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Google to buy Skype?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Apr 2008 18:53 User comments (4)

Google to buy Skype? Rumors have begun circulating that eBay is actively looking to offload Skype and that search engine giant Google is a willing buyer.
Skype, which was purchased by the auction company in 2005 for $3.1 billion USD, has not shown eBay the growth it expected and now it seems the company would rather get rid of it then continue to try to turn a profit. For fiscal 2007, the VoIP service recorded a decent sized loss which led to the ousting of CEO Niklas Zennstrom.

It is not sure whether Google wants a partnership or to purchase the company, but both eBay and Google refused comment for the time being.

More information as it becomes available.

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4 user comments

14.4.2008 19:30

Not much to say really. I don't really like Skype to much because I have to pay to use the calling service. I didn't know that Ebay owned Skype though.

24.4.2008 20:10

if this keeps up google is going to end up buying everything out.

35.4.2008 0:59
nobrainer
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Great at least google will take the fight to the ISP's on net neutrality and the current flavour to block the p2p protocol that skype utilises.

and everyone thought that p2p blocking was about piracy omg those big telecoms see the potential for a huge fall in revenue if VoIP takes off.


This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Apr 2008 @ 1:00

45.4.2008 15:34

Originally posted by nobrainer:
Great at least google will take the fight to the ISP's on net neutrality and the current flavour to block the p2p protocol that skype utilises.

and everyone thought that p2p blocking was about piracy omg those big telecoms see the potential for a huge fall in revenue if VoIP takes off.
That's a good point. If Comcast and the others keep up their p2p shenanigans, they may have some voip companies join the legal battle against them.

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