Yahoo Inc. is looking to boost its business in what they believe is the Internet’s next big growth area — voice communications.
Yahoo already has deals with several landline and wireless telephone companies, including SBC Communications, Verizon Communications Inc. and Sprint Corp., for a variety of Web-based services.
For what the future could hold, Yahoo points to its deal with Britain’s BT Group Plc, which sells the BT Communicator — a version of Yahoo’s Messenger that can not only handle voice calls between computers but make and receive telephone calls.
Anyway, some rumours are surfacing about talks between Yahoo and Skype, close enough that maybe even an acquisition is being cooked. Something like this would complicate Yahoo