As has happened before, Om Malik broke the news, and now it’s been officially confirmed: Six Apart has purchased LiveJournal. I was talking to Six Apart’s big cheese in the UK, Alistair Shrimpton, about this earlier this morning, and I couldn’t help imagining my (currently hypothetical) kids and their friends starting out with a free LiveJournal as their very first blogging platform, then moving up to TypePad, and finally ending up with Movable Type for their professional blogs. (Then again, what self-respecting parent/blog professional wouldn’t have their kids on Movable Type or Expression Engine from day one? Heh.) Well done to Alistair and the gang for another smart acquisition.