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To: JakeStraw who wrote (38)5/14/2008 9:53:45 PM
From: waitwatchwander
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Doesn't this sound like nothing more than BS PR to counter a perception that they are attempting to control the educational software sector with their lawsuits against folks like Desire2Learn. Since when does this company see value in giving anything away? Wasn't a chunk of their original (ie pre WebCT) system based upon open source code?

Since when does competing through lawsuit lead to sustainable value offerings?

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From: JakeStraw7/15/2008 7:58:06 AM
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Blackboard Partners With Syracuse University to Develop Sakai Integration
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Tuesday July 15, 5:00 am ET

Effort is Part of Blackboard's Flexible, Open Next Generation Platform

LAS VEGAS, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB - News), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, announced today that it has partnered with Syracuse University to develop software that will allow institutions to connect their Blackboard learning environment with the open source Sakai course management system.

The effort is part of Project NG, Blackboard's multi-year, multi-release project to deliver a next generation teaching and learning solution. With Project NG, Blackboard is working to create a more open, flexible platform that allows educators to better personalize, customize and integrate their educational ecosystem.

As part of Project NG, Blackboard developed the Learning Environment Connector, which makes it possible for students and faculty to use other course management systems within the Blackboard environment and is available now on version 8 of the Blackboard Learning System(TM). Building on that technology, Syracuse will develop the Blackboard-Sakai Connector to allow for seamless integration between the two systems. Blackboard is also planning to develop a similar connector for the open source Moodle course management system.

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From: JakeStraw7/16/2008 7:58:43 AM
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New Mexico Selects Blackboard to Support Statewide K-20 e-Learning Initiative
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Wednesday July 16, 5:00 am ET

Landmark Effort Will Establish Cyber Academy, Increase Opportunity for Students

LAS VEGAS, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced that it has been selected by New Mexico to partner in a landmark initiative to deploy a single, statewide e-learning platform that will be the first of its kind to connect teaching, learning, and training for the state's K-20, adult education, and government communities.

The initiative will give all of New Mexico's public schools, colleges, and universities the ability to develop, share, and offer online courses and tutoring; increase access to quality teaching and educational opportunities for underserved students; and streamline training and workforce development efforts for adult learners and government employees. Collectively, the initiative has the potential to reach approximately 500,000 students, workers and adult learners.

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From: JakeStraw7/16/2008 7:59:33 AM
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The University of North Carolina & North Carolina Community College System Select Blackboard for Statewide e-Learning Platform
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Wednesday July 16, 5:00 am ET

Single Platform Will Support Community Colleges & Public Universities Across State

LAS VEGAS, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced agreements with The University of North Carolina (UNC) and the North Carolina Community College System that will create a single, statewide e-learning platform for nearly all of the state's 74 community colleges and public universities and roughly 1 million college students.

The partnerships will support a range of current and planned e-learning initiatives, and enable 14 of UNC's 16 universities and 54 of the state's 58 community colleges to meet the ever changing needs of faculty and students with best-of-breed technologies delivered through Blackboard's system. The partnerships can also help to provide a stable and secure alignment in e-learning across the state that can support North Carolina's efforts to establish a true K-20 education infrastructure.

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From: JakeStraw7/17/2008 7:58:50 AM
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Baird raises Blackboard to "outperform"
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From: JakeStraw10/28/2008 8:05:49 AM
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Blackboard Partners With Iowa State University To Develop Moodle Integration
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Tuesday October 28, 4:00 am ET

Open Source Integrations Create More Freedom & Control for Faculty, Students

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, announced today that it has partnered with Iowa State University to develop software that will allow institutions to connect their Blackboard® learning environment with the open source Moodle course management system.

In July, Blackboard announced a similar partnership with Syracuse University to develop an integration for the open source Sakai course management system. Both efforts -- which will be made available at no cost to institutions in the Blackboard community -- are part of Project NG, Blackboard's multi-year, multi-release effort to deliver a next generation teaching and learning solution that enables educators to better customize their educational ecosystems.

With support from Blackboard, Iowa State will develop the Learning Environment Connector for Moodle to seamlessly integrate the two systems and provide faculty and students with access to a full range of educational opportunities and materials in one place. Leveraging Blackboard Building Blocks(TM) technology, the Connector will allow students and faculty who primarily access their courses through the Blackboard platform-but are part of a program, department or class using Moodle -- to access all of their courses in one place, with a single login.

The Connector will also allow institutions to share information, data, learning tools and resources between the Blackboard learning environment and Moodle, creating a greater level of interoperability and flexibility for faculty and course designers.

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From: JakeStraw10/30/2008 8:45:56 AM
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Blackboard, Inc. Q3 2008 Earnings Call Transcript
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From: JakeStraw5/7/2009 8:18:40 AM
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Blackboard Inc. Q1 2009 Earnings Call Transcript
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From: JakeStraw5/11/2009 8:18:33 AM
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Blackboard Completes Acquisition of ANGEL Learning, Inc.
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Monday May 11, 2009, 8:00 am EDT

WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology today announced the completion of its acquisition of ANGEL Learning, Inc., a leading developer of e-learning software to the U.S. education industry. As previously announced, Blackboard is acquiring ANGEL for approximately $95 million, net of cash acquired and excluding transaction costs.

The acquisition combines ANGEL's record of innovation and client service with Blackboard's own innovation, financial strength and industry leadership to create a stronger, more flexible supporter of teaching, learning and student engagement. The combined company aims to accelerate the pace of innovation and interoperability in e-learning, and will continue to invest in solutions to more effectively support teachers and learners. The acquisition will also enable Blackboard to incorporate ANGEL's client-first culture that has translated into consistently excellent experiences and high retention of ANGEL Learning clients.

A Combined Focus on Teaching and Learning

Blackboard's acquisition of ANGEL Learning will introduce a range of benefits to institutions and the e-learning community, including:

* A combined global community of practice of more than 5,800 K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government organizations and corporations
* A broader, unified platform for the general media, publishers and e-learning software developers that increases interoperability for institutions
* A world-class service and support organization benefiting from best-practices and infrastructure investments
* Industry leading e-learning technology expertise including specialization on Microsoft's .NET platform and Microsoft technologies
* A stronger company with a greater capacity to invest in research and development for new solutions over time

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From: JakeStraw8/5/2009 4:09:59 PM
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Blackboard Inc. Reports Second Quarter Revenue of $92.1 Million
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- Revenue Increases 22 Percent Year-Over-Year - - Company Raises Revenue, Non-GAAP Earnings and Cash Flow Guidance -

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