Line reached a $15bn valuation by getting smartphone users to pay for teddy bear icons and games with cute cookies and wicked witches.
28 February 2014
24 February 2014
Freshly acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp is working on adding free voice-calling to its text messaging app for iPhone and Android.
21 February 2014
Mark Zuckerberg’s latest deal shows how high he’ll go, and how fast he’ll move, to keep Facebook growing by buying out the competition.
20 February 2014
With no games and no gimmicks but 450m mobile active users, WhatsApp represented the biggest mobile threat to Facebook.
19 February 2014
Asian chat services threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Facebook and telecoms carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.
GSMA, an organization that represents more than 800 mobile network operators, predicts growth from 195m M2M connections in 2013 to 250m this year.
14 February 2014
Rakuten, the Japanese online retailer, is acquiring messaging and VoIP platform Viber for $900m as it moves into social networking.
Some VCs and high-tech executives fretted about the possibility that a bulked-up Comcast could gain additional leverage it could use to hobble competing services.
13 February 2014
Comcast agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2bn, combining the two largest US cable companies in an all-stock transaction.
11 February 2014
Israeli mobile messaging platform Viber is in talks with a potential Chinese buyer for a deal that could be worth $300m.