Originally Posted by holymadness
Skype's profits, before it was bought by Microsoft, were ~$250 million per year. Microsoft paid $8.5 billion to acquire it.
Usage is up since last year, but they are deep, deep in the hole on that one.
Ditto aQuantive. They bought it for $6.3 billion, then took a $6.2 billion goodwill impairment charge against it, which is the equivalent of admitting they paid $6.2 billion too much.