Kik CEO Ted Livingston to discuss the future of mobile messaging at Disrupt NY 2016

Messaging is the hot topic of 2016, which is why we're tremendously excited to announce that Ted Livingston, the founder and CEO of popular chat app Kik, is confirmed as a speaker at our upcoming Tech

Messaging App Kik Begins Offering Branded GIFs

Brands, start your GIF engines. Kik, the chat app with 300 million registered users, is giving companies the chance to boost their marketing via their own GIFs on its service.

Kik Invests In Its Platform, Buys Fashion Startup Behind Popular Kik Bot

Chinese tech trends are distinctly different to North America's but today, in a move that bears parallels to WeChat-only companies, popular messaging app Kik acquired the small company behind one of t

Chat App Kik’s Newest Feature Makes Sending GIFs As Easy As Emoji

Kik, the messaging app popular among teens and young people in North America, has rolled out an interesting new feature that makes sending a GIF as easy as an emoji. As of today, the chat app now incl

Chat App Kik Introduces QR Codes To Connect Users And Brands

Mobile messaging company Kik recently landed investment from Tencent at a billion dollar valuation, and now it is borrowing a hallmark of the Chinese company's blockbuster WeChat app: QR codes.

13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week, Amazon came under fire by The New York Times for harsh work culture allegations, Google surprised the world with a new router, and data from an extramarital affairs site was leaked online.

Kik Raises $50M From Tencent To Become The “WeChat Of The West”

Kik, the Canadian company behind the messaging app of the same name has announced $50M worth of funding from one of its partners, China’s Tencent (also the biggest internet company in China). Th

Kik Brings Music-Themed Communities To Its Mobile Messaging Service

Mobile messaging firm Kik is upping its focus on music after launching a new service to connect fans of top artists and bands via its popular chat app. Named Jam, it is designed to help Kik's 200 mill

Kik Introduces An In-Chat Browser For Its Mobile Messaging App

Facebook may be building an app platform for Messenger, but rival Kik had continued its focus on putting the entire web in chat after it upgraded its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser f

Messaging Company Kik Seeking Strategic Partnerships Rather Than Sale

Kik, the mobile messaging app company based in Waterloo, Canada, is assessing opportunities to advance its service through partnerships and strategic investment with established tech firms. Contrary t

U.S. Teens’ Social Media Activity Is Diversifying, Says Pew

Anyone in tech can tell you that Actual Teens are hallowed ground. Where teens' tastes wander, the industry froths itself into a frenzy attempting to follow. For teens are a bellwether of dollar valua

Facebook’s Messenger Platform Must Go Beyond Apps And Embrace The Web

Facebook's move to turn Messenger into a platform for third-parties has been one of the company's most important decisions to date. Mobile messaging is a pivotal trend that will shape the way billions

Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content

Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service as it lays the groundwork to offer more interactive content options for its 200 million registered users.

Chat App Kik Claims Higher Engagement Than Snapchat As It Hits 200M Registered Users

Snapchat may been in the news for its new media-centric 'Discover' platform, but a less familiar startup is pressing its claim as the most popular chat app among young people in the U.S..

Kik Introduces Hashtags To Bring Mini Social Networks To Its Messaging Service

Messaging app Kik is embracing one of the hallmarks of social networks after it introduced hashtag on its service. An update to the iOS and Android apps today turns hashtags into clickable links to ch

Chat App Kik Raises $38M And Buys GIF Messenger Relay In First Acquisition Deal

Canada-based startup Kik, which has largely flown under the radar, is making a big move to win the race in the West after announcing a $38.3 million Series C funding round and its first acquisition.

Kik Introduces Promoted Chats To Let Brands On Its Messaging App And Finally Make Money

Advertising doesn't have to be the answer to making money. That's the ideology behind messaging app company Kik's latest feature -- Promoted Chats -- which allows its 150 million-plus registered to op

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

Kik Makes Screening The Default As It Moves To Embrace ‘New Friend’ Network Status

Social network and instant messaging app Kik is making a small, crucial change to its platform today: new messages from strangers now show up with both avatar and any pics and content contained therei

Kik Founder On Facebook Buying WhatsApp: Mobile Messaging Now “Table Stakes”

Mobile messaging consolidation is coming fast and heavy recently, with the Viber/Rakuten deal and today’s WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook. Another contender in the space, Waterloo-based Kik, ha
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