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  • Daum Kakao Debuts Uber Rival KakaoTaxi In South Korea

    Daum Kakao Debuts Uber Rival KakaoTaxi In South Korea

    Daum Kakao, the maker of South Korea’s most popular messaging app, launched KakaoTaxi in Korea today. The new service is a potentially strong competitor to Uber and is the beginning of Daum Kakao’s initiative to extend online-to-offline products to the 48 million active monthly users of KakaoTalk. Read More

  • Three Ways Asia Could Continue To Inspire The Rest Of The Mobile Gaming World

    Three Ways Asia Could Continue To Inspire The Rest Of The Mobile Gaming World

    Asia has inspired and dominated the global video-game market since the past decade and has given no sign of relinquishing its throne. Japan and China represent two of the top three video-game markets in the world, and the Asia-Pacific region generated $12.2 billion in mobile game revenue in 2014, as compared to $4.9 billion and $3.2 billion for North America and Western Europe, respectively. Read More

  • Korea’s Daum Kakao Prepares To Launch Kakao Taxi As Uber Faces Legal Woes

    Korea’s Daum Kakao Prepares To Launch Kakao Taxi As Uber Faces Legal Woes

    Like other Asian messaging apps, South Korea’s KakaoTalk is intent on moving beyond being a communications tool to offering a wide selection of services. Today, Daum Kakao, the app’s maker, took the first step in launching a car-calling app called Kakao Taxi by inviting taxi drivers to apply. The feature is expected to be available to riders by the end of March. Read More

  • Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger

    Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger

    How is Facebook going to monetize Messenger? Not by featuring games in the app like Korea’s KakaoTalk, at least for now. Instead, Facebook could concentrate on solving new problems with Messenger. When I pressed Facebook’s EMEA Director of Platform Partnerships Julien Codorniou about whether Messenger would become a platform that hosts non-chat experiences, he said that Facebook… Read More

  • Korean Internet Giant Daum Kakao Launches Its Own Mobile Payment Platform

    Korean Internet Giant Daum Kakao Launches Its Own Mobile Payment Platform

    Daum Kakao, one of the largest Internet companies in South Korea, has launched a mobile payment platform called BankWalletKakao as it addresses concerns about its ability to grow in international markets. Daum Kakao was formed last month by the merger of Daum, one of South Korea’s largest Internet portals and search engines, with Kakao, the maker of KakaoTalk, South Korea’s… Read More

  • KakaoTalk Now Lets Users Test New Features Before They Launch

    KakaoTalk Now Lets Users Test New Features Before They Launch

    One month after its merger with Daum created one of South Korea’s largest Internet companies, messaging app maker Kakao has launched Kakao Lab, which lets Android users test new features before they are added to the app. An iOS version of Kakao Lab is in the works, says the company. Read More

  • KakaoTalk Launches Its First Desktop Client For Mac

    KakaoTalk Launches Its First Desktop Client For Mac

    KakaoTalk has launched its first desktop client for Mac, which is currently available in Korean and English. The release, which can potentially help South Korea’s top messaging service score more users, comes less than a week after Kakao Corp and Daum, one of the country’s largest Internet portals, announced that they will merge, creating a company with a 3.4 trillion won (about… Read More

  • Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over

    The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close. With the news today that Korea’s leading messenger KakaoTalk is merging with one of that country’s largest internet portals, Daum Communications, we are witnessing the end of the rise of mobile-focused independent messaging startups that started just five years ago. Only Kik Messenger remains standing… Read More

  • Kakao And Daum To Merge, Creating One Of South Korea’s Largest Internet Companies

    Kakao And Daum To Merge, Creating One Of South Korea’s Largest Internet Companies

    Kakao and Daum announced today that they will merge through an equity swap, creating a company with a 3.4 trillion won (about $2.9 billion) market capitalization. Kakao and Daum stand to become one of South Korea’s largest Internet companies and will be better positioned to compete against Naver, South Korea’s largest Internet portal and the maker of KakaoTalk competitor Line. Read More