Tag: messaging

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Why messaging is the future for contact between artists and fans

By Tim Heineke, founder of I am POP, a new way of storytelling via chat. If you haven’t read Josh Constine's excellent blog post "Spotify’s missing money maker is artist-to-fan messaging” then you can read it here....
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Messenger bot makers reveal ‘pause’ in new bot launches

Want to launch a new Facebook Messenger bot in the next few weeks? Good luck with that. As part of the fallout from the ongoing Cambridge Analytica revelations, the social network has “paused” app reviews while it...
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Facebook promises to redesign “too cluttered” Messenger app

2017 was a good year for Facebook Messenger, as the social network’s own-brand messaging app grew to 1.3 billion monthly active users. However, its boss David Marcus has admitted to one downside in his annual blog post...
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Messaging app Telegram goes blockchain with own cryptocurrency

Telegram has become the second major messaging app (after Kik) to explore blockchain technology, including its own cryptocurrency. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to launch the ‘Telegram Open Network’,...
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Telegram blocks channel after music-piracy complaint

Sorry, at the time of writing Taylor Swift hasn’t put her new album ‘Reputation’ on streaming services as a post-Thanksgiving gift to fans. Today’s Taylor story focuses on another aspect to the album’s rollout:...
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Google Assistant gets its own Shazam-style music ID feature

Google really does mean business in 2017 when it comes to parking its tanks on Shazam’s lawn. The company’s recently-unveiled Pixel 2 smartphones include a feature to automatically identify music that’s playing around...
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K-Pop band BTS team up with Line for characters and merch

Japanese messaging app Line has always made a big thing of its animated characters, which are used as ‘stickers’ in its users’ conversations, as well as appearing in mobile games, merchandise and cartoons. Now the...
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Jason Derulo returns with GIFs, bots and emoji campaign

Jason Derulo has been one of the artists most willing to test out new digital channels to market his music. AR app Taggar in 2014; Tinder and Smule in 2015; Musical.ly and Live.ly in 2016; and chatbots startup Octane AI in...
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Messaging app Kik is raising $125m with its Kin cryptocurrency

Youth-focused messaging app Kik is the latest company raising funding through its own cryptocurrency – or specifically through an ethereum ‘token’ called Kin, which it announced earlier this year. Kik has just sold...
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YouTube adds new in-app sharing and messaging features

YouTube is getting much more social with the latest update to its mobile app, which adds in-app sharing and messaging features. “Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right...
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Facebook Messenger gets natural-language and payments features

Facebook has launched the latest update to its Messenger Platform for developers creating apps and bots for its messaging app. Version 2.1’s new features include built-in natural language processing (NLP) to automatically...
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Rednote launches social app for sharing music and lyrics

We first came across startup Rednote in August 2016, when its profile on investment site AngelList revealed its plans to launch an app to help people share licensed music clips in their messaging apps of choice. That app...