Citing "two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions," Reuters reported that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has started talks with Skype, a software application that allows users to make voice calls and chats over the Internet.
The report added that Zuckerberg plans to buy Skype at a price of between $3 billion and $4 billion. But, Skype is more interested to start a joint venture with Facebook, the site which has more than 600 million active users.
Some other reports claimed that the search engine Google is also interested in starting a joint venture with Skype. Reports claimed that Google reportedly started talks with Skype earlier than Facebook.
Anyhow, Skype has not yet revealed its plan to sell out the firm or start an alliance with Facebook or Google. Skype officials rejected to comment by saying the reports as mere rumors and speculations.
It was not the first time we hear Facebook's alliance with Skype. Earlier in Mar 2011, media reported that Facebook plans to start video calling on its platform through Skype. Moreover, the latest Skype 5.0 supports Facebook integration, including the ability to call and text Facebook friends right from Skype.