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MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut […]

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New Vector scores $8.5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix

New Vector scores .5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix New Vector, a European startup founded in 2017 by the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix to drive adoption and grow an ecosystem around an alternative messaging protocol for instant messaging and VoIP apps, has […]

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Jobpal pockets $2.7M for its enterprise recruitment chatbot

Jobpal pockets .7M for its enterprise recruitment chatbot Berlin-based recruitment chatbot startup Jobpal has closed a €2.5 million (~$2.7M) seed round of funding from InReach Ventures and Acadian Ventures. The company, which was founded back in 2016, has built a cross-platform chatbot to automate candidate support and increase efficiency around hiring by […]

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Telegram fixes bug that failed to delete ‘unsent’ photos and videos

Telegram fixes bug that failed to delete ‘unsent’ photos and videos Mobile messaging app Telegram has fixed a bug allowing users to recover photos and videos ‘unsent’ by other people. Telegram, which has more than 100 million users, has an ephemeral messaging feature that allows users to “unsend” sent messages from other […]

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Telegram faces DDoS attack in China… again

Telegram faces DDoS attack in China… again The popular encrypted messaging service Telegram is once again being hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in Asia as protestors in Hong Kong take to the streets. For the last several days, Hong Kong has been overrun with demonstrators protesting a new […]

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SEC expands its war on cryptocurrency companies with a lawsuit against Kik

SEC expands its war on cryptocurrency companies with a lawsuit against Kik The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued Kik Interactive for the $100 million token sale the company announced two years ago. It’s an expansion of legal actions that began last year as the SEC seeks to rein in companies that […]

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Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has […]

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Fleksy’s AI keyboard is getting a store to put mini apps at chatters’ fingertips

Fleksy’s AI keyboard is getting a store to put mini apps at chatters’ fingertips Remember Fleksy? The customizable Android keyboard app has a new trick up its sleeve: It’s adding a store where users can find and add lightweight third party apps to enhance their typing experience. Right now it’s launched a […]

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First DJI, now Bang & Olufsen gets Line Friends-themed products

First DJI, now Bang & Olufsen gets Line Friends-themed products Line is a pretty busy company. Beyond a messaging app that claims over 160 million users, the company operates service like music streaming, manga, food delivery, games and it is also venturing into crypto. The company has long been known for its […]

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Facebook’s ex-CSO, Alex Stamos, defends its decision to inject ads in WhatsApp

Facebook’s ex-CSO, Alex Stamos, defends its decision to inject ads in WhatsApp Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, who left the company this summer to take up a role in academia, has made a contribution to what’s sometimes couched as a debate about how to monetize (and thus sustain) commercial end-to-end encrypted […]

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