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IRS Closes Online Sellers Income Tax Loophole

Starting in 2011, all U.S. payment providers including PayPal will be required by the IRS to report sales information about certain merchants to the IRS. Power sellers on eBay and other online selling websites will be impacted by this new...

Is The End of Skype Near?

As you probably heard, Joltid has sued eBay and now the new consortium of buyers, over the P2P licensing rights used in Skype. Brad from the 'Twilight in the Valley of the Nerds' blog emailed me to say he...

Why Did the Skype eBay Marriage Fail?

PC World called me while I'm busy covering all the VoIP news happening at ITEXPO. I took PC World's Jeff Bertolucci call and he interviewed me about the failed Skype eBay marriage. He then quoted my thoughts on eBay selling...

eBay to Launch Skype IPO

It just gets better and better - First, there was the legal fight between Joltid (Niklas Zennstrom) and Skype/eBay that I wrote about. Then the NY Times reported that Skype's founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, were in talks...

Skype in Legal Fight with Joltid over P2P technology

Skype and Joltid Limited are in a legal dispute over Skype's licensing of Jolitid's P2P communication technology. This is news to me, since I thought Skype invented the P2P technology used in Skype. Skype's technology roots are in Kazaa, the...

Speculation that eBay wants to offload Skype

According to The Times of London, rumors are that eBay wants to sell Skype after paying $2.6 billion to acquire Skype back in 2005. I wrote back then a few times that I thought eBay overpaid for Skype. Let's assume...

Sears Wants Your Old Gadgets

Sears is offering VenJuvo's Trade4Credit program to Sears.com shoppers that will allow you to earn Sears store credit in exchange for trading in pre-owned gadgets that have been determined to still hold value.The program, which offers free recycling and shipping,...

Happy 5th Birthday Skype!

Just want to wish Skype a Happy 5th Birthday. Skype has helped make VoIP a household name and has carried more VoIP minutes than any other VoIP software application out there. Well done Skype. I hope you continue to...

What's Wrong with Second-Hand Video Game Sales?

Publishing giant Electronic Arts has said that it's currently trying multiple new business models to help battle the critical problem of second-hand videogame sales. (No problem for me!) While retailers reap the benefits of selling the same product multiple...

News Flash! eBay overpaid for Skype

Well, I am a huge fan of Skype, but I didn't need to be financial analyst to see that eBay overpaid for Skype when they acquired them for nearly $3 billion. Two years ago when the acquisition happened, I wrote,...

Apple iPhone has launch date

According to CNet, the much-anticipated Apple iPhone release is sooner than you think. The CNet article states, "Cingular is confirming that the release date will be June 11. A customer service manager at Cingular (we called 800-947-5096 and were transferred...

Skype allows Paypal payments within client

Skype will soon allow users to send money to other Skype users via PayPal, a popular online payments system -- all from within the Skype client. This was announced by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom during a speech he gave. Both...

Skype Prime Allows Users to Charge for Calls

A beta of the Skype client recently made available allows users to charge for voice and video calls placed to their account through a new service called Skype Prime. eBay-owned Skype has developed Skype Prime to grant users the ability...

Skype tops 500 million downloads

Skype today announced that its software has been downloaded more than 500 million times by users around the world, "extending its mark as one of the most popular free downloads of all time." Yes, well, McDonalds has served more hamburgers...

Who'll Gimme a Price on a Zune?

Remember we blogged earlier this week about the question about Zune's pricing? Well, today much and all kinds of speculation, rumors, innuendoes, viewpoints and blogging about just how much that Zune "in the window" will cost. Maybe Microsoft should sell them all online...

Google interoperates with Skype

The Google Talkabout blog announced Google's plans to interoperate with Skype. In part it states, "Google and eBay have signed an agreement around text-based advertising and "click-to-call" advertising, in which Google Talk and Skype will power voice calls between customers...

The VoIP Clone Wars Have Begun...

Last night Andy tipped me off to GizmoProject introducing their “All Calls Free” program on Thursday. According to Gizmo's site, you can call all of your Gizmo friends for FREE on their landline or mobile phones in 60 Countries. Free...

Skype cracked

VoIPWiki reports that Skype has been cracked. A Chinese company has successfully reverse engineered the Skype protocol. According to the blog post, the company's CEO stated their software will not support Skype’s supernode technology. What this essentially means is that...

Amazon, Google, Yahoo, eBay fight net neutrality with letter to Congress

Internet Titans Amazon, Google, Yahoo, eBay, and IAX/InterActiveCorp joined together in writing a letter to Congressional Senators expressing their concerns about net neutrality. This is a clash of the titans for sure. Congress and the telecom/cable lobbyists on one side...

Skype in eBay - Why wait?

As I mentioned yesterday, Andy speculated that eBay would announce Skype integrated into eBay auctions. I started thinking about this and remembered that eBay already supports HTML code within its auctions, so you could simply add your own Skype button...

Skype finally integrated into eBay?

I just recently ranted about Skype not being integrated into eBay yet, especially considering the billions of dollars eBay spent on purchasing Skype. I wrote, "I think eBay would be smart to start offering Skype integration on the U.S. eBay...

Microsoft Buying eBay?

When you've got as much money in the bank as Microsoft, anything is possible, but I've got to stop and think about today's rumor of Microsoft buying eBay. On one hand, what does this mean; on the other hand, why...

eBay Developers Conference Highlights Skype developer track

I was invited to the attend the fifth annual eBay Developers Conference at the Mandalay Bay on June 10-12, 2006 in Las Vegas. I'm told that at the event, you can meet Skype engineers/staff, learn about the latest APIs, connect...

eBay Global Strategy with Paypal and Skype

Yesterday eBay detailed what was talked about at their annual financial analyst conference in San Jose. A lot of what was detailed is stuff we already know. Skype passed 100 million users, Paypal is integrated with eBay, blah blah blah....

Lots of Gadgets on eBay! (But Can You Guess How Many?)

Had some fun last night and typed in the word "gadget" on eBay. Didn't think that much would come up, but I was shocked to see 3,468 items listed! That's right -- more than 3,000 items had the word "gadget" in the...
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