John Paczkowski

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eBay: Take My Skype…Please

“Skype is a great standalone business.”

That’s how CEO John Donahoe described eBay’s anomalous Internet telephony unit during the company’s recent earnings call, and that remark is being interpreted by some as a signal that the online auctioneer is looking to unload it.

And, frankly, that wouldn’t be a bad idea, considering that eBay (EBAY) hasn’t yet really managed much integration between its auction Web site and the Skype voice service–certainly not enough to justify its hefty $2.6 billion investment and the write-downs that followed it. Even eBay has admitted as much: “I think we are now confident that the synergies between Skype and the other parts of our portfolio are minimal,” said Donahoe, generously adding that the division is “not a distraction currently.”

So, while eBay’s leadership isn’t saying anything about a Skype divestiture, it has clearly opened the door to one. Said Morningstar analyst Larry Witt, “If someone’s willing to pay the right price, I don’t think [eBay] would have a problem selling it.”

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik