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Chat app Line is developing an AI assistant and Amazon Echo-style smart speaker

Messaging app Line is taking a leaf out of the books of Amazon, Google and others after it launched its own artificial intelligence platform. A voice-powered concierge service called Clova — sho

Chat app Line doubles its stake in Snapchat clone Snow

Ahead of Snap’s eagerly awaited IPO, Line, one of the U.S. tech IPO highlights of 2016, has doubled down on sister service and Snapchat clone Snow. Line and Snow both share the same parent com

Viber now lets users set photos and videos to disappear after they’re viewed

Messaging apps can amass a lot of user data over time including everything from personal photos and videos users have shared to records of who they talk to most, where they’ve been, and what onlin

Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

According to a new year-end report from Sensor Tower detailing the top apps of 2016, streaming services dominated when it came to which apps, outside of games, pulled in the most revenue over the pa

Snow, the Asian Snapchat clone Facebook tried to buy, claims 40-50M monthly users

Asian Snapchat clone Snow caught the attention of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who tried unsuccessfully to buy it last year, and it is continuing to grow steadily. The app's Korean parent Naver today

11 trends that will shape Southeast Asian eCommerce in 2017

The Lazada-Alibaba deal, Alibaba’s largest overseas acquisition to date, is a pivotal event for Southeast Asia and its implications span the entire commerce value chain from digital advertising, log

Facebook tried to buy Asian Snapchat clone Snow

Here's fuel to the fire for those who believe that Facebook will buy anything that looks, smells or moves like Snapchat. The U.S. social networking giant this summer made an unsuccessful bid to acquir

Messaging platform Line ups its chatbot game

Line is ramping up incentives for third party developers to make chatbots, and thereby expand the utility of its platform, as the great scramble of messaging giants applying AI to keep users engaged c

Chat app Line backs VC funds to unlock global growth opportunities

Chat app company Line is investing in international opportunities after it announced that it is backing two VC firms: DAG Ventures in the U.S. and France-based Korelya Capital.

Line invests $45 million into Snapchat clone Snow

Line, the messaging company that went public in the year's highest IPO to date, is diversifying its business and focusing on social after it invested $45 million (50 billion KRW) in Snow, a Snapchat c

SwiftKey officially unwraps its emoji prediction app 🎁😆💃🔛

Keyboard app maker Swiftkey, which was acquired by Microsoft for $250 million in February, has officially launched its first product since that acquisition -- and it's an emoji-predicting keyboard app

Line, the newly public messaging app, has funded at least 9 U.S. startups

Line, the popular Japanese messaging service that went public last week on both the NYSE and in Japan, partnered on a fund a couple of years ago with the New York-based venture firm Collaborative Fund

Line’s share price jumps 50% on Tokyo debut as IPO raises over $1.1B

Fresh from a positive listing in New York on Thursday, messaging company Line saw its share jump as high as 50 percent after it listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in its native Japan.

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

Messaging app LINE sets price range for possible July IPO, poised to raise over $1 billion

LINE Corp., makers of a messaging app that’s gone mainstream in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, has set a price range for an initial public offering on the Tokyo and New York Stock exchanges in

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.

Line’s beauty and fashion portal rolls out its Persian carpet

Benita, a portal designed to deliver the latest news on fashion, beauty and lifestyle, debuted in Iran this May. The portal will offer daily content produced by a team of local Iranian staff writers a

Messaging app Line files for IPO on NYSE on July 14, Tokyo July 15, trading as LN, to raise $1B

Two years after the first reports of an IPO emerged, Japan’s Line Corporation — the company behind the popular messaging app Line, and possibly the first of the big messaging apps to go

After a long delay, Line may hold an initial public offering

After postponing it for two years, Line may finally go public. According to reports from the International Financing Review and the Wall Street Journal this week, the company, which is best known for
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