Is Google buying Skype off eBay?
, General News
Posted: April 2, 2008 12:53PM
eBay's aquisition of Skype in 2005 ($2.6 billion) is regarded as bad buy ever since by many, but the rumour kitchen of the internet has some interesting news. Google
might be interested in a partnership with Skype, or possibly to buy the whole company. Google said they would not comment on rumours, but they also said that they were interested in any sort of relationship that might be useful for users, advertisers and publishers. And don't forget Google's wallet! Google itself has a Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) client themselves, called Google Talk, which, combined with Skype, could make the effort of Google to move into the mobile sector more successful. Analysts figure that Skype could sell for as much as $6 billion, but Google is not necessarily out to buy the company. They would favor it if Skype was turned into a 'hackable' program that is more developer friendly.