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Line: We’re A Social Entertainment Platform, Not Just A Free Calls Messaging App

Line: We’re A Social Entertainment Platform, Not Just A Free Calls Messaging App

Line, an app made by NHN Japan Corporation, which has grown rapidly, amassing over 100 million users since its launch in summer 2011, is typically labelled as a messaging app – and compared to the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and Skype because it offers free calls and texts. But in reality Line’s feature set positions … Continued

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Kiva’s Crowdfunded Loans Platform Chalks Up 1M Borrowers & $400M Lent, After Seven Years Of Micro-Lending To Alleviate Poverty

Kiva’s Crowdfunded Loans Platform Chalks Up 1M Borrowers & $400M Lent, After Seven Years Of Micro-Lending To Alleviate Poverty

Kiva.org, a not-for-profit organisation that’s been matching micro-lenders with low-income borrowers since 2005, has announced it’s passed the one million borrowers mark. The total value of the crowdfunded loans, which have been spread across 65 countries mostly in the developing world, is $ 400 million, Kiva said today. The loans typically back individual economic activity to help … Continued

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Ad-free Social Platform App.net Goes Freemium With Free, Invite-Only Plan

App.net, the project that emerged from founder Dalton Caldwell’s desire to build a social platform that wasn’t driven by advertising, is adding its first free option today. Given Caldwell’s emphasis on creating a product that people are actually willing to pay for, this might seem like a step backwards, or one of those infamous startup … Continued