Webwire: Facebook, Google mull Skype deals; Guinea seizes MTN assets

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Facebook is mulling a $4 billion (€2.7 billion) takeover of Skype, while Google is discussing a joint venture with the VoIP and messaging firm. 
 
The Guinea government has seized the facilities, equipment and assets of MTN's local subsidiary, claiming the operator owes it €15 million for the purchase of the Areeba brand in 2007. 
 
Telecom NZ is accelerating planned capex reductions, cutting spending 25% in 2011, and taken its international voice business off the sale block after no acceptable offers were made. 
 
Canada's Telus beat estimates with a 20% increase in quarterly profit to C$328 million (€233 million), thanks partly to a 44% jump in data revenues. 
 
Cisco plans to streamline its sales, services and engineering departments, and focus on technologies currently driving the growth of networks, as part of a restructure to counter recent disappointing financials. 
 
Nokia plans to introduce a dual-SIM handset in India, and is “on track” to introduce a universal charger capable of working on any mobile phone in 2012.