One of the things I was trying to do with the Disruptors Roundtable (see previous post) was to bring together really smart people and see what happened. As it turned out, one of my guests, Digg CEO Jay Adelson (at left of Craig Newmark in this picture), had been the subject of a speculative blog post earlier in the week by another attendee, Michael Arrington. In the post, Arrington had suggested that News Corp had been in acquisition talks with Digg, but that they could not agree on the price.
I asked Adelson if this was true. While he would not comment specifically on the rumor, he did say that ever since Google bought YouTube everybody has been speaking with everybody. I then asked him under what circumstances would he sell Digg to a larger entity. He said he would only consider it if he believed that a larger company could do more to democratize media than Digg could on its own.
Afterwards, at the party Adelson was seen having some exasperated words with Arrington, who was heard to respond: "Yeah, but you are still coming to my party, right?" (Michael or Jay, please feel free to clarify this exchange in comments if I got it wrong).