Parlor.fm launches a social app for talkers

We seem to seem to be in the middle of an explosion of mobile chat apps like Beluga, GroupMe, and Yobongo. Now New York City startup Parlor.fm is launching its own chat app, but the chats are real — in other words, users are speaking, not typing.

Yobongo launches chat app — a tech fix for shy nerds?

A new startup called Yobongo is giving users their first chance today to get their hands on its mobile chat application, which helps you to find strangers nearby and start talking to them.

RIM can’t stop chat app Kik, which just reached 3M users

We’ve been covering the rapid growth of free real-time chat application Kik, but the company seemed to hit a roadblock in the last month or so when it was pulled off BlackBerry phones and sued by BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion for alleged patent infringement.

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.