RealTime IT News Acquires TCOM Inc.

Internet messaging services company Inc. has acquired TCOM Inc., a software technology development firm, in a cash and stock transaction.

TCOM, which specializes in the design of carrier class applications for the telecommunications and computer telephony industries, will expand's technical expertise in delivering Internet messaging services, the company said.

Financial specifics were not disclosed. Founded in 1989, TCOM has focused on delivering applications to zero downtime specifications for a diverse set of telecom infrastructures. Its customers include AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Hewlett Packard, Samsung and Siemens.

"This acquisition expands's capabilities to rapidly deliver next generation products and services into the Internet messaging marketplace," said Gerald Gorman, chairman and chief executive officer of serves the consumer market through the flagship site,, and via 40 partner Web sites such as NBC, Time Warner, CBS SportsLine, CNET, Standard & Poor's and