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Facebook risks alienating its users to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app as a platform for communications, content and commerce

Facebook’s decision to remove the messaging capability from its smartphone apps in certain European markets, and to encourage Facebook users in these markets to download and use the standalone Facebook Messenger app, seems explicitly designed to increase the penetration of Facebook Messenger in these European countries. But it is also possible that, with this move,… Read more

Pamela Clark-Dickson

Spotify is coming to Russia this fall, is this the end of Vkontakte’s illegal music circulation?

We all know Spotify, it’s a music streaming service, founded in Sweden four years ago, now present in 55 countries with around 24 million active users. For those not familiar with Vkontakte, or VK, it is a Russian social network, usually referred to as a “Russian Facebook clone”. It has approximately 60 million average daily… Read more

Alla Shabelnikova

Gaming and the search for new blue oceans: Nintendo says it can survive without releasing its games library on mobile devices

Most people are unlikely to think of Apple and Nintendo having a lot of similarities. One is a juggernaut in the smartphone and mobile device market, while the other is a videogame manufacturer that has found itself struggling to compete with more advanced, better funded rivals; revenues have declined to around ¥500 billion (US$4.9 billion)… Read more

Francesco Radicati