EBay Building Software to Replace Skype Technology

EBay Inc. is building new software to run its Skype Internet-calling service, a bid to sidestep a licensing dispute with Skype’s founders, who have threatened to take back the underlying technology.The new software will be expensive and might not work, San Jose, California-based EBay said today in a 10-Q regulatory filing. The company said it might have to shut down Skype if the dispute with the founders isn’t resolved.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aY840DkfmyKYAlso see:Skype could be cut off for good over dispute
Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work.EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6735381.eceReport: eBay is building a Frankenskype
eBay wants to spin off telephony service Skype into a separate publicly traded company, but something’s standing in the way: Skype’s founders are threatening to take back some of the technology in the midst of a licensing dispute. The auction giant’s solution, according to a Bloomberg report on Thursday: Build a new one.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10300317-36.htmlShock threat to shut Skype over licensing dispute
eBay says it may have to shut down Skype due to a licensing dispute with the founders of the internet telephony service.The surprise admission puts a cloud over the 40 million active daily users around the world who use Skype for business or to keep in touch with friends and far-flung relatives.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/biz-tech/shock-threat-to-shut-skype-20090731-e3qe.htmlLegal spat pushes Ebay to develop new base for Skype
Ebay has begun developing an alternative to the P2P technology used by Skype as a licensing dispute drags on and threatens to close the popular IP telephony service.Ebay bought Skype in 2005 for about US$2.6 billion but that deal didn’t include the peer-to-peer networking technology on which it runs. That technology is owned by a company called Joltid and licensed to Skype, but the two sides have fallen out over the licensing agreement.

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