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Bots Gone Bad, Part II? Maybe Not

Bruce Carton | September 22, 2008

You already know about "Bots Gone Bad”— the episode where a Google "bot" crawling the Internet found a 2002 story about United Airlines declaring bankruptcy, somehow erroneously concluded it was a current story, and added it to Google News. The 2002 story was ultimately sent out with a fresh date by Bloomberg on September 8, leading to an immediate and massive sell-off of UAL stock that temporarily knocked a billion dollars off of the company's market cap.

Well, less than two weeks later, I may have stumbled upon "Bots Gone Bad, Part II," or at the very least some similar-looking human mischief. The story starts with one of the many key word searches/feeds that I have set up to alert me to new securities developments. On September 19, 2008, I was interested to see a "hit" dated that same day on Google News for an article entitled "People to watch in the new...

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