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Dow Jones mistakenly reports Google to buy Apple due to “technical error”

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.

“In a surprise move to everyone who is alive, Google said it’s going to buy Apple for $9 billion,” the false story began.

It described a “surprise” move that was struck between Google CEO Larry Page and the late Steve Jobs before the Apple co-founder’s passing that ignited the deal.

In a bizarre quote, Google employees are stated to have said “yay” when they found out they were moving to “Apple’s fancy headquarters”.

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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.”

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