Apparently, the in thing again for tech companies is to drop a few billion dollars to buy other tech companies. On a day when Oraclefor software rival Siebel Systems, auction giant eBay also dug deep and came up with $2.6 billion for VoIP darling Skype. While the Oracle-Siebel deal is a marriage of like-minded souls, the eBay-Skype engagement had many scratching their heads. "It reminds me of the days of the Internet bubble," said Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Forrester Research. "Who buys a company for $2.6 billion anymore that has a miniscule revenue stream?"
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