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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.
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.
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
SkypeBay done for $4.1 Billion.  —  Update: So the deed is done - $4.1 billion.  EBay will pay $1.3 billion in cash and $1.3 billion in stock for the online communications company.  It will make a further payout of up to $1.5 billion if certain financial targets are met, Reuters reports.
Mark Evans:
Wow! eBay is Really Buying Skype  —  No other way to describe it but as stunning as the rumours about eBay Inc. acquiring Skype turned out to be true.  For a cool $2.6-billion in cash and additional payments based on future performance (which could apparently boost the deal to US$4.1-billion) …
Discussion: The Post Money Value
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?
Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
Skype + eBay = Deal!  $1.3B cash + $1.3 stock + $1.5 earn-out = $4.1B!
Discussion: ben barren
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
End of an Era? eBay to purchase Skype
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Skype/Ebay - the Dominoes are About to Fall - We Are Stardust...
USA Today:
Rebuilt New Orleans could be cutting edge  —  Ugly as she was, Katrina may have given BellSouth a rare opportunity: the chance to turn one of the oldest cities in the USA into a showcase for 21st-century communications.  —  Talk of how New Orleans could look some day may seem fanciful considering …
Mvwood / MikeWo's Musings:
LS800 Review  —  I had previously mentioned that I wanted to purchase a LS800 tablet.....well, my willpower is very week (and my wife is very kind) and so I've had one now for about three weeks.  So far I'm pretty happy with it.  I thought I'd provide a nice summation of my thoughts on the device.
Discussion: The Tablet PCs Weblog
Jon's Radio:
Departure checklist  —  As I was preparing this morning for a couple of conferences, I took a moment to reflect on how my departure checklist has changed.  Things that used to matter a lot — plane tickets, cash — seem unimportant.  But the things that grant access to those things — ID cards — matter more than ever.
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 …

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