The Dow Jones surprised everyone today when they mistakenly published headlines saying Google was set to acquire Apple for as little as $9 billion. The deal, according to DJ, was set to close tomorrow with Google employees receiving nine Apple shares for every Google share owned and the eventual takeover of Apple’s headquarters. Ridiculous, right?
— Trader 53 (@trader_53) October 10, 2017
Wait, it gets better. According to the Dow Jones, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was even in talks with Google Chief Executive Larry Page before he died and announced the acquisition while his will was read in Cupertino, CA. If this isn’t the most bogus fake news I’ve ever read, I’m not sure what it.
In a statement to 9to5Mac, the DJ said the following:
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.
Personally, I’m anxious to find out what caused this error. Unless some mad intern had someone pee in their milkshake this morning, I would assume there’s some type of hacker behind this. Of course, if more information surfaces, we’ll let you know.