Battle for your texts: Facebook Messages vs. Kik mobile chat

Facebook can’t remind us enough that its new messaging service, announced today, isn’t an email killer. Instead, it’s an all-encompassing messaging system that works across Facebook chat, email, and text messages.

Kik, the Skype of text messages, continues crazy growth (chart)

Kik, the new chat application for smartphones that is faster and more social than standard text messages, continues to report astounding growth in traffic after exclusively revealing the launch of its service to VentureBeat.

DEMO: eM Client’s new version aims to replace Outlook

eM Client is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

Digsby passes 1 million users, pays you $1 to add more

Digsby, which ties your social networking, instant messaging and e-mail accounts into one interface, just passed 1 million users and started an affiliate program yesterday that pays fans $1 for every new user they sign up. Digsby says its average revenue per user exceeds the cost of finding new ones through the program, so the program generates cash flow. Users sign up on Digsby’s site and then use banners, links and buttons to promote the service.

Meebo launches Meebo Rooms, to stay ahead

Earlier today, we wrote about the IM players, and noted that start-ups such as Meebo and eBuddy will have to work hard to to keep from getting swallowed by the big guys.