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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘messaging’

Yahoo Is Reportedly Investing in Snapchat and Its Sky-High Valuation

Yahoo is one of the backers that’s ready to throw out a funding round that values Snapchat at $10 billion, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal quotes the all-knowing and omnipresent “people familiar with the matter”, who claim that Yahoo and Snapchat have been talking and the former is set to invest an unknown amount in the latter. Snapchat’s …

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Twitter’s Apparently Thinking About Group Chat

Does Twitter need a group chat feature? Would you use it? According to the company’s CFO, group chat is one of the functions high up on their future innovation list. Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York, Twitter’s Anthony Noto hinted that the company is looking into direct messaging between multiple users – clearly Twitter’s foray into …

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Microsoft the Latest to Try Its Own Snapchat

Snapchat is so hot right now. The kids these days, well, they’re pretty obsessed with the ephemeral messaging app. Among Millennials, it’s currently the third most-popular social app, behind only Facebook and Instagram. The company is serving well over 700 million messages a day, and whether you think it’s ridiculous or not, has just been valuated at $10 billion dollars. …

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Pinterest Gets More Social With Messaging Feature

Pinterest announced the addition of a new messaging feature, which allows users to reply to someone when they shoot them a pin. You can reply back with text or with another pin. Users can also now send pins and messages to multiple people at once. “Say you’re organizing a camping trip with friends—try sending Pins to the whole gang so …

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Instagram’s Bolt App Launches – But Not in the US

Despite the protests of an app with the same name, Instagram has officially launched Bolt – but not in the US. As of now, users can only download Bolt in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. This shouldn’t surprise you, as Facebook commonly tests things in English-speaking countries that aren’t the US before taking them global. Bolt, which was leaked …

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Facebook Reportedly Launching New Snapchat Competitor, Possibly Soon

It appears that Facebook hasn’t yet given up on its dream of having its own app for ephemeral messaging. According to a new report from Financial Times, the company is very close to launching yet another attempt at a Snapchat clone. FT says that the app is being called Slingshot (internally, at least), and could hit app stores as early …

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Snapchat Has to Be Thrilled with This Little Anecdote

What’s so terrifying that it’ll make high-school students panic like they’re seven and someone just took away their recess? Apparently, it’s not a giant zit on prom night or the revelation of a secret burn book. It appears that the worst thing on planet Earth is one goshdarn moment without Snapchat. Kansas high-school teacher and possible Snapchat plant Tracie Schroeder …

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WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, 700 Million Photos Shared Daily

Messaging app WhatsApp has just announced a huge milestone–they’ve topped half a billion “regular, active” users. And those users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. “Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries …

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Vine Gets Private Messaging

Citing the fact that users have wanted this from the beginning, today Vine released an update on both iOS and Android that makes private messaging available. Starting today, you can now send your favorite 6-second clips to your friends on Vine as well as anyone in your address book (even if they don’t have the Vine app). If you want …

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Messaging Revenue Down as Messaging Apps Take Off

As popular social networking sites such as Facebook become populated with, well, everyone, teens are now escaping to the relative privacy that messaging apps provide. WhatsApp and SnapChat are now two of the most popular mobile apps, and it seems this trend is affecting more than just Facebook and social media. Market research firm Strategy Analytics this week pointed out …

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Instagram Event Invite Hints at Printing Service. Possibly. Maybe.

Instagram is about to announce something new, and the event invites point to something in the physical realm. Members of the tech press recently received a mysterious invite for a December 12th press event. It simply says “you are invited to share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team. CNET describes it as a “package, wrapped with brown …

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Instagram May Get Private Messaging By Year’s End

Twitter has direct messaging. Facebook has Facebook messenger. Instagram has…no equivalent. If you want to say something to another Instagram user, everyone else is going to see it too. As of right now, Instagram has no private messaging function. That may change by year’s end, according to sources quoted by GigaOm. They say that Instagram is preparing to launch private …

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