Ask.com Buys Lexicon Properties (Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com)
Ask.com, the search engine company that is owned by InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) has picked up a dictionary, literally. Ask.com bought the properties of Lexico Publishing Group. Lexico owns Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com. With these, Ask.com’s traffic will now be 145 million unique visitors per month.
Answers.com attempted to buy Lexico properties last year, but the deal did not work out. The deal between Lexico/Answers.com was roughly worth $100 million, but Ask.com left the price of this deal undisclosed. The second most search term on Ask.com was dictionary.
Ask will use their technology to advance functionality on Lexico’s sites. Ask.com will be powering the search on these sites as well. Dictionary is a top key search on Google, Yahoo!, and Live too.
In related news, Barry Diller, CEO at InterActiveCorp has resolved his differences with Liberty Media Corporation. Liberty Media owns 30% of IAC and they wanted to spin off some of IAC’s businesses as single-tier businesses.
IAC/InterActiveCorp owns excite, MyWay, iWon, excite, Evite, Bloglines, Zwinky, insiderpages, CollegeHumor, GarageGames, Vimeo, Busted Tees, gifts.com, Entertainment.com, BagsBuy.com, Shoebuy.com, LendingTree, Match.com, Admission.com, and Ticketmaster.
 Associated Press:Â Ask.com acquires Dictionary.com, other references by Michael Liedtke