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 M

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 Assistan

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 C

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

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 th

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 messagi

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 sai

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 a

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

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.

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 y

Viber Faces Ban In Korea As SK Telecom Wins Potentially Wide-Ranging Patent Suit

Free calling and messaging service Viber could be banned in South Korea, after the company lost a patent suit to domestic operator SK Telecom.

Chat App Viber Introduces Games In An Initial 5 Countries, Plans Global Rollout In 2015

It's been quite a year for Viber, and now the mobile messaging company is seeing out 2014 with arguably its most significant release to date: the launch of a social games platform.

Messaging App Viber Takes A Step Into Social Networking With New Public Chats Feature

A lot of messaging apps have been highlighting how their services are a great way for people to directly communicate with their friends directly, in opposition to the bare-all nature of social network

Messaging App And Voice Calling Provider Viber Is Now Blocked In China

According to a number of reports out this morning, the latest service to become blocked in China is Viber, the free service that lets users make calls, text and share photos with friends, family and o

Viber Hits 100 Million Concurrent Users

Viber, the VoIP and messaging app recently acquired by Rakuten for $900 million, has today announced that it has crossed 100 million concurrent active users. Thus far, Viber has only ever released met

Viber Finally Goes Flat With New iOS Design

Showing up a bit late to the iOS 7 party, <a href="">Viber</a> has released an update to the iPhone version of the application that incorporates the same flat des

Viber Launches Viber Out Calling On Windows Phone 8

Viber, newly acquired by Rakuten earlier this year, has today released an update to the Windows Phone 8 version of the app to allow for the use of Viber Out. Viber Out is a relatively recent featu

Japanese Internet Giant Rakuten Acquires Viber For $900M

Rakuten, one of Japan's largest Internet companies, has announced that it will acquire Cyprus-based messaging platform and app maker Viber for $900 million. The deal is the latest and largest in an

Topping 100M Sticker Pack Downloads, Viber Launches Sticker Market On WP8

Israel-based <a href="">Viber</a>, a free messaging and VoIP app, has today launched its Sticker Market for Windows Phone 8 devices with an update to Viber 4.0. T
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