Today’s Deals: Trilogy Picks Off pcOrder.com for $6.375/share

Answers.com +
KnowItAll
, Appraisal.com + Day One, BabyPressConference.com + Urbanbaby.com, ConnectivCorp +
Sexual Health Magazine, advicecenter.com
, DWL +
IPMeeting.com
, eHotHouse + InSys
Technology
, GeeWhizUSA.com +
HotBeads.com
, Open Text + Bluebird
Systems
, Transaction Systems + MessagingDirect, Trilogy Software + pcOrder.com,
VeriSign +
GreatDomains.com
, Vicinity + NetCreate







































 Transaction Systems (TSAI) to acquire
MessagingDirect

 

  
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Amount:
         $53
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
3.3 million shares

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        E-commerce
enablers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B

 



    OMAHA,

    Neb., Oct. 24–Transaction Systems Architects , a global provider of enterprise e-payments and e-commerce
    software, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire
    MessagingDirect, a company based in Edmonton, Canada, in an
    all-stock transaction. Combining MessagingDirect’s secure document
    delivery and e-processing technology with TSA’s proven e-payments solutions and
    expertise will allow us to provide an end-to-end software solution in this
    exciting new market.Transaction Systems will acquire all of the issued and
    outstanding securities of MessagingDirect in exchange for approximately 3.3
    million shares of Transaction Systems’ Class A Common Stock.


     

 
































 Vicinity (VCNT) acquires NetCreate

 

  
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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:
       
Consultants/Designers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C+

 



    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 25–Vicinity
    announced its acquisition of NetCreate Systems, a privately-held
    company. Vicinity, a provider of
    infrastructure marketing services for Global 2000 companies on Internet and
    wireless platforms, will integrate NetCreate’s award-winning Web solutions
    for distributed organizations and its advanced online Web generator
    technology into Vicinity’s SiteMaker offering. Terms of the acqui

    sition
    were not disclosed.


     

 
































 Trilogy Software to acquire pcOrder.com
(PCOR)

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
100% cash

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        Performance
software

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B-

 



    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25–Trilogy Software and
    pcOrder.com jointly announced that they have
    signed a definitive merger agreement under which Trilogy will commence a cash tender offer
    to acquire all of pcOrder’s common
    stock at a price of $6.375 per share. Trilogy currently owns all of
    pcOrder’s outstanding Class B common stock, which represents 62.5% of
    pcOrder’s outstanding common stock. Trilogy is a provider of software
    driving the e-commerce transformation of Global 2000 companies, while
    pcOrder provides business-to-business software applications, content and
    related services that are designed to move the computer industry to the
    Web.


     

 































 VeriSign (VRSN) acquires
GreatDomains.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:
        Internet
services

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B

 



    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Oct. 25–VeriSign , a
    provider of Internet trust services, announced the acquisition of Los
    Angeles-based GreatDomains.com, a worldwide provider of services in
    the secondary domain name market. The addition of GreatDomains to the VeriSign family will extend the
    company’s leadership in providing comprehensive Web identity services to
    businesses of all sizes looking to establish, extend and protect their
    presence on the Internet. GreatDomains’ third party domain name inventory
    will be integrated into the purchase process for domain names found at www.networksolutions.com thereby
    allowing prospective customers to search for domain names in the primary
    and secondary markets at the same time.


     

 













  
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Terms:
           
n/a




















 Open Text (OTEX) acquires Bluebird
Systems

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 
 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
        Performance
software

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B-

 



    CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 25–Open Text , a
    worldwide provider of collaborative commerce software for e-business,
    announced the acquisition of Bluebird Systems of Carlsbad,
    California. Bluebird is a specialist
    in the delivery of solutions for PeopleSoft applications such as Human
    Resources, Accounts Payable and Expense Reporting. Bluebird’ s strengths in
    PeopleSoft integration along with its understanding of real world commerce
    interactions is expected to offer Open
    Text
    customers the most comprehensive and robust enterprise
    collaborative-commerce solution available on the market.


