1:34pm

Wed July 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Facebook's 'Awesome' Announcement: Video Calling

Facebook summoned media to its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. today for what CEO Mark Zuckerberg said would be an "awesome" product launch.

Zuckerberg, in his customary laid back t-shirt and jeans, prefaced the announcement by saying this announcement marked the beginning of "launching season 2011."

Zuckerberg said Facebook is launching group chat, a new chat design and, as expected, Facebook will now feature video calling.

The announcement comes just as Google launched its own social network called Google+, which emphasized privacy and had features like group chat and video calling built in.

Zuckerberg said Facebook's video chat will work through a partnership with Skype.

The announcement is still happening so we'll update this post.

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