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What's Changing Social Media In 2016

The latest changes by social media and messaging firms are all about cementing their dominance in their users’ everyday lives. From Facebook’s push into bots to Twitter’s deal to stream NFL games to Snapchat’s discovery channels these services...

Read More30 Sep 16
3 Reasons Artificial Intelligence Will Advance Payments

First it was software, then the website, then the app. Now the buzz for the next paradigm-setting digital platform points to bots and artificial intelligence (AI). While it is still too early to say for certain whether or not this will indeed be the...

Read More25 Apr 16
Social Networks Are The Latest Threat To Banks

Forget Apple Pay and Android Pay, what about Facebook Pay? That could be coming soon with code found in Facebook Messenger that includes phrases such as “pay directly in Messenger” and “pay for items in Messenger”. It makes sense, with Facebook...

Read More30 Mar 16
Social Media Is The Next Frontier For Payments

Payments are increasingly social. People can send money to each other in Facebook Messenger, while some 8bn gifts of digital money were sent on WeChat during Chinese New Year. Social networks are now where many people spend much of their time and for...

Read More21 Mar 16
Remaking Money Transfers - Standing Out In A Crowded Market

London-based mobile money transfer service WorldRemit is trying to transform the remittances market and is getting a nice boost in the form of a USD45m credit line. It's going to need every cent to succeed as the money transfer market is a very crowded...

Read More11 Feb 16
4 Ways WhatsApp Might Monetise Its 900m Users

Facebook-owned WhatsApp now counts more than 900m monthly active users, but there's still no sign of a business model. The founders of WhatsApp are still adamant the service will, in their words, feature: “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!” It's a...

Read More04 Sep 15
Facebook’s Virtual Assistant Is A Money Play

Not to be outdone by Siri, Cortana and Google Now, Facebook is rolling out its own virtual assistant to some users of its Messenger app across the Bay area in San Francisco on a trial basis. David Marcus, who's leading the firm's messaging...

Read More27 Aug 15
As Canada Gets New Unicorn In Kik Here Are 5 Canadian Startups To Watch

Canada-based mobile messaging app Kik has successfully bagged USD50m in funding from Tencent Holdings, giving it a valuation of more than USD1bn. Interestingly, Tencent Holdings is the parent company of Chinese mobile messaging app, WeChat, which is...

Read More19 Aug 15
It's Just The Beginning For Mobile Messaging

Facebook is living up to its promise to expand Facebook Messenger as a platform with the first game, Doodle Draw Game, now available to download within the app. Facebook Messenger also just crossed a billion downloads at the Google Play Store. A notable...

Read More11 Jun 15
Where Social Networks Fit Into A Messaging-First World

The app economy is a multi-billion dollar business. There is now an app for practically everything. Last year in app-advertising and sales from app stores saw a 70% rise from the year before, according to a recent study published by App Annie. One of...

Read More18 May 15
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