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Google Buying Apple? False $9 Billion Acquisition Story Was 'Technical Error'

For two very surreal minutes, mountains moved, tides changed, and the natural order of everything in the tech world was thrown totally out of whack: The Dow Jones newswire falsely reported that Google had purchased Apple for a measly $9 billion.

"In a surprise move to everyone who is alive, Google said it's going to buy Apple for $9 billion". And in response to assumptions that it had been hacked, Dow Jones' director of communications, Steve Severinghauss, told Gizmodo, "We absolutely were not hacked".

Apple Inc. has a current market capitalization of approximately $800 billion so the fake bid would likely have been rejected without question anyway. Analysts also predicted this summer Apple could become a trillion dollar company by next year. "Google Chief Executive Larry Page had secret talks with the now-deceased Steve Jobs in 2010 to firm up the deal". Other headlines appeared to be test messages. Apparently, the Dow Jones Newswires had some type of "technical error" which caused the release of several false stories about Google buying Apple.

Dow Jones provided the following statement to 9to5mac: "Please disregard the headlines that ran on Dow Jones Newswires between 9:34 a.m. ET and 9:36 a.m. ET".

The wire service shared headlines that claimed Google and Apple had agreed to terms for a sale, according to9to5Mac, which first spotted the fake news report. "We apologize for the error", it said in a statement.



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