BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - Wells Fargo & Co. has taken an undisclosed equity stake in e-Cognita Technologies Inc., a lending technology company, the companies announced Wednesday.

In addition, e-Cognita announced that Wells Fargo had agreed to us its Steamloaner Internet software to automate its commercial mortgage operations.

Wells Fargo's commercial mortgage unit underwrites fixed-rate and variable-rate loans of $1 million to $250 million on income-producing real estate across the United States, the company said.

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