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Video calling could be Facebook’s next freemium bombshell

Social networking site Facebook launched a new service on Wednesday within the site that lets users start video conferences with each other using Skype’s video chat technology. The chief executives of both companies said the service was free, but teased reporters with suggestions that they might introduce premium features in the future.

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Google adding Skype-like abilities to Chrome

Google plans to add real-time communications abilities into the Chrome browser, according to an announcement on Google’s Chromium-dev group. Using its own WebRTC project at its base, the company will attempt to enable real-time communications through Chrome and then, potentially, other browsers like Firefox and Opera.

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Comcast: Skype is coming to the TV

Comcast subscribers will soon be able to access video calling service Skype from their televisions, according to the company, which plans to make the full announcement Tuesday at a cable industry trade show in Chicago.

Can you see me now? 4 reasons why video calling is ready to take off

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Video-calling app Tango raises $8.7M

Tango, a video-calling app for the iPhone and devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system, has raised $8.7 million of a $10 million funding round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Is Skype about to release video-calling for mobile devices?

Skype, a provider of voice and video calling services over the Internet, might be poised to release video calling for mobile devices equipped with a front-facing camera and running Skype at the Consumer Electronics Show next year, according to a number of reports.