Skype, the eBay company, is reportedly on the verge of shutdown due to an ongoing legal battle with its founders.
Recently eBay had said it did not own the underlying technology that powers the service, prompting fears of a shutdown. Though Skype is trying to develop new peer-to-peer technology to replace the code it currently uses, how far would it be successful is still doubtful.
"Skype's business as currently conducted would likely not be possible," eBay said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The filing also said the new software development would be expensive, possibly unsuccessful, and "may result in loss of functionality or customers, even if successful".
If they fail in that attempt, millions of Internet users who use Skype could be forced to find other ways to make phone calls.
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