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Facebook Wednesday

8:30 AM -- It seems like this Wednesday, July 6, could see the announcement of a services partnership between Facebook and Skype Ltd. , whereby the latter's videochat capabilities will be embedded into the Facebook platform.

Check out this Guardian article for more of the speculation, which originated at TechCrunch .

It seems probable that social network-watchers will "like" this a lot -- probably to the point of drooling and tweeting uncontrollably until they explode.

Equally enthusiastic, though, will be Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), which is set to buy the VoIP specialist for a massive US$8.5 billion. (See Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5B .)

A hook-up with Facebook would provide a significant boost to Skype's usage, which in turn could help Microsoft with its plans to generate revenues from inserting video ads into Skype's services. With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see the details underpinning any partnership between Facebook and Skype. (See Microsoft to Monetize Skype With Video Ads.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 5:00:01 PM
re: Facebook Wednesday

Enough said.


However the entertainment value of video calls will be an attractive addition to the millions of useless people that actually use facebook. Watching adds has NO revenue value for companies - there is enough facts to prove that forcingn people to watch adds in this manner (people turn off or skip tjhe add) does not increase product sales.


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