According to a Reuters report Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been engaged in internal discussions with Skype about possibly acquiring the video chat service. Google has also held early talks for a joint venture with Skype . A Skype deal could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion . According to their S.1 Skype has 663 million registered users so this would be a great investment for Facebook or Google . All companies involved decline to comment on rumors and speculation.
Word of a partnership between Facebook and Skype has been rumored as far back as September 2010, when multiple sources said the two companies were amping up to announce an extensive partnership involving SMS, voice calls and Facebook Connect. The announcement never came, but Skype 5.0–the company’s latest major software release–did give users the ability to call and text their Facebook friends . Then there’s Google, increasingly seeking to bolster its Google Voice service, which has much more in common with Skype than any offering from Facebook. Skype originally was bought by Ebay Inc. before being spun off to a group of investors.While both Skype and Facebook have massive user communities, neither has put together a business plan the way Google has. Who knows who will be the new owner will be we can hope it will be a good merger for who ever buys Skype and it can be improved to even better standards.
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