Salmon, who is attending this week's festival and conference in Austin, Texas, says that "a little bird" told him that CNN will announce the deal on Tuesday. If the deal goes through as rumored, it would be an amazing coup for Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, who founded the blog in July 2005. The site draws about 20 million monthly unique visitors
The New York Times confirmed the existence of the talks but quoted sources saying that the negotiations are not complete. For what it's worth, one of the editors at Mashable, Adam Ostrow, "liked" on Facebook, the Reuters story.
Assuming where there's smoke, there's fire, check out the following tweet from veteran publisher Alan Meckler, who says Mecklermedia had a deal t0 buy Mashable for a lot less five years ago-but doesn't get into details why the agreement failed to get consummated.
Update 8:45 a.m. PT: TechCrunch reports that Cashmore "is denying the reports to senior level Mashable editors," quickly adding "but that might not mean anything."
We had a deal to buy Mashable in August 2009.They were doing about$900,000 back then with 5m uniques.Good story brewing.— Alan Meckler (@alanmeckler) March 12, 2012