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(WESTPORT, CT - January 26, 1999) - LLC today announced that it acquired The site is now part of the expanding Network of Web sites. Terms were not disclosed. is an award-winning resource and metasite for "bots," intelligent agents, knowledge discovery, and artificial intelligence applications on the Internet -these are the newest technology tools that automate the process of retrieving and organizing information, making online searches easier and more precise. The site features the first and only directory of bots classified into 14 categories including widely used Shopping Bots, News Bots, and Stock Bots. won the coveted "Best 100 Web sites on the Internet" awarded by PC Magazine (June 1998) and has received over 300 awards and hundreds of worldwide reviews.

"BotSpot has staked out a unique and extremely valuable position," said Gus Venditto, editor-in-chief of "It appeals to serious professionals working in the fields of data-mining and knowledge management. Yet it is also accessible to professionals who are just beginning to explore the potential of bots to automate research on the Internet whether it's for financial investments or competitive intelligence."

"As the amount of content on the Internet continues to expand, it is important to understand the technological advancements that are being used to eliminate information overload, increase productivity, and obtain a sharp competitive advantage," said Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of LLC.

The Network includes more than two dozen award-winning sites for Web developers, E-business professionals and sophisticated Internet users. Among others, the Network includes, which provides daily Internet-specific news; The Electronic Commerce Guide; ServerWatch; The Web Developer's Virtual Library and SearchEngineWatch. sites currently serve over 30 million pages to more than 1 million unique visitors monthly. Interested advertisers should contact Susan Leiterstein, Vice President and Publisher of, at [email protected] or (203) 341-2962. For e-commerce and licensing opportunities, contact David Arganbright, Vice President, Commerce and Licensing, at [email protected] or (203) 341-2858. LLC, based in Westport, Connecticut, is a leading provider of global, daily news and information resources for the Internet community. LLC also publishes, a leading download site, and the ISDEX, a 100% Internet stock index featuring 50 leading companies.'s global presence includes editions in Canada, the United Kingdom and Asia.

For LLC:
Hillary Dietz
(203) 341-2989
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Nicole Catalano
(203) 341-2870
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All current LLC press releases can be found on the World Wide Web at LLC, 20 Ketchum Street, Westport, CT 06880; (203) 226-6967; fax: (203) 454-5840; [email protected]