Microsoft Corp.’s online chatting arm, Skype, announced a new joint venture in China after ending its six-year partnership with Li Ka-shing-controlled media conglomerate Tom Group (02383.HK), China Daily reported Tuesday. Skype’s new partner will be GMF, an internet communications company co-created by Founder Group and state-owned newspaper Guangming Daily, the report said. GMF will help Skype build a good relationship with the Chinese government because of its parent companies’ backgrounds, Judd Harcombe, head of Skype’s global market development, was quoted as saying. Details of the partnership deal were not disclosed, the newspaper said.
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