Tag Archives: eBay Inc

Sideswiped by Skype

By | October 4, 2005

I love Skype and I write about it a lot, because I think it’s a great tool, especially for people in places where phone calls cost a lot. But those places tend to be developing countries where monopolies are powerful. Just those kind of places where credit card fraud is a problem. Like, say, Indonesia. Which is why… Read More »

Skype, PayPal and eBay

By | September 12, 2005

There’s quite a bit that’s interesting in all this Skype/eBay business. I know others have raked over all this before, but now it’s official I’ll weigh in too. The release is quite informative. It says “Skype, eBay and PayPal will create an unparalleled ecommerce and communications engine for buyers and sellers around the world.” How, exactly? Well, “Skype… Read More »

Ebay to buy Skype: It’s Official

By | September 12, 2005

eBay Inc. has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company, for approximately $2.6 billion in up-front cash and eBay stock, plus potential performance-based consideration. Here’s the rest of the release: The acquisition will strengthen eBay’s global marketplace and payments platform, while opening several new lines of business and creating significant new monetization opportunities… Read More »

The Phisher King Goes To Jail

By | June 28, 2005

Another phisher jailed, and another example, if any were needed, of the Russian gravitional pull to such tricks. But there’s a backstory to this that all accounts have ignored. Here’s the meat, first, from The Register: An American who masterminded the UK part of a multi-million pound ID theft scam was yesterday jailed for six years. Douglas Havard,… Read More »

Interview With The Guy Behind The Klips

By | June 10, 2005

In today’s Asian Wall Street Journal and in WSJ.com (subscription only, I’m afraid) I talk about widgets — sometimes called dashboards — as an alternative, or addition, to RSS. Here is the transcript of an email/IM interview I did with Allan Wille, president and CEO of Serence, the company behind Klips: The new Folio looks good. what’s the… Read More »