That growth has also encouraged acquisition interest from Tencent — the maker of blockbuster chat app We Chat — Alibaba and others, Tech Crunch understands.
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At launch the majority of Line Plus shares were held by the newly created Line Corporation (60%) with the remaining shares (40%) held by its Korean parent NHN Corporation.
Line began in summer 2011 as a communication system for NHN Japan employees, then saw explosive growth when released to the public in June of that year.
i OS tablets (October 2014), and as a Chrome Browser Application (via the Chrome Web Store).
At one point Line was available as a website (non-browser-app), but that has been discontinued.
Here’s fuel to the fire for those who believe that Facebook will buy anything that looks, smells or moves like Snapchat. Snow has around 80 million downloads, and it is adding around 10 million more each month, according to the source.