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Seattle’s new venture firm, Flying Fish, holds a first close on its targeted $80 million fund

The founding partners of the new Seattle-based venture firm Flying Fish met as angel investors deploying capital in the talent-heavy, cash-light region around Amazon and Microsoft’s corporate h

African VC TLcom Capital invests $5M in Nigerian data analytics firm Terragon Group

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More than 40 carriers now support RCS, the next generation of SMS

Rich Communication Services (RCS) is basically the standard for the next generation of text messaging. With messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line and others now offering features that

SuperPhone is building a Salesforce for texting

The address book is the last, worst default app you rely on. It's time it got as smart as the rest of our phones. That's the idea behind SuperPhone. Email isn't how you build relationships anymore. Ye

Twitter adds support for app-based two-factor authentication

Twitter is rolling out an update to its platform security that will allow users to employ third-part authentication apps to receive a two-factor login authentication for their Twitter account. Twitter

Delta to offer free in-flight use of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage

Starting October 1, passengers on most Delta will have free access to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage. To access the feature, a passenger will have to log into Delta’s in-flight wifi p

Echo’s messaging service may add support for SMS texts from your own ‘Alexa number’

Amazon appears to be planning an expansion of Alexa’s existing messaging capabilities to support sending SMS text messages to friends using your Echo device or Alexa app. That means Echo users c

Loji wants to make it easier to arrange plans with friends in iMessage

Loji, which is competing in the Battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, wants to bring much-used information and snippets of the web into iMessage conversations without forcing users t

Microsoft launches ‘Who’s In,’ a social event planning app for iMessage

Microsoft’s name isn’t exactly synonymous with social networking, though that hasn’t stopped the company from finding angles into this space – generally, with more of a focus o

Scheduled is a new app that lets you schedule your text messages

Want to remember to tell a friend happy birthday, good luck or congratulations? Had a follow-up question for a client that just occurred to you at 1 AM? Want to write a heartfelt thank you to be text

The days of Google Talk are over

The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. As the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each other since it launched in 2005, will now be comple

Google inks third carrier, Telenor, to its Android RCS messaging play

Another mobile carrier, Telenor, has partnered with Google to roll out a next-gen SMS tech -- this time targeting Android users in Europe and Asia.

Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

As promised earlier this year, Google is bringing RCS – Rich Communications Service, an upgrade to the SMS standard – to Android devices. Its first carrier partner on the initiative is Sp

Zipwhip nabs $9M from Microsoft + others to let landlines send and receive SMS texts

Consumers have made a big shift to using mobile phones as their primary, and often sole, telephone, but as they have done so, they’ve also created something of a rift in the business world: many

Twilio study: most consumers now want to use messaging to interact with businesses

Twilio, the developer-centric communications platform that successfully IPOed earlier this year, published a new study today about how consumers want to use tech to talk to businesses and brands. The

Digit, a simple app to help you save, launches Android app

Whether you’re working out of a dorm room or running a billion-dollar company, a little pivot can go a long way. At their worst, pivots can derail a company’s success, but at their best,

NIST declares the age of SMS-based 2-factor authentication over

2-factor authentication is a great thing to have, and more and more services are making it a standard feature. But one of the go-to methods for sending 2FA notifications, SMS, is being left in the dus

Twilio now helps AWS send texts

Twilio today announced a new collaboration with Amazon’s AWS platform. The company says it is “helping AWS provide the delivery of SMS messages through the Amazon Simple Notification Serv

On Facebook gunning to go “all video”

Reminder: Facebook is continuing to promote video content on its primary platform at the expense of the written word.

To beat SMS, Facebook Messenger eats SMS

Surround and conquer is Facebook's new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now read and send old-school text messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android. With
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