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February 2, 2006

Seadragon: The Case of the Missing Merger

Posted by David Hunter at 10:31 AM ET.

You may remember the story from last week about Microsoft acquiring Seadragon Software. Well, there was apparently some sort of slip between the cup and the lip, because all mention of it has disappeared and no one is talking. Todd Bishop at the Seattle PI:

Despite reports last week that Microsoft acquired Seadragon Software as part of its new Live Labs initiative, the pending deal apparently isn’t yet to the point that the companies are willing to officially acknowledge it.

However, as noted in this morning’s Software Notebook, the original source of the Seadragon news appears to have been a reliable one: The acquisition was originally mentioned in the introductory post on the Microsoft Live Labs site itself. The references to Seadragon in that post have since been removed. But they are still evident in the site’s RSS feed when viewed in Bloglines, as you can see in this screen shot, which shows both the original Live Labs post, with the Seadragon references, and the revised one, which omits them.

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One Response to “Seadragon: The Case of the Missing Merger”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft acquisition of Seadragon closes Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s mysterious acquisition of Seadragon Software has apparently closed according to Kim Peterson in the Seattle Times: Microsoft closed its acquisition of Seattle-based Seadragon Software on Monday — a rare example of the software giant buying a company in its own backyard. [...]

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