text messaging.

Messages on the app can last up to five seconds and can be replayed indefinitely, allowing users …

Pop Art

Yahoo and Flurry introduce Yahoo Mobile Developer suite for app analytics

At its first mobile developer conference in San Francisco, Yahoo introduced its own mobile developer suite that ties together Flurry and Yahoo features.

The new mobile suite contains five products in a single suite: Flurry Analytics and Explorer with a new interface and the capability quickly parse …

Yahoo

ArmorText Raises $2 Million For Its Secure Mobile Messaging Service For Enterprise

A company called ArmorText, which is developing a secure messaging client for the enterprise designed to meet the needs of those in regulated markets, has just raised nearly $2 million in outside funding. The round, which is still ongoing, may top that number when it fully closes. Leading the round …

Enterprise

Reach Combines Anonymous Chat With Keyword Self-Tagging For Context

Make way for another hyper local anonymous chat app. Reach, which has just launched on iOS, has been built by an Israeli-based startup, using $250,000 in pre-seed money from friends and family to cover their development costs. The team is looking to raise a seed round as it seeks to gain traction …

Anonymous

LinkedIn has launched an audience network, its first big leap into ad tech

LinkedIn announced Thursday its first major leap into ad tech, with the launch of a global display advertising network. It's the next stage of the strategy it set out last year to build out a $1 billion business-to-business (b2b) marketing businesses.

The professional social network has partnered …

LinkedIn

Targeted mobile ad drive raises issue of abuse against health care workers

People turning to their phones to kill time in waiting rooms at health care facilities may soon see an unexpected image: a person in blue scrubs, with dark purple bruises on her arm.

It is one of the ads in a targeted mobile campaign launching Wednesday, designed to raise awareness about the …

Advertising

Trello, The Digital Whiteboard, Tops 7M Users

Trello, the collaborative task-management software, has topped 7 million users, with 120,000 new users joining the platform every week. Trello co-founder Michael Pryor confirmed to TechCrunch that the service has 1.7 million monthly active users, with Trello users in every country in the world …

Whiteboard

Facebook ads get smarter

Like it or not, Facebook advertisements just got even smarter.

On Tuesday, the social network announced Product Ads, a set of tools that lets businesses more effectively target Facebook's 1.4 billion or so users with a new, automated process.

With Product Ads, businesses who upload their product …

Facebook

Pushbullet is quietly becoming a universal message app interface

Back in November, Pushbullet added a way for Android users to send and reply to texts from the Chrome browser, with messages actually being initiated from a connected phone. Last month, Pushbullet arrived for Mac OS X and iOS. Now, the company has become more of a universal message manager with …

Phones