Benchmark’s Mitch Lasky on App Discovery, Distribution and the Power of Chat Networks

The successful games investor chats about, well, chat.

With Private Messaging, Instagram and Twitter Continue Their Arms Race

It’s getting harder and harder to tell the two apps apart.

Twitter Plans to Revamp Its Private Messaging Product

Apparently, even the “global town square” needs a good, private place for people to communicate.

With Android Revamp, Skype Aims to Be a Bigger Player in Mobile Messaging

A familiar face becomes another contender in the messaging wars.

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Messaging App KakaoTalk Hits 100 Million Users

KakaoTalk, the increasingly popular South Korean mobile messaging app, announced Tuesday that it hit the 100 million global registered user mark just over three years after launch (South Korea itself has a population of only 50 million). The app is one of a number of mobile messaging services growing in popularity in recent months, facing stiff competition from the 250-million-user-strong WhatsApp and more recent competing service MessageMe. Facebook has also stepped up its messaging game in the past year, updating its Messenger app with more features on a regular basis.

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Media Messaging Startup Invi Raises $3 Million

Invi, an Android-focused startup that brings multimedia HD messaging to texting, announced that it closed a $3 million seed round of funding. Participants include Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures, Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s A-Grade Investments, Alpha Investment, UpWest Labs and a number of angel investors. Similar to Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp and MessageMe, Invi lets users of the app send messages between themselves for free over data and Wi-Fi.

Snapchat Closes $60 Million Round Led by IVP, Now at 200 Million Daily Snaps

Oh, snap! A cash injection for the ephemeral messaging service.

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WhatsApp Hits Record High in Daily Message Volume

WhatsApp, the massively popular mobile messaging service, announced a new record on Wednesday for daily inbound and outbound messages sent in a single day. The company processed 27 billion messages in a 24-hour period, up from 20 billion processed in a day just two months before.

With Revamped Hangouts, Google Aims to Unify Messaging

Google’s new take on messaging is finally here.

Facebook Home Isn’t a Stateside Hit on Launch Day — Here’s Why That Doesn’t Matter

Hint: It’s all about the international markets.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Home launch event.

Toward a More Visual Language: How Social Networks Skirt Censorship in China

Facebook to Launch Its Own Snapchat Competitor App