Line targets emerging markets with Lite app

Japanese app giant LINE unveiled a “Lite” version of its core messaging app, which uses less storage space and data. With the company noting that its service is used by more than 205 million users monthly in 230 countries, it …

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Naver launches payment service

South Korea’s leading internet portal Naver launched a mobile payment service for e-commerce transactions, in line with an earlier announcement of a June launch. According to The Korea Herald, Naver Pay enables users to pay for goods online by using …

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LINE trials music streaming app

LINE Corp, the company behind Japan’s most popular messaging app, is trying out a standalone music streaming app – called Line Music and costing $2 a month after one month free – in Thailand, the company’s second biggest market, with …

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LINE stickers created by users generate $75M in first year

LINE Corp, the company behind Japan’s most popular messaging app, considers itself the “godfather of stickers” – and perhaps rightly so. It has revealed that in the first year since stickers started being made and sold on its Creators Market, more than 390,000 ‘creator’ users …

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LINE renews IPO application but may not list this year

The maker of Japan’s most popular messaging app Line has renewed its IPO application on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which expired at the end of Japan’s fiscal year on March 31, but the company is unlikely to go public in the near …

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LINE: The “godfather of stickers” wants to become “the only app you need in life”

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jeanie Han, CEO of LINE Euro-Americas, told Mobile World Live that the company, which has around 65 apps with 800 million downloads under its banner in addition to its core messaging app, is working hard in its efforts to be …

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Naver Pay scheduled for release in June

South Korea’s top web portal Naver is joining the crowd moving into mobile payments, announcing plans to launch Naver Pay in June. The company, which owns Japan-based LINE, said the payment platform links a user’s Naver ID with his or …

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LINE acquires WebPay to “further solidify” payments efforts

Japan’s LINE Corporation has bought WebPay Holdings, the firm behind a credit card payment platform of the same name, to “further solidify” its payment service, LINE Pay, which lets users make payments via its popular messaging app. The WebPay platform …

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LINE sets up $42M investment fund

Japan-based messaging app player LINE is setting up an investment fund worth around $42 million “as part of efforts to expand its Life platform business”. The fund is called the LINE Life Global Gateway and will target service providers operating …

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