Readers Didn't See Skype Deal
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