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Readers Didn't See Skype Deal

Turns out the rumors were right all along. EBay has agreed to buy Skype in a deal worth an initial $2.6 billion, but potentially worth $4.1 billion (see EBay Buys Skype for $2.6B).

But those kind folks who took Light Reading's online poll -- Fool's Auction? -- from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12 were overwhelmingly against the idea that eBay and Skype were a match made in IP heaven.

In fact, 76 percent of the poll's takers said eBay was not the right place for Skype's technology.

Sixty-eight percent of our poll takers felt that, if the offers were the same, Skype would have chosen Google over eBay. But more than a quarter -- 26 percent -- said that Skype would have chosen "neither" suitor.

The most overwhelming opinion of all had to do with the subject of Skype's worth. A full 89 percent of the poll takers said Skype is not worth $2 billion. And that's after a previous poll -- Skype Hype -- established that a decent-sized section of our audience felt that Skype was definitely not worth $3 billion.

Skype, however, had the last laugh.

But that doesn't mean we're done picking the brains of our esteemed Light Readers.

A new poll debuting today seeks to find out just what the man-on-the-street reaction is to the eBay-Skype transaction.

Is ebay wasting its money? Will the acquisition pay for itself in less than a decade? Did eBay really buy Skype because Google didn't offer enough money?

You tell us, dear readers. The new poll -- Skype: Worth It? -- will be live for one week.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

turing 12/5/2012 | 3:02:12 AM
re: Readers Didn't See Skype Deal As any salesman will tell you, something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. But as any good auctioneer will tell you, somethings are worth more than that.

If the auction-site Ebay was in a bidding war for skype and that's what drove their price so high, it is the ultimate irony.
gadfly 12/5/2012 | 3:02:06 AM
re: Readers Didn't See Skype Deal Meg rocks your world !!
Horay for Meg.
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