Tag: chat


Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

 Facebook’s data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks: the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland after previously being available in more than 100 mostly-developing countries. Read More Read full post on techcrunch.com


Gaming chat app Discord starts shutting down racist accounts

Google and GoDaddy aren’t the only internet companies dumping racists in light of the violence in Charlottesville. The team behind the gaming chat app Discord has shut down both accounts “associated with the events in Charlottesville” and the altright.com chat server. As the company explains, it plans to take action against “all forms of hate,”…


Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

 Messaging app Viber earlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that lets you search for items for sale via a keyboard when you have the messaging app open. Today, the company is announcing some more e-commerce related news: it’s buying the startup that helped build that feature. Viber…

Start Ups

Startup Spotlight: Microsoft vets launch text11, a messaging platform connecting businesses with customers

Text11 co-founders Peng Huang, John deVadoss, and David Hill. (Text11 Photo) John deVadoss, Peng Huang, and David Hill have known that they wanted to go into business together for years. They met on the .NET team at Microsoft where they developed application frameworks for millions of developers. Their work often brought them to China where…


YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

 On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and orientations, by…


Skype’s Snapchat-inspired makeover puts the camera a swipe away, adds stories

 Microsoft today is launching a completely revamped version of its Skype application, with a new set of features that draw obvious inspiration from messaging rivals, like Messenger and Snapchat. Yes, that means Skype now has its own Stories-like feature, which it’s calling Highlights, as well as a redesign that puts the camera only a swipe…