Facebook may be planning to buy Skype for four billion dollars

by Knowlton Thomas

Inside sources have told Reuters that an acquisition of Skype by Facebook may be very possible.

Skype, once bought by eBay but ultimately returned to its owners, is expected to launch an IPO this year, which would raise roughly $1 billion, according to analysts.

But Facebook may be looking to outright buy the company for $3 to $4 billion, Reuters' sources suggest.


The discussions are in early stages, and it is not clear which option the companies favor, the first two sources said. Although an IPO is still in the cards for the second half of 2011, Skype remains in strategic discussions with other companies, two of the sources said.

Unsurprisingly, neither company has commented on the speculation.

Luxembourg, District de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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