False story of Jobs' heart attack started by teen

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
The fraudulent report of Steve Jobs' heart attack that never actually happened was originated by an 18 year old with unclear motives.



A Bloomberg brief noted that the teen's fraudulent report was published by CNN's iReport website and then immediately syndicated to industry watchers by SiliconAlleyInsider blogger Henry Blodget, a former Merrill Lynch analyst who was charged with civil securities fraud by the SEC in 2003.



The false report and subsequent syndication caused Apple's stock to plummet, erasing $4.8 billion in market capitalization in an hour. The stock later rebounding somewhat after the piece was retracted. The SEC has opened an investigation into the motives behind the report, the results of which are still inconclusive.



The article, posted under the name 'Johntw,'' said Jobs was rushed to the emergency room 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,'' the invented report added. "My source has opted to remain anonymous, but he is quite reliable."



CNN said it would cooperate with the SEC probe. It describes iReport as a place for "unedited, unfiltered news" and the site says it "makes no guarantee about the content or coverage.'' The iReport site was began in August 2006 as part of CNN.com and became an independent web site in February.



Bloomberg cited Michael Missal, a former enforcement lawyer at the agency now in private practice, as saying that an SEC manipulation case would probably hinge on the writer's intentions.



Last week at the MacBook announcements, Jobs made his first public appearance since the false report, presenting a slide citing his healthy blood pressure but declining to take further questions about his health.
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  • Reply 1 of 42
    Pranks don't necessarily have a motive.



    Some might argue that this was done to make AAPL drop but I think it was supposed to be a harmless prank. But since most investor is dumb as a fuck, they were taken in by a prank that was not intended one bit to affect the market.



    The stock market, banks, the 'financial system' are all irrelevant and shouldn't exist. The world would be a better place without all these false institutions that supposedly make our lives better.



    If people lost a lot of money on this prank, it's music to my ears.
  • Reply 2 of 42
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kim kap sol View Post


    Pranks don't necessarily have a motive.



    Some might argue that this was done to make AAPL drop but I think it was supposed to be a harmless prank. But since most investor is dumb as a fuck, they were taken in by a prank that was not intended one bit to affect the market.



    The stock market, banks, the 'financial system' are all irrelevant and shouldn't exist. The world would be a better place without all these false institutions that supposedly make our lives better.



    If people lost a lot of money on this prank, it's music to my ears.



    Spoken like someone who doesn't have two nickels to rub together.
  • Reply 3 of 42
    Henry Blodget was charged with civil securities fraud by the SEC in 2003, it's no surprise he acts like this. Anybody who reads his blog should keep in mind this guy's values.
  • Reply 4 of 42
    So... when is this kid scheduled for execution? I'll be sure to tune in with a nice big bucket of fried Buffalo wings.
  • Reply 5 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justflybob View Post


    Spoken like someone who doesn't have two nickels to rub together.



    Interestingly, today I bought a 25k dollar car, zero financing. So you're somewhat right...right now I'm rubbing my two last PENNIES together!
  • Reply 6 of 42
    .mac.mac Posts: 44member
    kids!! these days
  • Reply 7 of 42
    He had a "major heart attack" as opposed to a minor one?



    And people believed this!



    Thank you, CNN, for elevating journalism.
  • Reply 8 of 42
    Whatever happened to fact checkers?
  • Reply 9 of 42
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    I lost big that day on Apple, but I can't help but chuckle at this being an 18yo with no financial goals.
  • Reply 10 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kim kap sol View Post


    Pranks don't necessarily have a motive.



    Some might argue that this was done to make AAPL drop but I think it was supposed to be a harmless prank. But since most investor is dumb as a fuck, they were taken in by a prank that was not intended one bit to affect the market.



    The stock market, banks, the 'financial system' are all irrelevant and shouldn't exist. The world would be a better place without all these false institutions that supposedly make our lives better.



    If people lost a lot of money on this prank, it's music to my ears.



