eBay is buying Skype, the up-and-coming VoIP player for between $2.6 and $4.1 billion, depending on Skype’s future financial performance.
Very interesting combination. And it looks odd. But, if you compare this with Yahoo’s deal with Alibaba.com, there are actually similarities. In combining Alibaba’s ecommerce platform with Yahoo’s Messenger/Mail/Search capabilities, the new Alibaba entity created China’s first internet player with capabilities in ecommerce, communications, and search. eBay dominates many countries in Auctions, and getting Skype is one step in a possible road to full competition with the likes of Yahoo, MSN, and possibly Google.