And it may be contained in the end line of the Wall Street Journal report on the deal:
A potential spin-off of the company has been clouded by ongoing intellectual property dispute with Joltid Ltd., a company owned by Skype's founders that has the rights to some of its core technology. Joltid alleged that eBay violated its licensing agreement for the technology and has threatened to end the agreement. EBay asked a U.K. court to find that it isn't in breach of the license, but proceedings could stretch on for months. Meanwhile, eBay said it was undertaking an "expensive" effort to develop a work-around for the Joltid software.I wonder if the deal is contingent upon that work-around?