Personal Messaging Software Aampe Raises $1.8 Mn From Sequoia Capital’s Surge

The startup with the fresh capital plans to accelerate its growth momentum and product development to serve global customers

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Personal messaging software startup Aampe on Tuesday announced it has raised $1.8 million in seed round from Sequoia Capital’s Surge, a scale-up program for startups in southeast Asia and India. The startup with the fresh capital plans to accelerate its growth momentum and product development to serve global customers.

The venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has recently announced the names of 17 startups including Aampe that will receive early-stage funding under its fourth cohort Sequoia Surge programme, Surge 4. The programme included startups across a wide range of sectors including edtech, fintech, SME tech, dev tools, consumer, healthtech and B2B marketplaces.

Founded by Paul Meinshausen, Sami Abboud and Schaun Wheeler in

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Does Facebook Portal work with Messenger? Yes, here’s how you can use Facebook’s messaging app and video-calling devices together



a person standing in front of a television: Portal users can link their Messenger account to the video-calling device, but not all Messenger features are available. Facebook


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Portal users can link their Messenger account to the video-calling device, but not all Messenger features are available. Facebook

  • You can use a Facebook Portal device with Messenger to call certain contacts.
  • Not all features of the Messenger chat app are available on Portal devices.
  • Having Facebook Messenger isn’t a requirement to use Portal, but the chat platform can enhance your experience through Rooms, AR, and more.
  • Portal is a series of specialized tablets and video-calling devices made by Facebook that feature an enhanced camera and speaker. 
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Portal, Facebook’s proprietary tablet, is explicitly geared to video chatting with your cadre of Facebook contacts.

That includes your Messenger contacts, an advantage for those Facebook users who spend more time on the chat app than the social media platform. 

Despite being a Facebook-made device, it’s not a requirement

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Salesforce is considering buying messaging app Slack: WSJ

Salesforce held talks to buy the workplace messaging app Slack, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The WSJ later updated the story to say Salesforce is in advanced talks with Slack, and that a deal could be announced within days, potentially by the time Salesforce reports its quarterly earnings on Tuesday.

There is no guarantee that the talks will lead to an acquisition, the report said, but a deal would signal a more aggressive foray into office communication for the cloud giant. Salesforce has two communication and collaboration tools, Chatter and Quip, which can be used in tandem with its customer-management-focused tools.

The move would represent Salesforce’s largest acquisition in its history, as Slack’s market capitalization was at about $17 billion before the report and the acquisition price would likely be higher. Slack’s stock surged as much as 32% on the news, while Salesforce shares were down about 3.5%.

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DISH Selects Mavenir To Deliver Cloud-Native Voice, Data And Messaging Services Software For Nationwide 5G Network

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mavenir today announced that DISH Network has selected Mavenir’s cloud-based carrier messaging solution, which leverages Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Messaging-as-a-Platform (MaaP) technologies. Building upon the companies’ RAN announcement earlier this year, Mavenir is providing DISH with highly-scalable and intelligent cloud-native software in a virtualized, automated environment, leveraging open interfaces and artificial intelligence (AI). 

DISH will deploy Mavenir’s RCS Business Messaging solution, which will enable advanced voice and multimedia messaging (including cloud-native video, VoWiFi and VoLTE), to deliver best-in-class customer support capabilities.  Using AI and chatbots, customers will have access to services from an app where they can engage virtual assistants to answer questions, investigate and modify subscription plans, and participate in promotions.

“Mavenir’s innovative, cloud-native software solutions are compliant with our reimagined network architecture, which enables us to change the wireless business model and select vendor services and

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Europe looks to crack open data encryption on messaging services like WhatsApp

  • End-to-end encryption is a security tool used by some apps and services — including WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger — to provide a greater level of privacy. 
  • Messages sent using this tool are encrypted before they leave the sender’s phone or computer, with a key unique to the devices at either end of an exchange.



WhatsApp and Messenger are highly popular messaging apps.


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WhatsApp and Messenger are highly popular messaging apps.

The EU appears to be laying the groundwork for a move against data that has received end-to-end encryption after a spate of terrorist attacks in Paris, Vienna and Nice. 

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In a joint statement released earlier this month, home affairs ministers from EU member states called on heads of state to “consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities.” 

The statement comes after several EU internal documents on encryption were

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This messaging app uploads every file you send to the internet, which is bad

Messaging app Go SMS Pro, which has over 100 million installs from the Google Play store, has a massive security flaw that potentially allows people to access the sensitive content you’ve sent using the app. And even though the app’s maker was informed about the issue months ago, they haven’t made updates to fix what’s going on.





To give you an idea of just how much information the app leaks, here’s what TechCrunch was able to find: “In viewing just a few dozen links, we found a person’s phone number, a screenshot of a bank transfer, an order confirmation including someone’s home address, an arrest record, and far more explicit photos than we were expecting, to be quite honest,” cybersecurity reporter Zack Whittaker says. Not great.

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Here’s what’s going on: Go SMS Pro uploads every media file you send to the internet and makes those files accessible with

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Messaging app Go SMS Pro uploads every file you send to the internet, which is bad

Messaging app Go SMS Pro, which has over 100 million installs from the Google Play store, has a massive security flaw that potentially allows people to access the sensitive content you’ve sent using the app. And even though the app’s maker was informed about the issue months ago, they haven’t made updates to fix what’s going on.

To give you an idea of just how much information the app leaks, here’s what TechCrunch was able to find: “In viewing just a few dozen links, we found a person’s phone number, a screenshot of a bank transfer, an order confirmation including someone’s home address, an arrest record, and far more explicit photos than we were expecting, to be quite honest,” cybersecurity reporter Zack Whittaker says. Not great.

Here’s what’s going on: Go SMS Pro uploads every media file you send to the internet and makes those files accessible with a URL,

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6 Steps to Selling on Social Media Messaging Platforms

Have you ever heard of conversion conversations? This sales technique involves getting to know your prospect through an online messaging platform, creating a conversation, then shifting to a sale once they are qualified. The best part? It’s entirely free if you do the legwork.





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When choosing which social media platform to use for your messaging, keep in mind that Facebook is still the largest social media platform, used by 2.6 billion users, according to Statista. Pew Research found that 75 percent of high earners use Facebook. Instagram is more visual, so if you’re selling products or services that look good in photos, or if you’re targeting younger generations, go for Instagram. According to Statista, 32 percent of users are between 18 and 24, and 33 percent are between 25 and 34.

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Related: 5 Tips for Selling Your Luxury Products on Facebook and Instagram

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