According to PRNewswire, Blackboard and WebCT has announced an intended merger.
Two mediocre companies merging does not one great company make, only a big one. The sooner the university community starts to develop an open-source learning managment system, preferably based on a blogging interface, the better. Both Blackboard and WebCT are firmly based, architecturally and service-wise, in an era that predates Web 1.0. and reminds me of old "userfriendly" mainframe systems like PROFS. Idiot-proof, but no room for user extensions.
I will start looking for good Open Source LMS’es….lemmesee, the first to come up in Google is Moodle.