Facebook started in colleges. Japanese live video startup TwitCasting said yesterday that it owns 50 percent of the college market in Japan — and it’s coming here.
Twitter direct messages, or DMs, are broken. But the soon-to-IPO network of the now just might fix that with a new dedicated messaging app, a la Facebook Messenger.
As the rest of BlackBerry falls apart, the company may consider spinning off its popular Messenger product as a separate firm.
Biba is a mobile app that delivers conference calls and messaging inside and outside of company networks and across multiple devices. It has raised $15 million from InterWest Partners, Benchmark Capital, Trinity Ventures, and multiple enterprise executives.
Following a $10 million funding round last week, Message says its service now has 5 million registered users only 75 days after launch.
Communication is important in any business and these investors spoke loud and clear giving millions to two companies.
Better watch out, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Hot messaging app MessageMe has just raised $10 million in its first round of funding.
Hangouts, the free multiperson video chat and messaging service inside Google+, has been broken out into its own standalone apps for iOS, Android, and Chrome.
Users of hot self-destructing messages startup Snapchat are now sending more than 150 million images every day.
The popular mobile messaging company Kik isn’t sweating Facebook Home.
You can write off the latest rumor about a potential suitor for the popular messaging app WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is fifth in the app store for monthly revenue. Fifth on Google Play for downloads, and seventh on Google Play for revenue. And it’s the second-most-downloaded app on Google Play.
MessageMe has been busy since its launch a week and a half ago. The messaging application has been cut off from Facebook’s Open Graph, raised $1.9 million in seed funding, and attracted more than 1 million users
Path has always taken a different … trail. So it’s no surprise that the private social network is laying down new tracks in an attempt to make digital communication more human.
Watch out, Skype. Tango’s video chat is gaining on you.
Enterprise communication provider ConnectSolutions raises its first round of institutional investment after five years of operation.
Many things you put on Facebook you want to save and share forever. Some things you wish you could delete immediately.
Message Bus has raised $11 million in its second round of funding
Facebook yesterday updated its standalone Messenger app on iOS to fully support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, while also adding some useful features for chat addicts.
Compliment Karma, a Chicago-based startup, builds on our generation’s need for positive reinforcement in our personal and professional lives.
This past week I panned Wickr, a popular new iPhone app that promises “secure, military-grade communications” by encrypting your emails and giving you remote delete functionality.
iMessage is coming for Mac users in July. But Android smartphone owners can get something better, for free, right now. It’s called MightyText, and it’s launching from public beta today.
Popular blogging platform Tumblr is out with a new feature Wednesday designed to help its growing user base send private messages to each other.
Plenty of apps let you share items with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail, but it’s still difficult to instantly share content within apps — for example, a cool new restaurant on Yelp’s app — across mobile devices.
Typical mobile group messaging apps are great for staying in touch with a handful of friends, but they’re not ideal for large group chats, like organizations or companies that want to stay in touch with members and customers. Enter SmartDonuts, a group messaging app built with larger groups in mind.
Skype on Sunday said it will acquire group messaging startup GroupMe, a move that will help the company expand its offerings in group-based communications. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
I have a bit of a crush on group-texting application GroupMe, which lets a bunch of phone owners jump into an ad-hoc chat room that’s powered by text messages. It’s simple, and best of all, it doesn’t use data.
For a mere $25 million in cash, mobile messaging service provider Synchronica has conditionally agreed to acquire Nokia’s email and instant messaging services. This is a bargain deal, because it means Synchronica will acquire six million users across ten North American carriers, including giants AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Synchronica’s market will now extend to approximately 1.8 billion end-users worldwide.
There’s simple elegance in a text message: Maybe you send an emoticon or an “I love you,” but more often than not it’s just a quick update. It’s like a Tweet, except more ubiquitous. You can’t count on people reading Twitter. With text, you most always can.
Voice and text messaging provider Bubble Motion today announced it has pulled in $10 million in a second round of funding, as the company attempts to work on new tools for 800 million available mobile users.
Mobile multimedia messaging application Highnote announced today that it is launching an updated version of its app at the DEMO Spring 2011 conference.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: Jason Cohen is founder of Smart Bear Software. He contributed this column to VentureBeat.)