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Blackboard Completes Acquisition of Saf-T-Net, Inc., Provider of AlertNow

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of privately-held Saf-T-Net, Inc., provider of AlertNow, a leading messaging and mass notification solution for the K-12 marketplace, for approximately $33 million in cash, excluding transaction costs and subject to certain adjustments.

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Saf-T-Net employs approximately 65 professional staff serving K-12 clients located throughout the U.S. With more than 2,000 K-12 clients, Saf-T-Net increases Blackboard's commitment to the K-12 market. In addition, Saf-T-Net provides features and functionality that will enhance and accelerate development for Blackboard's own messaging and mass-notification offering, Blackboard Connect(TM), including: new Parent Portal technology; enhanced survey capabilities; and multi-lingual capabilities. The broadened capabilities and client base provides significant opportunities, and there is the potential to realize long-term infrastructure cost benefits as a result of the increased scale from the combined operations.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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SOURCE Blackboard Inc.