LinkedIn to pay $1.5 billion for online learning website

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LinkedIn is paying $1.5 billion in a cash-and-stock deal to scoop up Lynda.com, a subscription-based website that has taught professionally focused courses for 20 years.

Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to close during the second quarter, professional social network website LinkedIn [fortune-stock symbol= »LNKD »] agreed to pay about $780 million in cash and about $720 million in Class A stock to buy Lynda.com. Both companies generate revenue from a subscription model, although LinkedIn also allows users to access the company’s website for free. Lynda.com, meanwhile, offers several tiered subscription services starting at a monthly price of $25.

Lynda.com was founded in 1995 and says it is often first-to-market on software training because of the close ties it has with major software companies. The company currently has over 2,900 courses on its website and says it adds an average of about 60 courses per month. The Carpinteria, Calif…

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