Here and Naver Labs ink robotics deal to map indoor spaces

Your trip through the airport or train station may soon become a little more crowded — not with people, but with robots, busily scanning and plotting the space so that one day, even more of thei

AI startup Appier gets $33M Series C from investors, including SoftBank Group, Line Corp. and Naver

Appier, a Taiwanese startup that helps companies harness artificial intelligence to make marketing decisions, announced today that it has raised a $33 million Series C round from an impressive roster

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

Naver will soon begin testing self-driving cars on Korean roads

South Korean internet giant Naver is in the final stages of receiving sign-off from the top Korean transportation regulator to begin tests of its self-driving vehicle technology on public roads. The c

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

Naver to launch $43M fund to seek out investments for its Snow and Webtoon services

Naver, the company behind U.S.-Japan-listed chat app Line, has teamed up with SoftBank to launch a global investment fund worth $43 million to help two of its promising services push on.

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

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

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 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

Chat app Line runs into trouble in Thailand and Japan, two of its key markets

Japan-based messaging app kicked off its move into chat bots today, beating Facebook to the punch in the process, but it has been a challenging week for the company, which is rumored to be pursuing an

Flying Bears And Wigwams: Inside Chat App Line’s Quirky Office In Seoul

We took a whistle-stop tour of Naver's office in Seoul, including tents, flying bears and all the cute, branded products you can imagine.

Line Renews Its IPO Application, But May Not List This Year

Messaging app Line has renewed its paperwork for an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but that doesn’t mean it will list this year. A spokesperson told TechCrunch “there have be

Naver Subsidiary Gogolook Acquires Hong Kong Startup StudioKUMA

Gogolook, a subsidiary of Korean Internet giant Naver, announced today that it has acquired Hong Kong startup StudioKUMA. The value of the deal was undisclosed. Like Whoscall, StudioKUMA is also an ap

Line To Open Its Sticker Market To All Designers, Launch Skype Competitor

Line announced today at a press conference in Tokyo (covered by TechCrunch Japan) that it will open its sticker marketplace to all designers and companies. The platform was previously available only t

Gogolook Confirms Its Acquisition By Naver, The Owner Of Line

Taipei-based startup Gogolook confirmed that it has been acquired by Naver, the Korean Internet giant that is best known outside of Asia for being the owner of Line. Gogolook has not disclosed the acq
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