Sep 18, 2014

Sex abuse involving smartphone messaging apps surges

Sexual predators have increasingly been using anonymous smartphone messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk to groom children for abuse, with 262 minors victimized in the first half of this year, more than double the reported number a year earlier, the National Police Agency ...

Sep 18, 2014

Line says shopping app to eclipse sales of stickers, games

Line Corp., operator of the nation’s largest mobile messaging service, says its shopping mall application could become its biggest source of revenue, eclipsing sales from games and character stickers. The Tokyo-based company, owned by South Korea’s Naver Corp., started the Line Mall app in ...

Line fends off fury ahead of lucrative IPO

| Sep 6, 2014

Line fends off fury ahead of lucrative IPO

by Mark Schreiber

“What’s so exasperating for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry … is the current situation in that platforms, terminals and apps have become dominated by foreign entities,” remarked an unnamed writer for a trade publication. ...

| Aug 23, 2014

Sagi (詐欺)

Instant messenger Line has been a popular target with fraudsters in recent months, with users being asked to buy prepaid cards in messages from friends whose smartphones have been hacked. In August, Line users have been hit by a new type of fraud (sagi, ...

Line said to pursue U.S. IPO with confidential filing to SEC

Jul 18, 2014

Line said to pursue U.S. IPO with confidential filing to SEC

Line Corp., operator of Japan’s most popular mobile messaging service, filed confidentially for an initial offering in the United States, people with knowledge of the matter said, taking a step closer to a dual-listing in New York and Tokyo. Morgan Stanley is managing the ...

Jul 16, 2014

LINE files for stock listing on TSE

Smartphone messaging service provider LINE Corp. has filed for its listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization expected to total some ¥1 trillion, sources said Tuesday. An initial public offering by LINE will be one of this year’s largest ones in ...

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Jun 19, 2014

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Users of smartphone messenger application Line, who number in the hundreds of millions across Asia, are being urged to change their passwords Thursday as Japanese police investigate the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorized access were confirmed between late ...