I don’t know The Inquirer’s success rate in speculating on upcoming acquisitions, but the site sure seems convinced that Google is about to acquire Valve:
WELL PLACED SOURCES tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now. If you have to stop and think about why, you probably are not aware of Steam, Valve’s amazing content distribution platform.
I’m not familiar with Valve, but I am familiar with the video games it’s produced, such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, and Portal. The Inquirer suggests that it’s Valve’s Steam gaming platform that Google is interested in.
It’s not likely that Google would be interested in owning a gaming portal, but the actual technology behind Steam. Then again, I’m not much of a gamer and have never used Steam–so maybe some of you who have, can shed some light as to what Google might want from Valve.
UPDATE: Valve execs are saying this is a “complete fabrication.”