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Ovum’s short message: Bye bye SMS, hello social messaging

What’s 20 and already gasping for breath? That would be the SMS – or short messaging system, in many parts of the world the poor man’s email. It is still used by over two billion people on the planet, double the number of email users. But that’s all changing rapidly. Why, the SMS could even die – or probably metamorphose into an avatar of social messaging.

Is Microsoft merely flirting with So.cl? Or can it get serious?

Facebook is the default social site of the world. With 900 million members, it would be the third largest “country” in the world, behind only China and India. In comparison, Google+, a late and weak effort from the search giant, is a “ghost town.” So where does Microsoft, the giant that likes to sleep in, fit into the picture?

Facebook is changing the way we use email and is stopping us using the...

Facebook is altering the way we communicate, according to new research by the good peeps at Ovum. Almost half of UK consumers responding to Ovum's survey said that social networking platforms have adversely affected their use of email services. But wait, there’s more. A cool 40 per cent blamed Facebook for a decline in the use of voice fixed services, 34 per cent said they made fewer mobile phone calls due to you-know-who, and 29 per cent said the number of text messages they send was heading south.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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