According to Reuters, officials from Facebook and Google have held talks with Skype to either buy or forming a joint venture with the Luxembourg-based company. These rumours came after Skype decided to delay its Initial Public Offering (IPO).

skype logoAccording to another source:

Discussions are in early stages, and it is not clear which option Skype is favouring at this moment of time. The deal could be valued between $3 billion to $4 billion.

Skype in response to these rumours said:

As a practical matter, we avoid commenting on rumor and speculation.

Google and Facebook have also declined to comment.