French weekly mistakenly announces: 'Bill Gates dead'
French weekly news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur or simply Le Nouvel Obs attracted unwanted attention on Thursday when it mistakenly announced the death of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
The mistake appeared at the top of an article on the publication's website recounting tributes to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died on October 5. Although the content of the article correctly referenced tributes to Jobs, the headlines read "Bill Gates Dead."
The article has since been amended, but eagle-eyed Twitter users picked up on the mistake and quickly made "Bill Gates dead" a trending topic throughout France.
The mistake is reminiscent of one made by the online edition of the British paper The Daily Mail, which incorrectly ran a story this week claiming Amanda Knox had lost her appeal. However, unlike the outcry surrounding The Daily Mail story, the mistake in Le Nouvel Obs is being treated with light-hearted jokes on Twitter.