Dice Holdings Buys Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode

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Dice Holdings snapped up Slashdot, SourceForge and FreeCode in a $20 million deal, in a move to expand its content presence, Dice announced Tuesday.

Dice Holdings, parent of Dice.com, acquired the three online properties from Geeknet, which sold its online media business as part of its efforts to refocus its business on growing its ThinkGeek.

The online properties generated a total of $20 million in revenues last year.

“The acquisition of these premier technology sites fits squarely into our strategy of providing content and services that are important to tech professionals in their everyday work lives,” says Scot Melland, Dice Holdings CEO. “The SourceForge and Slashdot communities will enable our customers to reach millions of engaged tech professionals on a regular basis and significantly extends our company’s reach into the global tech community.”

Slashdot is a popular website that posts user-generated IT news and analysis and reaches 3.7 million unique visitors a month. SourceForge serves the open source community, as a means for developing, downloading, reviewing and publishing open source software, with a reach of 40 million unique monthly visitors. Freecode, meanwhile, is one of the largest indexes of Linux, Unix and cross-platform software.

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8 Responses to “Dice Holdings Buys Slashdot, SourceForge, Freecode”

September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm, Nate C said:

Great! Now don’t f…k it up. If you ruin Slashdot, we will ruin you. [Editor note: Comment edited for the “F” word – Hey, what do you expect]

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September 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm, ddtech said:

[Hey, what do you expect]

This is why it’s disturbing to hear that Dice Holdings now owns Slashdot, and hence the OP stating not to screw things up (the language is inconsequential). This is a perfect example, as there is no impetus to censor on /. The current audience does not want to see that change. In any case, I hope that Dice continues to do what it does best, connect me with recruiters.

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September 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm, Dawn Kawamoto said:

Hey Mr. Frog, thanks. We plan to continue what we do best and so will Slashdot. Our executives have been quoted in a number of places, including TechCrunch, that: “the sites themselves will keep their look and feel and will run on their own.”

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February 09, 2014 at 6:04 pm, moon said:

if your executives did say this, then they are liars.

slashdot has changed. even on classic it doesn’t feel the same as it used to. has to do with tone, articles, quiz subjects, etc.

now add to that a complete redsign that presents the site in a way that is basically unusable to me? f— beta

[edited]

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September 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm, natalie potman said:

I, for one, welcome our new dice.com overlords.

Look at the beautiful links on the right hand side of the page. “Geeks leading a fashion revolution” “21 skills that pay top dollar without certification”

Clearly they have the right focus. Money and sex. Slashdot was getting a little tired with it’s stories about Neutrino physics and old school arcade cabinets.

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September 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm, Anonymous Coward said:

You bought SourceForge? The site where everyone has left for Google Code, GitHub and BitBucket?

Lol..

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September 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm, Ed Pegg Jr said:

This was a hugely smart buy, in my opinion. Anyone heavily involved with code knows Slashdot, SourceForge and FreeCode. I’ll be adding DHX to my portfolio.

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September 19, 2012 at 12:51 am, M Noivad said:

Aw… just what I always wanted for my Birthday! Thanks Dice! 😉

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