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EBay + Skype + PayPal = ??

EBay chief executive Meg Whitman outlined her latest vision for eBay's future this morning to the 75 or so people who showed up at the glitzy Wynn casino for the company's 11-minute shareholder meeting.

After routinely electing eBay's board of directors, ratifying the selection of an accounting firm and passing an amendment to the company' equity incentive plan, the formal meeting was quickly adjourned to the more interesting presentation from Whitman.

"The power of 3" is the theme of eBay's latest vision, which means the San Jose, Calif.-based firm is trying to find ways to integrate and cross-promote its three main Internet brands--eBay in ecommerce, PayPal in payments and Skype in communications.

"We want to build synergies. . ." Whitman said, " so that one plus one plus one equals a lot more than three."

"I think we have three out of five of the best brands on the Internet today," she said.

By Leslie Walker  |  June 13, 2006; 2:42 PM ET  | Category:  EBay Live , Leslie Walker
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EBay + Skype + PayPal = Super brand. A super brand more powerful than Google.

It think the best way to utilize such power is build synergy.

Posted by: Oluniyi David Ajao | June 14, 2006 5:45 AM

iBasis is a key facilitator of Skype-Out and thus its utility as a telecom alternative/replacement.

Posted by: Spal | June 14, 2006 10:38 AM

Funny, but here on Wall Street 1+1+1=3

Where's the additional value going to come from making a big, slow-moving conglomerate?? Remember the shotgun-wedding that created "Time Warner-AOL"? We had high hopes for them, too.

To be cynical: if the masses put their money in that business, then it'll distract everyone from real value-investments, and that'll leave me with more money and time to invest in something that will actually have a long-term ROI. So, on second thought: let'her ride! ;-)

Posted by: Mi | June 14, 2006 6:11 PM

I have a basic website that I built with FrontPage and I want to begin
selling with Google Checkout. Has anyone tried Mercantec for this?

Posted by: Kimmy22 | July 6, 2006 2:37 PM

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