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  • Line To Open Its Sticker Market To All Designers, Launch Skype Competitor

    Line To Open Its Sticker Market To All Designers, Launch Skype Competitor

    Line announced today at a press conference in Tokyo (covered by TechCrunch Japan) that it will open its sticker marketplace to all designers and companies. The platform was previously available only to Line’s partners. The open marketplace, called the Line Creators Market, will launch in April. Revenue will be divided evenly between designers and Line. Read More

  • Gogolook Confirms Its Acquisition By Naver, The Owner Of Line

    Gogolook Confirms Its Acquisition By Naver, The Owner Of Line

    Taipei-based startup Gogolook confirmed that it has been acquired by Naver, the Korean Internet giant that is best known outside of Asia for being the owner of Line. Gogolook has not disclosed the acquisition price, but a report yesterday from the Investment Commission of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said the amount was NT$529 million (or about $17.6 million USD) (h/t Tech In Asia). Read More

  • Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

    Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

    Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today (link to TechCrunch Japan via Google Translate). The app, which is now available for download in Japan’s Google Play store, is a sign that the service is doubling down on its efforts to increase engagement among users as it competes WeChat, WhatsApp and other popular messaging apps. Line Mall… Read More

  • Messaging App Line’s Kawaii Characters Get Their Own Cartoon Series In Japan

    Messaging App Line’s Kawaii Characters Get Their Own Cartoon Series In Japan

    Line’s animated characters, which helped it become one of Asia’s top messaging apps with more than 120 million users, now have their own cartoon series. The TV show, called “LINE TOWN,” premiered on Tokyo TV Channel 6 last week (h/t Asiajin). “Line Town” features half-hour-long episodes and a prime 6:30PM to 7:30PM slot, and has already been picked up… Read More

  • Line: We’re A Social Entertainment Platform, Not Just A Free Calls Messaging App

    Line: We’re A Social Entertainment Platform, Not Just A Free Calls Messaging App

    Line, an app made by South Korea’s Naver Corp which has grown rapidly since its launch in summer 2011, is typically labelled as a messaging app – and compared to the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and Skype. But in reality Line’s feature-set positions it closer to being a social network. In other words, Line is going after disenchanted Facebookers as much as it’s hoping to… Read More

  • Globally, Baidu Beats Microsoft in Search; Yandex Creeping Up On Ask

    While Google dominates the top slot in search both in the U.S. and worldwide, with a global search market share of 62 percent, there is still a lot of elbowing going on below, especially when you look beyond the U.S. In a comScore ranking of the top-10 global search engines as measured by number of searches during the month of December, 2007, Yahoo comes in at a distant No. 2 with only 13… Read More