Facebook unveiled two new features today, Skype-powered video calls and group chats. Facebook software engineer Philip Su says that the “video calling feature would be built into Facebook for every user over the next few weeks, but users looking to start today can do so via the software update download.” Videos after the break.

“Multi-person chat,” as Su called it in his post, has been one of Facebook’s most requested features. “Now when your friends can’t figure out what movie to see, you can just add them to a chat and decide together,” Su said. “To include more friends in your conversation, simply select Add Friends to Chat.”

[via LAtimes]

While the main website may be loading fine, many Skype users have reported that the service is down in most parts of the world — the Middle East and Asia excluded. According to a Skype technician: “We’re having some problems with our sign in server, so you may not be able to sign in to the Skype application or to your account as normal. If you’re already signed in to the Skype application on your computer or mobile phone, you should be able to call/IM/etc as normal.” We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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Feeling the Monday blues? This Skype laughter chain just might put a smile on your face. After all, “LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is one of the most popular acronyms on the web — we all love to communicate, to share and feel part of a community.” Video after the break.