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Skype is certainly ahead of the game because of eBay's purchase, especially since it could lead to a lock-in type event. But the purchase by itself does not ensure success.

Aren't you overlooking the fact that even before the eBay purchase, Skype was far and away the VoIP leader in terms of community size?

At least thats what Meg and the rest told us on the conference call.

Also that 'Skyping' is now a verb, much like Googling or blogging or IM'ing. Indicating the leadership power of their brand.

The Fool has waxed eloquent time and again on the enormous value of being first mover and prime brand.

Or is that all baloney?
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