Viber may face ban in South Korea

Viber may be blocked in South Korea, after losing a patent suit filed by domestic operator SK Telecom in November, The Korea Herald reported, although there has been no official announcement of a ban. SK Telecom claimed that Viber’s “feature of …

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Facebook dominates 2014 app download, with LINE making cash

The “app superpowers” of Japan, South Korea and the US collectively generated more revenue in 2014 than the rest of the world combined, highlighting their ability to monetise even as the market saturates and download growth slows, according to App …

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Facebook dominates 2014 app download, with LINE making cash

The “app superpowers” of Japan, South Korea and the US collectively generated more revenue in 2014 than the rest of the world combined, highlighting their ability to monetise even as the market saturates and download growth slows, according to App …

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Globe, PLDT engage in zero-rating access battle

Philippine operator Globe Telecom will offer all its mobile customers free access to Facebook and Viber for a month starting 13 January after rival PLDT extended its free mobile data promotion for another month. The country’s two leading mobile operators, …

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Viber adds games to armoury

Viber has added a social games platform to its mobile messaging services as it looks to further expand and monetise the products it offers users. Three games have been rolled out for Android and iOS in five countries so far, …

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Rakuten pays out $900m for Viber

Japanese conglomerate Rakuten, owner of online retailer Play.com, has acquired popular over the top messaging and VoIP developer Viber for $900m.