“It isn’t accurate in any way, according to a number of sources BoomTown spoke to close to the situation,” Swisher writes.
While the original story asserts with fairly firm authority that a deal is as good as done — “We don’t know the price but can assume it’s well, well north of the $250 million valuation that [Twitter] saw in [its] recent funding,” TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington states — Swisher tells a drastically different tale. In actuality, her report indicates, Google and Twitter have been holding only “product-related discussions” about search-related issues. “It was very preliminary … and that was that,” one of her sources says.
I know, I know: Bloggers are entitled to break news as much as traditional journalists these days. But when push comes to shove and the two trades collide, my faith still falls with the veteran reporter. It’s not the title that determines my trustworthiness — heck, All Things Digital is itself described as a blog — it’s the writer’s track record when it comes to things like journalistic integrity, thoroughness of reporting, and careful evaluation of sources. Whether information’s given on The New York Times or on Timmy’s Totally Terrific Tech Blog, that’s what I’m ultimately going to consider.
But enough about me. Read the two reports and decide for yourself.