Skype Buys Qik

Redwood City, CA-based Qik, which makes software for live two-way video calls that runs on 200 models of smartphones, will be purchased by Luxembourg-based Skype for an undisclosed sum, the two companies announced today. Skype itself been busy extending the two-way video calling capabilities familiar from its Web service to mobile platforms such as the iPhone, and the company said that the Qik acquisition would assist by adding recording, sharing, and storage capabilities, as well as bandwidth optimization techniques for wireless streaming. “Together, Skype and Qik will focus on providing a richer, more integrated experience that will allow people globally to share experiences in real-time video across different platforms, as well as store those moments so they can be viewed anytime later,” said the announcement from Skype, which is still partially owned by eBay. Qik was founded in 2006 and has 60 employees.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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