Facebook announced the much-anticipated video chat, along with chatting in groups, both made possible through integration with Skype. Inside Facebook: These features are already live for some users, and the global rollout to the rest of the user base will happen quickly. TechCrunch: The ad hoc group chat lets Facebook users create group chats without first creating a group. One-half of the people on Facebook use groups, and group chat was one of the most widely requested features. TechCrunch: We initially reported that Facebook had reached 750 million users, and founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed Wednesday that the social network had reached the milestone. Inside Facebook: He said the company had declined to announce it earlier because it’s become focused on other metrics, including how actively users are sharing information. CNET: As Google grows ever more powerful in techdom, and Microsoft’s influence slips, the Redmond software giant is building closer and closer ties to Facebook. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: Skype consumer head Neil Stevens explained that Microsoft doesn’t look at Facebook as competition. “Steve Ballmer was as excited about this as anyone was. Skype’s strategy is about endpoints — we want to be as ubiquitous as possible…If we integrate with Microsoft’s assets, that’s great — you can now talk from Microsoft assets into the Facebook network.” Daily Beast: The new deal between Skype and the social network does more than batter Google — it finally turns Facebook from a website into a telecommunications giant. TechCrunch: Zuckerberg punctuated his “awesome” announcement Wednesday by revealing that users are now publicly sharing around 4 billion “things” (status updates, images, etc.) on Facebook per day. AllThingsD: Zuckerberg said repeatedly that apps built on the Facebook platform by third parties and mobile are the two leading drivers of the explosive growth of sharing on Facebook. But instead of apps and mobile — in fact, without any support for apps and mobile — Facebook launched two products that encourage sharing between small groups and individual people.