Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 08:19 UTC, submitted by porcel
Microsoft So, the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. The Wall Street Journal reports - and it has been confirmed - that Microsoft and Skype will announce today that Redmond will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. That's a lot of money for a company that hasn't ever actually made any profits. Update: and it's official: yay on Skype on the Xbox360 and Windows Phone, and this: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Let's hope this includes Linux.
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I have a friend who works as a CSM in our local AT&T call center. He advised me to try out Virgin Mobile if I don't want to get swallowed up by AT&T next March. I'm definitely staying away from Verizon; as much as I loathe AT&T I hate Verizon even more. Sprint (parent of Virgin Mobile in the US) has decent coverage in my area so I should be good to go.

I figure by the end of the summer I can afford to break out of my contracts and spend the $200 for a Virgin Mobile Android phone that is more capable than my Cliq, and recoup some of the money by selling off my old devices (Cliq, Blackberry Curve and Nokia Nuron). I'll also be paying about $100 less for the actual monthly service.

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