Facebook set to buy Skype? Zuckerberg reportedly in talks

$4 Billion deal could change the way you communicate

Or is a merger on the cards? Sources conflict on Zuckerberg's plans

The online communication scene could be set for a big shake-up if sources close to Facebook are to be believed. The word on the virtual grape vine is that Facebook is looking into a possible buyout of instant message and video conferencing giant Skype. Apparently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been in talks with Skype for some time.

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If the deal goes through, it would drastically increase Facebook’s stranglehold over web-based services and would also lead to a change in the features offered by the website - most notably, it would be likely to expand and transform Facebook Chat into a fully-fledged IM client.

The deal is said to be worth $3-4 billion (around £2.4 billion), which is considerably higher than Skype’s delayed IPO. The rumour has been challenged by another source, who claims that instead of a full buyout, the two companies could be looking at a merger.

We’re not sure which is more likely, but Skype is remaining tight-lipped, stating: “As a practical matter, we avoid commenting on rumor [sic] and speculation.” Skype’s no stranger to Facebook, as it is; the latest version allows users to view their Facebook feed and call contacts from their Facebook friend list.

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