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Facebook and Skype in talks over video calling to take on FaceTime?

Facebook and Skype in talks over video calling to take on FaceTime?

 

Facebook and Skype have apparently returned to the negotiating table, with the prospect of Facebook users being offered video call functionality. Talks last year between the two companies resulted in the launch of Skype voice calls between Facebook friends, but according to Bloomberg's pair of sources the discussions had also tentatively covered video calls as well.

That failed to appear in the October Skype update, but with Apple's FaceTime system gaining momentum - likely to be aided with the launch of the iPad 2 later this week, which features twin cameras for FaceTime support - it seems Facebook's interest has re-awakened.

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Cisco umi 1080 telepresence kit gets price & plan reduction; umi 720 and free app incoming

Cisco umi 1080 telepresence kit gets price & plan reduction; umi 720 and free app incoming

As far as we're aware, Cisco's umi 1080 telepresence system hasn't exactly taken the video calling world by storm - the company itself says that, since the set-top camera went on sale in October 2010, "thousands of people" have used it - but perhaps a price cut, a cheaper model and a free computer app will address that. The Cisco umi 720, as the name suggests, will demand less broadband speed for reduced image quality, with a lighter impact on your wallet.

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Skype and Qik Hint At Video Calling Partnership With AT&T

Skype and Qik Hint At Video Calling Partnership With AT&T

Skype and Qik jointly announced at MWC 2011 that they plan on further integrating their technologies to help improve Qik's video calls on Sprint and T-Mobile devices and develop Skype's video calling solution for the Verizon LTE network. However, during the talk, Skypes's head of consumer product management, Rick Osterloh, hinted at the possibility of bringing Skype's video calling to AT&T devices. "Let's watch out for some announcements there," said Osterloh when asked about pursuing a relationship with AT&T as a video calling partner.

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Skype Unveils New Premium Package & Group Calling Feature

Skype Unveils New Premium Package & Group Calling Feature

Skype is keeping busy at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With rumors that the company would be buying Qik by the end of the show, and then turning out that the deal is already almost finished up, it seems that the company is revamping a few key areas of their business plan at the start of 2011. With that in mind, the company has unveiled a new premium package for those who need to do more, together.

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Skype Looking to Buy Qik for $100 Million, Insider Claims

Skype Looking to Buy Qik for $100 Million, Insider Claims

According to an insider, Skype may be looking to pick up Qik and add them into their fold soon. Qik's name became popular more recently with the introduction of video calls on mobile phones, and Skype's rumored purchase of the unit would lead some to believe that Skype is trying to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to that particular feature. According to the report, the deal would be somewhere in the park of $100 million.

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Skype iPhone video calls could eat AT&T data plan in under an hour

Skype iPhone video calls could eat AT&T data plan in under an hour

Skype's new video call functionality in the updated iPhone app works, but it could have a significant impact on your data usage every month. Unlike Apple's own Face Time video calling, which only works over WiFi connections, the new Skype for iPhone video calls can be made over a 3G connection. However, 9 to 5 Mac found that those cellular video calls churn through a whopping 3.4MB of 3G data per minute.

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Skype Continues to Hint at Video Calling on the Move

Skype Continues to Hint at Video Calling on the Move

Earlier in the week, Skype had some documents find their way onto the Internet, of which a few of them seemed to outline the possibility that the company was getting ready to launch video calling on the iPhone. The fact that Verizon's name was included only helped to fuel the rumors and anticipation. And by now, we know that Skype will have some kind of video calling announcement to make in Las Vegas in just a few days, at CES 2011. But, the company isn't slowing down, and they've even launched a new "What's Next" page, where they're fine showing you all sorts of neat teases about what's to come.

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Verizon iPhone Skype Mobile app tipped for WiFi/3G video calling; iPad Skype imminent?

Verizon iPhone Skype Mobile app tipped for WiFi/3G video calling; iPad Skype imminent?

Leaked Skype documents seem to confirm a Verizon iPhone along with an incoming version of the VoIP that will support video calls on the handset. According to a Japanese-language FAQ [translated] on Skype's site, the new app will support video calls over WiFi and 3G; Apple's own Face Time video call system only supports WiFi. It's unclear if AT&T will be supporting Skype over 3G, or if this is simply a move by Verizon to better differentiate their much-rumored version of the iPhone, though the fact that the support document is called "Skype Mobile for Verizon" suggests the latter is the case.

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Samsung Transform for Sprint Landing in Stores October 10th

Samsung Transform for Sprint Landing in Stores October 10th

And to wrap it up, Sprint announced today the upcoming availability of the next Android-based handset from Samsung to launch on the Sprint network, the Samsung Transform. Featuring a slide-out landscape QWERTY keyboard, the Transform is similar to the previously released Epic 4G, but obviously there's a few "missing" features in this variation of the design.

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