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Microsoft seeking Second Life buyout?

Unconfirmed reports have software giant buying out the financially troubled maker of the virtual world, Linden Lab.

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What we heard: As pointed out by GameSpot sister site ZDNet, it has been a while since Microsoft has made a major acquisition. Over the weekend, one small tweet by a Second Life enthusiast has sparked mass speculation that the software giant has made a bid to buy the virtual world's maker, Linden Lab.

Is Microsoft planning to scoop up Second Life maker Linden Lab? Maybe this guy knows.
Is Microsoft planning to scoop up Second Life maker Linden Lab? Maybe this guy knows.

Thursday, a Hollywood-based Second Life user named Tizzers twittered, "A little birdie told me that Microsoft may have silently offered to buy Linden Lab this week." This small post led to a full-blown article on tech blog, which cited "a very reputable individual still employed by Linden Lab, they have been entertaining offers and Microsoft has stepped up with a bid." The blog then followed up with even more reports from the Second Life community.

The reports were further confirmed by ZDNet editor Mary-Jo Foley, whose own sources also reported that Microsoft was in the running to buy Linden Lab, which reportedly closed down its UK office last week.

The official story: Microsoft had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that there's a lot of chatter that Microsoft has made an offer to buy Linden Lab. That has spawned even more chatter that Microsoft might bring Second Life--or a Second Life-like virtual world--to Xbox Live, possibly even with Kinect support. That said, it's a little early to bet on anything just yet.

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