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Dec. 2nd, 2007 | 07:42 pm

Mashable just put this up:
http://mashable.com/2007/12/02/six-apart-livejournal-sup/

So Livejournal has been sold again?

Update Yep... Brad has confirmed it, LJ has been sold.

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Lisa Phillips

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from: lisa
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
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confirmed

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Jacob Appelbaum

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from: ioerror
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
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How do you feel about this?

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
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Not sure.... I've got an investment in the URL...

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Not sure.

I see the politics going on in the country, and it makes me a bit worried.

Six Apart was a horrible owner for LiveJournal though... did nothing with it, and pretty much let it die. I have been hoping to hear that they had sold it.

Lots of potential.

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Поисковик-затейник

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from: itman
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
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Yep, we are freaking out ourselves. Now there is an official announcement: http://news.livejournal.com/104520.html?thread=65872968#t65872968

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DayGlo Tigerlily

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from: singingnettle
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
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Frank the goat is making a farkin' fortune.

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moskov

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from: moskov
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
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No more jokes about Putin in your blog!

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Сергей

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from: sergik
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
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...it happens...

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Egor Egorov

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from: egorfine
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
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I don't think there are any reasons to be afraid of it :-) The most visible change will be the sooner availability of SUP features to non-cyrillic users :)

And, of course, Putin will now pay more attention to database experts.
:-)

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Basil Sviridoff

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from: vsviridov
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
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Greetings, comrades. This is KGB. In Soviet Russia Journal lives YOU. It's time to bail my friends...

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
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I don't know that it is quite that bad.... but then I also do not live in Russia.

All in all? I just don't want the service shutdown :)

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Basil Sviridoff

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from: vsviridov
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
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I doubt that they'll terminate the service... Buying to shut something down would make sense if there was a nice competing product by Russian developers...

But there was a big turmoil in Russian segment of LJ, that since the segment is controlled by a company based in Russia, they must provide information to FSB (Federal Security Bureau (former KGB)) such detail of information about the users, that it would probably be constituted a privacy violation by US laws. Now that whole LJ is owned by a Russia-based company, all accounts are subject to this. They got much data mining to do :)

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from: jamesd
date: Dec. 4th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
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The solution to those in Russia who are worried is to find people who are not Russian and not in Russia to provide an alternative, perhaps as a public charity like the way Wikipedia is hosted.

As you imply, no Russian or data controlled by a Russian is truly safe from the FSB. Same applies in Britain, there's a right to access the data. I think not so in the US.

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from: jamesd
date: Dec. 4th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Note that my comment is the free market approach: let competition decide.:)

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nemtirev

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from: nemtirev
date: Dec. 3rd, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I think it`s just a business.Russian LJ are crazyabout it today

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