Someone who does know something is on GAF
It's not a prank and it's good news.
[Did they move to Evolution?]
As far as I know, no that's not the case. It would of been, but I think due to the importance of the team they tried to keep everyone from moving on until things were sorted. I am sure some might of gone, but it wasn't like when Bigbig closed where it was dead immediately.
Last I heard something was two weeks ago.
Liverpool Council were going to step in to help out if need be, they didn't want to lose a very well known work force in the city which has a) been around forever and b) employ a decent number of people. There were also ongoing talks with Sony themselves too. I am guessing one of the deals has gone through.
Yep, Liverpool Council were in talks to independently fund "Liverpool Studio" if need be. There were also separate talks between Sony and "Liverpool Studio".
[Did Nintendo buy them (for F-Zero purposes)?]
I don't think its going to be a Bayonetta 2 situation...
So, it could be a case that they are now literally Studio Liverpool, owned by Liverpool City Council.