Google to acquire ITA ?

Update 2010-06-30 : So just over a day after I posted this entry Google announced that they have acquired ITA. Announcement

There was buzz back in April about Google possibly acquiring ITA Software.

A few days ago Dan posted that these were just rumors based on a single Bloomberg article.

Well it seems that it may be more than just a rumor : The Wall Street journal now has an article regarding the potential acquisition.
The silence seems quite confirming : “Google declined to comment. ITA didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.”.

Also fairly interesting is that ITA uses a very similar combination of languages to what Google does : Python, C++, Java. Would this factor in Google’s interest ?

Hopefully, if this does happen, the ITA Lisp hackers get a substantial financial reward for all their innovative work. Fingers crossed …

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