FORTUNE — Yesterday I took issue with eBay’s claim that its 2009 Skype sale was a “competitive process with multiple bidders including several financial and strategic buyers.” Namely, because I can’t find any evidence that strategic buyers actually submitted bids — in large part due to litigation risks related to Skype’s underlying intellectual property. Instead, the only two formal offers came from a pair of private equity consortia: One led by Silver Lake (which won) and one led by Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis (who lost).
Notice the change there? No longer are “strategic buyers” classified as “bidders.” Instead, the “strategic buyers” now were just contacted about making a bid. Subtle, but important, difference.
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