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Wow! So it’s true… OneBox really IS Bill Nguyen’s toy startup. I guess now he can be a full partner at IVP. $770M? Ridiculous.. OneBox has 2.5Million users? Bullshit. 2.5 million people signed up for the service and aren’t using it. to Buy for $770 Million in Stock (Update4) 2/14/00 1:24:00 PM Source: Bloomberg News

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Redwood City, California, Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) — Inc., whose software lets wireless telephones browse the Internet, agreed to buy Inc. for about $770 million in stock to add Web-based e-mail, voicemail and faxing services. will exchange 6.5 million of its shares for closely held Shares of have soared 15-fold since the company went public in June at $16 each. The stock fell 2 5/8 to 118 1/2 in Nasdaq trading.

Cellular-phone companies are offering Internet access and other features to boost customer usage as prices for wireless- voice service decline.’s Web-based services will let offer products to traditional phone companies such as Bell Atlantic Corp. now sells only to their wireless divisions.

”This acquisition further broadens’s target market,” Marc Cabi, an analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, who rates ”strong buy,” wrote in a research report.

Cabi wrote that he expects the acquisition to help Redwood City, California-based offer new products to customers sooner than its competitors., based in San Mateo, California, brings 2.5 million registered users to Its 70 employees will join, and Chief Executive Ross Bott will become chief operating officer of’s product groups., which also will pay transaction costs of about $20 million, said it expects to complete the purchase in the fiscal-fourth quarter ending in June.

Since October, has completed two acquisitions and agreed to a third. Last week, the company agreed to buy Paragon Software Ltd., based in Newbury, England, for $434 million. Paragon’s software allows customers to transfer calendar information between cellular phones and personal computers. said it will have about 700 employees when it completes the announced acquisitions. A year ago, the company had about 125 employees. In the six months ended in December, had a loss of $24.9 million on sales of $21.3 million.