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  • Viber follows Messenger, launches Public Accounts for businesses and brands

    Viber follows Messenger, launches Public Accounts for businesses and brands

    Viber, the messaging app with 800 million users owned by Japan’s Rakuten, is today taking the next step in expanding its platform as it seeks to compete against the likes of Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp not just for audience — but revenues. Today, Viber is launching Public Accounts, a new account format for businesses and brands who want to communicate with Viber… Read More

  • Google’s Allo won’t include end-to-end encryption by default

    Google’s Allo won’t include end-to-end encryption by default

    Google announced its new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today, and it looks pretty cool. It’s a feature-rich interface with graphics and doodles, and it works with Google Assistant to make suggestions and schedule plans. Allo even has an option for users to send their messages using end-to-end encryption, a security feature that has become increasingly popular and is… Read More

  • Juno thinks it can beat Uber by playing nice

    Juno thinks it can beat Uber by playing nice

    Talmon Marco thinks he knows what it takes to beat Uber in the on-demand ride sharing business. The Israeli entrepreneur, known for co-founding messenger service Viber, is launching Juno in New York City “soon.” Marco spoke with our own Ingrid Lunden on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, explaining that by giving the drivers half of the company’s equity, he believes it will… Read More

  • Viber defends new end-to-end encryption protocol against criticism

    Viber defends new end-to-end encryption protocol against criticism

    Messaging app Viber rolled out its own end-to-end encryption update yesterday, following in the footsteps of its competitor, WhatsApp, and allowing users to keep their calls and messages private. But researchers are questioning whether Viber’s messages are really as secure as the company claims. In a blog post announcing the change, Viber COO Michael Shmilov says that the new feature… Read More

  • Hear Talmon Marco, CEO of Juno, at Disrupt NY on rivalling Uber with a driver-friendly app

    Hear Talmon Marco, CEO of Juno, at Disrupt NY on rivalling Uber with a driver-friendly app

    Uber has defined the market for transportation-on-demand globally with an app that lets you call up a ride (or courier, or food delivery) and charge it with the click of a button — a business that has now received billions in funding from investors. But Uber’s expansion has come with some cracks in its model, and that has created openings for competitors to make their moves. Read More

  • Viber adds end-to-end encryption and hidden chats as messaging app privacy wave grows

    Viber adds end-to-end encryption and hidden chats as messaging app privacy wave grows

    Following WhatsApp’s move to add end-to-end encryption to its platform, another big messaging company is joining the wave of apps turning on expanded privacy features. Viber — a messaging app with 711 million+ users — today is introducing end-to-end encryption for all messages and calls on its platform, including group chats (you can chat with up to 200 people), and a way… Read More

  • Juno, the new ride-sharing startup, is talking with investors about a $30 million round

    Juno, the new ride-sharing startup, is talking with investors about a $30 million round

    Juno, a months-old, New York-based ride-sharing service that is planning to take on Uber, is talking with investors about a $30 million round of funding, according to several sources, one of whom said of the valuation that Juno seeking, “it’s high.” Asked to confirm, the company’s cofounder and CEO Talmon Marco said last night via email, “I’m gonna stick to… Read More

  • Reports of the death of apps have been greatly exaggerated Crunch Network

    Reports of the death of apps have been greatly exaggerated

    One of the problems with technology maturation frameworks like the Gartner hype cycle is that you never know where you stand. That is certainly the case with mobile apps today. Depending on whom you ask, the app economy is either poised for significant growth or about to take a serious nosedive. Read More

  • Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Remittance has always been a shady business. Migrant workers need to send money they earn home to their families, but get hit with fine print fees so less cash comes out the other side than they might assume. Remittance companies earn extra by keeping the margin between their own made up exchange rate and the real one. Western Union is the best known remittance company, with 500,000… Read More

  • Chutzpah Lessons From The Israeli Startup Scene Crunch Network

    Chutzpah Lessons From The Israeli Startup Scene

    It’s no wonder that with over 4,000 startups in the Greater Tel Aviv area, Israel is ranked 1st in the world for innovative capacity in 2014 by the IMD Global Competitiveness Yearbook. Read More

  • Chat App Viber Opens Its Games Service To All Users Worldwide

    Chat App Viber Opens Its Games Service To All Users Worldwide

    Messaging app Viber has quietly made its games service available for all users worldwide following a two month pilot in five countries. The company, which was bought by Rakuten for $900 million a year ago, initially launched three games for users in Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and Ukraine in December 2014. The titles — Viber Candy Mania, Wild Luck Casino and Viber Pop, links… Read More

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