Dell buyout deal is reportedly near

The notion of a privately-held Dell, partly owned by Microsoft, is getting closer to reality, according to published reports. A deal in which Microsoft owns a big stake in a PC company shows just how drastically times have changed.

Will Yahoo turn out to be an egg on its buyer’s face?

Silicon Valley is abuzz with rumors of Yahoo and its private equity buyers. And there are many. Whatever comes of these moves, the questions are, can Yahoo be saved? What is the value that can be retrieved? And will it become Waterloo for the P/E folks?

Skype Founders Fight Their Way Into the New Skype

The great Skype legal mess is about to come to an end, thanks to a settlement between  eBay (s EBAY) — and private investors led by Silver Lake Partners — and Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. As part of the deal, the two Skype founders will get 10 percent of the company in exchange for allowing it to use the Global Index technology from their IP company, JoltID. They have an option to pay $83 million for another 3 percent of the new Skype. They will have two board seats on the 23-person board. These details were reported by Kara Swisher on her blog last night. I reported the news of a settlement this past weekend. Since then, more details have emerged that Index Ventures and Michael Volpi were both out of the deal.

Skype CEO Lobbies for Skype on 3G

et_josh_silverman_large.jpgJosh Silverman, chief executive officer of Skype, wants to make sure that his Internet communications service works over the 3G networks of various phone companies including AT&T (s T). He is going to be speaking tomorrow at an event organized by the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., extolling the virtues of an open mobile ecosystem and the importance of apps. The good news is that Silverman will have an audience that will include FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, himself a champion of the open mobile Internet. (Genachowski is a member of GigaOM’s Top 15 Mobile Influencers.) Read More about Skype CEO Lobbies for Skype on 3G

Skype Founders Sue eBay — Big Surprise

Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have sued eBay (s EBAY), the company that acquired their Internet telephony startup and turned them into billionaires. The lawsuit was filed by their company Joltid, which controls the core technology that powers Skype, in U.S. district court in Northern California. A similar battle is going on in a court in London.
The lawsuit clouds the agreed-upon $2 billion sale of Skype that values the Internet communications service at $2.75 billion and is being led by by private equity firm Silver Lake Partners as in addition to eBay, it targets Silver Lake, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and other investors in the deal. And as The New York Times’ Joe Nocera noted in an article earlier this month, eBay is on the hook for half the damages from any legal trouble. Read More about Skype Founders Sue eBay — Big Surprise