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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald