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BlackBerry’s BBM Chat Software to Come Preloaded on Some LG Phones

Struggling phone maker BlackBerry said on Wednesday that its BBM instant messaging software will soon come preloaded on a phone from Korea’s LG Electronics. BlackBerry, which recently made BBM freely available for iOS and Android, said that the software will also come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite phone in various markets around the world.

2013 Was a Huge Year for Android Gaming

And paid apps on both Android and iOS are falling deeper into obscurity.
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Instagram to Hold NYC Event on December 12

Instagram has invited reporters to a press event in Manhattan on Dec. 12, according to reports from CNET and TechCrunch. The invitations do not specify what the event will focus on, though a recent report from GigaOM suggests that it could be a messaging service.

Pay Attention, Snapchat! China’s WeChat Messaging App Does E-Commerce Well.

Smartphone sales, in-app gaming and sticker packs! Can American companies learn a thing or two about monetization from Asian messaging services?
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BlackBerry Rolls Out Its BBM Social Network

BlackBerry Ltd. on Tuesday pushed ahead with what has become one of the few areas of growth for the troubled smartphone maker — the development of its BlackBerry messaging application.

AllThingsD Week in Review: Snapchat’s Many Suitors, and Finding the Fastest 4G LTE Signal

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Could Google or Tencent Beat Facebook to Buying Snapchat?

And will the messaging startup sell, or continue to push ahead and build out a business?
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Facebook’s Q3: Marketers Love Us — Teens, Slightly Less So

We’ll cover the Facebook execs as they take a victory lap on a big quarterly beat.
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With Messenger App Update, Facebook Aims to Inch Further Into Your Phone

A new test could expand Facebook’s mobile reach.
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Snapchat Is Mulling Another Huge Round at a $3.5 Billion Valuation

Yes, we know: Cray cray.
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