Friday, June 10, 2005

Yipe? Ska-hoo? Ya-hype?

Leonardo Faoro - The VoIP Weblog


According to Om Malik’s gigaom.com blog, there are some serious rumors that Yahoo is in merger or partnership talks with Skype. While I acknowledge that it is every serial entrepeneur’s dream to cash in at the time the fruits of his labor hit maximum ripeness, I’m struggling to envision these rumors as true. I don’t think Skype is really ripe yet, and it seems like Yahoo is headed in a different direction with their own recent SIP developments. But I admit the prospect of an American media power like Yahoo in control of a very promising Bell-replacement technology like Skype is quite a savory idea indeed. Niklas, care to weigh in?
Head over to Engadget to check out the scoop.
UPDATE: I have a link here to the Google-translated page (originally in French) from which these rumors stem. Interesting note on this, the first comment after the posting hits the nail on the head: “It’s too early for Skype’s owners to bail out yet.” So perhaps a co-marketing deal or revenue-sharing deal is in the works…

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