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This app makes encrypting calls and messages easy for everyone

If you tell someone their messages and phone calls should be encrypted, you’ll probably get a glazed-over look before they tell you it’s too hard. Signal 2.0 aims to bring powerful, easy-to-use encryption to the masses.

The app, which doesn’t require a login, uses your existing phone number and …

Encryption

Why is live video app Meerkat suddenly popular, and can it last?

Meerkat, the mobile live video-streaming service that we first wrote about three days ago, had something of a viral growth bump yesterday. Seriously, my iPhone lock screen was busy with notifications all day as new people signed up to the service and tried it for the first time.

Let’s take a look at …

Meerkat

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

The challenges of SMS on a global scale

This post is part of a new series titled, 'Future of Communications,' and is brought to you by Nexmo.

Going global with anything is never an easy task. There are various legal, cultural and resourcing standpoints to consider in order to successfully scale.

While SMS can be straightforward on a local …

SMS

Google Talk for Windows will close down tomorrow to make room for Hangouts: here are some alternatives

As the search giant continues to focus on building out its Hangouts communication platform, Google Talk for Windows will be closed down tomorrow.

It’s surprising that Google Talk still works at all, given that the company has been working on adding features to Hangouts on mobile and desktop, like …

Google Talk

Tencent Backs Mobile Jobs Startup With Its First ‘WeChat Africa’ Investment

Tencent has made its first investment in Africa under the banner of its WeChat messaging service. WeChat Africa, a joint venture between Tencent and Naspers, announced an investment in M4JAM (Money For Jam), a South Africa-based mobile job service that connects to WeChat.

The service is much like …

Startups

Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

A new video messaging app, Pop, founded by Josh Nguyen, who previously ran product at both Tumblr and Flickr, is launching today to make video messages as easy to send as traditional SMS. Using a simple, one-screen interface, Pop connects with your phone’s address book and lets you send out a short …

SMS

The 'holy sh*t' moment: Facebook's blockbuster WhatsApp acquisition one year later

Chris Best was working at his desk late in the afternoon on Feb. 19 of last year when he saw the news: Facebook had agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. With a B.

"Holy shit that's a big number," Best, cofounder and CTO of Kik, a messaging startup based in Canada, recalls thinking at that moment. …

Facebook

PushBullet for Android now lets you respond to WhatsApp, Google Hangouts and more from your desktop

PushBullet for Android, an app that provides mirrored notifications and file transfers between your smartphone and desktop PC, has today announced that you can now respond directly to IMs from its pop-up notification panels on the desktop.

Released today, the update works with WhatsApp, Google …

Google

Facebook Uses Atlas to Analyze Messenger Campaign

Talk about corporate synergy: Facebook used its Atlas ad platform to analyze its recent campaign backing its Messenger application.Facebook …

Atlas

Line launches a new app to connect brands and personalities with their fans

Mobile messaging service Line has launched a new app to allow business and personal brands to connect with fans, clients and customers. It’s kind of like a branded Facebook page in an instant messaging format.

Dubbed Line@, the app is available for free on iOS and Android and allows account holders …

Mobile Messaging

Apple beefs up iMessage, FaceTime security with two-factor authentication

Apple has added two-factor authentication to iMessage and FaceTime, adding an extra dose of password security to two important iPhone and Mac features.

Two-factor authentication sounds simple enough, but it actually adds a good deal more protection to an account. In most cases, it is a second, …

Security

LINE: Messaging Apps Are Improving the UK’s Love Life

While the rise of smartphones has been blamed for a decrease in personal connections, LINE Corporation has discovered messaging apps are actually …

Instant Messaging

INFOGRAPHIC: More Millennials Use Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp

Facebook is dominant in the messaging application arena, with some one-third of millennials using either Messenger or Facebook-owned WhatsApp, …

Facebook

GroupMe Introduces Calendar Feature to Help Organize Events

Microsoft-owned messaging app GroupMe today launched a new Calendar feature, allowing groups to organize events directly within the app. Users can simply find the Calendar button on the menu bar to create an event for any group they’re in.

