If you heard that Google purchased Apple for less than ten billion dollars, you probably would laugh and say that this must be fake news of the year. Believe it or not, recently a fake news has popped up on Dow Jones’ newswire, where the headline reads “Google buys Apple for $9 billion”.
On the report, it said that the deal was prearranged by Steve Jobs who secretly talked with Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page before his death. Not only this but it also claimed that Google’s employees would be forced to move into Apple’s new headquarter, and upon hearing this, Google employees said “Yay.”
Oh! Fake news, what have you done?
What a headline: a $750 billion-valued company sells for just $9 billion in the blink of an eye. By the way, before hiding this blemish of the year from their newswire, the headline went viral. And more interestingly, the stock prices of Apple immediately jumped $156 to $158.
A technical error
Apologizing for a technical error, Dow Jones CEO William Lewis gave a statement to Mashable that “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.”