Microsoft to Acquire Slashdot?

Fake News written by James Baughn on Friday, August 14, 1998

from the you-will-be-assimilated dept.

REDMOND, WA -- An anonymous source tells Humorix that a Microsoft acquisition of the "News for Nerds" Slashdot.org website is possible in the near future. The source notes, "Microsoft controls most major media outlets. But it doesn't control Slashdot, which is fast becoming an alternative news site. Bill doesn't like alternatives."

The source adds, "Slashdot will become part of the Microsoft Network and will be renamed Microdot: 'News for Serfs. Stuff that Matters to Bill." Another anonymous source suggests that Microsoft may be interested in acquiring other prominent websites that focus on non-Microsoft software. "Linux.org and freshmeat.net could be targets for Microsoft assimilation," the source speculates.

Some industry analysts are skeptical. "Slashdot, running on Linux, has enough trouble keeping up with demand. If Microsoft were to move it to MSN, running Windows NT, the site would never be accessible. People would start calling it Crashdot."

Microsoft was unavailable for comment at press time. We didn't expect them to be.

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