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Ebay set to seal Skype deal for over $2.6bn  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and James Politi in New York  —  Ebay was in the final stages late on Sunday night of sealing an agreement to buy Skype, the fast-growing provider of voice calls over the internet, for more than $2.6bn, according to a person close to the situation.
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and Software Only
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
Here Comes the eBay Announcement...  Just got a notice from eBay of an "investor conference call" at 5 a.m. Pacific time, on an announcement to be made two hours earlier.  Very unusual practice for eBay.  I don't know for sure, but who wouldn't guess that eBay's buying Skype after all?
Luis F. Escalante /
eBay Buys Skype for $4.1 Billion  —  eBay's creates one-click trust between buyers and sellers.  —  According to a BusinessWeek article, eBay will be holding an "investors conference call" at 5am PST for an announcement to be made 2 hours before.  Since the eBay, Skype talks began early last week …
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Chat From the War Zone  —  With the hiring of blogger-journalist Kevin Sites, Yahoo is set to compete with TV news.  —  Yahoo Inc. has been talking like a major media company.  Today it will start acting like one.  —  Ten months after Lloyd Braun, former chairman of the ABC television network …
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Less Plaque, More Action Films  —  Leaning back in the dentist's chair with a drill whirring in the background represents, for most people, one of life's more agitating experiences.  —  For patients of Dr. Bruce Bothwell, however, such moments simply provide a chance to watch the opening credits.
Skype Leads the VoIP Pack  —  Waterloo, Ontario; August 9, 2005 - New research from intelligent broadband network equipment maker, Sandvine reveals that Skype is leading the VoIP provider pack in North America.  —  2004 was termed the 'year of VoIP rollouts' and the first half of 2005 has seen explosive consumer adoption.
Cliffreeves / Most of the time:
Adesso Systems  —  I've been impressed and intrigued by Adesso Systems' potential for maybe a couple of years now.  They are so reminsiscent of the best of Lotus Notes ... but based on a relational data store and focused on the application model and infrastructure.
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Adriaan / chaotic intransient prose bursts:
Yahoo! goes hard gay  —  Here's a 7-minute capture from a Japanese variety program.  I thought this seems interesting enough to put online, given that it involves Yahoo!.  The story-line of this sketch is as follows: A character called "Hard Gay" (by comedian Masaki Sumitani aka "Lazer Ramon" …
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Xbox 360: The most hack-proof console ever?  —  Going out of your way to boast about how hack-proof your next product is going to be is probably the only surefire way to get an army of hackers on your ass, but Xbox engineer Chris Satchell declared in an interview with BBC News that the Xbox 360 …
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