canon rumors is "reporting" that canon was? is? interested in buying Pentax?!? They are "concerned" about Sony gaining DSLR marketshare. Wait what? Sony's DSLRs are barely in the top 20 in sales. Why would that worry canon? Perhaps canon are actually worried about the NEX camera.
If Pentax has been working on some kind of EVIL camera (as has been previously rumored) then canon might have seen it as an easy way to get their hands on such a camera. They could just rebrand a Pentax EVIL as a canon. It would be faster than if they started work on building their own system.
This is exactly what Sony did when they bought Minolta and transformed it into their DSLR camera line. According to canon rumors Sony was(?)or is(?) interested in buying Pentax also?!? I have no idea why on Earth they would want Pentax. Or perhaps by purchasing Pentax canon or Sony can just get rid of a "major" camera player and inherit their sales.
So what does this have to do with Nikon? Well if this "tidbit" is true then the thought of two big players swallowing up a smaller one would be bad news for Nikon. As much as I tease Pentax owners on their choice of gear (even though I happen to own some Pentax film cameras too, shhhh) I'd hate to see Pentax go away.