Excite Tables Pogo.com Buy

Plans to acquire pogo.com have been tabled by [email protected]

Last August, [email protected] announced it would buy the online games provider
for an undisclosed sum. At that time, the company reported it was building
on consumer broadband applications in key areas, such as games and music.

Excite already had a 10 percent stake in Pogo.com, and was to make it a
wholly-owned independent subsidiary.

However, pogo.com was unable to meet certain conditions in the transaction so [email protected]
chose not to proceed with the acquisition, according to Alison Bowman, [email protected] spokeswoman.

“Our relationship with pogo.com is ongoing,” she said. “[email protected] is retaining its 10 percent equity investment in pogo.com, and pogo.com will still be our premier provider of games.”

The breakdown in the purchase talks will not result in financial obligations between the two companies, she added.

In related news, [email protected] reports it has met its fourth-quarter goals
of 25 to 30 percent growth in its worldwide broadband subscriber base.

According to Mark McEachen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, the company
ended the year with approximately 2,950,000 subscribers, up from 2,313,000
at the end of the third quarter.

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