Skype was perhaps the most promising social network two years ago, but owner eBay failed to capitalize on its potential, Mark Gimein writes. Now, the Internet phone service has a second chance under new private ownership. "Freed of eBay's corporate grasp, it will have a lot more flexibility to offer [its] service ... through a lot of new channels, partnering with Facebook, Google (which once tried to buy Skype), and other big players," he notes.

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