Reports: Facebook, Google In Talks With Skype

The companies could be considering partnerships or even a buyout

Sources have told Reuters that Facebook and Google are separately considering deals with Skype. The web video company recently delayed its planned IPO.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has been involved in discussions to purchase Skype, said one source, while another source said that Facebook has actively reached out to Skype about forming a joint venture.

Google is also in talks about a partnership with Skype, according to an insider.

While Reuters’ first source thought that Zuckerberg could acquire Skype at a valuation of between $3 billion and $4 billion, the others estimated that Skype’s IPO would be likely to raise closer to $1 billion.

Talks with both Facebook and Google are in early stages, the sources reported, and it’s not yet clear which way Skype is leaning. None of the companies involved in the rumors have been willing to comment.

Despite Skype’s IPO delay, Skype will probably issue an offering in the second half of this year, and is apparently still in talks with other companies.

Skype has already been down this path with a Silicon Valley giant once before: in 2005 eBay purchased the company for $2.5 billion, but never found a strategic fit for it, spinning the company back out again in 2009 to a group led by private investment firm Silver Lake.

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