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<div class="quote-block">Microsoft is reported to have closed a $8.5bn (£5bn) deal for the internet phone service Skype, in a deal that has shocked analysts who think it would be a substantial overpayment for the company.<br><br>
The acquisition, which is expected to be announced on Tuesday, would be Microsoft's biggest, ahead the $6bn it paid for online advertising company aQuantive in 2007, and would bring it 660 million users worldwide while giving it a foothold in voice and video communications.</div>
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Read more: <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/10/microsoft-skype-deal-shocks-analysts" target="_blank">Microsoft's $8bn Skype deal shocks analysts</a><br><br>
Does it seem like a wise decision for Microsoft? Does it seem like a good development for users? Is this another evidence that Marx was right in his prediction about the final stages of capitalism in which (freely paraphrased from memory ...) big business is monopolised into super-corporations in order to increase profits even more?
 

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Considering Skype's recent losses, that does seem like an over-payment, but I'd guess MS have plans to revamp Skype into something more profitable than it is now?
 

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Boo. So much for the IPO drama.
 
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