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This messaging app is beating Facebook in some markets

And Line is perfectly positioned to ride the trend to untold riches. The app — which has more than 200 million monthly active users globally— has four to five times the number of monthly active users as Facebook in Japan and is similarly popular in Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.<p>David Gibson, an …

Messaging app Line sets final IPO price

Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa (left).It’s hot, humid, and full-blown summer time in Japan right now as messaging app Line set its initial IPO price at …

This Could Be the Biggest IPO of 2016 So Far

Japan’s Line Corp on Tuesday set a price range for a Tokyo share sale that could value the messaging app operator at up to $6.57 billion, indicating …

Messaging app Line confirms IPO, aiming at $5.5b valuation

Line’s long anticipated IPO plans were made official today.

Look Who’s Five

On June 23, 2011, the world celebrated the birth of a new communication method called LINE. <br>LINE is not just a simple messaging app for sending …

Proposed Listing of New Shares of LINE Corporation on the TSE and the NYSE | LINE Corporation | News

Tokyo, Japan – June 10, 2016 – The Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. approved today a new listing of shares of common stock of LINE Corporation. LINE …

Line Defies IPO Drought, Plans Year’s Biggest Tech Debut

Japan’s Line Corp. is headed for what could be the biggest initial public offering for a technology company this year, including a major pitch to …

Line at 5 years old (Infographic)

Line has grown up so fast, and what better way to celebrate than with an IPO party in New York and Tokyo this Friday. Although user growth is …

Line to roll out IPO in mid-June: report

The listing looks set to value the messaging app at somewhere between US$2-3 billion. That's way down from the purported US$10 billion in 2014.

‘Uber for deliveries’ startup Lalamove grabs $10m funding

The goal is for all its current cities to be profitable by the end of the year.

The Most Popular Messaging App in Every Country

What’s your go-to messaging app? Is it Messenger, WhatsApp, or some other app such as Viber, Line, or WeChat.<p>Using Android data from 187 countries, …

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(LEAD) Naver's LINE app eyes 'smart portal' in Thailand

(ATTN: DELETES 9th para on LINE's revenue)<p>BANGKOK, May 3 (Yonhap) -- The global chat app LINE, founded by South Korea's internet giant Naver, aims to …

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Line's Plan to Outflank Facebook in Asia: Think Local

Line Corp. has an instant message for Facebook Inc.: Asia is ours.<p>Country by country, the chat app from Japan is signing up new users by adopting a …

[LINE]New "LINE Creators Themes" Lets LINE Users Create and Sell Their Own Themes

<b>Creation & Review Guidelines Released Prior to Service Launch Scheduled for Late April</b><p>Tokyo, Japan – February 22, 2016 – LINE Corporation has …

Line introduces messaging app concierge to compete against Facebook, Wechat

Japanese chat app Line is set to launch an artificial intelligence concierge service, similar to Facebook Messenger's M, according to Financial Times.<p>The new service will use AI processes to augment chat bots so they can better respond to user requests. When the interaction with a user becomes too …

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Line looks to challenge global chat app rivals | Financial Times

Tokyo-based messaging app Line will launch a smartphone call-centre using an artificial intelligence bot later this year, in an attempt to challenge …

10 startup funding rounds in Asia last week

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for our regular recap of funding rounds from last week. Familiar names include Thailand’s Wongnai and Korea’s Send …

Messaging app Line introduces new character to its cute family

There's a new addition to the Line Friends family, and she's none other than Brown's little sister, Choco.<p>The Japanese messaging app announced Monday …

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‘Cashless’ payment service introduced - The Nation

The service, which is a mix of both online and offline payment platforms, can be used to pay for products and services at shops and restaurants such …

Naver's LINE Messenger Faces Challenges Ahead Of IPO

The LINE messenger app company is launching new services, as user numbers keep growing and an IPO seems to be coming ever closer.<p>Naver, the parent company behind LINE, said that the app now has more than one billion users, with 215 million of those using it at least once a month.<p>The release of the …

Line restarts IPO preparations, could bow to $10B this year

Line, the chat app and gaming platform which is becoming a lifestyle portal, is restarting preparations for an IPO. The <i>Nikkei</i> is reporting that the …

Q&A: KakaoTalk CEO On Privacy, Expansion and Mobile Payments

KakaoTalk is ubiquitous in South Korea, one of the world’s most wired nations in the world. But outside the country, it’s still an unknown brand.<p>The company, which has 48 million monthly active users, competes with likes of WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Viber and Snapchat. With the service launched in …

How Japan’s Line App Became A Culture-Changing, Revenue-Generating Phenomenon

It’s already a powerhouse in messaging, entertainment, and merchandise, with payments and more on the way. Next stop: America.<p>When the young people of Tokyo want to go shopping, they head for Harajuku. A fabled wellspring of youth culture, the neighborhood offers international retail chains on its …

Line gets into groceries with launch of online supermarket for Southeast Asia

Line, the popular messaging app with 181 million monthly active users at the last count, is set to launch online grocery deliveries across Southeast …

Line Taxi launches, gives Uber first major challenger in Japan

Finally, Japan gets a taxi war of its own. China has Didi Dache versus Kuadi Dache. India has Ola and TaxiForSure. GrabTaxi and EasyTaxi are duking …

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and Your Gaming Cravings With LINE Sweets on iOS and Android

After you’ve had your fill of music-induced fun on the LINE gaming platform and are looking for a new game to satisfy your cravings, consider LINE …

How Korean mobile game developers are riding the financials markets to success

<i>Given the importance of the Asian region to the global mobile games industry, PocketGamer.biz is always looking to bring its readers better analysis</i> …

Naver says held back Line IPO to further build business

SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp held off on an IPO for its Line Corp unit on the belief that the messaging app operator can command a better valuation by further building its revenue and profit, Naver’s chief financial officer told Reuters on Tuesday.<p>The logo of free messaging app Line is pictured on …