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Facebook and Google 'separately considering Skype tie-up'

Facebook and Google are considering a team-up with Skype, it has been claimed.

05 May 2011

Facebook and Google are separately considering a tie-up with voice over IP (VOIP) specialist Skype.

This is according to a Reuters report, which cited the comments of two sources close to the issue.

According to the anonymous informants, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about the possibility of such a move during internal discussions.

Similarly, another source claimed the social media giant has already contacted Skype about a joint venture.

Google is also said to have held early-stage talks for a team-up with the VOIP provider, which could be valued at up to $4 billion (£2.2 billion).

"The discussions are in early stages and it is not clear which option the companies favour," two sources told the publication.

A recent blog post on Skype's homepage noted that users of the company's VOIP software can now be used to make free calls to selected business in Canada, thanks to an agreement with the Yellow Pages Group and Marchex.

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