Tuesday, September 01, 2009

eBayがSkypeを売る?

Mashable:BREAKING: eBay to Announce Deal to Sell Skype
August 31st, 2009 | by Ben Parr19 Comments

eBayが所有しているSkypeの運命は,数カ月の間揺れている.
4月にはeBayがVoIPサービスを始めることになっていた.
しかし今はSkypeは投資家に売りに出されそうになっている.

The fate of eBay-owned Skype has been in question for months now. Back in April, it looked as if eBay was going to spin-off the VoIP service as a publicly traded company. Now we’ve learned that Skype will be sold to private investors.

NYTによると,eBayは明日これを発表するらしい.
その売り出し先はどうも,Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firmのようで,
Netscape創立者Marc Andreessenの会社だ.
まだ開示されてはいないけれど.

According to the New York Times, eBay will announce a deal tomorrow that will send the popular Internet telephone service to an investment group. It seems as if the group includes the newly formed Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, co-founded by Netscape’s founder Marc Andreessen. The deal terms are not yet disclosed.

この譲渡は,eBayとSkype創立者の摩擦によるもので,
Skypeキーであるpeer-to-peer技術を切り捨てようとする者と,
自分たちの会社を再度買い戻そうとするものの戦いだった.
Skypeは商売にもなり得たはずだ..が我々はよくわからない.

This deal comes during a very public battle between eBay and the founders of Skype, who are threatening to cut off one of the key peer-to-peer technologies that power Skype and have expressed interest in rebuying their company. It’s even possible they are also part of the sale – we just don’t know yet.

情報が入り次第また書く.

We’ll bring you more information as it develops.

アップデート:
譲渡先の候補として,
Index Ventures (London venture capital firm, early Skype investor)
Silver Lake Partners (private equity firm)
もある.

Update: Others involved in the deal include Index Ventures (London venture capital firm, early Skype investor) and Silver Lake Partners (private equity firm).

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