Skype five-way video chat added in 5.0 beta

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The Skype 5.0 beta release was launched this week, bringing with it the ability to hold five-way video chat sessions amongst your group of contacts. Much like in an instant messaging conversation, you can now add contacts to chat sessions,…

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Facebook security flaw lets you spy on friends' live chats

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Oh dear. Tips of quite a big security flaw in Facebook starting to trickle in. As detailed in the above video, a newly found flaw in the social network's security procedures means that any user can view the live…

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Microsoft unveil Windows Live Messenger Wave 4

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has lifted the lid on the latest version of Windows Live Messenger, dubbed "Wave 4". Better video chat, photo sharing, social network and cloud integration are top of the agenda in this latest revamp, Ballmer told…

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5 things we greedily still want Spotify to add

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Spotify rolled out a pretty extensive update to it's streaming service this morning. Adding robust social networking features, Spotify now links in with your Facebook account for lightning fast music sharing between your friends, as well as syncing up your…

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YouTube testing real-time chat

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Video-sharing site YouTube has been increasing the ‘social network’ aspects of the site gradually over the years, but it’s just taken a big step towards that by the announcement that it’s testing a social chat layer over videos.

Users will be able to talk to their friends while watching videos, and you’ll be able to see what videos they’re watching. You can also recommend videos in real-time. It’s still a little clunky, but TechCrunch has a full review on their website.

(via TechCrunch)

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GMail adds voice and video chat

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Yet more new features for everyone’s favourite webmail client, Google Mail. This time, the team has enabled video and voice chatting on the service, which joins SMS, OpenID, Calendar and Doc gadgets and emoticon support on the feature list.

Google’s going to be rolling out the new functionality over the course of today, so if you can’t get it yet, then try again a little later. To get to it, you’ll need to install a small plugin, which you can pick up here, and then it’ll appear in the bottom of your chat windows.

Let us know in the comments how it performs on your broadband connection, and how you think it compares to similar services, like Skype.

Google Video Chat (via Official GMail Blog)

Related things Google has added to Gmail recently: SMS | OpenID | Calendar and Doc gadgets | Emoticon support

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