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Thursday
Jul072011

Facebook Unveils Video Chat Capability

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been saying for days the social networking giant would be rolling out something big, and he followed through on that boast Wednesday.

Zuckerberg introduced integrated video chat, which he described as "awesome."

Hooking up with Skype, Facebook users can now click a button to call a friend.  If the person on the other end doesn't have the necessary plug-in, Zuckerberg says the friend will see a pop-up to download a plug-in, which will take 20 seconds, tops.

With 750 million users, Facebook is bringing this video chat capability to a much wider audience.

Zuckerberg claims, "This is possible because the social infrastructure exists.  The system knows we're connected and we have the pipe open between us so new applications can flow between us."

Zuckerberg is promising more applications in the future, including additional Skype features and services on Facebook.

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