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DailyDirt: Animals With Tools

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The more we watch animals, the more we can see them show off their intelligence. A bunch of different animals have been observed making and using tools -- and sharing how to use them with their friends. Here are just a few examples of some animals using tools in fascinating...
DailyDirt: Animals With Tools

Mobile chat apps eat into SMS in China: Person-to-person text messaging is down 11% in a year

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Traditional SMS text messaging appears to be losing steam in the People’s Republic of China. According to a report from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), overall use of traditional SMS messaging services has experienced an annual increase of 0.5%. However, when mass texts sent to multiple users...
Mobile chat apps eat into SMS in China: Person-to-person text messaging is down 11% in a year
Facebook Tries Letting You Message From Homepage Status Box To Battle Google Hangouts

Samsung’s ChatON messaging service comes to Windows Phone, now available on all mainstream platforms

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Samsung has now touched all the bases with its ChatON messaging service after it added support for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, making it available on all four of the smartphone industry’s most prominent operating systems, as WPcentral reports. ChatOn was unveiled by Samsung in August last year, and the multi-platform mobile...
Samsung’s ChatON messaging service comes to Windows Phone, now available on all mainstream platforms

Mobile chat app Kakao Talk takes on Line after launching its game service on iOS in Japan

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Multi-platform messenger app Kakao Talk has extended its built-in gaming platform to iOS devices in Japan, following a successful launch and international rollout on Android. Serkan Toto has reported today that the following titles are now available to download for both iOS and Android devices in Japan; Tap Tap Blitz, Puzzle Zoo...
Mobile chat app Kakao Talk takes on Line after launching its game service on iOS in Japan
Just.me launches in beta. Is this what Facebook would have looked like if it were built for mobile?

Food app Burpple takes a cue from Foursquare with location-based friend, restaurant discovery

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Food journaling app Burpple has furthered its focus on social and location after it introduced Explore, a feature that brings Foursquare-like discovery and friend-finding to the service. Burpple, for those that are not aware, is a 6-month-old service where food lovers can snap, post and share food/drink-related snaps from their...
Food app Burpple takes a cue from Foursquare with location-based friend, restaurant discovery
Look out WhatsApp, there's another disruptive player in mobile chat: carriers

Mobile chat apps have overtaken Twitter and Facebook in Japan and Korea

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We’ve talked about how the rise mobile messaging apps in Asia is challenging Facebook and others social networks for some time, and a new compendium of figures shows that already apps are topping social networks in Japan and Korea. The statistics were compiled by Singapore-based We Are Social, as part...
Mobile chat apps have overtaken Twitter and Facebook in Japan and Korea

Nexus breaks open new $270m fund, puts $2m into data management startup Datagres

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This weekend we looked at half a dozen of Asia’s most promising internationally-focused digital companies and, somewhat damningly, no representative from India made the list. While we did note that India has a couple of big startups and those with niche appeal overseas, the country is lacking a company with...
Nexus breaks open new $270m fund, puts $2m into data management startup Datagres

Mobile chat service Line targets emerging markets with plan to launch Nokia Asha app

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Mobile chat app Line passed 100 million downloads in January and began its strategy to gain traction in the US, but it has not forgotten the potential of emerging markets after committing to launch an app for Nokia’s Asha range in March. The Japanese company announced today that it will support...
Mobile chat service Line targets emerging markets with plan to launch Nokia Asha app
Facebook rolls out messages update with new layout, photo sharing, emoticons, keyboard shortcuts and more

In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

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They say if you want to understand the future, you have to look at children. And if my 10-year-old cousin’s chat history is any indication, we will soon be communicating in emoji, Egyptian hieroglyphics or some other kind of pictographic language that renders the 2,000-year-old Roman alphabet obsolete. Sometimes...
In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)
Mobile chat app GroupMe previews minimalist web app redesign

Mobile messaging apps are gaining on Facebook in Asia, as Line hits 10m users in Thailand

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It’s been more than a week since Facebook was linked with the possible acquisition of WhatsApp. While the industry has moved on quickly — such is life when rumor and news break aplenty — the speculation has raised awareness of the significance of mobile chat apps and the steam that...
Mobile messaging apps are gaining on Facebook in Asia, as Line hits 10m users in Thailand

Tencent to Restructure Business

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Tencent Holdings said Friday it will restructure its business operations into six groups and named a new chief operating officer as the Chinese Internet company moves to improve efficiency and grow beyond its core gaming business. The move is aimed at helping its smaller operations, such as its mobile, search...
Tencent to Restructure Business

