A report by the Dow Jones newswire claimed Google was set to acquire Apple for US$9 billion, and that the deal was pre-arranged with Steve Jobs in his will.
â€śIn a surprise move to everyone who is alive, Google said itâ€™s going to buy Apple for $9 billion,â€ť the false story began.
It described a â€śsurpriseâ€ť move that was struck between Google CEO Larry Page and the late Steve Jobs before the Apple co-founderâ€™s passing that ignited the deal.
In a bizarre quote, Google employees are stated to have said â€śyayâ€ť when they found out they were moving to â€śAppleâ€™s fancy headquartersâ€ť.
Despite the fact that the stories were obviously fake, Apple stock quickly jumped by US$2 to around the US$158 level.
The fake stories have now been removed by Dow Jones, after running for only 2 minutes – but nothing escapes the attention of the internet.
“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.”