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Facebook launches video callingAmazon offers unlimited cloud music storage for a limited time, Motorola's Droid 3 gets an official price and release date from Verizon, and Facebook launches video calling and a host of chat improvements.
It Thursday, July 7, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. Yesterday, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a number of announcements related to the Facebook messaging and chatting platform. The big news is that the social network is partnering with the video conferencing giant Skype. Users will now be able to initiate a video a chat with their friends via their profile pages or the chat window. In addition to chat widget, now displays your friends that you actually Message regularly and now Facebook chat supports group chat as well. Amazon is stepping up its cloud music efforts to compete with Google and Apple. The company announced that for $20 a year, the users will receive unlimited storage based for their MP3 and AAC music files. The offers for unlimited time though, but in comparison, Apple iTunes music match service will only allow users to back up 20009 iTunes songs for 24.99 a year. Additionally, Amazon has a released a Cloud player for the iPad. Spotify, the Popular European music-streaming service has officially announced that it will be launching in the US soon. While the company offered few details about the upcoming service, it does confirm what may happen speculating for months now. Spotify is reportedly in negotiation with the top 4 major record companies to license music in United States. Civilization, the popular PC gaming series that focused on building a nation into a world power is now entering the world of social media gaming in the form of Civilization World. The new game is more social than ever before by forcing gamers to partner with individual players they may not even know. CIV World as it's known will be free initially on Facebook, but the are opportunities to purchase CIV books, which can be spend on virtual resources. Most Mac users have given up on the ability to play Blu-ray disc, but now third party developer Mac go released a new media player called Mac Blu-ray player that promises for Blu-ray support. Users will have to buy a third party Blu-ray drive. The Mac Blu-ray player comes in a free 3-month trial version, but a full license will cost you 39.95. The highly anticipated Motorola Droid 3 finally has an official release date and price. Verizon wireless customers can now purchase the phone for $199 with a 2-year contract on July 14th. The Droid 3 still features the Slide out the QWERTY keyboard that comes with a larger 4-inch screen. The smartphone will run android 2.3 Gingerbread, features a dual core processor, 16 gigabytes of internal memory, and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, but does not support Verizon's 4G LTE service. Those are your headlines for today, I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you just been loaded.