Exclusive By Me Yesterday: Facebook Messenger Hires Anand Chandrasekaran

The story begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc. is hiring a high-profile technology executive with expertise in Silicon Valley and India to help develop strategies for its Messenger app, an increasingly important platform for the social-media company. Anand Chandrasekaran, a former senior executive at Yahoo Inc., will assume a global leadership role working on strategies and […]

By Me and a Colleague: Islamic State Using Telegram Messaging App to Communicate with Radicals in Indonesia, Malaysia

The story begins: Communications app Telegram Messenger is in the spotlight after the deadly terrorist attacks in Jakarta last week, with experts in Indonesia and Malaysia saying Islamic State radicals in Syria have used the platform to recruit members from Southeast Asia. The revelations underscore both the apparent popularity of the Berlin-based app among members […]

By Me Today: WhatsApp’s Now Available on a Web Browser

My post at WSJ Digits begins: Users of the popular messaging app WhatsApp can now conduct their chats via a Web browser — with a few restrictions. The Facebook-owned service with some 700 million monthly active users said in a blog post Wednesday that people can now link their mobile phones with a WhatsApp Web […]

FireChat App Takes Off Amid Hong Kong Protests

That’s the subject of a brief story I wrote yesterday: A new mobile messaging app that enables users to communicate in the absence of cellular or Internet connections is seeing a surge in downloads among Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The free FireChat app, which launched in March, was downloaded 100,000 times in Hong Kong between […]

My Story on Messaging Apps in Southeast Asia

The reason I have this special folder on my iPhone: I’ve been researching a story on messaging app makers battling for users here in Southeast Asia. It ran in the WSJ Asia in print and online Friday. The lede: When Listri Samudra, an equity sales representative in the Indonesian city of Bandung, opens her smartphone […]