Kik releases an API to improve content sharing in apps

Group messaging startup Kik sees a new opportunity in not just connecting users through its own app, but in becoming a content-sharing layer between other apps. Kik is launching a new open API to help app users transmit content directly from one app to another.

Why Skype bought GroupMe and why it isn’t enough

Skype has acquired group messaging startup GroupMe for a rumored $85 million. The deal, while a good move on paper, isn’t going to be enough, as Skype itself is going through an identity crisis — whether it wants to be a consumer or an enterprise communications company.

AT&T tries to wring every last cent from SMS

AT&T is doing away with its $10 tier for 1,000 text messages a month for new customers, making it a choice of between a $20 unlimited plan or 20 cents per text message. AT&T said the new text messaging pricing won’t affect existing customers.

Why Google+ won’t hurt Facebook, but Skype will hate it

Google launched its much awaited and highly anticipated social networking platform today. Dubbed Google+, the service may take its cue from social networking giant Facebook, but in reality it is about the harsh reality of Google saving and enhancing its core franchise — Google Search.