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Monday, September 12, 2005
The speculation has come true. eBay Inc. has agreed to acquire Skype Technologies SA. 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, claims the press release announcing the acquisition. Meg sees "Communications at the heart of ecommerce and community and by combining the two leading ecommerce franchises, eBay and PayPal, with the leader in Internet voice communications, ebay will create an extraordinarily powerful environment for business on the Net." One of the fastest growing companies on the Internet, Skype already has 54 million members in 225 countries and territories. Skype is currently adding approximately 150,000 users a day and has created a thriving ecosystem of products, services, developers, and affiliates. Skype is considered the market leader in virtually all countries in which it does business. No wonder in this presence era, in the US market alone, Skype has more users and serves more voice minutes than any other Internet voice communications provider.
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