Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United Airlines

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a “preliminary inquiry” into how an outdated bankruptcy story sparked a $1 billion run on an airline’s stock value.

The errors provide a salutary lesson for investors of the power and perils of computer automation and throw a spotlight on Google’s News search technology which, using “Googlebot” algorithms, scours web pages in search of news articles.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4742147.ece

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