Skype Attracts Big Name Interest


Skype is reportedly considering separate tie-in deals with both Facebook and Google.

Facebook has expressed interest in buying Skype or forming a joint venture with the company. This would allow Facebook to offer video chat.

Google is also interested in working with Skype to offer its users some kind of video conferencing service. Such deals could be worth around $4 billion to Skype.

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Facebook and Google are separately considering a tie-up with Skype after the web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been involved in internal discussions about buying Skype, according to one of the sources. Another source said Facebook had reached out to the Luxembourg-based company about forming a joint venture.

Google has also held early talks for a joint venture with Skype, the second source said.

Written by Nadia Damouni and Clare Baldwin, May 4th 2011.

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