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Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Anamitra Banerji is a partner at Foundation Capital where he focuses on investing in startups in the consumer and marketing technology sectors, including Kik, where he is an investor and sits on the board. He was the 30th employee and first product manager at Twitter, where he helped</i> …

Battle Of The “Reaction” Messengers

If you build it, they will come? Half a dozen or so applications have launched in recent months, hoping to dominate what they all hope will be one of the next big trends in mobile messaging: the “reaction” messenger. That is, these apps utilize a smartphone’s camera to either photograph or record a …

FireChat For iOS Is A Hyperlocal Anonymous Chat Network That Doesn’t Need An Internet Connection

We all know that chat apps are pretty hot right now and there are plenty of companies hoping for a WhatsApp-like exit. For the most part, all of those apps are pretty similar, but FireChat, which is launching today, adds a new and fun twist to this genre. It’s a hyperlocal chat network for iOS that …

Start-up Tango lands whopping $280M in funding

SAN FRANCISCO — File this under This Is Not a Typo: Tango has landed a whopping $215 million investment from IPO-bound Alibaba Group.<p>Another $65 million is coming from existing investors. With the $280 million infusion, 5-year-old Tango has accumulated $367 million in funding since June 2010.<p>Such …

HoverChat For Android Lets You Message Your Friends Without Switching Screens

HoverChat, the first Egyptian Y Combinator startup and makers of an SMS replacement application currently available for Android smartphones, is focused on making messaging more of a multi-tasking experience. The app also has a familiar look: its avatars, called “hoverheads,” are a lot like …

Join the masquerade: Banter tries to reinvent the chat room

At SXSW, one new app is betting message boards didn't die with dial-up<p>Andrew Busey and I met to talk about apps, but we’ve gotten off-topic. "I think there’s a possibility," he says between sips of a quad espresso, "that we see the emergence of true artificial sentience. Where something exists in …

Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has <i>doubled</i> its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t …

Orange’s Libon messaging app lets you chat with people who don’t use Libon

Now here’s a clever approach to going viral: Orange’s Libon app, which offers a WhatsApp-like messaging service, can now be used to communicate with …

IMO messenger enables video calls right from your browser

There's a big surprise waiting for IMO users who log into the redesigned website today: a new video chat feature that works right from a browser. Yes, that means there's nothing to download, as the messaging service can now make <i>and</i> receive video calls (using WebRTC) on its web interface. It's …

Team Behind Facebook For Feature Phones Launches Chaatz, A Mobile Messaging App Aimed At Emerging Markets

A team with extensive experience working with the OEMs, carriers, and platform makers in the mobile industry, and who was most recently tasked with the creation of the Facebook mobile experience for feature phones, is now preparing to take its former client head-on with a new, multi-platform social …

Wickr Is The Messaging App You'll Turn To If Snapchat Screws Up Again

Nico Sell is an entrepreneur and privacy advocate who co-founded Wickr, an app for sending and receiving self-destructing messages. If the description stopped there, you'd probably decry it as a Snapchat knockoff. It's just not. The comparison is laughable.<p>The gist of the app is similar, however: …

Hitlist, A Smart Flight Finder That Saves You Money By Telling You When To Fly, Exits Beta

Thanks to Google Now, other virtual assistants, and mobile applications that can tap into our location to feed us information at will, consumers are being conditioned to think of information-gathering as more of a passive process, these days. One company tapping into that larger trend is Hitlist, a …

That Secret App Is Becoming Silicon Valley’s New Blind Item

“I work at Evernote and we’re about to get acquired… Watch this space”<p>That could be the first big acquisition rumor to have found its way onto Secret, the new “anonymish” sharing app launched late last week. But it won’t be the last.<p>(FWIW, Evernote CEO Phil Libin says it’s not true. And Dustin …

Houzz Launches Site Designer, Offers Free Websites For Home Professionals

Houzz, the popular service for all things home remodelling and design, is launching a new service today that allows home professionals like interior designers, architects, contractors and others to set up free websites for their businesses. These sites are connected to their Houzz profiles, which …

