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  • Daily Mail Fail: UK Paper Falls for Spoof


    The UK's second biggest newspaper, quoting a Twitter feed clearly marked "of course this is a parody account," ran with a report that Apple would be recalling the iPhone 4. After being lampooned in numerous tweets as the "Mail Fail," the story was pulled from the Daily Mail's website, but a screenshot was saved on Nic Dafis's Flickr photostream. The Mail's "Sister Website" ThisIsMoney.co.uk is still running the story as straight news as of this posting. [UPDATE: they finally figured it out.]

    The lede of the Mail's story quoted the ceoSteveJobs tweet in reporting on a possible iPhone 4 recall: "The much-vaunted new iPhone 4 may be recalled, Apple boss Steve jobs revealed last night. Posting a message on the social networking site Twitter, the tycoon said; 'We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect." On launch day, ceoSteveJobs featured the joke tweet "I heard the CEO of AT&T got married recently. The service was great but the reception was terrible." That might have been a hint for the Mail's writers.

    Some reports over the weekend held out the hope of a software fix for the so-called "Death Grip" problem, though the Apple Support forum postings reporting that Apple would be releasing an iOS upgrade were quickly deleted, as well as all posts that referred to the deleted posts.

    modified image via Nic Dafis (cc)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Daily Mail Fail: UK Paper Falls for Spoof started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post