Early in the trading session, Dow Jones Newswire posted a series of very peculiar headlines regarding two of the largest technology companies in the world.
The first ridiculous claim was that Google would acquire Apple for $9 billion. That price point is almost $796 billion below Apple's current market capitalization. In fact, no company in the world can afford to acquire Apple. The next headline claimed that "Google Says Yay," which makes sense given that ridiculous discount to Apple's current market value at which this supposed deal was priced. The false headlines continued with claims that "Steve Jobs Suggested this in His Will," "Google Will Takeover Apple Headquarters," and that the deal was expected to close tomorrow.
Color me skeptical, but I find it hard to believe that these headlines would be generated by a "technical glitch." My inner conspiracy theorist senses are tingling. Perhaps Dow Jones is trying to cover up a hacker intrusion that lead to these false and somewhat hilarious headlines. Apple shares spiked temporarily on the news and ended the day nearly unchanged. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.