Ask.Com Acquires

May 15th, 2008 at 12:00 am

IAC, the owners of, has just acquired in full the company, Lexico Publishing Group LLC — the owner of,, and, in an all-cash transaction.

"Lexico is a lean and fast-growing business with rapid top- and bottom-line growth, and is a natural addition for," said Jim Safka, CEO of "More than 30 percent of all searches conducted on are in the reference category. In fact, ‘dictionary’ was the second-most searched term on in 2007. At the same time, Lexico’s consumers frequently seek out a search engine immediately before and after using one of Lexico’s sites. This acquisition expands’s reach and aligns perfectly with our customers’ needs."

In return, Lexico was  glad that they got a nice break with this acquisition.  "I can’t imagine a better home for Lexico sites than, given its leadership in search technology and product innovation," said Brian Kariger, CEO and Co-Founder of Lexico. "This integration will give the Lexico sites a better consumer experience and even more useful for finding answers."

Details on the finances and money matters of the deal were not disclosed.

Press Release here