Organizers can ask members of the group to RSVP and set …

Menu Bars

Webaroo Looks For Act Two With The Mobile Collaboration App Teamchat

In the intervening years since the first message was sent over ARPANET in 1971, corporate messaging hasn’t really gotten much better. It’s gotten bigger and more feature-rich, but the problem of managing collaboration across a large, geographically distributed group of people remains.

Businesses …

Collaboration

Line Buys Stripe-Like Japanese Startup WebPay To Boost Its Payments Service

Messaging app company Line is beefing up its payments service after it scooped up Japanese startup WebPay in an undisclosed acquisition deal.

Line Pay began rolling out to its 500 million registered users in December. Initially the service, which is integrated into Line’s core chat app, is limited …

Startups

ScreenPop, Backed By $3.2 Million, Lets You Message Friends From Your Phone’s Lockscreen

Locket, the makers of a mobile application that brings personalized news and other stories to your Android phone’s lockscreen is out today with a new lockscreen-based messaging application called ScreenPop. The new app, which grew to 15,000 users during two months of beta testing, is designed to …

Phones

Bumble, The Sadie Hawkins Of Dating Apps, Introduces Direct Photo Messaging

Bumble, the dating app that puts the ladies in charge, is today launching a bold new feature.

The app has introduced photo-messaging, which may be one of the first times that a mobile dating app has allowed users to send each other direct photo messages.

The reason for the resistance here is obvious. …

Dating

Chat App Line’s Latest Experiment Is A YouTube-Like Video Service

Messaging app company Line continues to build out its business beyond its core chat experience after it launched a YouTube-like video service in Thailand. The company, which claims 181 million active users worldwide, is evaluating plans to introduce similar services in other markets.

Available via …

TV

GroupAhead Gives Member-Based Organizations Their Own Mobile App

There are a number of ways member-based organizations can network online – Facebook, shared calendars, Meetup.com, etc. – but these groups today still struggle to keep members engaged and informed about upcoming events and other activities. A startup called GroupAhead is working to solve those …

Chad Hurley

Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat

Kim Dotcom, the infamous entrepreneur behind Megaupload, has released his latest product. Currently in beta, MegaChat is a browser-based encrypted video calling and file-sharing platform that is being positioned as a Skype competitor.

MegaChat is being rolled out feature-by-feature today and there …

Skype

Facebook’s Messenger chief on selfies, payments and a desktop app

On December 31, Facebook rolled out a little banner prompting people to send a selfie to friends via Messenger to ring in the new year.

However, to show gratitude at provision of the service – and the introduction of selfie-oriented features like this – users started using the bug reporting tool to …

Facebook

Tinder Acquires Ephemeral Messenger Tappy

Tinder has just closed its first acquisition. The IAC-backed startup has purchased Chill, creators of Tappy, as part of a strategic acquihire. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tappy is a mobile messenger that uses photos and ephemerality to put a new face on text messaging. All messages …

Tinder

Snapchat Has Raised $485 Million More From 23 Investors, At Valuation Of Up To $20B

Back in the day, we reported that messaging app Snapchat* was raising over $100 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins. And then the WSJ reported that it was $20 million, which left us wondering why a growth round would be so small in terms of total principle. Well, it turns out it’s …

Valuation

The Message In Messaging Apps

Editor’s note: Owen Andrew is a journalist based in Southern California.

Text messaging is on a decline in favor of a new kind of social networking app seeing an increase in relevancy that is expected to continue. From Kik to Line to Viber to WhatsApp, social messaging apps could come to define …

Mobile Messaging

Happy Holidays from Messenger

Holidays

Line is buying Microsoft’s MixRadio music streaming service

Line, the popular messaging client, today announced it is acquiring Microsoft’s MixRadio music streaming service. The deal is expected to complete in early 2015.

As part of the move, MixRadio will continue to work with Microsoft in order to maintain its personalized music experience on Lumia …

Microsoft

Bebo has been reincarnated as a crazy, hashtag-filled messaging app

In 2010, after AOL acquired Bebo but struggled to do anything with it against formidable rival Facebook, the company shut the social network’s doors.

The original founder of Bebo has since purchased it back from AOL and have reimagined the social network as a new mobile app to message friends.

The …

Bebo