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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2391 - October 14, 2010 - ISSN 1539-5065    4 of 6

Facebook Does Deals with Skype and Microsoft, and Yahoo May Be in Play

By Ina Steiner
October 14, 2010

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Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting social in a new deal with Facebook - and Facebook users may want to take another look at their privacy settings. Bing will bring searchers' Facebook friends into their search results. Bing will display what a searcher's friends have liked (using Facebook's public like platform) as they navigate through search results in Bing. In addition, Facebook Profile Search on Bing will help searchers "find the people closest to you based on your social connections on Facebook." (Searchers will only see Facebook users who have enabled "public search" in their Facebook profiles.) See more about the partnership between Facebook and Microsoft on this Bing page.

Meanwhile Skype is also integrating with Facebook. Skype users can keep up-to-date and interact with their Facebook News Feed, including posting status updates, commenting, and liking, directly from Skype. The Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines with a few clicks, and Skype users can make free Skype-to-Skype calls to Facebook friends if they are Skype contacts. More information is available in this Skype press release.

In other news, the Wall Street Journal reports that AOL is exploring a deal to acquire Yahoo. One of the scenarios under discussion, according to the newspaper, is a deal in which China's Alibaba Group would buy back Yahoo's roughly 40% stake in Alibaba.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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