Facebook announced a video-calling feature on Wednesday in partnership with Skype, the popular Internet video-chat provider recently acquired by Microsoft. The addition of video chat comes a week after Google launched its own social network, Google+, which also includes a video-chatting program.
Facebook's new feature will appear on the site as a "call" button at the top of users' profiles. By clicking that button or finding someone in a new "buddy list" sidebar, users can talk to each other via webcams. The company began turning that service on for millions of users on Wednesday and will add it to more accounts over time.
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