Report: Facebook and Skype to Team Up

By Alexis C. Madrigal

Kara Swisher reports that Facebook and Skype may have a deal that will subtly reshape their respective services. The latest version of Skype will integrate your Facebook friends into its callmaking system while Facebook will integrate Skype's voice, video and text messaging services.

According to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect.

The move by the pair-which have tested small contact importer integrations before-is a natural one for the social networking giant, which is aiming to be the central communications and messaging platform for its users, across a range of media.

Facebook's goal, according to sources: To mesh communications and community more tightly together and add more tools to allow users to do so.

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