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  • 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

  • Alibaba’s IPO Means Consumer Tech Innovations From Asia Can’t Be Ignored Anymore

    Alibaba’s IPO Means Consumer Tech Innovations From Asia Can’t Be Ignored Anymore

    Asia’s tech companies still have a reputation in the West for being copycats. But Alibaba’s massive IPO is proof that consumer tech innovations from Asia can no longer be ignored. Alibaba finally filed for its highly anticipated initial public offering this afternoon. The IPO is widely expected to surpass the $16.4 billion raised in 2012 by Facebook. The public offering… Read More

  • Korean Messaging Service Kakao Gets Ready For A $2 Billion IPO

    Korean Messaging Service Kakao Gets Ready For A $2 Billion IPO

    Korean messaging leader Kakao is negotiating with Morgan Stanley and Samsung Securities Co. to file for an IPO in Korea, according to the WSJ. The seven-year-old company is mostly known for its dominant messaging app, KakaoTalk. 133 million people are using the app. It is also the primary platform for mobile games. KakaoTalk is the undisputable winner in South Korea. But with a population of… Read More

  • KakaoTalk Looking At Adding News Content Service To Its 130M-User-Strong Mobile Messaging Platform

    KakaoTalk Looking At Adding News Content Service To Its 130M-User-Strong Mobile Messaging Platform

    South Korea’s KakaoTalk is considering launching a news content service, to further flesh out its mobile messaging app feature set which already includes group voice chats, event scheduling & polling, stickers and animated emoji, and the ability for users to shop for gifts or discounts. The news content launch plan was reported early in the Korea Herald, and Kakao confirmed to… Read More