Nikon D90 – without a build-in AF motor?

We received several emails with rumors stating that the upcoming D90 will be released without a build in AF motor. Those rumors are mainly form Nikon stores owners (one from London Camera Exchange), which generally hurts their credibility. The fact that those rumors are spreading is scary, because such move from Nikon will not be well accepted.

On the other hand if you remember the article that Nikon will concentrate on high end cameras, this may be the chosen strategy from Nikon. There is even word on the street that D90 may be discontinues all together (hard to believe).
If you read the thread on this topic in dpreview, there are many good reasons why Nikon may release the D90 without a build in AF motor. 
We label this rumor as “hard to believe”.
Here is one of the emails:

Hey, just a quick possible rumor for you.

I was out shopping for some new accessories the other day and I casually asked the assistant if there was any news on a D80 replacement. 

They told me that the replacement for the D80 will be discontinuing compatibility for old lenses. Meaning that only DX lenses will be compatible with the D90. 
Not too sure on the legitimacy of this rumor, but I thought I’d throw it in there anyway.

(The shop the in question is the “London Camera Exchange”) 

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