10:10 AM -- Skype users will soon be able to make video calls from the comfort of their livingroom couches, The New York Times reports.
Skype has announced deals with Panasonic and LG Electronics to integrate its service into their Web-connected HDTVs. Both will have their Skype-capable TVs ready by midyear.
"This is the year when Internet-connected TVs will start to take off, and there is no doubt that soon every TV that ships will have built in Wi-Fi, webcams and microphones," Jonathan Rosenberg, Skype's chief technology strategist, told NYT. "This is our first step."
This news was accompanied by another significant announcement: Skype users with HD webcams and sufficient bandwidth and processing power can now make their video calls in 720p HD.
There's more than one reason for Apple to celebrate: Its App Store has topped 3 billion downloads, the company announced today. "Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months -- this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before," CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release.
Not to mention, the company also entered the online advertising market today with its acquisition of Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising startup, for $275 million.