     

 
































 eHotHouse to acquire InSys Technology

 

  
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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:
       
Consultants/Designers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C

 



    NEW YORK, Oct. 25–eHotHouse, an interdisciplinary
    professional e-services firm focusing on e-commerce strategy, application
    systems integration and marketing services that was formed by Change
    Technology Partners
    in September 2000, announced
    that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire InSys
    Technology
    of Somerset, New Jersey, a privately-held information
    systems consulting firm specializing in the development of customized
    Extranet and Internet applications. The acquisition of InSys furthers eHotHouse’s efforts to offer its
    clients a broad menu of professional services to enable companies to
    successfully navigate the challenges of the new knowledge-based economy.


     

 































 GeeWhizUSA.com and HotBeads.com to
merge

 

  
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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-tailers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      D

 



    HOUSTON, Oct. 25–iVG announced that its
    subsidiary GeewhizUSA.com, and
    WTMG, LLC which operates HotBeads.com, will finalize their LOI as
    a merger of interests. The newly merged entity will retain the GeeWhiz name
    and HotBeads(TM), the product, will become a product line of GeeWhiz, which
    is creating the first centralized B2B e-commerce marketplace for the highly
    fragmented $34 billion promotional products and specialty gifts industry
    and brings together the world’s customers, distributors, merchandisers,
    concessionaires and resellers to meet and transact on-line. Terms to be
    disclosed immediately upon closing.


     

 
































 ConnectivCorp (COTV) acquires Sexual Health
Magazine, advicecenter.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:
      D

 



    NEW YORK, Oct. 25–ConnectivCorp announced
    that it had acqui

    red the assets of Sexual Health Magazine, including
    the rights to the acclaimed Sexual Health Magazine, and Herpes Advice
    Center, including the sexual health web site advicecenter.com. The acquisition of
    Sexual Health Magazine and advicecenter.com will help to catapult ConnectivHealth’s under-development
    SexHealth.com Web site into the forefront of online sexual health
    information. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


     

 
































 BabyPressConference.com acquires
Urbanbaby.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+

 



    NEW YORK, Oct. 25–BabyPressConference.com, the only online
    hospital maternity service that allows parents to introduce their newborns
    to family and friends via live, full-motion video over the Internet,
    announced the acquisition of urbanbaby.com, an award-winning online
    network of resource guides, interactive communities and online store for
    local parents in the top metropolitan cities in the world. The UrbanBaby acquisition is expected to
    help further BabyPressConference.com’s
    goal of being a destination for new and expectant mothers.


     

 
































 DWL acquires IPMeeting.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:
        Internet
services

 

  
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Scorecard:
      C+

 



    NEW YORK, Oct. 25–DWL Incorporated, an e-solutions company,
    announced they have acquired Ottawa-based IPMeeting.com, a provider
    of Java-based web collaboration for self-help, application sharing and live
    discussions. DWL will fully integrate IPMeeting.com’s component-based
    collaboration solution into DWL Unifi, its core transactional e-business
    platform, to give customers fully personalized collaboration functionality
    to enhance customer service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


     

 































 Appraisal.com acquires Day One

 

  
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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:
      B-

 



    BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 25–Appraisal.com, the foremost provider
    of Internet based real estate data, appraisal tools and resources, has
    announced the acquisition of Day One, the recognized leader in
    appraisal and real estate related software. The Day One acquisition will enable Appraisal.com to offer a complete
    end-to-end appraisal and collateral management solution to its customers,
    being able to create the first ever integrated end-to-end single solution
    for order, management, delivery and use of appraisals from over 5,000
    participating appraisers nationwide.


     

 
































 Answers.com acquires KnowItAll

 

  
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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:
      B

 



    PASADENA, Oct. 25–Answers.com announced the acquisition of
    Austin, Texas-based KnowItAll, developer of real-time communication
    and collaboration technology initially targeting online customer service.
    The KnowItAll acquisition gives Answers.com a competitive edge in the
    Web-enabled customer interaction space by adding text chat, audio, video,
    e-mail management, remote application control, white boarding and a media
    “normalization engine,” which allows messages and responses to questions
    from online site visitors to be handled in a single interface regardless of
    the initial type of inquiry strengthening Answers.com’s positioning as the
    best solution for handling online customer interaction. Terms of the
    transaction were not disclosed.


     

 

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