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Topic: Instant Messaging

Kik's Next Big Play: An Animated GIF Messaging App

Booming startup buys Relay after raising $38.3 million

The GIF has a future in mobile advertising, especially within messaging apps, according to Kik. The messaging startup, which just raised $38.3 million, has purchased Relay, a GIF-based messaging app…

Funny or Die Reveals 10 Percent of Its Kik Fans Click on Video Messages

'Never seen that kind of number'

Funny or Die found a new way to boost video views. All it takes is a little Kik—help from the messaging apps' new Promoted Chats product. The digital comedy crew…

Brands May Be Surprised to Find Themselves on Yo

Squatters likely reason Pepsi, Subway, McDonald's popping up on hot app

Yo, Pepsi. Yo, McDonald's. Yo, Subway. Welcome to Yo—whether you like it or not.  The identities of some of the largest corporations are popping up on the latest app obsession—among them,…

All Those Kik Pics From Strangers Will Now Be Blurred

Messaging app censors for safety

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…

Tango Messaging App Invites Brands to Hit Publish

Taps Spotify, AOL for launch of channels

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…

Yahoo Buys Upstart Snapchat Rival Blink

Enters secret messaging fray

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.  Blink is a small startup with…

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

Tops 300 million people

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…

Messaging App Tango Raises $280 Million

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba helps

Tango is the latest messaging app to attract big dollars, with Alibaba Group leading a fundraising round of $280 million. The Mountain View, Calif-company is among the growing mobile messaging…

GoGo Takes Texting Into the Skies Over SXSW

New messaging app for fliers

“Hi Mom, I’m calling from 10,000 feet!” GoGo took its SXSW marketing to new heights, shall we say, showing off technology that will bring texting to commercial air travel. The airplane Internet…

This [Corporate] Message Will Self-Destruct

Confide app enters Snapchat territory with sly sharing app

Hot tips, insider info, top secrets and off-the-record comments have a new app for secure digital transmission: Confide. The New York City-based startup launched today and is positioning itself as a…

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