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Skype Acquires Video Conferencing Startup Qik

Skype has announced the acquisition of Qik, a company offering technology to record and stream video to mobile devices and PCs.

The acquisition should allow the VoIP company to further strengthen its position in the video calling and conferencing market.

Qik's technology allows users to capture and share videos on mobile devices. The company already offers apps for Android, iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile. Users are also given the opportunity to share the videos as they are being recorded.

The companies said in a joint statement: “Both Skype and Qik have a common purpose of enriching communications and sharing with video, across any device. The acquisition of Qik helps accelerate Skype’s leadership in video by adding recording, sharing, and storing capabilities to Skype’s product portfolio.”

Skype has also made the news for making its service available on a wide range of connected TVs and Blu-Ray players.