Valve: Rumors of Google Buy-Out Are 'Complete Fabrication'

Did your heart skip a beat this morning when you saw the report that Google was planning to buy Valve? The makers of one of the biggest web companies on earth buying the makers of "Half-Life" and Steam?

Tech news site The Inquirer reported the story earlier today, stating that "WELL PLACED SOURCES tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now." [All-caps emphasis theirs.]

I contacted Valve pr man Doug Lombardi who replied to my request for comment on this news with just two words: "complete fabrication."

Just to make sure Lombardi wasn't being cagey, I asked if it's be correct if we posted that (my words) "Valve says Google isn't buying the company." He said that would be correct. So... no sale!