eBay acquired Skype back in 2005 for over 3 billion buckaroos, but apparently it wasn't the best investment. It didn't seem to know what to do with the internet calling company so it did what it knows best and put it up for auction. It is selling 65 per cent of its stake in the company for 1.9 billion dollars to a small group of VC funds. The deal values Skype at $US2.75 billion.
Chances are this acquisition won't impact the day-to-day Skype experience on your computer or phone or pricing. Though here is hoping that the new guys at the helm will figure out ways to make Skype calling available on, you know, in-flight Wi-Fi, AT&T's 3G network and Android phones. [Skype]