"Actually I think Skype will prove to be a good acquisition for eBay," she said, after the host noted that one of her opponents, Steve Poizner, had criticized the move. "You probably read that the company just sold about two thirds of the interest in Skype to an investor group, kept a portion, and got almost all the money back, and I think Skype will be very effective."
GigaOm's Om Malik is skeptical, however, writing, "I commend her for riding the eBay rocket ship, but when it comes to Skype, we all know she blew it... How can she defend overlooking and not buying the JoltID technology from Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis? That decision cost eBay another 5 percent of Skype when the auction giant had to settle with the two co-founders."
In other digital media news:
"We see the ability to skip ads as another form of engagement," said Phil Farhi, product manager at YouTube, who also predicted the site will eventually charge advertisers only for completed viewings of ads.
"Starting today and rolling out over the next few days Bing videos will provide a new unified online video destination that delivers a comprehensive, organized, and high-quality video experience. This change will combine the powerful search experience of Bing, with the expertise of MSN video all into one destination," Bing's Kristin Meldahl wrote in the announcement.
— Erin Barker, Contentinople