One step forward, one step back.

Last month, Los Angeles-based j2 Global moved a pace away from its roots in Internet-based fax services with its purchase of and publisher IGN Entertainment. On Monday, the company shuffled back toward the field of faxing as it announced the purchase of Bellevue, Wash.-based MetroFax, a provider of Internet faxing services "and advanced features."

j2 did not disclose financial terms of the transaction, saying only that its "impact ... is not expected to be material." Shareholders appear relieved at the news. j2 shares rose 0.1% in Monday trading to close at $37.18. 

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I hate J2. I found this article when my metrofax interface changed suddenly and I noticed the small J2 at the bottom of the website. These guys offer no service and make it impossible to cancel a service. Now I'm caught in a really bad situation where I have been using Metrofax and loved the service and now I can't get any support or assistance and can't even cancel! UGH!!!!

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