Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

Adam C. Engst, TiDBITS, May 10, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Microsoft is (*yawn*) buying Skype for $8.5 Billion. "The acquisition makes sense from many perspectives, since Skype had never figured out a sustainable business model, and Skype's primary asset - its best-of-class technology for voice and video calls - fits well into the technology portfolio of a large company that can utilize it in numerous products and services." More from Skype Blog.
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