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Bebo Rolls Out bChat ? Chatroulette Sans-Private Parts

Steve O'Hear
TechCrunch.com
Tuesday, December 7, 2010; 3:03 AM

Following on from the recent addition of IM powered by Meebo?s web-based client, Bebo has rolled out a video chat feature called bChat. Think Chatroulette "sans-private parts" was the line given to me (phew!). It's provided by Vchatter, the social video chat service that is already available on Facebook and as a standalone offering, and is part of a wider strategy by Bebo to become relevant again by making its platform more realtime and interactive. And about time too.A quick re-cap: After Bebo sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008, the platform was left to languish, with AOL eventually shutting it down for tax purposes and selling it for about $10m to Criterion Capital Partners. However, as we recently reported, the new team of 20 or so employees (and growing) has already made the site profitable and it?s now coming back in user numbers. Today's news is another sign that the social network has a new spring in its step.

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