Dow Jones Apologizes for Fake 'Google Acquires Apple' Headline

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Dow Jones Newswire Sends False Google-Apple Merger Story; DJ Calls It 'Technical Error'

No, it's fake news, and we don't have Facebook to blame for it, or at least not directly.

No, Google hasn't "acquired" Apple - despite what recent Dow Jones headlines might have briefly told you this morning. Presumably, real people familiar with the tech industry or the stock market would have recognized that Google buying Apple for a cool $9 billion is impossible.

Dow Jones's statement said: "Please disregard the headlines that ran on Dow Jones Newswires between 9:34 a.m. ET and 9:36 a.m. ET". But the news-and the multiple alerts that the newswire blasted out-were bogus.

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Dow Jones has blamed a "technical error" for a series of fake news headlines on Tuesday morning which claimed that Google was acquiring Apple for the bargain price of $9 billion.

Dow Jones later apologised for the error.

The story contained a number of clues that it was inaccurate.

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"In a surprise move to everyone who is alive, Google said it's going to buy Apple for $9 billion".

The story claimed that the late Steve Jobs had made a deal with Alphabet chief executive Larry Page before the former died in 2010. The deal was announced when Jobs's will was read in Cupertino, Calif. But Apple is a widely-held public company-Jobs wouldn't have been able to arrange such a sale in his will. "Google employees said, 'Yay'". Stories also claimed the deal was supposed to close tomorrow, and part of the deal was Google taking over Apple's new headquarters.

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