IBM announced yesterday that they intend to acquire Outblaze, Ltd to further compliment the development of the IMB online social networking and collaboration service named Bluehouse, currently operating in open beta.

Outblaze is home to over 40 million email users and has been offering fully hosted e-mail service for over 10 years. Outblaze may best known for the domains and, great geographic based domains such as, and and lastly some of the funniest vanity domains around, to name a couple:, and

ARMONK, NY and HONG KONG – 15 Jan 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced its intent to acquire the strategic messaging service assets of Outblaze, Ltd., a privately held provider of online messaging and collaboration services, based in Hong Kong. Building on IBM Lotus’ market leadership in messaging software, the asset acquisition will accelerate the delivery of affordable, Web-based e-mail services in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

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Congratulations to our friends over at Outblaze!