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Update: Om Malik says:
I don't think, Skype will be the white knight for eBay -- which has been facing executive exodus and general loss of market momentum. I mean, if you can put up a website, and buy Google adwords, you are taking eBay out of the equation. Will Skype help prevent that shift? Not sure, it will.See also my previous post, "Google and eBay pursue sellers".
This is proof the company, which is floundering a bit, is looking for new markets.
Update: Seven months later, Om Malik says that Skype's revenues are not growing as fast as eBay projected and that "I just can't seem to get the hefty $2.6 billion tag out of my mind."
Update: Two years later, Rachel Konrad at the AP reports that "eBay takes $1.43B charge for Skype" and "$900 million will be ... impairment, essentially acknowledg[ing] that San Jose-based eBay, one of the world's largest e-commerce companies, drastically overvalued the $2.6 billion Skype acquisition."