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July 06, 2011

Facebook launches Skype video calling

Facebook announced its new Skype-powered video calling on Wednesday, as expected, along with a new group text chat feature.

You can get started with Facebook videocalling here

Philip Su, an engineer on the video calling team, provided information on the new service at the facebook blog

The new chat design includes a sidebar that lists the people you message most.



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Skype Journal lists the open questions about the Skypebook video calling. Here is part of the list of open questions

Video calling API from Facebook?
Video calling on the mobile Facebook app?
Video calling on mobile browsers?
Desktop browser compatibility?
Is the video p2p or does it go through central servers?
Are these calls subject to CALEA and other forms of lawful intercept?
Are these calls encrypted?
Are these calls using WebRTC and other emerging real-time web standards?


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