eBay bets big on Skype

In a $2.6 billion deal, the online auctioneer adds Skype's Net phone service to assets that include Shopping.com and PayPal.

CNET News staff
2 min read
In a deal worth $2.6 billion, online auctioneer eBay has added Skye's Net phone service to assets that include Shopping.com and PayPal.

Bloggers debate impact of Skype acquisition

With rumors now confirmed, bloggers debate the merits of eBay's acquisition and how it could change e-commerce down the road.
September 12, 2005

Commentary: eBay's scary Skype purchase

Skype and its voice services give the auction giant no sustainable advantage in communications or communities, Forrester says.
September 13, 2005

Analysts mixed on eBay's purchase of Skype

Some industry observers praise a "strategically positive" move. Others say entering the nascent Net calling market is risky.
September 12, 2005

eBay to nab Skype for $2.6 billion

Auction site hopes to let consumers discuss transactions in real time. But analysts remain skeptical of the high-price deal.
September 12, 2005

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August 24, 2005

Can Skype beat the hype?

The Net telephony upstart has a cult following, but the challenge is going to be shedding its geeky image.
August 16, 2005

Demystifying VoIP

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August 11, 2005

eBay to buy Shopping.com for $620 million

Auction giant says the deal will enhance its service with comparison shopping capabilities.
June 1, 2005

Skype's VoIP ambitions

newsmaker Not long after Skype's launch in 2003, co-founder Niklas Zennstrom explained why, on the Net, telephony was "just another application."
December 2, 2003