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Facebook and Skype Sign Video-Chat Deal

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has signed a deal with internet telephony provider Skype that will add video chat to the social networking site.

The partnership means that Facebook users can simply download a video chat tool and start talking face-to-face.

Zuckerberg explained: ‘This type of thing is only possible because the social infrastructure already exists. The system already knows that we’re connected.

‘It’s not the case like with traditional Skype, where both people have to have downloaded Skype beforehand.’

He added: ‘This is the first example of a great social app…we’re going to see a lot more things like this over the next few months and years.’

Meanwhile, Skype is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft in a £5.2bn deal.

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