messaging owner Automattic acquires multiservice messaging app Beeper for $125M

The deal, which was for $125 million according to sources close to the matter, is Automattic's second acquisition of a cross-platform messaging solution.

WhatsApp is preparing to roll out third-party chat support

A month away from the Digital Markets Act (DMA) deadline, WhatsApp is preparing to allow other messaging networks in its app. In an interview with Wired, Dick Brouwer, an engineering director at Whats

What’s next for under new owner Automattic, as Apple cracks down on rival Beeper

What’s next for The all-in-one messaging app was acquired this fall by owner Automattic for $50 million, marking the company’s first official expansion into the w

Connectly taps automation to nudge shoppers to complete purchases

Most consumers interact with e-commerce brands through social media, text and email. Brands reach out with promotions and discounts. But the engagement and read rates tend to be low; according to Gart owner buys all-in-one messaging app for $50M and Tumblr owner Automattic is adding another company to its portfolio with today’s news that it has acquired the all-in-one messaging app for $50 million. The app brings

Google’s Messages app will now use RCS by default and encrypt group chats

Google announced today it’s making its Messages by Google app more secure with improvements to RCS, or Rich Communication Services — a protocol aimed at replacing SMS that is more on par w

What does Coinbase Wallet’s latest DM feature mean for the ecosystem?

What is Coinbase's new messaging feature really good for and how will people use it? We had a few thoughts.

Blockchain messaging protocol LayerZero raises $120M, hitting $3B valuation

LayerZero Labs, a web3 messaging protocol, has closed a $120 million Series B round, raising its valuation to $3 billion from $1 billion, the company said on Tuesday. Unlike Web 2.0 messaging platform

Ghost’s new anonymous group messaging app has ChatGPT baked in

Anonymous social apps have a history of devolving into bullying and harassment, ultimately leading to their failure. But a new startup called Ghost believes that putting in extra guardrails around the

Inside Matrix, the protocol that might finally make messaging apps interoperable

Interoperability and decentralization have been major themes in tech this year, driven in large part by mounting regulation, societal and industrial pressure and the hype trains that are crypto and we

LinkedIn rolls out focused inbox and messaging safety tools as it gets to grip with spam and scams

LinkedIn, the social platform for the working world for networking and recruitment, hasn’t been the biggest name in headlines when it comes to how social media is leveraged for spam, scams, toxi

Malaysia-based helps businesses juggle multiple messaging apps

There are multiple messaging apps active in Southeast Asia, and most consumers prefer to use them over email when they contact a business. serves as a central dashboard for the biggest apps

Finally, an underwater messaging app

Don’t you hate it when, after going just five or 10 meters underwater, you lose signal completely? Now this vexing limitation of modern technology is being addressed by researchers at the Univer

Google’s new campaign attempts to publicly pressure Apple into adopting RCS

Google is launching a new “Get The Message” campaign and website today to pressure Apple into changing its mind on RCS. The tech giant has been increasingly calling out Apple for not adopt

Apple’s latest iOS 16 beta introduces a history log for edited messages

Apple has released the fourth developer beta for iOS 16 on Wednesday, bringing limits to the ability to edit and delete iMessages. Most notably, the company is adding an edit history log that will giv

Cordial, which personalizes and automates cross-channel messaging campaigns, raises $50M

Cordial, a cross-channel marketing and data management platform, today announced that it closed a $50 million Series C funding round led by NewSpring, with participation from new investor ABS Capital.

Startups race to build a crypto-native, consumer-friendly messaging platform for web3

There’s no shortage of headlines about the onset of “crypto winter.” Amid a growing pile of bankruptcies, one of the buzziest startups in the business, the NFT marketplace OpenSea, a

Take Blip lands $70M to grow its omnichannel messaging service

Take Blip, an online messaging platform for businesses, today announced that it raised $70 million in a Series B round led by Warburg Pincus. CEO Roberto Oliveira said that the capital, which brings T

WhatsApp to launch ‘Communities’ — more structured group chats with admin controls

Meta is throwing billions of dollars into building out the metaverse as the future of social networking, but in the near term, the tech giant is looking toward the power of messaging to connect users

Signal, the encrypted messaging app, is currently down for many users (Update: it’s back)

Update 2: Signal is now back up for “99% of users,” according to its Twitter account. Update: In a tweet, Signal said the disruption is due to a hosting outage. Hold tight, folks! Signal i
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