Dow Jones technical error spreads fake news story of Google acquiring Apple

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The Dow Jones newswires had a ‘technical error’ which caused the portal to report several spurious stories including several headlines claiming Google was acquiring Apple for $ 9 billion, and that the deal was pre-arranged with Steve Jobs in his will.

I get that a technical error caused the stories to flow, but where did they come from in the first place? It’s not like someone accidentally wrote them.

From Dow Jones:

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.

Nope. An error is the release of the stories. But the creation of those stories is something else entirely. This should not be dismissed as a simple mistake.

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