SKYPE ON GOOGLE OR FB?

DATE

02nd April 2011

CATEGORIES

technology, trends

Facebook and Google are slugging it out to see who will own Skype. Skype has completely revolutionized communication in the last few years and over a quarter are its users pay a monthly subscription.  Facebook looks likely to be a more aggressive bet than Google. Talks are still very recent, but a deal could include an outright takeover.  Experts are betting  on Facebook being the buyer since Skype completes Facebook by providing technology it does not have.  It’s a much more valuable asset for Facebook than to Google. Besides, Google already has great voice chat and video capabilities, but buying Skype could get some social-media credibility after it lost out in an attempt to launch Buzz.  Communication is core to what Facebook users do. eBay bought Skype for $3 billion about four years ago then sold it again to a private group. I’m not sure wy they even bought it in the first place, but I think they expected ebay buyers/sellers use it more actively.

 

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