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Messaging Service Ends in Some Markets

Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that it would discontinue in most countries a mobile-messaging chat service that it had heavily promoted in recent years, the latest sign of the South Korean technology giant's struggles to gain traction building the software and services that run on its best-selling smartphones. Samsung said in a statement it would end support for the service, called ChatON, on Feb. 1 next year in all markets except the U.S. to focus on services in "health, mobile commerce and other platforms." The statement cited the "fast- changing market environment" for the decision.

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