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Submission + - Microsoft to purchase Skype (allthingsd.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in with an assumption of the Luxembourg-based company’s debt.

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But, sources said, the concept is bigger than just money, including getting access to Skype’s 663 million registered users.

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Submission + - The Pirate Bay is sold, and on its way to legality (pcpro.co.uk) 1

MattSparkes writes: "A Swedish software firm is buying The Pirate Bay and turning it into a legal business. Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) has also bought peer-to-peer research firm Peerialism. The two purchases are expected to form the basis of a new, legal download service. It's a bold move, especially as it comes in the same week that the four founders of The Pirate Bay had their application for a retrial rejected by a Swedish court."

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