Yahoo! Buys eGroups for $432 Million

BackWeb + Mobix Wireless Data
Technology
, Net2000 Communications + FreBon
International
, PMC-Sierra + Datum
Telegraphic
, ProsoftTraining.com +
ComputerPREP
, Scient + AXIDIA, Stems
and Vines + Flowersandgifts.com
,
WebTrends + OpenSoft
Communications
, Yahoo! + eGroups













































 BackWeb (BWEB) to acquire Mobix Wireless Data
Technology

 

  
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Amount:
         $16
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
cash and stock

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
       
Speed/Bandwidth

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      B+

 



    SAN JOSE, June 28–BackWeb Technologies ,
    a leading provider of push for e-business solutions, announced that it has
    acquired the technology assets of Mobix Communications Ltd., a
    leading provider of technology platforms for wireless data solutions, for
    approximately $16 million in cash and stock. With the acquisition, BackWeb receives all Mobix software
    technology and intellectual property rights, as well as key members of the
    Mobix engineering team. The technical team will form the nucleus of
    BackWeb’s wireless development efforts and will enable BackWeb to
    accelerate its entry into the wireless market with its patented Polite push
    technology.


     

 
































 Yahoo! (YHOO) to acquire eGroups

 

  
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Amount:
         $432
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
3.4 million shares

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
       
Content/Communities

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B-

 



    SANTA CLARA, June 28–Yahoo! , a global
    Internet communications, commerce and media company, announced it has
    signed a definitive agreement to acquire eGroups, an e-mail group
    communication service that makes sharing interests, collaborating, and
    exchanging ideas among many people via email easy and efficient. The
    acquisition of eGroups, which serves
    more than 17 million members and hosts over 800,000 active email groups,
    supports Yahoo!’s goal to be the only
    place anyone has to go to find and get connected to anything or anyone,
    giving Yahoo!’s community of 145 million consumers powerful new ways to
    communicate one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many.


     

 
































 WebTrends (WEBT) acquires OpenSoft
Communications

 

  
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Amount:
         $1.67
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
100% stock

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        Performance
software

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      A-

 



    PORTLAND, June 28–WebTrends Corporation ,
    the leading provider of enterprise solutions for Visitor Relationship
    Management and eBusiness Intelligence, announced that it has agreed to
    acquire OpenSoft Communications Ltd., of the United Kingdom for
    US$1.675 million. Upon closing, OpenSoft will change its name to WebTrends
    UK Ltd. OpenSoft is a specialized
    distributor providing value-added sales and service of WebTrends focused product portfolio and
    allows WebTrends to accelerate its growth in one of the largest eCommerce
    markets outside of North America, as it positions the company to better
    meet customer and channel demands of the United Kingdom’s booming
    enterprise market.


     

 
































 Scient (SCNT) acquires AXIDIA

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
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Industry:
       
Consultants/Designers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B+

 



    SAN FRANCISCO, June 28–Scient , The
    eBusiness Systems Innovator(, launched its presence in France through
    the announcement of an agreement to acquire AXIDIA, a leading
    Paris-based eBusiness services firm. The addition of AXIDIA’s 42 colleagues will help launch Scient’s presence in France and further
    extend Scient’s commitment to the global systems innovation market.


     

 
































 Net2000 Communications (NTKK) to acquire FreBon
International

 

  
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Amount:
         $33
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
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Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        Internet
services

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      B-

 



    HERNDON, Va., June 28–Net2000 Communications , an innovative provider of integrated broadband
    telecommunications services to medium and large businesses, announced it
    has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FreBon International
    Corporation
    , a privately-held provider of interactive video services
    headquartered in McLean, Virginia. FreBon is a leader in the transport of
    video, data and Internet-based technologies that support face-to-face
    communications over interactive networks and will strengthen Net2000’s integrated bundle of service
    offerings, providing a high-end ‘sticky’ application that will further fu

    el
    demand for its broadband network services. Under the terms of the
    agreement, Net2000 will purchase all of the outstanding shares of FreBon in
    a cash and stock transaction valued at up to $33 million.


     

 
































 PMC-Sierra (PMCS) to acquire Datum
Telegraphic

 

  
* 
Amount:
         $124
million

 

  
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Terms:
           
681,000 shares

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
       
Speed/Bandwidth

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      A-

 



    BURNABY, British Columbia, June 28–PMC-Sierra announced the acquisition of privately held wireless
    semiconductor company Datum Telegraphic, which will contribute
    wireless system design and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) expertise to
    PMC-Sierra’s expanding portfolio of 3G wireless solutions. PMC-Sierra will exchange approximately
    681,000 shares of PMC-Sierra common stock for the remaining 92% of Datum
    Telegraphic that the company does not already own.


     

 
































 ProsoftTraining.com (POSO) to acquire
ComputerPREP

 

  
* 
Amount:
         $30
million

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
cash and stock

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        Performance
software

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      C+

 



    AUSTIN, June 28–ProsoftTraining.com
    announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ComputerPREP
    from the privately-held Drake International Technology Group for $30
    million, split equally between cash and stock. ComputerPREP is one of the largest
    North American publishers and distributors of courseware for information
    technology, offering over 1,000 titles covering topics such as Certified
    Internet Webmaster (CIW) certification, A+ certification and Linux courses.
    CIW is an Internet skills program
    administered and branded by ProsoftTraining.com.


     

 
































 Stems and Vines to acquire
Flowersandgifts.com

 

  
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Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
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Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        E-tailers

 

  
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Scorecard:
      B

 



    MINNEAPOLIS, June 28–Stems and Vines, d.b.a. as Nortech
    Forest Technologies
    , announced that the company has
    entered into a letter of intent to purchase Flowersandgifts.com,
    which has developed a successful user friendly site for retail sales of
    flowers and gifts. Under an asset sale agreement, Stems and Vines will purchase Flowersandgifts.com’s hardware
    and software to operate the site, including Web customer databases. Also
    included in this transaction is the Yahoo store site.


     

 

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