Google to acquire Skype from Ebay?

Jason Calacanis, who sold Weblogs to AOL, has revealed on Twit.tv podcast on this week's series (18th February 2008) that Google is seeking to buy Skype for a sum that would leave Ebay with a profit.

Calacanis had direct access to people involved in the transaction business and have been in discussion over a year now.

Ebay paid $2.6 billion for the pioneering VoIP technology company which many considered way too much for an outfit which has yet to turn a profit.

Calacanis did not mention his sources but said that Google was more interested in capturing the estimated 276 million registered Skype users which does not include users of Myspace, with which Skype has a strategic partnership.

Net revenue for Skype in 2007 was around $382 million which equates to roughly 60p a year on each Skype user, a small but growing amount.

Calacanis reckons that Ebay, which has lost its long-serving CEO Meg Whitman, will sell Skype for a profit to Google, giving the search giant a significant foothold in the IM/VoiP market.

Google Talk service only has around 7 million users and Skype may help Google get the upper hand when the first Android mobile phones are launched later this year.

Calacanis also mentioned that Ebay might use Stumbleupon to convince Google to promote Ebay in its organic listings, which are generated by Search Engine position results.