Facebook adds stickers to comments, but only if the post originated in Japan

If you’re a Facebook user in Japan, you may have noticed a new feature flooding your Newsfeeds: Pusheen, Meep, and the rest of the Facebook sticker gang are now making an appearance in the comments section of posts. The feature appears to be specific to Japan at present, but members of the Tech in Asia staff report being able to comment with stickers on posts made by users who are located in Japan. If you see the smiley face on the right-hand side of the text box, you can comment with a sticker.

http://www.techinasia.com/facebook-stickers-status-comment-japan-kinokoko/

From ‘MOM’ to ‘Make In India’, non-human handles score big in Twitter

NEW DELHI: When Sputnik 1 blasted off into space in 1957, boldly going where no manmade device had gone before, it beeped. That beep, which could be heard on short-wave radio receivers as it orbited around the earth, sparked a space race that led to the giant leap for mankind and so on. When India’s Mars Orbiter slotted smoothly into its orbit around the red planet on September 24, it tweeted.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/from-mom-to-make-in-india-non-human-handles-score-big-in-twitter/articleshow/43570548.cms

Usage of social media up, dating apps down during Singapore Grand Prix: Study

SINGAPORE: During the recently-concluded Formula 1 (F1) Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, social media usage climbed while dating apps saw less activity, according to a study by BlisMedia. The big data company said in a press release on Tuesday (Sep 23) that the use of YouTube, for instance, climbed by 211 per cent while Facebook usage rose by 52 per cent. Generally, social media usage increased 191 per cent during the F1 weekend, it stated. By contrast, dating apps such as Tinder and OKCupid saw a decrease in activity among users by 40 per cent during the same weekend, the company noted.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/usage-of-social-media-up/1376550.html

Infosys’ new CEO Vishal Sikka allows staff to use Twitter, Facebook to retain talent

MUMBAI: InfosysBSE 1.27 % Ltd’s new CEO has come up with a novel approach to reviving the financial fortunes of country’s trailblazing outsourcing firm: use Facebook at work, tweet, but get the job done. Infosys has long been run as a conservative company known for keeping strict tabs on work hours and sometimes fining employees for not wearing ties on specific days. Such cheerless self-regard could not have come at a more challenging time, analysts say.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-new-ceo-vishal-sikka-allows-staff-to-use-twitter-facebook-to-retain-talent/articleshow/43311892.cms

MyChat: a chat app to conquer Myanmar?

Myanmar is a country that is still off the map for most investors and startups. It’s considered to be years behind Cambodia, which is in turn, years behind Vietnam, which is behind Thailand. And everyone is behind Indonesia in interest level. The numbers in Myanmar reveal the reason. In a population of 60 million people, below five million  are online.

http://www.techinasia.com/mychat-chat-app-for-myanmar/

Spread the news: BBC takes to popular messaging app Line

The BBC has just started using the popular messaging app Line to share news. The British broadcaster now has an official account on Line in 11 countries – the US, Australia, Spain, Germany, Italy, India, France, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. With this, the BBC is sharing a mix of headlined images and very short video clips overlaid with captions to its followers. It looks like this:

http://www.techinasia.com/bbc-sharing-news-line-messaging-app/

Messaging app Hike aims to reach 100 million users next year

NEW DELHI: Targetting youth under 25, instant messaging application hike messenger is aiming to reach 100 million customers by the end of next year.  “We have reached a user base of 35 million in August, with 15 million additions in just two months, and are targetting to reach 100 million in the next 12-18 months,” Hike Founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal told PTI.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42633681.cms

Fujitsu to bring social apps to boost Digital India drive

NEW DELHI: At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully won the confidence of Japan’s business fraternity, the country’s IT equipment and services major Fujitsu is planning to bring its social applications to India that will boost the government’s Digital India drive. “There are lots of social infrastructure projects in Japan and Fujitsu has heavily invested in some of them.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/fujitsu-to-bring-social-apps-to-boost-digital-india-drive/articleshow/41941197.cms

Twitter confirms upcoming office in Indonesia

Indonesia is an attractive emerging market for many tech companies due to the large number of young consumers and the slowly expanding middle class. Along with its good internet penetration, Indonesia could become an important technology market in the future. Following Facebook’s and Apple’s moves to open representative offices in Indonesia, Twitter revealed today that it also plans to do just that.

http://www.techinasia.com/twitter-office-indonesia-confirmed/

WeChat and Alipay ramp up ecommerce race with new features for online and offline merchants

Tencent today announced a suite of new features for businesses to better engage customers through their public WeChat accounts, according to TechNode . One day earlier, Alibaba’s mobile Alipay Wallet released over 60 new APIs for third party developers to build online storefronts, according to the company’s official English-language blog .

http://www.techinasia.com/wechat-alipay-ramp-ecommerce-race-features-online-offline-merchants/

Line takes aim at Rakuten and Amazon, to launch five new ecommerce services

Line, the messaging app that has nabbed 490 million registered users in three years, announced its plans for becoming a major player in the ecommerce industry at a news conference in Tokyo today. The strategy marks an interesting inflection point for Line. The service gained popularity for it’s colorful stickers, grew its revenue base with mobile games , and now has its sights set on ecommerce.

