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On today's edition of "MarketFoolery," the daily conversation from The Motley Fool, we discuss the following topics:

Now that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) has spent $8.5 billion, what does it plan to actually do with Skype? Can it really (and profitably) integrate Skype into things like its Xbox and Windows systems? Or is Microsoft's biggest acquisition about to become its most expensive mistake? Our analysts weigh in.

Is anyone surprised that Greece is angling for another financial bailout? What's next for the EU and the future of the euro?

Yes it's true, there's actually a bidding war going on in the rental car industry. Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE: HTZ  ) increased its offer to buy Dollar Thrifty (NYSE: DTG  ) , topping the latest bid by Avis (NYSE: CAR  ) . After discussing the industry, our analysts share their most memorable rental car experiences.

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Chris Hill owns shares of Microsoft. Microsoft is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on Microsoft. The Fool owns shares of Hertz Global Holdings, and Microsoft. Alpha Newsletter Account, LLC owns shares of Microsoft. 

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  • Report this Comment On May 10, 2011, at 9:36 PM, louchios50 wrote:

    msft has always taken existing tech and ideas and made better and useful ideas of them, they have good fundamentals and the technicals look ok. skype will be a catalyst, and I'm looking foward to see what gets produced, bought 400 shares and I'm willing to wait and see what happens.

  • Report this Comment On May 11, 2011, at 4:16 AM, kariku wrote:

    also thinking on buying now

  • Report this Comment On June 11, 2011, at 5:47 AM, DQCs wrote:

    Microsoft partnering with Skype may change the landscape of communications. A picture is worth a thousand words unless you cannot hear. A thousand words make a beautiful picture unless you've never seen a sunrise. With Skype and Bill Gates, those barriers will disintegrate. A smarter internet with further partnerships, cooperation for the greater good, and innovation will propel Microsoft into a stable future. The rest will follow.

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