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Deals: Line plots $3b IPO, but may have a tough road ahead

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Rumors of an IPO for Line have been rumbling on for nearly three years. What was once thought to be a US$10 billion IPO could turn out to be a US$3 billion listing, according to areport today from Reuters affiliate IFR. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news

March 12, 2016

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Despite growing pains, Line made more than $1b in revenue last year

By J.T. Quigley for TechinAsia.com,

Just a week after App Annie named it the world’s top-earning app publisher outside of mobile gaming, the maker of Line announced that it earned US$1.02 billion in total annual revenue in 2015. (more…)

Fintech news

January 28, 2016

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4 BEST CASES OF O2O-ECONOMY: BURBERRY, LINE, TESLA, CHEBANCA!

By Igor Pesin, Partner at Life.SREDA

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Columns, Fintech news, news

October 19, 2015

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WeChat, Line And Viber As Newcomers In Fintech

TechInAsia: WeChat censorship report: 1.5% of posts get censored. WeChat is China’s hottest social media app. But like internet services in China, discussion on WeChat isn’t entirely free – it is censored by Tencent in accordance with Chinese law. Just how censored is WeChat, and what exactly is being hidden from view? Those questions are the subject of an exhaustive new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab on WeChat censorship. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

July 29, 2015

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War of Messengers

TECHINASIA: E-Marketer predicts that by 2018 there will be 200 million new smartphone users in emerging Asia. To put that into context, that’s more users than there are currently in the whole of U.S. The opportunity is huge for the developers of these apps, but also for brands to tap into their potential to participate in peer to peer conversation in an engaging and meaningful way. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

July 13, 2015

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A glimpse inside LINE’s adorable Bangkok office and the global effect of its messenger culture

The Next Web: Japan-based messenger app LINE is one of the biggest apps in Asia, but many in the western markets may not know it as well in light of other heavyweights like Facebook MessengerWhatsAppGoogle Hangouts and Skype.

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InspirAsia, Japan

May 8, 2015