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Instant messaging venture Hike acquires free voice-calling app Zip Phone

Hike, the instant messaging (IM) app service from BSB (Bharti SoftBank, a joint venture between Bharti Group and Japan’s SoftBank), has acquired free voice calling app Zip Phone from US-based Thought Mechanics Inc for an undisclosed sum. Interestingly, this would also compete with Bharti Airtel&...

8 January, 2015 |More »

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Vserv appoints Shailesh Varudkar as VP, global business operations

Mumbai-based mobile marketing platform Vserv has appointed Shailesh Varudkar as its vice president (VP) of global business operations. In his new role, Varudkar will drive the company’s global business operations with a strong focus on emerging markets. According to his LinkedIn profile, Varudkar ...

8 January, 2015 |More »

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Video-based Q&A platform Frankly.me raises $600K from Matrix Partners

Delhi-based Pochi Media Pvt Ltd, the company behind Frankly.me, an online platform that enables users to post a question and get answers from celebrities and experts through video selfies, has received $600,000 (Rs 3.8 crore) in seed funding from multi-asset investment firm Matrix Partners India. ...

7 January, 2015 |More »

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Classifieds site Quikr embeds instant messaging feature

Mumbai-based Quikr India Pvt Ltd has added an instant messaging (IM) feature to its classifieds site Quikr.com that allows buyers and sellers to connect with each other. Named Quikr Nxt, the feature enables users to chat with multiple users and share images. Offline consumers get a notification so t...

7 January, 2015 |More »

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WhatsApp crosses 700M monthly active users mark, claims users sending 30B messages per day

WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messaging app, claims to have crossed the 700 million monthly active users (MAUs) mark globally. This is an increase of over 100 million users (or 16.7 per cent) from 600 million MAUs in August 2014. Jan Koum, the co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, further claimed t...

7 January, 2015 |More »

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CommonFloor acqui-hires social app for college campuses Bakfy

Bangalore-based maxHeap Technologies Pvt Ltd, the company behind the real estate and apartment management portal CommonFloor.com, has acqui-hired Bakfy, a hyper local Twitter-like social app for college campuses, from city-based Nativebeta Pvt Ltd in a cash-cum-equity deal. As per the agreement, Bak...

7 January, 2015 |More »

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Payment gateway services startup NumberMall gets funding from SRI Capital

Hyderabad-based NumberMall Pvt Ltd, an online payment gateway services startup that also enables users to recharge their mobile phones and book bus tickets online, has raised an undisclosed amount in equity funding from SRI Capital, an early-stage VC fund run by angel investor Sashi Reddi. As part...

6 January, 2015 |More »

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Facebook acquires voice recognition startup Wit.ai

Social media giant Facebook Inc. has acquired California-based voice recognition venture Wit.ai for an undisclosed amount, the startup announced in a blog post. “We’ve been building an open, distributed, community-based platform that makes it easy for developers to build apps that users can talk...

6 January, 2015 |More »

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Apps monetisation platform Pokkt ropes in Koovs’ Manish Tewari as its co-founder & CTO

Mumbai- and Singapore-based Maiden Marketing Pte Ltd, the company behind Pokkt.com, an alternative monetisation platform for app developers and publishers, has appointed Manish Tewari, founder of Koovs, as its co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO). An IIT Varanasi alumnus, Tewari had founded...

5 January, 2015 |More »

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Japanese internet firm DeNA & Beenos founder back business chat app Lookup

Lookup, a free messaging app that enables consumers to chat with local businesses and shops, has grabbed over $120,000 (Rs 76 lakh) more in seed funding from Japanese mobile and online services firm DeNA Co. Ltd, and Teruhide Sato, founder of Beenos Inc., a global internet and e-commerce business in...

5 January, 2015 |More »