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Sina Weibo introduces Twitter-like in-stream advertising in quest to monetize its 400m user base

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Sina has officially launched promoted feed advertising on Weibo  in yet another attempt to get convert its 400-million strong microblogging platform into a moneymaker, according to Chinese news website Sohu IT. The new Weibo Tuiguang system was in closed testing last year and is now rolling out to all users. Ads...
Sina Weibo introduces Twitter-like in-stream advertising in quest to monetize its 400m user base

Google's Venture Arm Is Backing A Rival To Whatsapp, The Messaging Startup Rumored To Be Worth $1 Billion

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The crowded, fragmented mobile messaging app market, one of the hottest sectors in Silicon Valley, just got more crowded. Keith Teare, a veteran Valley entrepreneur, on Wednesday launched just.me, a service that claims to combine email, multimedia messaging and cloud storage in a single iPhone app....
Google's Venture Arm Is Backing A Rival To Whatsapp, The Messaging Startup Rumored To Be Worth $1 Billion

China's Apple wannabe Xiaomi gathers steam as IM chat service hits 1m concurrent users for first time

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Miliao, the group chat service from up-and-coming Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, passed a new milestone on Wednesday when it achieved 1 million simultaneous online users. Xiaomi announced the achievement on its Sina Weibo microblog late Wednesday shortly after it took place. Miliao, also known as MiTalk in English, took just 599 days to hit...
China's Apple wannabe Xiaomi gathers steam as IM chat service hits 1m concurrent users for first time

WhatsApp Still Killing It By Messaging Volume Despite Free Rivals Crowding In

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Along with Skype, WhatsApp is the grand daddy of the mobile messaging app space. But despite its relative great age (~47 months), certainly compared to the myriad messaging newcomers, it appears to be continuing to build usage momentum. Earlier today WhatsApp announced a new daily messaging metric record, following on from its...
WhatsApp Still Killing It By Messaging Volume Despite Free Rivals Crowding In

WeChat beta hints Siri-like features and audio chatrooms are coming to the popular messaging app

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WeChat, the mobile messaging service from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, passed 300 million registered users yesterday, and a new beta version of the iOS app has hinted that Siri-like voice reminders and audio chatrooms are coming soon. The folks at Chinese blog 36kr got their hands on the test version which...
WeChat beta hints Siri-like features and audio chatrooms are coming to the popular messaging app

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

Line Doubled Users Every Day In Hong Kong Last Week

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Japanese messaging app, Line, has just reported that new users in Hong Kong have been doubling each day for the past week since Jan 29. The app, which is the dominant messenger of choice in Japan, launched its Chinese version on Dec 12, and looks like it’s riding a huge...
Line Doubled Users Every Day In Hong Kong Last Week

Messaging app Line surpasses 100M users in 19 months

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Messaging app Line surpassed 100 million users in 19 months, according to a blog post on the official Line blog. Line, an app developed by South Korea’s Naver Corp., is the leading messaging app in Japan. The app is now taking off in other regions, but in the grand scheme...
Messaging app Line surpasses 100M users in 19 months

Facebook updates iPhone app with stickers and Chat Heads; iPad gets new design

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Facebook today announced updates for its iOS apps, which bring new messaging features to iPhone and the new News Feed design to both the iPad and iPhone. Facebook will begin offering “stickers,” which are larger emoji that are popular in Asian messaging apps like Line, KakaoTalk and WeChat. Stickers are a...
Facebook updates iPhone app with stickers and Chat Heads; iPad gets new design

Tencent to Commercialize WeChat

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Tencent Holdings will begin commercializing its popular WeChat messaging application in China soon....
Tencent to Commercialize WeChat

China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has reached an agreement with Mface, an up-and-coming social network in Southeast Asia, to help take its MiTalk messaging service overseas, Tencent Tech reports. MiTalk, which is available on iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and PC, is believed to have over 23 million registered users, up...
China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

China Mobile rumored to link up with Line to take on Tencent's WeChat

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A storm is brewing now that NHN Japan’s Line messaging service has arrived in China, the home turf of Tencent’s rival WeChat app. Recent rumors suggest that China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, may join forces with Line to go up against WeChat. Young’s China Business Blog noted the reports,...
China Mobile rumored to link up with Line to take on Tencent's WeChat

Now China's WeChat App is Censoring Its Users Globally

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We’ve written a lot about the progress of the world’s biggest messaging app, the China-made WeChat, which is fast approaching 300 million registered users and enjoying some level of global success with it. But the the app – made by Tencent (HKG:0700), China’s biggest web company – is now risking...
Now China's WeChat App is Censoring Its Users Globally

Tencent aims for Southeast Asia as it brings its WeChat messaging app to RIM's BlackBerry platform

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Chinese Internet giant Tencent has released its popular WeChat application for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform, a move that should give it a boost in markets throughout Southeast Asia on its quest for 300 million users. As noted by 36Kr, Version 1.0 of WeChat for BlackBerry runs on OS 5,...
Tencent aims for Southeast Asia as it brings its WeChat messaging app to RIM's BlackBerry platform

