[Marxism] Facebook/Skype

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jul 6 16:23:24 MDT 2011

(I hate Facebook but this seems promising for those intro classes on 
Marxism I'd like to start up again at some point.)


Facebook confirms 'awesome' Skype integration
Zuckerberg announces Skype partnership that will bring in video call, 
group chat capabilities
By Sharon Gaudin
July 6, 2011 02:16 PM ET

Computerworld - Facebook today said it is teaming up with Skype to bring 
video chat capabilities to users of the world's largest social network.

In a press conference at the company's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters 
this afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder, unveiled the 
video calling and group chat capabilities.

The announcements come nearly a week after Zuckerberg teased that the 
company was working on an "awesome" event.

"The video calling is so great and it's so easy," said Zuckerberg, who 
today also confirmed reports that Facebook has surpassed 750 million 
users. "Your least-technical friend is going to be able to get online 
with video chat and get connected. You'll connect with your friends on 
the social network that already has all your friends."

Zuckerberg's statement, along with the new group video chat 
capabilities, both strike at Google, which just last week unveiled the 
Google+ social network that will compete with Facebook. Google+ includes 
a feature called Hangouts, which is akin to a video conference call.

Skype could be a useful and interesting partner for Facebook, especially 
with its impending $8.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Analysts have 
noted that in scooping up Skype, Microsoft can put the screws to Google, 
which reportedly had been interested in buying the company.

And analysts also noted that the purchase could benefit Facebook, also 
an increasing competitor for Google, over the long run.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, 
and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter 
at Twitter at sgaudin, or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed Gaudin RSS. Her 
e-mail address is sgaudin at computerworld.com.

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