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Microsoft buys Skype for 8.5 billion dollars

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Woohoo, we're one step closer to that dreaded day when all our technology becomes homogenized under one corporate overlord. Microsoft has just announced that they plan to purchase Skype for 8.5 billion dollars (petty cash, to them). According to Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer:

“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world… Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

Ah, but he fails to answer that pivotal question: will it still be free? And will the relatively pleasant user experience stay the same? And will it keep its current name or be re-titled "Microsoft Computer Telephone Thing Even Your Grandma Can Use" to lure in older users? I guess we'll all find out soon enough.