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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".
eBay to Acquire Skype  —  London, September 12, 2005 - eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY; has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company, for approximately $2.6 billion in up-front cash and eBay stock, plus potential performance-based consideration.
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eBay to nab Skype for $2.6 billion  —  update eBay plans to buy Net telephone provider Skype in a move aimed at boosting its sales volumes and supplying seamless voice communications to its consumers.  —  Company executives said Monday that eBay plans to pay $1.3 billion in cash and $1.3 billion …
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
End of an Era? eBay to purchase Skype  —  So it turns out that the rumors late last week were true. eBay is going to purchase Skype.  —  But one thing the folks at eBay forgot about, is that while money can buy many things, as the Beatles once said, "Money can't buy you love."
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
eBay Buys Skype  —  The last few days were rather quiet on the Skype Hype front.  It seems my first gut reaction about Skype Was right and only over thinking caused a shift.  I still view the Skype team as master marketers who played the game to the fullest and have won with eBay making the acquisition.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
EBay to buy Skype in deal worth $4.1 bln - source
Discussion: Jon Arnold's Blog
Jonathan Krim / Washington Post:
EBay to Buy Skype
Mark Evans:
Wow! eBay is Really Buying Skype
Discussion: The Post Money Value
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Execs: EBay Plans To Keep Skype 'Separate,' For Now
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Times of London:
New legal threat to Google over GMail  —  Google, the internet search engine, is facing a renewed threat of legal action from a company that claims to own the intellectual property rights to its GMail e-mail service.  —  Independent International Investment Research, a British company …
Mike / Techdirt:
Apparently Free Text Ads Not Enough To Calm UK Firm That Used The G-mail Name
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Note to Mary Jo: Sparkle is no Flash killer  —  Mary Jo Foley gives her predictions of what's coming at the PDC: More Developers, More Developers, More Developers!  —  One thing I gotta correct.  I used to think that Sparkle was a Flash killer.  Hey, that was good hype cause that team hired …
Discussion: JD on MX
Mary Jo Foley /   More Developers, More Developers, More Developers!
Part I: 64-bit vs. 32-bit Windows  —  Windows XP Professional x64 edition is clearly not a mainstream product.  For example, though you can order Dell Dimension XPS models with XP X64 installed, Dell gives you this rather dire warning when you try to buy a system with the OS installed:
Discussion: TechSpot
Gizmodo, The Gadget blog:
Frog Design Mind  —  [Eds.  Note: Even if you have never heard of frog design, you are undoubtedly familiar with the company's enormously influential design work—the Sony Trinitron TV, Logitech's QuickCam Fusion, AT&T's first digital answering machine, the Apple IIC and NeXT Box.
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog
PC World:
Sun Unveils New Servers  —  Trio of Sun Fire systems are first of 'Galaxy' class machines aimed at financial industry.  —  Sun Microsystems is expected to unveil the first members of its long-awaited "industry-standard" 64-bit server family at its quarterly product rollout in New York City Monday.
Discussion: and Slashdot

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