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Slack now has 1.1M daily active users, 300K paid seats, $25M in annual recurring revenue

Startup Slack today announced that more than 1.1 million people use its team communication application every day. That’s up from 750,000 in April, when Slack announced a $160 million funding round.

Companies are now paying for more than 300,000 Slack seats, up from 200,000 three months ago.

Slack is …

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Facebook Messenger can now be used without a Facebook account

Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account. Starting today, new Messenger users in the US, Canada, Venezuela and Peru can sign up using a full name and phone number.

Messenger can still be used with a Facebook account; new users will see a “Log In With Facebook” button on the start …

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Messaging app Viber launches Public Chats for listening in on celebrity conversations

Mobile messaging and VoIP app Viber today announced a new Public Chats beta feature that will allow public figures and companies to share group discussions with fans.

At a launch event, Viber CEO Talmon Marco described Public Chats as a social experiment. The feature, which goes live for users at …

An Exclusive Early Look At Hangouts 4.0

Back in September, Hangouts switched from gray to green in its 2.3 update, ostensibly making the first baby steps on its journey toward joining …

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You can now play a game in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has finally got a game you can play while chatting. Doodle Draw, a take on Pictionary, is now available through the app.

You can find the game in Messenger’s overflow menu, alongside several utility apps. Of course, you’ll need to download it from the App Store or Google Play …

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Messaging App Jott Is Blowing Up Among Junior High And High Schoolers

As Facebook and YikYak try to grow a younger audience, a startup that taps into one of the key attribute of teen users – no money for data plans – is blowing up.

Jott, a messaging app that works without a data plan or WiFi connection, has caught on among junior high and high school students, …

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Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features

Facebook is removing the confusing, slightly creepy always-on location sharing feature in Messenger for a more explicit, one-time way to share where you are or will be. Location will no longer be a “second class citizen”, Messenger Head Of Product Stan Chudnovsky tells me. Instead, Messenger has …

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Slack 2.0 for Android has a new design and added support for emoji and team notifications

Slack introduced its updated Android app today with a new design and a host of new features including emoji support, notifications for teams and tabs.

Version 2.0 also includes a new plus button hovering in the bottom right corner that allows you to start new channels, DMs, or groups. The plus …

Google

Shift Messenger, Designed To Help Co-Workers Share Schedules, Raises $1.5M Seed Round

Managing and trading shifts is one of the most onerous tasks faced by retail employees, especially since many don’t have set hours. Shift Messenger, a Y Combinator alum, launched earlier this year to give workers a communication tool specifically designed to help them manage their schedules. Now …

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Western Messaging Apps Are Looking to China’s WeChat for Inspiration

In WeChat we trust.

This seems to be the unwritten — although oft-mentioned — motto of some of North America’s most prominent messaging companies these days. Apps like Kik, Tango, Snapchat and Facebook’s Messenger are all starting to act more like WeChat, China’s dominant messaging service from …

Asia

Messaging App Firm Line Is Testing A $2 Per Month Music Streaming Service

Line, the Japanese messaging app with 205 million active users, is continuing its push into entertainment services after it began testing a standalone $2 per month music streaming app.

Line Music is being trialled in Thailand, where Line has carried out a series of other pilots related to its shift …

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Facebook Messenger's video calling lands in (almost) every country

Facebook Messenger's video calling feature is now available in more locations -- almost everywhere, according to David Marcus, "with the exception of a few countries." Marcus, the social network's Vice President of Messaging Products, announced the development as a status update. He didn't exactly …

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few …

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Vietnam’s chat app Zalo challenges Facebook with 30 million registered users

FPT may be Vietnam’s largest tech company with a newfangled US$3 million seed fund announced just yesterday, but VNG is considered Vietnam’s largest …

Games may be coming to Facebook Messenger

You may eventually be able to play games over Facebook Messenger. According to The Information, Facebook has confirmed that it's speaking with developers about creating games that work within Messenger and live inside of its app store. It sounds as though Facebook's plans for games are still at an …

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Facebook: Spinning off Messenger was a good move, and here's why

Some Facebook users hate change — that's just fact.

