additional 8% investment in WebTone Technologies Inc., bringing its stake in the private company to 12%.

WebTone, which sells software that facilitates customer service over the Internet, was founded in July 1997 by Michael C. McChesney. Mr. McChesney was also a founder of the pioneering Internet institution Security First Network Bank and the Internet software company it spawned, Security First Technologies. The bank was spun off and sold to Toronto-based Royal Bank in October 1998.

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