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Big growth predicted for Snapchat in the US

Research firm eMarketer has published some new predictions for Snapchat’s growth in its homeland, the US. It claims that 58.6 million Americans will use Snapchat at least once a month in 2016: 28.3% of US smartphone...
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Indian messaging app Hike raises $175m

Hike isn’t one of the most prominent messaging apps in the West, but in its home market of India it has signed up more than 100 million users. Now the company has raised a funding round that will send ripples around...
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Rednote will bring music clips to messaging apps

The latest startup hoping to find a business model in bridging the worlds of music and messaging apps is US firm Rednote. It is due to launch as a mobile app and web service this Autumn, as a way for fans to share licensed...
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With 1.7bn users Facebook aims for ‘video first’ future

The year-on-year growth of Facebook continues to impress, across pretty much every metric. The social network’s stock was up 6% last night – it’s now valued at more than $376bn – in the wake of strong quarterly...
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Facebook Messenger now has 1bn active users globally

You know what's cool? One BILLION active users of Facebook Messenger. It's more cool than reheating old quotes from The Social Network anyway. Oh, wait... But yes, Facebook has a major new milestone for Messenger, announcing...
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Nigerian startup Sharebunk to launch music messaging app

We’ve been fairly gloomy about the prospects for music messaging apps, having seen several crash and burn (or, more often, not even get enough speed up to crash).
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Line is making $271m a year from digital stickers

We reported yesterday on messaging app Line’s plans for an IPO split between Tokyo and New York. Now TechCrunch has ferreted out some interesting data on one aspect of the company’s business: the sale of digital ‘stickers’...
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Messaging app Line has 218m active users – and an IPO

Messaging app Line’s parent company has filed to go public in mid-July with the aim of raising $1bn in an IPO that would value the company at $5.5bn. The company also announced a new figure for its user base: 218 million...
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Mary Meeker report spells out 2016’s internet trends

Silicon Valley and the wider tech world hangs on the annual Internet Trends report by Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker, who published her latest presentation yesterday during the Code conference. While clicking through...
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Google I/O: Home speaker, Assistant AI, VR plans and more

Yesterday was the first day of Google’s annual I/O developer conference: its equivalent of Apple’s WWDC in terms of revealing new products and services for the year ahead. While there were no direct news about the...
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Pop aims to promote music through push notifications

The music industry is pretty down on the idea of artist apps, with few having reached any kind of audience. How about marketing through push notifications though? That’s an idea eliciting more interest, with smartphone...
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Facebook gets its own Content ID with Rights Manager tool

There is lots to say about what Facebook announced at its annual f8 conference last night, but the news of most immediate interest to the music industry is a new tool called Rights Manager. It’s essentially Facebook’s...