Google released its third quarter earnings Thursday afternoon. Too bad they came a few hours ahead of when the company had scheduled to publish them. After the mistake, the company's stock price plunged. Adding to the embarrassment: The early release included a note that it was missing a quote from Google's CEO Larry Page.
Google's not alone. Check out more embarrassing publishing mistakes:
Google's Earnings Released Early
Google's stock plunged after a press release on the company's earnings was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/goog-google-stock-earnings-leak_n_1980526.html?utm_hp_ref=business">accidentally published</a> hours ahead of schedule. To add to the blunder, the release included a note indicating it was missing a quote from CEO Larry Page.
Google Engineer Accidentally Publishes Internal Memo On His Public Google+ Profile
A Google engineer let an internal memo go public after he published <a href="http://siliconangle.com/furrier/2011/10/12/google-engineer-accidently-shares-his-internal-memo-about-google-platform/">it to his Google+ profile</a> and accidentally hit the public settings, according to siliconangle.com. The memo <a href="http://siliconangle.com/furrier/2011/10/12/google-engineer-accidently-shares-his-internal-memo-about-google-platform/">included revelations like</a> "Amazon does everything wrong, and Google does everything right."
Dewey Defeats Truman
Thanks to a printers' strike, the Chicago Tribune committed one of the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-chicagodays-deweydefeats-story,0,6484067.story">most famous mistakes</a> in newspaper history. One of its Nov. 3, 1948, editions defiantly proclaimed "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" when, in fact, the opposite was true. The reason for the accidental release: the paper's first edition had to go to print hours before it normally would, due to a printers' strike, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Goldman's Lawyers Accidentally Release Documents They Were Fighting To Keep Secret
During a legal battle with Overstock.com, as well as some media outlets, to keep certain documents sealed, Goldman Sachs' lawyers <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/accidentally-released-and-incredibly-embarrassing-documents-show-how-goldman-et-al-engaged-in-naked-short-selling-20120515">accidentally released un-redacted</a> versions of some of those very documents last May, according to Rolling Stone. Some of the tidbits include these musings from a former Merrill Lynch exec: "Fuck the compliance area." The documents also revealed that Goldman and other banks were engaging in naked short-selling, a controversial and illegal practice.
Prosecution In Trayvon Martin Case Accidentally Releases Evidence To The Media
The Florida State Attorney's office prosecuting George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/george-zimmerman-evidence_n_1762383.html">accidentally sent media outlets evidence </a>the office meant to keep private. The evidence, which was attached to an August email included details like a grainy photo of Martin's body and Zimmerman's college transcript.
Iranian News Agency Publishes Report Based On Onion Headline
The Iranian Fars News Agency thought it had a revolutionary news item on its hands; too bad the story came from a satire publication. The news organization with close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/iranian-news-agency-claims-onion-report-it-ran-by-mistake-is-essentially-true/">published a story</a> called "Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama," which it pulled entirely from the Onion. The news agency <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/mitt-romney-jobs_n_1972429.html">ultimately apologized</a> for its mistake and pulled the story from the site, but one of its editors still continued to claim that the fictional story might in fact be based on reality, according to The New York Times.
Oracle Accidentally Releases Secret Sales Document
Hardware and software company Oracle <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/oops-oracle-accidentally-leaks-a-confidential-sales-document-2012-8">accidentally published an internal memo</a> discussing how the company planned to sell Taleo, a business it recently acquired for $1.9 billion. The document, which Oracle accidentally published to its website, included pricing information for Taleo it was planning to sell and how much of a discount it was willing to give.
Bloomberg Publishes Steve Jobs' Obituary Before He Dies
It's common practice for news organizations to write obituaries of public figures before they die. What's less common is for those pre-written obituaries to get published. But in 2008, <a href="http://gawker.com/5042795/steve-jobss-obituary-as-run-by-bloomberg">Bloomberg released its obituary</a> of famed Apple CEO Steve Jobs -- a full three years before Jobs died. The mistake, which temporarily rattled investors, happened while the obit was being updated.
CNN Accidentally Publishes A Bunch Of Pre-Draft Obituaries
In another pre-written obituary fail,<a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/cnns-premature-obituaries"> CNN published a bunch </a>of prepared obituaries to its site in 2003 of people who were still alive including Ronald Reagan and Dick Cheney, according to The Smoking Gun. CNN ultimately pulled the pages about 20 minutes after they went up.
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