Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack competitor, comes out of beta

Hangouts Chat, Google's take on modern workplace communication, is now generally available and is becoming a core part of G Suite. Hangouts Chat was first announced at Google Cloud Next 2017, togethe

Twitch launches always-on chat rooms for channels

Game streaming site Twitch today is debuting an always-on chat room feature it’s simply calling “Rooms.” The addition was first announced at its developer event TwitchCon back in Oct

AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years

The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the t

Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

Facebook's data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks: the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland after

Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

Google’s consumer-facing chat application Allo, a successor of sorts to Gchat, is today available on the web for desktop users. The service, which lets you chat with friends while taking advanta

Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

Messaging app Viber earlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that lets you search for items for sale via a keyboard when you have the messaging a

Baidu acquires natural language startup, maker of chatbot engine ChatFlow

China’s search giant Baidu has made another acquisition to continue its push into artificial intelligence, and specifically to help it carve out a place for itself as a platform for developers w

YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon rol

Skype’s Snapchat-inspired makeover puts the camera a swipe away, adds stories

Microsoft today is launching a completely revamped version of its Skype application, with a new set of features that draw obvious inspiration from messaging rivals, like Messenger and Snapchat. Yes, t

Symphony, a messaging app backed by Wall St, gets $63M at a $1B+ valuation

Symphony, a secure messaging app that counts 15 of the world's biggest banks among its investors and 200,000 paying customers, has raised a new tranche of funding to fuel its expansion into new market

Google goes after Slack and splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet

Google's messaging strategy can be confusing, but if there's one thing that's clear after today's Cloud Next keynote, it's that the company is doubling down on the idea that Hangouts is its enterprise

Kik snaps up video chat app maker Rounds for a reported $60-$80 million

Messaging company Kik has made its second major acquisition after it scooped up Israel-based mobile video app maker Rounds in an undisclosed deal. Though neither side is giving a price, you would imag

Crunch Report | Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Raised $100 Millon

Hanging out with the CEO of Zoom Eric Yuan and talking about the most recent investment for Sequoia for $100 million, LinkedIn's major desktop update, and the NHTSA fully exonerates Tesla's AutoPilot.

Facebook Messenger suggests what to talk about with “Conversation Topics” feature

Facebook Messenger may have already hit the billion-user club this past summer, but the company is always looking for new ways to increase app usage. The latest attempt is the introduction of “c

Duolingo’s chatbots help you learn a new language

Today’s chatbots, for the most part, aren’t all that useful, but what if you could use them to learn a new language? When it comes to learning languages, using what you’ve learned in

WhatsApp plans to let businesses onto its service before the end of the year

WhatsApp will finally take a step to becoming a platform after the Facebook-owned company revealed it will begin to integrate businesses services into its app before the end of this year.

India’s WhatsApp rival Hike raises $175M led by Tencent at a $1.4B valuation

India has a new tech unicorn. Hike, a four-year-old messaging app, today announced that it has closed $175 million in funding led by new investors Tencent and Foxconn. The Series D round values the co

Understanding Line, the chat app behind 2016’s largest tech IPO

Line, the mobile messaging app from Japan, is going public today in a dual Japan-U.S. IPO that is set to be the largest of a tech company this year to date. Yet, despite that, precious little is known

Chat app Line targets $1.14B raise in what could be 2016’s largest tech IPO

Line, the messaging app from Asia famed for its cutesy yet expressive emoji-like stickers, is on track to hold 2016's largest tech public listing. The company today announced pricing for its dual Japa

Chat app Line makes over $270 million a year from selling stickers

Japanese mobile messaging app Line is banking more than $20 million per month selling sticker packs, which typically trade for $1-2 for sets of 6-12, according to data from the company.
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