News In Brief: Skype, EU, Sun Microsystems, Wimax, Ericsson

Skype’s revenue grew 29% year-on-year to $185 million for the quarter, according to eBay’s Q3 filing. It added another 40 million users to take its total to 521 million. eBay’s income fell 29% to $492 million despite a 6% improvement in sales.

European royalty collection societies and major labels and online music retailers have struck a to develop an EU-wide licensing scheme. The agreement was announced by EU's Competition Commissioner, Neelie Kroes with the group including Nokia, EMI; Universal; consumer advocacy group BEUC; and collection societies SACEM and STIM.
Sun Microsystems plans to eliminate up to 3,000 jobs over the next year as it awaits a takeover by Oracle. Oracle's purchase of Sun is being held up by European antitrust authorities, who are concerned about possible harm to the database software market.
Around 560,000 Wimax subscribers were added worldwide in Q2 – an increase of 16.5% over Q1,according to Maravedis Research.
Zain Nigeria has signed an deal with Nokia Siemens for management and operations and maintenance of its fiber backbone network.
Ericsson will supply Orange Jordan with a 3G network, expected to launch in the first quarter of 2010. In August the carrier paid €47 million (50 million JD) for an exclusive 15-year exclusive license.