• Andreessen On Skype: "This Is One Of The Most Important Companies On the Internet."

    Earlier this morning, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis settled their lawsuits with eBay and a syndicate of investors in return for a 14 percent stake in the company they founded. The lawsuits were complicating the spin-off of Skype from eBay because the Skype founders still controlled the service’s underlying peer-to-peer technology. In an interview with me this morning, Marc… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Beats Skype In Escaping EBay's Clutches

    Back in September, we reported that eBay was attempting to sell off StumbleUpon, the website recommendation service it bought for $75 million in 2007. That didn’t happen. And now the company has been spun off to start life over as an independent startup, backed by new investors and the original founders. The new company is led by co-founder Garrett Camp, who now steps into the CEO role. Read More

  • EBay integrates Skype into auctions

    After months of anticipation, eBay announced tonight its pilot integration of Skype, the internet telephony giant it acquired last September for approximately $4.1 billion. The announcement was made tonight at eBay Live!, eBay’s annual community conference. Beginning June 19th, US eBay sellers will have the option of adding a SkypeMe button to individual item listings in 14 select… Read More