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If You Think Indonesia’s e-Commerce Market Is Perplexing, You Haven’t Done Your Research

Several days ago Quartz published an article about the state of the e-commerce industry in Indonesia. The article pointed out the quirky characteristics of the Indonesian market which contribute to the challenges for anyone wishing to operate an online commerce venture in the country. Andrias Ekoyuono of startup incubator Ideosource and Magnus Ekbom of e-commerce giant Lazada weigh in on the matter.

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Mobile Carriers Must Rediscover Themselves to Survive The Onslaught of Communications Apps

Last year Viber CEO Talmon Marco took the fight to the telco companies around the world. On stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he described how Viber had introduced various features to text messaging in just two years that SMS still did not have after decades. This year, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced voice calling for WhatsApp at the same event. The war between telco infrastructure companies and communication services companies is becoming more intense.

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Facebook May Have Also Acquired WhatsApp to Avoid Future Competition

WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum insisted that the Facebook deal to acquire WhatsApp would not have happened if Facebook were to interfere in WhatsApp’s operations. With Facebook’s resources, WhatsApp may not have to worry too much about having to generate revenue but as Koum said in his blog post, everything remains as it is, including the $0.99 a year subscription service. This acquisition gives Facebook protection against potential competition that it may have had to face if WhatsApp falls to another company’s hands.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Advertising is Not the Way to Monetize Messaging Systems

Instagram was Facebook’s blockbuster deal back in April 2012 when the company announced that it was acquiring the photo sharing network for $1 billion, a deal that ultimately closed at $715 million in Q3 2012. The discrepancy in price was due to Facebook’s falling stock price at that time and the fact that over 60 percent of the acquisition was paid in shares. Instagram slowly rolled out its revenue strategy through implementing in-stream ads in late 2013. With this WhatsApp deal, some fear that it will also follow the advertising path.

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WhatsApp has a Payment Problem in Indonesia

WhatsApp may hold the title of the mobile messaging king in Indonesia as far as On Device survey is concerned, but its reign at the top is highly dependent on the likelihood of Indonesian consumers paying the annual $1 fee to continue using it for another year. Nobody will doubt the triviality of the amount because it’s something that people would be willing to pay even in multiple increments since a five year subscription will only cost $5. The problem lies in the method of payment.

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With 20 Million New Active Users, BBM is Off to a Strong Start

BlackBerry announced overnight that its recently released BBM apps for iOS and Android have gained 20 million active users in just one week, making the total 80 million including BlackBerry device customers. After reporting a million installs of its unauthorized Android app during the aborted launch day in September, the company has bounced back. Over the weekend it had removed the waiting list it originally imposed on consumers to manage the load on its servers, finally allowing anyone to sign up and use BBM on iOS or Android immediately.

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