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Messaging app Line plans up to $3 billion dual IPO in New York and Tokyo (VentureBeat)

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Messaging app operator Line Corp, which is owned by South Korea’s largest web portal operator, Naver Corp, plans an initial public offering of up to $3 billion in New York and Tokyo, IFR reported on Friday, citing people close to the deal…

Source: Messaging app Line plans up to $3 billion dual IPO in New York and Tokyo: IFR | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Reuters

6-fold YoY Increase, but still humble: Snapchat Expects Revenue of $300 Million or More This Year (Re/code)

Investors are buying into Snapchat’s massive $16 billion valuation because its business is growing significantly. Or at least expected to grow significantly in 2016.

Snapchat is targeting between $300 million and $350 million in revenue in 2016, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. That’s six or seven times the $50 million in revenue Snapchat projected last year

 

Source: Snapchat Expects Revenue of $300 Million or More This Year | Re/code

Facebook Messenger Monetization becoming clearer: Report on Ads coming to Messenger in Q2 (Business Insider)

Facebook plans to start rolling out ads in its chat product, Messenger, in Q2

Source: Report: Facebook Messenger ads coming in Q2 – Business Insider

Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)

Congratulations and kudos to the WhatsApp team for achieving this remarkable milestone. The first messaging app/platform which has not been started by one of the internet giants but was born as a true startup.

I am stressing this despite no other messaging service, no matter if startup or bred by an existing tech giant, ever having reached this mark. Facebook Messenger, so to say the sibling service under the roof of Facebook, is closely behind WhatsApp, but then it had all the help and pushing power of the core Facebook service. The most significant support was certainly the forced de-coupling of core Facebook and Messenger and the need to install the dedicated app to continue using chat and messaging in the Facebook mobile experience. Continue reading “Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)”

WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)

Facebook will remove the WhatsApp annual charge and introduce B2C features for brands to interact with their gigantic user base. This will make life more challenging for those service providers that have been exploiting loopholes and ambiguous terms & conditions to provide brands with communications channels to WhatsApp subscribers.

So now it’s official. The first significant news and updates from Facebook regarding the future of WhatsApp after the acquisition have been announced last week. WhatsApp will start removing its annual charge ($1 or local equivalent) across the different versions of its app. They also stress that in return for removing the annual charge there will be no introduction of 3rd party ads. Instead they open up their ecosystem and officially introduce business-to-consumer use cases. Continue reading “WhatsApp’s official Opening-Up to a B2C Ecosystem is the logical next Step (André Cramer)”

Extension of Business Model to official B2C Features: WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO (TechCrunch)

Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it…

Source: WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO | TechCrunch

Great Read on the new Messaging Ecosystem Giant: Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users. Here’s its 2016 Strategy & Predictions (TechCrunch)

Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800…

Source: Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions | TechCrunch

Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots (TechCrunch)

M won’t be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and…

Source: Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots | TechCrunch

Apple vs. Google and Facebook Messaging (Business Insider)

Google, Facebook, and a host of other chat-app makers are working to erode Apple’s app dominance.

Source: Apple vs. Google and Facebook messaging

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