Will Mark Zuckerberg Violate Your Skype Privacy Before the Feds Can?

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Sept. 30 2010 11:07 AM

Will Mark Zuckerberg Violate Your Skype Privacy Before the Feds Can?

The most and least annoying providers of ubiquitous free services on the Internet are teaming up , according to All Things Digital:

[A]ccording 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.

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So continues Facebook's campaign to make anything you do online, even the stuff people used to do just fine without Facebook, into a Facebook activity (Including commenting on Slate!). For some reason, All Things Digital concludes this is "a big win for the Luxembourg-based Skype, which is currently readying a public offering." Because Skype needs a popular site like Facebook, with its 500 million users, to supplement its own base of...560 million users?

Still, it's good news for law-enforcement officials, who have been counting on Congress to make it easier to wiretap your Skype calls . Once Skype gets spilled all over Facebook, they might not have to bother .

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.