Whoa – I'm sorry, but the words "There is some bar talk about this but nothing official yet" admit that there has been a discussion, but there is no final decision. If that is +Robert Scoble
's version of a denial, what does an admission sound like? He even says "I am Interested," in response to "Were you trying to raise a fund? Are you still?" I can't see +Dan Lyons
reporting any other way than he did based on those responses.
UPDATE: On the flipside, this is why when I worked in journalism, we didn't lean on email as a source of communication. If it was to clarify a number or verify a small fact from a big interview it was OK. And more importantly – always clarified that an email was on the record if using in a story. This is a pretty sloppy move on both their parts.