“On the Internet, a hoax can spread just as fast as a genuine news story. That’s the lesson from the bogus story published in an obscure UK business magazine yesterday that claimed Microsoft is about to unleash a new single-play DVD format,” Ed Bott writes. “Paul Thurrott reprinted the story without giving credit to the original source. Bink.nu picked up the story from Paul and reprinted it verbatim. Techdirt commented on the original story, with attribution but without any fact-checking. So did John Walkenbach. The funny part? There’s no truth to the story. None whatsoever.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Did we ever tell you about the time we ran an April Fool’s story that claimed Tiger Woods had signed a long-term deal with Apple Computer as Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ spokesperson? The story we ran was by “Siddhartha Finch” and dated April 1, 2005. If you clicked on “Siddhartha Finch” in our April Fool’s article, it linked to a “Museum of Hoaxes” website that explained the whole April Fool’s story: “Siddhartha Finch” was the main player in a famous Sports Illustrated April Fool’s article. That’s right, four days later, none other than Sports Illustrated picked up the story and reported the Tiger Woods deal with Apple as fact.
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