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

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The company is reportedly conducting an internal review of the incident.

Dow Jones blamed a "technical error" and quickly retracted the story.

"Please disregard the headlines that ran on Dow Jones Newswires between 9:34am ET and 9:36am ET", the company said.

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Dow Jones Newswires published multiple fake headlines shortly after markets opened Tuesday morning, sparking fears it had been hacked. Dow Jones staffers apparently did that at some point in the past, then someone screwed up by pushing the "publish" button.

It ended with the claim that "Google employees said "Yay".

Google buying Apple is already a far-fetched proposition, but some of the headlines were even more freakish.

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Dow Jones has since put out a statement saying that the freaky, now removed, headlines were the result of a "technical error".

The Dow Jones newswire reported some mind-blowing news this morning: Google is acquiring Apple for the relatively paltry price of $9 billion, thanks to an agreement revealed in Steve Jobs' will. "We apologise for the error".

"Google Will Takeover Apple Headquarters", said one newswire headline, while another said that the deal was expected to close tomorrow. "In a surprise move to everyone who is alive, Google said it's going to buy Apple for $9 billion", the story read, according to a screen capture posted to Twitter. However, computers may be more susceptible to trade fake headlines as the volume of algorithmic trading rises.

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