UnNews:Gremlins attack news institutions
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15 April 2010
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On Tuesday, a junior editor from the boiler room where UnNews Audio is broadcast came upstairs, renamed some files, and caused the New article skeleton to appear in the day's list of news stories. When research revealed the bug would recur every day until the rapture (and beyond, unless Jesus Christ were to provide coding tips), the change was undone.
But around the same time, comparable gremlins attacked AP, and the attack continued through Wednesday. The initial stories had baby-talk headlines and only one line of text. Then, a story appeared claiming Wembley Field is dangerous. The story began, "This is a test2 of the Associated Press and is not intended for Publication or Broadcasting." But the story was picked up by contract redistributors such as
myway.com, which ran it under Top News.
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Other articles in the Tech News category were headlined, "Nobody knows why things are what they are," "Please work," and "Test from gabo." While nobody does know why things are what they are, these news stories are also believed to be tests.
- Anonymous, "Players, coaches demand inquiry into Wembley field". Associated Press, April 13, 2010