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Facebook Announces New Design, In-Browser Video Chat With Skype


The new Facebook chat integrates Skype for video conferencing. Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com

PALO ALTO, California — Facebook unveiled three new products at its headquarters here Wednesday: video calling, group chat and a new design to its chat system.

In a major partnership with Skype, Facebook now offers free video calling between connected users of the site. Beginning Wednesday, a “call” button can be found in the top right-hand corner of each user’s Facebook page. After clicking on the button, the video chat window launches on your Facebook page, inside of your browser window.

“Think of this simply as a mini-Skype client,” said Skype CEO Tony Bates during the announcement. “One that’s obviously embedded in a very attractive way.”

The group chat announcement comes as an add-on to Facebook’s already existing chat function. When chatting with a friend on your Facebook page, a button allows you to add other friends of yours to the chat.
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Breaking: MySpace Sold for Massively Discounted $35 Million…


MySpace has now been sold for a relatively paltry $35 million, according to details now trickling. The buyer isadvertising network Specific Media, according to several sources including the Wall Street Journal, though paperwork apparently has not been signed. A formal announcement – if it is issued – remains forthcoming.

Of course, that pales in comparison to the original purchase price of $580 million – in 2005 – and also well below the $100 million tag rumored to be sought by News Corp. Additionally, this appears to be an all-stock transaction, a huge testament to the cliff-dive that MySpace has experienced over the past few years.

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Can You Be Fired for Bad-Mouthing Your Boss on Facebook?


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Dawnmarie Souza’s comments on her Facebook page didn’t win her any points with the boss, but the rest of us owe her a debt of gratitude. In a rare test of old law on a new medium, she helped us understand just how little the online world differs from the land of bricks and mortar.

Souza’s career as a paramedic at American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc. may not have been too bright even before she called her boss various genital parts in a November 2009 Facebook posting. She had been hauled on the carpet for several incidents of allegedly rude behavior and had further rankled the emergency-response company by asking to have a union representative present when she was to be questioned about one particular customer’s complaint that she had been rude, according to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigation of the case. The company denied the request, and that, in turn, set off her colorful Facebook flurry. American Medical fired her 23 days later. Continue reading

Billboard Music Awards Set for May 22 in Las Vegas


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This was just posted on Billboard.com:

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 22, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The announcement was made today by Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard. The live broadcast will be co-executive produced by Mr. Beckman and Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions.

“This show marks the first of several broadcast platforms we plan to build around the Billboard franchise,” Beckman said. “We have an incredible network partner and with Don Mischer, one of the finest producers in the world. We look forward to entertaining music fans with Billboard’s own rendition of a televised celebration of music.” Continue reading

83rd Annual Oscar Nominations


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Below is the list of the 83nd Annual Oscar Nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning:

Best Picture
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right ”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3″
“True Grit”
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CELEBRITIES DIE FOR GOOD CAUSE


By AMY WALLACE
Published: November 28, 2010

ON Wednesday, Kim Kardashian is going to die a little. So is her sister, Khloé, not to mention Lady Gaga, David LaChapelle, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Serena Williams and Elijah Wood.
That day is World AIDS Day, and each of these people (as well as a host of others – the list keeps growing) will sacrifice his or her own digital life. By which these celebrities mean they will stop communicating via Twitter and Facebook. They will not be resuscitated, they say, until their fans donate $1 million.

“Dry your eyes, everybody,” Ryan Seacrest, the “American Idol” host and another participant in this cyberstunt, says in a videotaped “Last Tweet and Testament” that will be posted on his Facebook profile – and appended to a final post on Twitter – sometime after midnight on Tuesday night. “I don’t plan to be dead for too long.” He adds, “Please buy back my life.”

“Come on, y’all,” the actress Jennifer Hudson says in a similar videotaped plea. “Buy my life back. Go on a shopping spree and buy as much of it as you can.”
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