There are a lot of rumors that simply don't end up on PS3 Fanboy. Why? Because some lack any semblance of credibility whatsoever. One was a recent report that 40% of 40GB PS3 systems were failing ... days after the system's launch. The reports were limited to a number of unknown websites, and details were slim.
David Reeves from SCEE responded to these reports, telling Kotaku
"We are very proud of the quality and reliability of PLAYSTATION 3 and are disappointed that such extremely sloppy journalism has resulted in this totally inaccurate story ... Since launching the 40GB PS3, we have experienced a fantastic jump in sales and the failure rates have remained at the very low level that we not only strive for, but have been achieving since the launch of PS3."
"Sloppy journalism" and "totally unfounded rumors" do seem to go hand in hand, especially on the internet.
[Via Three Speech