Today’s Deals: Excite Buys Multi-User E-Games Provider

America Online +
Quack.com
, Cisco Systems + PixStream, Digital Bridge +
OTVnet
, Engage + Space Asia Media Limited, [email protected] + pogo.com,
Fly Networks +
ThinCompute.com
, PeopleFirst.com +
giggo.com
, Usinternetworking +
EnableVision











































 [email protected] (ATHM) acquires pogo.com

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
       
Content/Communities

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C+

 



    REDWOOD CITY, Aug. 31–[email protected] and
    pogo.com announced a definitive agreement in which [email protected] will acquire pogo.com, an online games provider for the
    mass market, for an undisclosed amount. The pogo.com multi-user online
    games environment will be leveraged as a key asset of [email protected]’s
    broadband TV initiative, where consumers will be able to play online games
    as part of the advanced TV experience. pogo.com’s commanding position in
    the narrowband online games market will also facilitate the migration of
    consumers to the broadband and set-top platforms.


     

 
































 Cisco Systems (CSCO) to acquire
PixStream

 

  
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Amount:
         $369
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
100% stock

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
       
Speed/Bandwidth

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B+

 



    SAN JOSE, Aug. 31–Cisco Systems
    announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately
    held PixStream of Waterloo, Canada. PixStream is a provider of hardware and
    software solutions to distribute and manage digital video across all types
    of broadband networks. The acquisition supports Cisco’s vision to accelerate broadband
    deployments and build networks that enable service providers to offer data,
    voice and video services to businesses and consumers. Cisco common stock
    worth an aggregate value of approximately $369 million will be exchanged
    for all outstanding shares and options of PixStream.


     

 
































 Engage (ENGA) acquires Space Asia Media
Limited

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
100% stock

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
       
Advertising/Marketing

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B-

 



    ANDOVER, Mass., Aug. 31–Engage , a
    results-oriented online marketing company and majority-owned operating
    company of CMGI , announced it has acquired
    Space Asia Media Limited (Space), a leading independent Internet
    marketing network in Asia, in an all stock transaction. Through its online
    ad network, Space represents 270
    leading Asian Web publishers and serves over 140 million ad impressions per
    month. Space will change its name to Engage Asia. Other terms of the deal
    were not disclosed.


     

 
































 Usinternetworking (USIX) acquires
EnableVision

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        E-commerce
enablers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C+

 



    ANNAPOLIS, Aug. 31–Usinternetworking , an
    Application Service Provider (ASP) delivering e-commerce and enterprise
    software as a service, announced that it has acquired EnableVision,
    a systems integration firm that provides end-to-end Lawson implementation
    services to companies throughout the United States. The acquisition grows
    USinternetworking’s Lawson-specific
    implementation expertise for its total-responsibility iMAP (Internet
    Managed Application Provider) services. Terms of the transaction were not
    disclosed.


     

 
































 PeopleFirst.com to acquire giggo.com

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        Financial
services

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B

 



    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 31–PeopleFirst.com, one of the nation’s
    largest independent online auto loan providers, and giggo.com, a
    division of DaimlerChrysler and an online
    automotive financing site, announced that they have agreed to combine PeopleFirst.com and giggo.com. Under the terms of the
    agreement, PeopleFirst.com will acquire all of the outstanding shares of
    giggo.com from DaimlerChrysler for a 23% common stock equity interest in
    the combined company.


     

 
































 America Online (AOL) acquires
Quack.com

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        ISPs/Access
providers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B

 



    DULLES, Va., Aug. 31–America Online , a
    leading interactive services company, announced its acquisition of
    Quack.com, a voice portal company that uses simple spoken commands
    over a telephone to provide consumers with convenient access to online
    information on subjects like stocks, traffic, weather, movies, and sports.
    Quack.com’s technology will help extend
    the AOL experience beyond the PC, enabling
    its users the ability to turn any wireless or home or office phone into a
    robust AOL access device. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read
    analysis of this deal in Kelly Black’s

    DealTracker.


     

 
































 Digital Bridge (DGBI) acquires
OTVnet

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        E-commerce
enablers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C

 



    BURLINGAME, Aug. 31–Digital Bridge , a
    global e-business Builder, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire
    Online Television Network Services (OTVnet) which designs and
    develops benefits-specific Internet sites for multi-employer union
    pension/health and welfare trusts organizations. Digital Bridge will supply OTVnet with the ‘next generation engine’
    and IT strategy resources required for rapid expansion and growth. Terms of
    the acquisition were not disclosed.


     

 
































 Fly Networks (ULAB) acquires
ThinCompute.com

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
       
Content/Communities

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C+

 



    FORT LAUDERDALE, Aug. 31–Fly Networks, formerly USLab.com
    , announces the acq

    uisition of ThinCompute.com, an
    integrated applications platform for the small and medium sized business
    market. With this acquisition, Fly
    Networks
    , an Internet “Echo Net” of globally branded media properties
    and aggregated content distributed primarily through the World Wide Web,
    will leverage the delivery of ThinCompute’s core technology
    platform that includes a suite of personal and business applications that
    can be accessed over the Internet from any location in the world. Terms of
    the deal were not disclosed.


     

 

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