China’s Tencent growing fast in internet messaging and gaming

China’s chat and gaming service Tencent reported revenues and earnings today that should make everyone take notice. As the company prints money in its domestic market, it is amassing more capital to become a player on a worldwide stage in the social and gaming markets.

Convore gives online chatting a needed upgrade

Do you really need another way to chat with your friends? The founders of a new startup called Convore think so — and after poking around the site this morning, I’m starting to agree.

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.

Microsoft lifts New York City into the cloud

Earlier this week, VentureBeat reported on New York City’s efforts to modernize its government. The Big Apple is moving ahead quickly, announcing a partnership with Microsoft today that will anchor the city’s technology infrastructure firmly in Microsoft’s cloud.

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.

Instant messaging: feature or product?

Web-based instant messaging services, such as Meebo and eBuddy have had high growth rates over many months. They’ve raked in a lot of funding from hungry VCs. But we see IM becoming a commodity.