U.S. companies could see Asian free-messaging apps as a threat

Asian free-messaging-and-calling applications such as Line from Japan and WeChat from China could encroach on the business of homegrown apps such as WhatsApp and other social networks dependent upon traffic, Juro Osawa and Paul Mozur write. Though both nets are still relatively small, their growth rates are impressive and the unfamiliar east-to-west spread is getting some Silicon Valley-based companies nervous. Twitter, for example, acknowledged its international expansion might be hampered by the competition from these apps in places such as South Africa and India.

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