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Dice Holdings acquires Geeknet, grabs Slashdot & Sourceforge

Dice Holdings has announced that it has acquired Geeknet’s online media business, which includes cult technology websites such as Slashdot and Sourceforge.

The company, which presents itself as a “leading provider of specialized career websites”, paid a whopping $20 million in cash, which seems to be a bargain given that Geeknet’s online media properties generated around $20 million in revenues according to Dice Holding’s press release.

This comes after Geeknet announced in May 2012 (opens in new tab) that it was exploring strategic options to offload its media business.

Slashdot was the original curated social technology news website and was launched by the legendary CmdrTaco who left the site a few years ago.

Despite the rise of alternative social networking websites (Twitter, Facebook), the site still attracts around 3.7 million unique visitors each month and generates around 160,000 comments per month.

(opens in new tab)The other gem in the acquisition is SourceForge, which is the defacto global repository for open source software, one which attracts 40 million unique visitors per month with 80 per cent of them outside the US.

The third website of the lot is Freecode which is one of the largest indexes of Linux, Uix and cross-platform software, which brings in around 500,000 unique visitors each month.

Geeknet’s divestiture of its media properties means that it can now focus on its remaining business -online ecommerce website ThinkGeek.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.