Messaging App Line Rakes In $338M Revenue For 2013

Popular Japanese messaging service LINE has continued charting its way upwards in terms of revenue brought in by in-game purchases, sticker purchases and other areas such as official accounts and sponsored stickers.<p>Despite being a free app, it was revealed today that Line brought in 34.3 billion …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

TigerText Raises $21M To Bring Its Secure, Mobile Messaging Platform To The Healthcare Industry

If Esso puts a tiger in your tank then what does TigerText put into your mobile? Thanks to an infusion of $21 million in Series B, the company hopes to create “industrial grade” SMS for enterprises, allowing employees at big companies to share data and messages in a secure, encrypted …

Privatext launches for Android, promises ultra-secure messages

In the wake of Snapchat’s security concerns related to the partial leak of 4.6 million user phone numbers, we imagine there are a number of folks that now consider themselves former-Snapchat fans, with no plans to go back to using the service.<p>To Snapchat’s credit, they have since released an app …

Messaging App Wickr Touts Its Security With Big Bug Bounty

The company will pay as much as Microsoft or Google if flaws are found in its product -- up to $100,000.<p>For the past 18 months Wickr has been offering a more secure option for those who want the features of WhatsApp or Snapchat, but with an additional layer of security.<p>Wickr offers the ability for …

How Japan's Most Popular Messaging App Emerged From The 2011 Earthquake

After the relief efforts began, more than 18,000 people had been confirmed dead and the elements had completely demolished large portions of Japan's phone system.<p>Stranded citizens had no way of calling their loved ones to see if they were alright. So they had find some form of internet access to …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

Apple’s environmental report claims the new Mac Pro is a green, power-sipping machine

Apple’s new Mac Pro might set you back a hefty $2,999, but the company has taken steps to ensure that Mother Nature won’t be taking as dramatic a hit as your wallet.<p>In an environmental report released on Thursday, Apple revealed that the new design consumes far less power than its predecessor, and …

Snapchat for everything: Younity rolls out ephemeral file-sharing

With Snapchat, you can send self-deleting photos and videos to your friends.<p>Younity can send anything.<p>Using Younity’s share feature, which Younity app maker Entangled Media introduced today, you share music, videos, photos, and other kinds of files with other Younity users. But they can’t ever …

Instagram announces Instagram Direct for private photo, video, and text messaging

At an event in New York City today, Instagram announced Instagram Direct, a new messaging feature available today for iOS and Android that lets users send text, video, and photo messages to each other privately. "Communication is not about photography, necessarily," said CEO Kevin Systrom. "If we …

Meet Leo, The Lightweight New Way To Send Self-Destructing Messages

There are a number of ephemeral messaging apps out there (some might say too many), all of which are trying to give their users the ability to send self-destructing text messages or photos or videos, or some combination of the three. But those apps aren’t always intuitive, and that sometimes leads …

Booking.com Acquires eBuddy

eBuddy, the Dutch software company specializing in mobile and Web-based messaging services, has been acquired by accommodation booking platform and fellow Netherlands company Booking.com.<p>In an announcement earlier today, eBuddy revealed it had entered into an ‘acqui-hire’ agreement, which pretty …

The New Just.me Wins Auction For The Old Just.me’s Assets

Mobile messaging startup Just.me announced a couple of weeks ago that its assets were being auctioned off. Now it looks like the auction is over. The winner? Just.me.<p>Well, technically it’s “Just.me 2014 Inc.,” but founder Keith Teare (who also co-founded TechCrunch) said the new company’s goal is …

PingTune Raises $1.6M And Unleashes Messaging App Based Around Music

With the success of SnapChat, Line and others, many have been wondering who will own the next big messaging service. Now, we’re not saying it’s necessarily the next big thing, but it is interesting to us that PingTune (formerly named Tuneit) has appeared with a service which slices off a …

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 …

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 …