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Skype founders plan to sue eBay

The founders of Skype are suing eBay and the consortium that recently agreed to buy the internet phone service.

The lawsuit from Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis is over theft of peer-to-peer technology.

The case comes after a consortium, including venture firm Index Ventures, agreed to pay $1.9bn (£1.2bn) to eBay for a 65 per cent stake of Skype.

It also comes after Web TV firm Joost, also owned by Zennstrom and Friis, removed its high-profile chairman Mike Volpi because he joined Index Ventures.