The big news in the tech space over the past couple of days has been the announcement that Skype is being bought by Microsoft for a staggering amount of cash, as in $8.5 Billion. Cash. No stock options or shit, but straight up cash. <a class="postlink" href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/42966897" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.cnbc.com/id/42966897</a> This is for a company that reported a net loss of $7 million last year. There are a ton of reasons being floated as to why MS bought it, and I can see the appeal. Just imagine the integration of Skype with their various products; Windows, Office, XBox, etc. That, and it gets them an entry into the telcom arena with the VOIP to land line infrastructure. FOCUS: Discuss your thoughts on this deal. Good? Bad? Tinfoil hat theories, anyone? ALT-FOCUS: Do you use Skype? Alternatives? Any funny stories? Share your VOIP and web-chat musings.