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1105 Media buys Fawcette Technical Publications

1105 Media announced it has bought the operating assets of Fawcette Technical Publications, which publishes Visual Studio and produces several international conferences including Builder 2.0, VS Live! and Web Design World. Financial terms were not disclosed. In early December, 1105 acquired Post Newsweek Tech Media for an undisclosed sum. FTP will become part of 1105 Media's Redmond Media Group, which includes Redmond Channel Partner, Redmond Developer News, Redmond Magazine, related Web sites and the semiannual TechMentor conference. Neal Vitale, president-CEO of 1105 Media, said in a news release: "Besides adding a strong print and online resource in Visual Studio, this transaction significantly expands our conference and event activities in this marketplace."

Reed Exhibitions sells Canadian industrial trade show portfolio

Reed Exhibitions announced the sale of its Canadian industrial and manufacturing trade show portfolio to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Vance Publishing. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers purchased the Advanced Manufacturing Show; Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show; Canadian Manufacturing Week; Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show; Plant Maintenance & Design Engineering; Southwest Ontario Industrial Show and Western Manufacturing Technology Show. Vance acquired the Woodworking Machinery Supply Expo and SIBO (Quebec Industrial Woodworking Show).

Redmond Media Group plans Microsoft partners conference

Redmond Media Group announced a new conference for Microsoft Corp. partners called the TechPartner Conference. The conference, scheduled for March 28-29 at the Hilton at the Walt Disney World Resort, is being designed to help Microsoft partners understand revenue opportunities associated with the new Microsoft product offerings slated for next year.

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