China’s Tencent focuses on mobile, ecommerce and overseas growth with restructuring

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Chinese Internet company Tencent has announced a corporate restructuring move that will see it focus on developing its social network services, mobile offering and overseas presence through dedicated business units. Tencent posted record earnings this week — with quarterly revenues in excess of $1.5 billion and profits of $466 million —...
China’s Tencent focuses on mobile, ecommerce and overseas growth with restructuring

RIM's lost its stronghold in Southeast Asia, BlackBerry 10 will start out as an underdog there

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RIM launches its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 range today but already it has lost the stronghold that it once held in Southeast Asia, which remains a key market for the firm. If you took the pulse of Southeast Asia’s mobile market two or three years ago, the chances are that RIM...
RIM's lost its stronghold in Southeast Asia, BlackBerry 10 will start out as an underdog there

Saudi Arabia may block WhatsApp within weeks

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Popular mobile chat app warned of possible blockage after voice and messaging app Viber was blocked last week. [Read more]...
Saudi Arabia may block WhatsApp within weeks
Home away from home: The unspoken significance of Facebook's latest showpiece
Salesforce.com mobilizes its service cloud

Are you watching, Facebook? Asia's mobile chat apps show how it's done

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The App Store and Google Play may not be kings forever. If we look to Asia, we can see evidence that Web-based apps may be creeping closer to finding dominance on smartphones. And no-one should be more interested in the trend than Facebook. Last week, South Korea’s Kakao Talk announced...
Are you watching, Facebook? Asia's mobile chat apps show how it's done

Mobile chat service Kakao Talk launches Facebook Home-style app in Korea, no global plans yet

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Kakao, the maker of popular mobile messaging service Kakao Talk, has taken a leaf out of Facebook’s book by launching KakaoHome, a Facebook Home-style launcher for Android devices, for users in Korea. Kakao Talk users enjoy free text (chat) messaging and voice calls — alongside group chat, games, virtual content and more...
Mobile chat service Kakao Talk launches Facebook Home-style app in Korea, no global plans yet

After making money in Korea, mobile chat app Kakao Talk takes its games service global

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Kakao Talk, one of Asia’s most popular mobile chap apps, has introduced its games service — Kakao Games — to its international user base, three months after it debuted among users in its native Korea. Three games will initially be made available to users of the Kakao Talk Android app, but...
After making money in Korea, mobile chat app Kakao Talk takes its games service global

What do we mean when we talk about "messaging" services?

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The recent news that more messages are being sent over mobile chat apps than through SMS was, I think, quite significant. Not necessarily in terms of straight numbers — the analyst figures that sparked the story were certainly conservative, so the shift must have happened a while ago — but...
What do we mean when we talk about "messaging" services?

Nokia launches city navigation app Transit for Asha touch-screen phones in beta

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Nokia today announced that it has released a Nokia Transit app for full-touch Asha handsets, bringing the useful city and public transport navigation application to a number of its low to mid-end phones. Nokia Transit for S40 lets users search for public transport stations, stops, addresses and POIs, plan and...
Nokia launches city navigation app Transit for Asha touch-screen phones in beta

China's Tencent is bringing mobile payments to WeChat, its WhatsApp rival with 200m users

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Chinese Internet giant Tencent has confirmed that it is planning to introduce payment services to WeChat, its popular mobile chat app, firming up plans that many industry watchers and users had suspected for some time. The Wall Street Journal reports that Lai Zhiming, who heads up TenPay — Tencent’s third-party payment...
China's Tencent is bringing mobile payments to WeChat, its WhatsApp rival with 200m users

Mobile chat app used by activists has security flaws, say critics

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Security bloggers are piling on with the criticism of WhatsApp, saying there are serious problems with how data is protected from prying eyes in the popular mobile IM software. [Read more]...
Mobile chat app used by activists has security flaws, say critics

WhatsApp denies it's in talks with Google for $1B buyout

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Maker of the popular mobile chat program tells AllThingsD that it's not holding negotiations with the Web giant. [Read more]...
WhatsApp denies it's in talks with Google for $1B buyout

Facebook for Android gets ability to change cover photos, News Feed and messaging improvements

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Last week Facebook began offering automatic/silent updates to selected users on Android devices, now it’s returned to the regular Google Play route to add a series of new features that bring its Android app in line with recent changes to the iOS version. Now Android-toting Facebook users are able to change...
Facebook for Android gets ability to change cover photos, News Feed and messaging improvements
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