Roll out a radically revamped News Feed or tinker too much with privacy settings, and a subset of users inevitably cry foul. That's what happened when Facebook made its standalone Messenger app a mandatory download last year for people who wanted …

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TalkTalk's unlimited everything SIM is £12 per month but laden with fine print

The UK mobile market is undergoing a serious makeover, with two huge acquisitions on the horizon and new MVNOs popping up left, right and centre. Quad-play provider TalkTalk is already known for its low-cost broadband, TV and mobile deals, but now's a more important time than most to show you can …

Viber, Google are helping people to call loved ones in Nepal

In the aftermath of the earthquake, getting calls and messages into or out of Nepal has been one of the greatest challenges facing those searching for loved ones.

In an effort to aid communication, American phone companies like T-Mobile are offering free calls to and from Nepal, and a number of …

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Facebook adds video calling to Messenger

Facebook has today introduced video calling in Messenger. This means that now you can have a face-to-face chat with your friends via Facebook.

The new feature is available today on iOS and Android devices in the UK, US, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, …

WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling on iOS

After months of waiting, free voice calling on WhatsApp finally arrived on Android late last month. iOS users were left waiting for the feature, however – until today.

A new version of the messenger is now live in the App Store, calling support included.

It seems the feature isn’t actually active for …

WhatsApp now has 800M monthly active users

Messenger app WhatsApp now has 800 million monthly active users, says founder Jan Koum.

The app is up 100 million users since January, when it hit 700 million monthly active users. The app has been expanding rapidly. Just a month ago Google Play showed that WhatsApp had been downloaded on Android …

Skype for Mac update brings link previews and animated GIFs straight to chats

Skype for Mac is today receiving a small but nifty upgrade to its chat interface.

With version 7.7 of the software, shared links will now show a visual summary of the content. Web Page links now display a preview of the site, with embedded images and animated GIFs in the chat window. Video links …

Kik Introduces An In-Chat Browser For Its Mobile Messaging App

Facebook has developed an app platform for Messenger, but underdog rival Kik has continued its focus on putting the entire web in chat after upgrading its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser for its messaging app.

The change means that Kik users can now summon a full browser inside …

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Twilio adds video capabilities to its communications platform

Twilio today is adding video calling to its array of communication services for businesses.

The company says video can be a an effective way of communicating an intricate problem to businesses and service providers. For instance, let’s say the faucet in my bathroom is leaky and water’s everywhere, …

WhatsApp for Android gets a much-needed Material Design makeover, bringing cleaner layouts and new icons

At long last, WhatsApp has received a Material Design overhaul on Android, and it now looks a whole lot better than the last version.

The update isn’t yet available on Google Play, so you’ll need to install the latest version off WhatsApp’s site to see the changes.

WhatsApp version 2.12.38 now …

Southeast Asian Telecom Giant Singtel Releases Wavee App, A Skype And WhatsApp Competitor

Singtel, Southeast Asia’s biggest telecom with more than 500 million subscribers, has unleashed a new Skype and WhatsApp competitor called Wavee.

Now available on iOS and Android, Wavee lets users make voice and video calls and send instant messages.

It also has several features more commonly seen in …

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Facebook launches Messenger for the Web with a standalone browser version

Facebook is putting that Messenger.com domain to good use: The social network just launched a Messenger client on the Web that separates it from the Facebook.com homepage.

With Messenger.com, Facebook is clearly gearing users up for its upcoming Messenger Business integration, in which users can …

Giphy and LINE jointly launch a new sticker pack for more animated madness

Giphy, the GIF search engine, and LINE, the social networking messaging company behind all those wacky animations, have jointly launched a pack of 24 brand new stickers.

In this collaboration, Giphy worked with four of its artists — Csada Klement, Nelson Diaz, Julian Glander and Daniella Urdinlaiz — …