Not that we’d put it past Microsoft or anything, but we can already smell a rumor brewing where there is probably none regarding the long-speculated and continuously denied plans to integrate an HD DVD drive into the Xbox 360. Granted, Bill’s got to have something to talk about on stage at CES next week, but we we’re not putting much stock in the pure speculation of a fresh Seattle Times piece, which, without sources, simply holds that “Microsoft could also make a splash by announcing plans to give the Xbox 360 an internal HD-DVD drive”. Yep, they could do that which has been speculated endlessly since the HD DVD drive itself was announced in 2006 — or not. Guess we’ll find out for sure next week. Just don’t get your hopes up.