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Alan Cumming: Why I keep dancing as time marches on - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Feb. 18 2015
aging  actors  Hollywood  milestones  inspiration 
february 2015 by jerryking
Upstart Canadian chat service Kik logs 100 million users
SEAN SILCOFF | The Globe and Mail | Dec. 12 2013.

Kik Interactive, a Waterloo, Ont.-based instant messenger service started in 2009, said Thursday it now has more than 100 million registered users – a 233-per-cent increase in 12 months, and ahead of rival BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). “We’re probably one of two Canadian companies ever to get 100 million regular users,” said Ted Livingston, Kik’s 26-year-old founder and CEO....Kik is one of several instant messenger services, or “chat apps,” to pick up where BBM left off after the smartphone maker pioneered the mobile-only chat service, an application than enables smartphone users to send rapid messages to one another while bypassing their carriers’ texting service.

For years, BlackBerry Ltd. resisted making its hugely popular BBM available on other platforms, leading to the emergence of rival chat apps that could be used on Apple and Android devices. As those platforms took off and BlackBerry waned, the rival apps surged – including market leader WhatsApp, which boasts 350 million users. BlackBerry finally launched a cross-platform version of BBM this fall, but it now lags its upstart rivals.

These chat services have been tabbed the “killer app” of mobile computing and, along with social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, are redefining how people communicate in the mobile age.
milestones  BBM  BlackBerry  Kitchener-Waterloo  mobile_applications  WhatsApp  Kik  IM  messaging  cross-platform 
december 2013 by jerryking
English Lessons -
DECEMBER 10, 2007 WSJ article by DEBORAH BALL
* Forcing charities to rewrite business plan three or four times to
ensure that donation help them reach new stage of growth (milestones).
* New Philanthropy Capital
* Analysts prepare two-page reports that resemble investment brokers'
notes, giving a snapshot of the risk level of the charity's work, its
growth prospects and the funding it needs to achieve certain results.
NPC posts the research on its Web site for users to download at no
high_net_worth  philanthropy  charities  business_planning  milestones  United_Kingdom 
february 2009 by jerryking

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