    Fool.
  • Reply 11 of 42
    buzdotsbuzdots Posts: 449member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kim kap sol View Post


    Pranks don't necessarily have a motive.



    Some might argue that this was done to make AAPL drop but I think it was supposed to be a harmless prank. But since most investor is dumb as a fuck, they were taken in by a prank that was not intended one bit to affect the market.



    The stock market, banks, the 'financial system' are all irrelevant and shouldn't exist. The world would be a better place without all these false institutions that supposedly make our lives better.



    If people lost a lot of money on this prank, it's music to my ears.



    komrade kim kap sol...
  • Reply 12 of 42
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    Is the kid related to Jim Cramer?
  • Reply 13 of 42
    Gawd, but I do love the internet . . . where people with no visible means of support, no measurable intelligence, no real-world experience, and no understanding of the most rudimentary elements of honesty or civility can hold forth and pretend to be someone worthy of respect and value.



    Ah, Mephistopheles!
  • Reply 14 of 42
    mj webmj web Posts: 918member
    Wolf Blitzer died years ago! CNN built a set around him (The Situation Room) and hired a cranky sidekick (Jack Cafferty) to spice things up. Did you know Rick Sanchez enjoys having sex with himself?



    Seriously, CNN is irresponsible, dangerous, outdated, unreliable, and irrelevant!
  • Reply 15 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BuzDots View Post


    komrade kim kap sol...



    Yes...that's what the US is right now...a communist/socialist state...the markets are being controlled by the American government (this is not at all restricted to USA, Europe is doing it also) by money injections.



    But don't call me comrade, friend. I'm not American (or Europeean). And the disappearance of a financial market does not in any way entail communism.



    edit: I'd be doing everyone a great disfavor if I didn't take back what I said about the markets being controlled by the government and didn't explain what is really happening. In reality, it's being controlled by the Fed, a private bank. Still, the Fed is on American soil and pretty much destroyed what should be free market...we could call it a free fall market now despite their 'best efforts' to keep it afloat.
  • Reply 16 of 42
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,717member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    ... The iReport site was began in August 2006 as part of CNN.com and became an independent web site in February...



    This sentence should read:



    The iReport site began in August 2006 as part of CNN.com and became an independent web site in February.
  • Reply 17 of 42
    He doesn't have a girlfriend....
  • Reply 18 of 42
    mchumanmchuman Posts: 154member
    Quote:

    It describes iReport as a place for "unedited, unfiltered news"



    But they know damn well that iReport feeds are labeled "CNN", so google news and other sites reported :



    "CNN: Steve Jobs rushed to the hospital"
  • Reply 19 of 42
    irelandireland Posts: 17,549member
    If anything this kid only help to point out how useless a job reporters, news media and analysts do these days. Sure the prank shouldn't have happened, but this story should have been squashed sooner. MacRumors had the sense not to run the story, others should have had that too.



    I don't care what he's motives are, it forced Apple to send out a statement saying Steve is healthy, which over time will prove to actually be a good thing. And it may force Apple to prepare for all these circumstances "publicly"; like they are doing lately by showing more and more faces on stage and at these events.



    If you ask me I think Ive should get the CEO position, if he wants it, when Steve gets too old to keep up with things.
  • Reply 20 of 42
    ipeonipeon Posts: 1,122member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kim kap sol View Post


    Pranks don't necessarily have a motive.



    Some might argue that this was done to make AAPL drop but I think it was supposed to be a harmless prank. But since most investor is dumb as a fuck, they were taken in by a prank that was not intended one bit to affect the market.



    The stock market, banks, the 'financial system' are all irrelevant and shouldn't exist. The world would be a better place without all these false institutions that supposedly make our lives better.



    If people lost a lot of money on this prank, it's music to my ears.



    Someone with brains. I see that you have been getting slack for having stated a truth.



    The stock market and the 'financial system' is indeed full of criminals. What is a criminal? Someone who wants to get rich off of other people's hard work. That's what the stock market is today. "Let's get rich and contribute nothing."
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