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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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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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