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Subject: [IP] more on query on eBay to Acquire Skype

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: Ip Ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 18:11:01 -0400



Begin forwarded message:

From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: September 12, 2005 4:44:00 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net, 'Ip Ip' <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: RE: [IP] more on query on eBay to Acquire Skype


It's worth remembering that there are a number of alternatives. The good news is that Google seems to be going towards open protocols.

There's also Gizmo (http://www.gizmoproject.com/) which claims to
interoperate with Skype and has an openness (and anti-Microsoft) agenda.
Same for http://www.jajah.com/en/index.asp. I haven't investigated all the
aspects.


Jeff Pulver's Free World Dialup (http://www.pulver.com/fwd/) is another
effort and it too offers interconnect with the PSTN.

And others ...

It's interesting to speculate about the market factors that can challenge
and limits Skype's behavior. I share the concern about being at the mercy
of Skype but want to feel that we have alternatives rather than depending
on their benevolence as nice as they might be.



-----Original Message----- From: David Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net] Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 15:53 To: Ip Ip Subject: [IP] more on query on eBay to Acquire Skype



Begin forwarded message:

From: Gregory Hicks <ghicks@well.com>
Date: September 12, 2005 1:58:02 PM EDT
To: ip@v2.listbox.com, dave@farber.net
Subject: Re: [IP] query on eBay to Acquire Skype
Reply-To: Gregory Hicks <ghicks@well.com>





From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: [IP] query on eBay to Acquire Skype
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 12:47:07 -0400
To: Ip Ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>



Begin forwarded message:

From: Marc <marcaniballi@hotmail.com>
Date: September 12, 2005 12:24:05 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: RE: [IP] eBay to Acquire Skype


Dave;

Can anyone on IP project what sort of US regulatory exposure this
will place upon Skype? I have my suspicions, but I would prefer the
opinions of those more immersed in the field.



Well... Based on eBay's stated &quot;privacy&quot; policy, this will open up pen tracing to LEOs with just a phone call at the least.

At the worst, Skype users will soon be getting new software that allows
LEOs to backdoor skype crypto and get free access to those phone calls
(also based on eBay's stated &quot;privacy policy&quot;...




Marc

-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net]
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 10:44 AM
To: Ip Ip
Subject: [IP] eBay to Acquire Skype



Begin forwarded message:

From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com>
Date: September 12, 2005 7:50:46 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipient:;
Subject: eBay to Acquire Skype



       eBay to Acquire Skype
       - Sep 12, 2005 06:00 AM (BusinessWire)

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005--eBay Inc.
(Nasdaq:EBAY)(

www.ebay.com

) has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based
Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company, for
approximately $2.6 billion in up-front cash and eBay stock, plus
potential performance-based consideration. The acquisition will
strengthen eBay's global marketplace and payments platform, while
opening several new lines of business and creating significant new
monetization opportunities for the company. The deal also represents a
major opportunity for Skype to advance its leadership in Internet
voice communications and offer people worldwide new ways to
communicate in a global online era. Skype, eBay and PayPal will create
an unparalleled ecommerce and communications engine for buyers and
sellers around the world.

..

       - http://finance.lycos.com/home/news/story.asp?story=51709287



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