There Are A Couple Hundred Million Reasons For Facebook To Learn From Weixin Right Now

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At TechCrunch Disrupt this week, Mark Zuckerberg enthused about Facebook’s money-making potential for mobile, but how exactly the company will start realizing that remains a mystery. I’ve argued this before, but we might find that Facebook takes its cue from Tencent’s Weixin, China’s leading mobile messaging app. Weixin has many...
There Are A Couple Hundred Million Reasons For Facebook To Learn From Weixin Right Now

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

The Reality Of The Global Messaging Market: It's Really Freaking Fragmented

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It would be easy to assume that Facebook or Apple’s iMessage are in a natural position to reach global dominance in smartphone messaging. But the reality is that the landscape looks very different and is very fragmented — at least for now. There are plenty of apps, WhatsApp included,...
The Reality Of The Global Messaging Market: It's Really Freaking Fragmented

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
What Graph Search tells us: Facebook's true power lies in connections, not social
In an attempt to outsmart its Asian competitors, Kik introduces "cards" instead of features

Social discovery-themed messaging startup Talkbits lands $2M in Series A funding as it prepares to launch

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We’ve talked a lot about mobile messaging apps and services, particularly WhatsApp and its numerous Asian rivals, but a new entrant is heading into the market with significant momentum and a different approach after still-launch social discovery-themed startup Talkbits landed $2 million in Series A funding from Russian VC firm Runa Capital. WhatsApp...
Social discovery-themed messaging startup Talkbits lands $2M in Series A funding as it prepares to launch

KakaoTalk takes on Facebook Home with KakaoHome Android launcher

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Popular Korean messaging app's spin-off promises to 'make your smartphone special' with 90m registered users to market it toFacebook may be struggling to win hearts (and installs) with its Facebook Home app, but it's not the only social networking service keen to take over users' Android homescreens.Korean startup Kakao has...
KakaoTalk takes on Facebook Home with KakaoHome Android launcher

Sina links up with AutoNavi, Apple's Chinese maps partner, to integrate location service into Weibo

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Sina, the creator of China’s top microblogging platform, has announced a new partnership with market-leading navigation company AutoNavi to integrate location-based services into its Weibo service. The companies said the deal will allow Sina Weibo users to login to AMAP, AutoNavi’s mobile map application, and have direct access to the...
Sina links up with AutoNavi, Apple's Chinese maps partner, to integrate location service into Weibo
People Actually Use QR Codes (In China)

Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

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Users on Xiaomi devices will now be able to send international text messages faster and more reliably, it said. The Chinese smartphone maker just announced its enterprise international SMS platform at the Mobile Asia Expo event in Shanghai. The new service relies on a two-way direct coupling transmission channel. While...
Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

SlideShare, Rotten Tomatoes, Waze and more on this week's top 20 non-game Facebook apps growing by MAU

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Instagram takes the No. 1 spot on our list of top non-game Facebook apps growing by monthly active users this week with 5 percent gain. The app recently became the most popular app overall on the Facebook platform. Titles on our list gained the most MAU of any non-game apps on the platform,...
SlideShare, Rotten Tomatoes, Waze and more on this week's top 20 non-game Facebook apps growing by MAU

Facebook Saturation?: Twitter, Skype, Instagram & Other Apps Downloaded More In July

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Based on downloads, Facebook’s iPhone app was no longer the most popular mobile social networking app in many Asian countries and elsewhere from July 2011 to June 2012. This, according to the latest report from app store analytics firm Distimo, which took a look at trends surrounding mobile social networking...
Facebook Saturation?: Twitter, Skype, Instagram & Other Apps Downloaded More In July

Free mobile messaging apps will be the death of SMS. Eventually. Just not yet.

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Free mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, WeChat and MessageMe are getting so popular in the developed world that they’re eating away at the telecom operators’ SMS revenues, traditionally a cash cow (and actually a bit of a scam) for carriers worldwide. Unless you’ve been living under a...
Free mobile messaging apps will be the death of SMS. Eventually. Just not yet.

China's Alipay relaunches its e-payment app as Alipay Wallet with online-to-offline payments

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Alipay, the mobile payments company owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has announced a significant relaunch of its Android app which has become a digital wallet enabling payments. Alipay — China’s top online payment services — says a version for the iPhone will be available “soon”. The app, which has been...
China's Alipay relaunches its e-payment app as Alipay Wallet with online-to-offline payments

China's Sina Weibo grew 73% in 2012, passing 500 million registered accounts

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Chinese microblogging network Sina Weibo continued rapid growth last year after growing 73% to reach 503 million registered accounts at the end of 2012. Sina CEO Charles Chao also revealed during a recent quarterly earnings call that the service had 46.2 million daily active users as of last December, up...
China's Sina Weibo grew 73% in 2012, passing 500 million registered accounts
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