http://www.techinasia.com/line-mall-challenges-rakuten-amazon/

Hike gets fresh $65M funding to take on WhatsApp in India

Free messaging app Hike, the Indian answer to WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat, has just raised its largest round of funding: US$65 million led by Tiger Global Management. Bharti SoftBank (BSB), a joint venture of Bharti Enterprises and Japan’s Softbank Corporation, also participated in the latest round. Earlier, Hike had raised US$7 million in 2013, and another US$14 million in April 2014 from BSB.

http://www.techinasia.com/hike-raises-65-million-funding-tiger-global/

Instant messenger app Hike gets $65 million from Tiger Global, other investors

NEW DELHI: About a decade and half after Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel raised $60 million from Warburg Pincus, Hike, the instant messenger app company founded by his son Kavin, has raised $65 million from foreign investors led by New York-based Tiger Global.  “I raised my first $60 million at age 42, Kavin has done it at 26. Sign of a changing India. A youthful and tech savvy India. A big congratulations to Kavin and his stellar team at Hike,” Sunil Mittal told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/instant-messenger-app-hike-gets-65-million-from-tiger-global-other-investors/articleshow/40959805.cms

Wipro expects to land bigger social, mobility, analytics and cloud technology deals

MUMBAI: Bangalore-based IT firm Wipro expects to land bigger deals for solutions based on digital technologies like social, mobility, analytics and cloud, a sign that companies are willing to increase their spend on these discretionary areas.  “While our sweet spot is deals in the $2.5-3.5 million (Rs 15-21 crore) range, we are seeing deals worth $5-10 million (about Rs 30-60 crore) in the pipeline,” Jeff Heenan-Jalil, global head of Wipro’s advanced technology solutions unit said in an  ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/wipro-expects-to-land-bigger-social-mobility-analytics-and-cloud-technology-deals/articleshow/40630105.cms

Social Media Impressed With PM Narendra Modi’s Speech

NEW DELHI: Indians took to the social networking site Twitter in large numbers impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden speech on the country’s 68th Independence Day.Reacting to Modi’s speech from the Red Fort here, @PriyalGuliani wrote: “I liked this speech… Rape…cleanliness.. equality ..communal violence .. development.” Another Twitter user, @sanjeevsanyal said: “Wow, what a speech! PM Modi lays out a clear, actionable vision for India. Now over to implementation.”

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Social-Media-Impressed-With-PM-Narendra-Modis-Speech-nid-171119-cid-2.html

$12M in sales for user-generated stickers on LINE

Line’s DIY sticker shop is proving to be a respectable hit. The company behind the popular messaging app is reporting that user-created stickers hit JPY 1.23 billion (just under US$12 million) in sales for the three-and-a-half month period ending August 7. While that is still a small fraction of LINE’s overall revenues – US$177 million from April to June 2014 – it still shows remarkable growth.

http://www.techinasia.com/line-user-made-stamps-12-million-revenue/

Social media, real-time analytics useful for building smarter cities – India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In order to deliver the government’s vision of transforming India into a superpower by empowering, connecting and binding Indian citizens, Dr Arvind Gupta – national head – Information and Technology, Bharatiya Janata Party elaborated the need to focus on leveraging Information Technology to build Smarter Cities in India. Dr. Gupta emphasized his views during an address on Urban Matters at the SAP Forum for Public Services in New Delhi, August 13, 2014.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/218973/social-media-real-analytics-useful-building-smarter-cities

WhatsApp, Hike, and Skype could be forced to pay up in India

Telecom companies in India are in a time warp. They want the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI) to bring back the revenue they’re losing out as smartphone users shift en masse to free messaging and calling apps. “They [telecom service providers] wanted discussion on treatment of OTT (over-the-top) services like WhatsApp, Skype, and others which are actually cutting in to their revenue,” TRAI Secretary Sudhir Gupta said at a seminar this week in New Delhi, reports PTI .

http://www.techinasia.com/whatsapp-hike-skype-forced-pay-india/

China tightens controls on Internet messaging apps

BEIJING: China is banning users of Internet messaging services from posting political reports without permission, and demanding they promise to “uphold the socialist system”, state media said on Thursday (Aug 7). China tightly controls the Internet, but its online population of 632 million has used messaging applications to push the boundaries of the ruling Communist party’s restrictions on free speech.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/china-tightens-controls/1301788.html

Life beyond WeChat and Weibo: 15 niche social networks in China

WeChat and Weibo are huge in China, each with more than half a billion registered users. But their respective might in messaging and microblogging hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs from building niche social networks for all kinds of specific groups of people. China’s netizens have, in turn, flocked to these fun and hyper-focused new apps.  They’re not meant to replace WeChat or Weibo – indeed, many of these specialist social apps integrate with the country’s top social networks.

http://www.techinasia.com/15-specialist-social-media-apps-china/