Google to Buy Skype from eBay?

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Here’s another interesting rumor from TechCrunch, Google may be acquiring Skype from eBay, which has been very vocal about its displeasure with its Skype acquisition and properly monetizing the communcation monster beyond Paypal payments via SkypeOut.

Skype is a burden to eBay, which made some questionable acquisitions over the past few years, including Skype and StumbleUpon, which have spread the company thin, taking away from its main focus as an Internet marketplace. If eBay can unload their $3.1 billion albatros to Google for a cool $4 to $6 billion, then both parties should walk away pleased with such a deal (Skype brings in $400 million or more a year).

Google of course has Google Talk, which is intertwined with GMail and soon probably with various social projects, and has been playing around with voice recognition at Goog-411.

A merging of GMail and Skype would also probably open up Skype chats to GMail tracking (Skype’s IM is one of the cleanest in the industry) which would lead to Google ‘monitoring’ and monetizing our IM conversations like they do with GMail.

Furthermore, couldn’t you imagine Google giving Vonage a run for their money if they try and introduce Skype into the home as a recession proof alternative to traditional landlines or mobile phones?

From TechCrunch :

That doesn’t mean the team is busy working on a partnership or acquisition of Skype instead of attending the conference. But given that we’ve heard from sources close to the deal that something is happening between the companies, it’s not a stretch, either.

What does Skype bring to the table? Scalable technology and a proven platform in the VOIP, VOIP2POTS and P2P Video, to start – 100 billion VOIP minutes have been logged on Skype to date. At any given time there are 10 million simultaneous users on Skype. Skype is the glue that can pull all the nascent Google products together.

Let’s not forget that eBay and Google announced a partnership for working on the Click to Call platform and somehow integrating that into Skype back in 2006. So there could be something to this rumor.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Chris Blackwell

    This would be an amazing acquisition for Google. I read this yesterday on TechCrunch, but I thought it was another April fools joke 😉

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Well Chris, a lot of those rumors do turn out to be jokes 🙂

  • Pratheep

    Skype + Google! Good.

    I believe if Google acquire Skype, then we will get GSkype for Google’s Android 🙂

    (Call any PC from you mobile – sounds good right?)


  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Totally Pratheep, especially if they ever offer wifi themsleves in major cities!

  • Pratheep

    Yes, I agree!

    But, lets hope for the best 🙂


  • North Carolina Web Design

    One can only hope that Google buys. Sykpe it would be for the better.

    As long as they keep most of the features of Skype as I use a lot of them. But they could incorporate Grand Central with skype which would be nice!

  • Mark O’Neill

    Ah, we’ve been hearing this rumour since the day that eBay bought Skype! I’ll believe it if and when it actually happens.

  • SinghTheLion

    Chris, this can’t be April fool as it came on 2nd…
    do we celebrate April fool all over the month?
    I hope not!

  • Olivier

    Doesn’t sound really realistic… Why would eBay drop Skype?