ADOTAS — As if Google wasn’t big enough, rumors are mounting that eBay is preparing to sell Skype and Google is in play as the buyer.
After John Donahue, its chief executive, described Skype as a “great stand-alone business”. This has led to suggestions that eBay would find it relatively easy to part with Skype, if a substantial bid was made.
Larry Witt, an analyst with MorningStar told the Times: “If someone’s willing to pay the right price, I don’t think [eBay] would have a problem selling it. They will have their own internal projections on how much it’s worth, but I think they made it clear it’s not a core part of their strategy going forward.”
A Google buy would work because of its ambitions in the mobile industry through its new open mobile phone development platform Android, and for eBay – which was recently forced to admit that it had paid too much for Skype.
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