I've heard from multiple sources that Verticalnet will announce some financial, non-product news next week. Possible re-cap. Possible sale. These are just rumblings at this point, but I've heard about them from enough sources that I'd wager that something is probably up. Regardless of what happens, I hope that the product and services suite survives either independently or as part of another organization. Despite the negative comments that I know that this post will generate regarding Verticalnet's management team -- at least some things in life are predictable -- I will again go on the record saying that Verticalnet's solutions have historically delivered significant value to their customers. And besides, I still credit the former marketplace company with providing the venue and serving the booze the night I met my wife during the .com heyday.