29 Nov '12, 6am

Press Release Fuels Google Acquisition Hoax

Press Release Fuels Google Acquisition Hoax

A press release posted to PRWeb announced Google's acquisition of a wireless Internet provider for $400 million. One giant problem: it was a hoax. The press release was short in content and appeared Monday (and has since been removed from the site). The story was reported on by the Associated Press and numerous technology publications, including TechCrunch. It looked fairly official but had some subtle problems. For example, there were two versions of the spelling of the word WiFi in it. ICOA CEO George Strouthopoulos confirmed that the press release was a hoax. He didn't sound too happy about it either. "This was a Hoax. We are investigating the source, so far it originated from Aruba! This is NOT TRUE!!Never had any discussions with any potential acquirers!! This is absolutely false!" he wrote. "Someone, I guess a stock promoter with a dubious interest, is disseminating ...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2228263/Press-Releas...

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