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Skype: Well, Yeah $2 Billion Is Low Considering What You Paid for It…

skype_iconjpgAnalysts value Skype at roughly $2 billion. But it seems John Donahoe, CEO of parent company eBay, values it at a bit more than that. Asked to put a price on the Internet telephony business, Donahoe declined, but he said $2 billion is “low.”

And I suppose it is, given that eBay (EBAY) paid $2.6 billion for Skype in October 2005 and subsequently took a $1.43 billion charge on it.

“I think it’s worth a lot and I think the numbers speak for themselves,” he added. “There are not many properties that have that kind of growth.”

EBay plans to spin Skype off in an initial public offering in 2010.


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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