SEC to investigate false Steve Jobs heart attack claim

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Whoever made that false Steve-Jobs-had-a-heart-attack claim is going to be in a lot of trouble now that the SEC is getting involved.

The independent agency is looking to see if the false report was done maliciously. That is to say, it’s trying to figure out whether or not the person who posted the claim in order to profit from the resulting drop in stock price. (Apple’s stock went down quite a bit while the rumor was still running around blogs, Twitter and so on.)

I guess this does underline how important Jobs is to Apple, but how dumb must you be to make a false claim like that and not think you’d get in trouble?

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