Kik is a solid chat app with fun extras, but if you don't already have friends using it, there's nothing to really set it apart from the competition.
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It doesn't have WhatsApp's numbers, but Kik has proven popular among teens in the US and around the world.
The messaging-and-chat app maker's round was led by hedge fund Valiant Capital Partners and brings the company's total venture capital funding to $70.5 million.
The 4-year-old company is now letting people visit any Web site without leaving the app.
Kids love Kik because they don't have to give out their phone number, CEO and founder Ted Livingston tells CNET.
Mobile video service Rounds raises $12 million, giving it a bit more ammunition to compete in the messaging app world.
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other instant messaging apps appear to have won the day over Samsung's own-brand effort.
With the announcement of a new Android Auto API announcement, third-party developers can start adapting their apps for in-car use today.
The messaging app, which now has 50 million users in total, is rolling out new versions for both Android and iOS.
Private messaging isn't so private, say University of New Haven researchers who found Android apps transmitting and storing unencrypted images, chats, screenshots and even passwords.