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People Freaked Out When AMC Theaters Floated a Pro-Texting Policy for Movies, So It Reversed Course

AMC Theaters floated the idea of changing its policy to allow texting during movies this week, and it lasted about as long as a Snapchat message. 

All Those Kik Pics From Strangers Will Now Be Blurred

Mobile messaging app Kik is giving users new controls to protect against unwanted anonymous advances, the company said today. The app will censor images from strangers to limit lewd content being shared by surprise, explained Heather Galt, Kik’s head of marketing and safety. 

Tango Messaging App Invites Brands to Hit Publish

Messaging app Tango is following in the footsteps of competitors like BlackBerry Messenger with the launch of media channels users can follow. Tango Channels is still in testing and will be available early this summer, CTO Eric Setton told Adweek. 

Yahoo Buys Upstart Snapchat Rival Blink

Yahoo is buying its way into the discrete messaging craze with another acquisition. An app called Blink is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s latest takeover target. 

Skype’s Message to Facebook and WhatsApp: Millennial Use Growing

Skype is making its case to marketers that it is hip with millennials, that highly coveted youth demographic. Skype now counts more than 300 million users and said it reaches 24 percent of 18-24-year-olds worldwide, according to advertising gm Lovina McMurchy.

BlackBerry Messenger Debuts Slate of Ad Products

BlackBerry is introducing ads and virtual stickers into its messenger app as it tries to squeeze value from its core communication service. BlackBerry executives were in New York last week showing off the new native advertising formats on Messenger.

Messaging App Tango Raises $280 Million

Tango is the latest messaging app to attract big dollars, with Alibaba Group leading a fundraising roun

This [Corporate] Message Will Self-Destruct

Hot tips, insider info, top secrets and off-the-record comments have a new app for secure digital transmission: Confide.

One Direction Unveils Best Kik Campaign Ever

One Direction, the UK boy band with perfectly mussed hair, got the message about messaging apps. The group and its label Sony Music are reaching fans through a new campaign on Kik, the Canadian mobile messaging service with 95 million registe

Mobile Marketers Win Important FCC Text Message Ruling

Companies can safely get back into text messaging marketing programs, now that the Federal Communications Commission has clarified a '90s-era communications law.