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article imageFacebook and Skype in partnership talks

By Andrew John     Sep 30, 2010 in Technology
The communications network Skype is reported to be in talks with the online social-networking site Facebook to form a partnership.
According to the Independent, Facebook users would be able to sign into Skype with their Facebook accounts.
The idea is that, once a user is signed into their Facebook page, they would be able to use the Skype technology to send text messages and engage in voice chat.
These integrated functions are said to be built into Skype’s 5.0 version, which is due for release soon.
TechRadar.com adds: “Reuters claims that Mark Zuckerberg’s social-networking website Facebook is in talks with the VoIP-provider, looking at ways of integrating their services.”
And the techie blog Übergizmo says the Web is buzzing with the news, adding: “It sounds to us like Skype would send data to Facebook, which would act like a gatekeeper and postal office to deliver the data, but that’s just speculation. It has been suggested that voice and video would also be integrated somehow, down the road. This is convenient for Facebook, but it’s absolutely great for Skype. We wonder what the terms are because Facebook has such an upper-hand in the negotiation. Let’s wait and see.”
Facebook Connect
The New York Post adds to the story: “A tie-up would add a deeper layer to Facebook’s growing social network offering. Skype is a software that allows for free calls, about 40 percent of which are accompanied with video.
“Such a deal also would enhance Facebook Connect, the next iteration of the social-networking business, which allows users to share off-site material – like YouTube videos or news articles – with other Facebook friends.”
It would come as a boost to Luxembourg-based Skype, says the paper, if the deal goes ahead, because it’s competing with Gmail video chat and the Gmail phone service.
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