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WhatsApp is now available on desktop. Does the move target publishers?

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Oh, Mark Zuckerberg! Has an app ever been expected to transform into a platform that’s simultaneously intimate and expansive? Not really. When Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, the overwhelming reaction to the deal was: Why WhatsApp and for $19 billion? It appeared to be an incredulous and a...

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Mobile messaging service LINE rolls out lighter app for slow connections

Mobile messaging service LINE has begun the global rollout of its ‘Lite’ app for users constrained by low storage space and unpredictable data networks. LINE Lite weighs less than 1MB and is 25 times faster than the 23MB standard LINE app, the Japan-based company said in a statement. In the firs...

18 August, 2015 | More »

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Japanese mobile messaging service Line claims 30M Indian registered users

Japanese free call and messaging app Line claims to have over 30 million registered users in India. And while this number is just over five per cent of the 560 million registered users the app has globally (in 230 countries), it makes India one of the largest markets for the company. “In a sho...

20 October, 2014 | More »

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Japanese mobile messaging service Line introduces premium voice calling service in India, what’s on offer?

Japanese free call and messaging app Line has introduced its premium voice calling service in India. Called Line Call (earlier Line Premium Call), the service allows users to make low-cost calls to non-Line mobile phones and landlines. Line users can already make free calls with one another. The ser...

22 September, 2014 | More »

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Japanese mobile messaging service Line claims 18M Indian registered users; India 4th largest market for the co

Japanese free call and messaging app Line claims to have over 18 million registered users in India. And while this number is only close to four per cent of the over 490 million registered users the app has globally, it makes India the fourth largest market for the company, according to a Tech in Asi...

12 September, 2014 | More »

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Japanese mobile messaging service Line eyes IPO at $9.8B valuation

Line Corp, the company that owns and operates the free call and messaging app Line, is looking to float an initial public offering (IPO) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, says a Bloomberg report quoting unnamed sources. The offering could value Tokyo-based Line at more than 1 trillion yen ($9.8 billion),...

15 July, 2014 | More »

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For WhatsApp, keeping things simple is both a draw and a handicap

In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications features, online shopping and games. But this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a staggering $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the contender with perhaps the sim...

21 February, 2014 | More »

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Upsetting the app cart: Asian messaging services challenge mobile order

Asian chat services KakaoTalk, LINE and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google Inc, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc and telecoms carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer. Where these internet and telecoms giants once controlled the lucrative choke p...

19 February, 2014 | More »

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Free call and messaging app Line names Damandeep Singh Soni as head of India operations

Line Corp, the company that owns and operates the free call and messaging app Line, has appointed Damandeep Singh Soni as head of its India business development, effective next month. In his new role, Soni will lead Line’s plans to develop partnerships and unique offerings for the Indian market. ...

27 January, 2014 | More »

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Japanese IM app LINE witnesses exponential revenue growth, aims to cross 500M users in 2014

Japanese firm LINE Corporation, which owns and operates the free call and messaging app LINE has witnessed exponential quarter-on-quarter revenue growth since 2012. While the company saw revenues of under $10 million in June 2012, this number increased over tenfold to over $110 million in the same q...

13 December, 2013 | More »

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