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  • Tencent Is Putting More News Feed Ads Inside Its Blockbuster App WeChat

    Tencent Is Putting More News Feed Ads Inside Its Blockbuster App WeChat

    One of the 549 million people who use WeChat? Based in China? Expect to see more ‘sponsored’ content inside your in-app news feed because parent company Tencent is gearing up to increase monetization of the blockbuster messaging service. Read More

  • Ticket Booking Startup Beijing Weiying Raises $105M From Investors Including Tencent

    Ticket Booking Startup Beijing Weiying Raises $105M From Investors Including Tencent

    Beijing Weiying Technology, the maker of a movie ticket booking platform that is embedded in WeChat, China’s largest messaging app, has raised a $105 million series B. Investors include WeChat owner Tencent and Wanda Group, one of China’s largest movie theater operators. Weiying’s app, WePiao, can be accessed through WeChat, as well as QQ, Tencent’s instant… Read More

  • Why WeChat City Services Is A Game-Changing Move For Smartphone Adoption Crunch Network

    Why WeChat City Services Is A Game-Changing Move For Smartphone Adoption

    Last month, WeChat launched City Services in select towns across China – if you’re already a user of WeChat, simply change your location to one of the three pilot cities and the language to Chinese and you’ll be presented with a wide array of additional services that may be accessed from right within the app. As the name says it, it basically is trying to solve all problems… Read More

  • Modeling Mediums Of Communication Crunch Network

    Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Communication mediums can be classified by their context. Example: if your audience is just one person, it’s a different communication experience then when your audience is a company or a crowd. Another metric is whether delivery is synchronous or asynchronous. By targeting a particular experience and delivery mode, a communications product is determining a language for our… Read More

  • The Future Of Messenger Crunch Network

    The Future Of Messenger

    It took Dasher.im three months to get its first angel investment via message. The NYC startup, built by Jesse Boyes, previously head of mobile development at Gilt Groupe, had set up Venmo payments to send right in the stream of the chat app. For the first few months the main use of payments were to add your $0.02 as a sort of emoji replacement to punctuate your advice at the end of a… Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond just texting with friends. Read More

  • Tencent Backs Mobile Jobs Startup With Its First ‘WeChat Africa’ Investment

    Tencent Backs Mobile Jobs Startup With Its First ‘WeChat Africa’ Investment

    Tencent has made its first investment in Africa under the banner of its WeChat messaging service. WeChat Africa, a joint venture between Tencent and Naspers, announced an investment in M4JAM (Money For Jam), a South Africa-based mobile job service that connects to WeChat. Read More

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

    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

  • BuzzFeed Jumps Aboard The Messaging App Train, Starting With WeChat

    BuzzFeed Jumps Aboard The Messaging App Train, Starting With WeChat

    BuzzFeed’s next step is messaging apps, and it’s teamed up with Tencent to become a media partner on the Chinese firm’s WeChat app, which counts 468 million monthly active users across the world. Read More