Apple Tanks; Fake Steve Jobs Heart Attack Story

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News Posted: Fri, Oct 3 2008 12:47 PM

Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.

Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious.  The story read:

Steve Jobs was rushed to the ER just a few hours ago after
suffering a major heart attack. I have an insider who tells me that
paramedics were called after Steve claimed to be suffering from severe
chest pains and shortness of breath. My source has opted to remain
anonymous, but he is quite reliable. I haven't seen anything about this
anywhere else yet, and as of right now, I have no further information,
so I thought this would be a good place to start. If anyone else has
more information, please share it.

Uh, huh.  Well, the stock tanked as you can see on the left.  It's since recovered, and Katie Cotton, Vice President of Apple Worldwide Communications, has said quite succinctly, "It is not true."

iReport calls itself "unedited, unfiltered news."  I'll bet they wouldn't want to see this story posted, if I tried.

Steve Jobs' health has been the subject of much speculation, and he took it head on at Apple's recent "Let's Rock" event with the following slide.

It appears this rumor is just as exaggerated.

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ice_73 replied on Fri, Oct 3 2008 3:05 PM

wow, this is just so funny, that guy probably made alot of money on apple stocks :-)

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mazuki replied on Fri, Oct 3 2008 3:50 PM

"greatly exaggerated" yes everyone, i didn't COMPLETELY die, only halfway.

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hahah i bet he did. good idea tho

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Oct 4 2008 11:15 AM

"Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do."

"What's that?"

"Go through his clothes and look for loose change."

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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