More amazing scoops at the RDL blog today. My Skype just buzzed, with a call from a name I didn’t recognize, and I picked up and it was Kevin Rose of Digg. He goes, “This is Kevin Rose. You think I’m a self-absorbed lothario who is secretly only seventeen years old and who once bragged to BusinessWeek about being worth $60 million even though I didn’t have a dime, and I think you’re a parasitic low-life who should be mopping booth floors with your tongue at the Lusty Lady in North Beach. Could I bend your ear for a moment?” Rose went on to say that he was very upset about some of the recent coverage of Digg’s attempts to sell itself to Google for a rumored $200 million. He specifically mentioned this story from TechCrunch in which anonymous sources said Google walked away from the deal because of (a) technical issues; and/or (b) personality issues. Rose said he wanted to talk about this and he wanted me to write about it and act as his proxy, telling the world his side of the story, but he would only do it if we spoke off the record and I didn’t attribute anything to him so that if anything turned out to be not true he couldn’t be held responsible, and I would take the fall for it instead. Sure thing, I said. Sounds like a great deal to me. Now, I cannot tell you what Kevin Rose said, but I can tell you that nothing I heard during our conversation led me to believe that TechCrunch got the story completely wrong, but on the other hand I don’t think TechCrunch got the story completely right, either. For example, as to whether Google walked away, this may or may not be a completely accurate description of how the talks fell apart, if indeed there ever were any talks, which there may or may not have been. Also, the rumored deal amount of $200 million may or may not be the correct one, and in fact according to someone with knowledge of the negotiations the actual figures were “totally a lot higher, like way, way, mega higher,” than $200 million. That same source with knowledge of the negotiations adds that there is still a chance that Google will resume talks with Digg, and that if not, Microsoft may or may not also be interested in acquiring Digg. Reached by cell phone and asked to comment on this, Digg CEO Kevin Rose referred a reporter to Digg’s PR department.