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Anonymous
September 12, 2005 5:29:41 PM

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eBay to buy Skype in $2.6bn deal

Online auction site eBay has agreed to buy internet telephone company Skype
Technologies in a $2.6bn (£1.4bn) deal.
eBay said it would pay half the amount in cash and the other half in stocks
to create "an unparalleled e-commerce and communications engine".

Skype's software lets PC users talk to each other for free and make
cut-price calls to mobiles and landlines.

Other players in the online phone market include computer giants such as
Google, Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo.

Google recently launched its Talk service, while Microsoft purchased leading
player Teleo for an undisclosed sum.

Technology used by Skype, and rivals such as Vonage, converts phone
conversations into packets of data and transmits them down the same wires
used to surf the internet.

'Powerful environment'

"Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community," said eBay
chief executive Meg Whitman.

"By combining the two leading e-commerce franchises, eBay and PayPal, with
the leader in internet voice communications, we will create an
extraordinarily powerful environment for business on the net."


The company said the move would "strengthen eBay's global marketplace and
payments platform, while opening several new lines of business".

Skype chief executive Niklas Zennstrom, who will join eBay's senior
management team, said the deal would help "revolutionise the ease with which
people can communicate through the internet".

Using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, computer users can talk
to each other via a headset or microphone and speakers.

Cheap calls to landlines and mobile phones are also possible. Some systems
allow users to plug their traditional phones into a desktop box that allows
them to make VoIP calls.

Growth market?

Skype has 53 million registered users and says more than two million people
are using its software at any given moment.

Since it was introduced in 2003, the free program has been downloaded more
than 151 million times.

The company does not release earnings figures.

Vonage, the largest internet phone company, has nearly one million
subscribers who pay a monthly fee of $25 to use it.

eBay has been buying up firms - including payment system PayPal - in an
effort to increase the number of services it offers consumers and keep its
profits growing.

Media reports have speculated that as well as looking to tap into the
growing internet phone market, eBay is also attracted by the idea of letting
its buyers and sellers talk to each other via their computers.


Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/business/4237338....

Published: 2005/09/12 11:33:06 GMT
Anonymous
September 12, 2005 11:07:17 PM

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Vox Humana wrote:

> eBay to buy Skype in $2.6bn deal

> Online auction site eBay has agreed to buy internet telephone company
> Skype
> Technologies in a $2.6bn (£1.4bn) deal.
> eBay said it would pay half the amount in cash and the other half in
> stocks
> to create "an unparalleled e-commerce and communications
> engine".

Great news! We can now bid on Skype-out minutes.
Just kidding.

This is definitely going to re-shape the VoIP landscape.

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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 10:11:41 AM

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Probably not a bad move, but man is it hard for me to really see the gain
from buying a company like that for $2.6 bil. Obviously (to me) voip is
going to be huge, buying skype is surely to cut out the competition as it
sure doesn't seem like it would take that much money to build a company with
the same technical capabilities. Who would have thought ebay would be what
it is today, I sure didn't see it becoming THIS big.

Now they have to do something about google and their interest in voip.
Aren't they scheming something up?

--Dan

"Vox Humana" <vhumana@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> eBay to buy Skype in $2.6bn deal
>
> Online auction site eBay has agreed to buy internet telephone company
> Skype
> Technologies in a $2.6bn (£1.4bn) deal.
> eBay said it would pay half the amount in cash and the other half in
> stocks
> to create "an unparalleled e-commerce and communications engine".
>
> Skype's software lets PC users talk to each other for free and make
> cut-price calls to mobiles and landlines.
Anonymous
September 15, 2005 5:40:56 PM

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dg wrote:

> Probably not a bad move, but man is it hard for me to really see the gain
> from buying a company like that for $2.6 bil. Obviously (to me) voip is
> going to be huge, buying skype is surely to cut out the competition as it
> sure doesn't seem like it would take that much money to build a company
> with
> the same technical capabilities. Who would have thought ebay would be

Maybe to repeat the Skype success takes good luck also :-)
Some wrong decisions here and there - and you are number 2 and out.
Or trapped in a small niche.

The train may have left....

reinert



> what it is today, I sure didn't see it becoming THIS big.
>
> Now they have to do something about google and their interest in voip.
> Aren't they scheming something up?
>
> --Dan
>
> "Vox Humana" <vhumana@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:9pfVe.15833$uD6.13662@tornado.ohiordc.rr.com...
>>
>> eBay to buy Skype in $2.6bn deal
>>
>> Online auction site eBay has agreed to buy internet telephone company
>> Skype
>> Technologies in a $2.6bn (£1.4bn) deal.
>> eBay said it would pay half the amount in cash and the other half in
>> stocks
>> to create "an unparalleled e-commerce and communications engine".
>>
>> Skype's software lets PC users talk to each other for free and make
>> cut-price calls to mobiles and landlines.
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