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It is too early to tell, what is going on, but there seems to be rumors floating that Skype and Yahoo are in close contact, and perhaps cooking up a commercial partnership. The reports are based on a post on Jean-Michel’s blog. It might be too […]

It is too early to tell, what is going on, but there seems to be rumors floating that Skype and Yahoo are in close contact, and perhaps cooking up a commercial partnership. The reports are based on a post on Jean-Michel’s blog. It might be too soon for Skype to be cashing out, and I am not sure if Yahoo can justify the big ticket valuation that would be slapped on Skype. There maybe a revenue share deal in the offering! That would make my recent post on Skype, more relevant.

I have a feeling that two companies could be working on ways to get together and make their individual IM/VoIP clients work with each other. Some sources say that Yahoo’s Messenger team has been hyperactive, and is trying to find creative opportunities, so lets not rule out a possibility of an outright purchase. Still given the 41 million downloads, Skype would be a great acqusition for Yahoo, because it could add some significant heft to the Yahoo! Messenger platform. Yahoo has been spending significant amounts of money on turning this into a voice client as well.

The big problem to this deal would be cozy relationship Yahoo enjoys with the baby bells. Skype is public enemy #1 in those circles, and it could mean a big risk for Yahoo which is building itself as media giant of the 21st century. Stay tuned – I am on the trail right now!

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  1. Wow…good catch Om. I always though they b2f (built to flip) for Microsoft. Yahoo seems like a good candidate though.

  2. yeah… surprising move. more to follow

  3. Niall Kennedy Thursday, June 9, 2005

    I know some of the people working on VoIP for Yahoo! Messenger were just contractors and are no longer working on the product. Possibly a Yahoo! VoIP powered by Skype?

  4. Asylum MI news test » Skype, Yahoo in merger talks?Om Malik’s Broadband Blog Friday, June 10, 2005

    [...] ing itself as media giant of the 21st century. Stay tuned – I am on the trail right now! Originally from PubSub: voip

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  5. Micro Persuasion Friday, June 10, 2005

    French Blog Post Sparks Skype/Yahoo Rumor

    A report on a French blog is sparking rumors of a tie-up or merger between Yahoo and Skype, according to Om Malik. Right now the press is quiet on this.

  6. Connected Internet – Broadband, Mobile and Gaming News Blog Friday, June 10, 2005

    Skype and Yahoo in deal rumours

    Rumours are floating around the internet about a potential Skype tie-up
    with Yahoo!  I doubt Yahoo are looking to acquire Skype as that
    would require a ridiculous amount of cash/stock, …

  7. The Blog Factory » Blog Archive » Say it ain’t so Friday, June 10, 2005

    [...] ther Philly post? Say it ain’t so Steve Rubel points to an Om Malik story rumorizing a possible Yahoo purchase of Skype. Skype’s an online [...]

  8. The Blog Factory » Blog Archive » Say it ain’t so Friday, June 10, 2005

    [...] ther Philly post? Say it ain’t so Steve Rubel points to an Om Malik story rumorizing a possible Yahoo purchase of Skype. Skype’s an online [...]

  9. The Blog Factory » Blog Archive » Say it ain’t so Friday, June 10, 2005

    [...] ther Philly post? Say it ain’t so Steve Rubel points to an Om Malik story rumorizing a possible Yahoo purchase of Skype. Skype’s an online [...]

  10. Chris Abraham Friday, June 10, 2005

    Yahoo Buying Skype

    Rumor has it that Yahoo has its eyes on buying my favorite online service (and a service to humanity), Skype….

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