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Sausage and Ixla team up

Melbourne-based Sausage Software and its Victorian counterpart Ixla are entering into a global marketing deal to target the multibillion-dollar US e-commerce market.

The companies plan to combine Sausage's Business in a Box e-commerce software with Ixla's Web authoring software known as Ixla Web Easy.

Ixla has appointed a product marketing manager in the US to create a business and marketing plan for the products.

Ixla recently formed an alliance with Japan-based consumer electronic giant Casio, and the $40 billion (US$23.65 billion) satellite broadcasting company ITX. The two Japanese companies purchased 40 per cent of the wholly owned Ixla subsidiary PhotoHighway Japan.

Siebel snaps up auction site builder

Siebel Systems, a major player in customer relationship management (CRM), has acquired Web auction site builder OpenSite Technologies for $444 million.

According to company sources, Siebel has taken over the software and services provider to help users do a better job of selling electronically, according to Siebel sources.

The unification of the two companies will allow Siebel to deliver e-commerce and OpenSite's dCommerce offerings for all customer channels, said Siebel officials. OpenSite's software and services include a collection of pricing options for such things as forward auctions, reverse auctions (procurement), auction networks, cross-auction portals, and exchanges.

IntelliSeek finds fellow searcher

Desktop search provider IntelliSeek last week announced it has acquired ProFusion.com for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash.

ProFusion.com is an online metasearch engine that lets users enter a single query that is parsed out to multiple search engines simultaneously. ProFusion then ranks the aggregate results based on its Adaptive Search technology. Adaptive Search bases relevancy on how popular a given result is with past users, similar to that used by Google and DirectHit.

Red Hat gets the Blues

Linux vendor Red Hat last week announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Internet performance management software and services provider Bluecurve in an all-stock deal valued at approximately $US37 million.

Red Hat sources report that under the terms of the agreement, the vendor will issue up to 1,257,862 shares of its common stock in exchange for all outstanding shares in the California-based Bluecurve.


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