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Skype on TV

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.

In Apple news:

  • Confirming rumors that have swirled around Apple's upcoming tablet device, The Wall Street Journal today reported that the thing will be unveiled later this month and will ship in March.

  • 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.

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News

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