Fake News: Google Purchased Apple for $9 Billion

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This needs to be filed under the “who goofed, I’ve got to know”, an early report claimed that Google purchased Apple on Tuesday. 9To5Mac reported that the Dow Jones newswires cited that Google’s CEO Larry Page had purchased Apple for $9 billion. According to the report, the deal was struck before the passing of the late Steve Jobs.

Trader 53 managed to share the newswire on Twitter and it is pretty hilarious. The real kicker was that the Google employees, after hearing they would move to Cupertino, said, “yay”.

As you would have suspected, the news and headline was removed. The site was informed by Dow Jones, “Please disregard the headlines that ran on Dow Jones Newswires between 9:34 a.m. ET and 9:36 a.m. ET. Due to a technical error, the headlines were published. All of those headlines are being removed from the wires. We apologize for the error.”

Some had suspected that Down Jones was a victim of a hack. However, Dow Jones’ director of communications, Steve Severinghauss, told Gizmodo, “We absolutely were not hacked.” The company is reportedly conducting an internal review of the incident.

Later Dow Jones released the following statement:

“Dow Jones regrets the erroneous headlines published on its Dow Jones Newswires this morning between 9:34 and 9:36 A.M. ET. The items, which were never intended for publication, were accidentally published as part of a technology test. ‘I take today’s inadvertent and erroneous publication of testing materials extremely seriously. While immediate corrective action has been taken, I have also ordered a review of news and technology processes in this area,’ said William Lewis, CEO of Dow Jones and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal.”

As humorous as the story was, it is surprising that a story like this got out at all. There were many red flags that people would have noticed that this story would fall under “fake news”. The biggest one being that Google picked up Apple for $9 billion. Too cheap and aside the fact that Apple was purchased by anyone. Not to mention that the deal was made before Jobs’ death, which was nearly six years ago. Can’t believe everything you read out there.