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Does Google Heart Skype?

11:30 AM -- Here's a rumor that will whet the appetites of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) gossip fans everywhere.

According to the Guardian Online blog, "PDA," online giant and VOIP fan Google is rumored to have held talks to buy Skype Ltd. from current owner eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) (See Google: Resistance Is Futile....)

That's an interesting piece of scuttlebutt on many levels, not least concerning what kind of price Skype might command these days after being acquired for $2.6 billion first time around. (See EBay Buys Skype for $2.6B and Readers Didn't See Skype Deal.)

That was a price, of course, that eventually came back to haunt eBay. (See EBay: Too Much Hype in Skype.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Gossip Editor, Light Reading

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