Tech wrap: Facebook, Google mull Skype tie-ups

May 5, 2011

Facebook and Google are separately considering a tie-up with Skype after the Web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. A Skype deal could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion, the first source said.  The discussions are in early stages, and it is not clear which option the companies favor, the first two sources said.

The Internet vigilante group Anonymous denied responsibility for a cyber-attack on Sony’s networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video gamers. “Let’s be clear, we are legion, but it wasn’t us. You are incompetent Sony,” the group Anonymous said on its blog on Thursday.

Sony said the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the first PlayStation phone, is not affected by the massive data breach of PlayStation user accounts.

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Apple released a software update to fix a problem that enabled its mobile devices to collect and store customers’ location data, making good on a promise it made last week. The update, which is available through its iTunes stores and automatically pops up when an iPhone or iPad is synced, said it “contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache.”

Wal-Mart said that it would start selling Amazon’s Kindle at 3,100 of its U.S. stores this week, as Amazon continues to bring the electronic reader into more shops to attract potential buyers.

Antitrust law was inadequate to preserve the openness of the Internet and to allow innovation to flourish, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told a congressional hearing, defending Internet road rules adopted last year. The FCC adopted the contentious Internet order in December, banning service providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from blocking traffic on their networks.

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