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Telegram chalks up 200M MAUs for its messaging app

Another usage milestone for messaging platform Telegram: It’s announced passing 200M monthly active users “within the last 30 days”. The platform passed 100M MAUs back in February 20

Begin, a new app from Ryan Block, uses natural language to generate tasks from your Slack

Over two years after leaving Aol (now known as Oath) back in September 2015 to build a new startup, serial entrepreneur Ryan Block, with co-founder Brian LeRoux, is finally taking the wraps off the ne

Snapchat’s Snap Map comes to the web, including in embeddable form

The Snap Map is a feature that received a mixed response when it landed in the Snapchat app, since it basically let you see where all your friends on the platform were at any given time – provided t

Snapchat will now let you share some Stories outside the app

There’s no getting around the fact that Snapchat has a user growth problem, so it’s smart that the company is making it easier for people who like and use Snapchat to share content they fi

Telegram and Instagram being restricted in Iran

Messaging app Telegram and Facebook-owned social sharing platform Instagram appear to be being blocked in Iran.

Sources: Snap has acquired Metamarkets for less than $100M to step up its ad tech play

As Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, gears up to report its quarterly earnings next week, it looks like the company is making some moves to beef up its primary business line, advertising. TechCrun

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

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving to start a non-profit

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging app to start his own non-profit business. Acton announced the decision on Facebook, of course: After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have

Business messaging service Eko picks up $2M to fuel push into Japan, US and UK

Eko Communications, a U.S.-Thailand company that operates a messaging app targeted at businesses, has closed a strategic investment of $2 million to grow in Japan and expand into Europe and the U.S..

Wire launches e2e encrypted team messaging in beta

End-to-end encrypted messaging platform Wire is targeting Slack's territory with a new messaging for teams product, called Teams.

Telegram agrees to delete terrorist content in Indonesia following partial block

Messaging app Telegram has agreed to block terrorist-related content in Indonesia after the government threatened to block the service over fears it was enabling terrorist communication. The country&#

DoNotPay launches 1,000 new bots to help you with your legal problems

Since making headlines last year with his DoNotPay chatbot to help people fight their parking tickets, Joshua Browder has been heads-down building in new capabilities on his quest to democratize legal

Facebook’s ParlAI is where researchers will push the boundaries of conversational AI

To most of us, communication is a single task. But in reality, it’s not and if you’re a machine trying to replicate dialog, you need to be good at lots of tasks like answering question

Should Snap buy Twitter?

The idea might not be as dumb as you think (or maybe it is).

Octane AI boldly bets that Convos are the future of content

One billion people use Facebook Messenger every month. And no matter how bad the current perceptions of the bot scene are, that number is hard to ignore. Octane AI is counting on celebrity content cr

Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

Snap’s camera company ambitions included exploring drones as a possible product line, according to a new report from the New York Times. The drone plans would’ve given users the potential

Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

It's the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a "post-apps" era, based on changes in consumer interactions

Encrypted chat app Wickr opens code for public review

Security researchers have wanted a peek at Wickr’s code since the secure messaging app launched in 2012, and now they’re finally getting that chance. Wickr is publishing its code for Wick

Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

Snap, Inc. is working on an updated version of its in-app Snapchat lenses that would be able to recognize landscapes as well as faces, according to The Information, and intelligently overlay augmente

Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies “backdoor” claim

A security issue has been flagged in the hugely popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp that could allow for messages sent via the encrypted platform to be intercepted and read.
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