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Tribune Says Panic-Causing (Old) United Story Did Appear on 'Sun Sentinel' Web Site

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Tribune Says Panic-Causing (Old) United Story Did Appear on 'Sun Sentinel' Web Site

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Updating the expired United Airlines bankruptcy story snafu, Tribune Co. late Tuesday that a dynamic link to the 2002 story that caused a stock market panic was briefly on the Web site of its South Florida Sun Sentinel.

"Our records show that due to traffic volume, sometime between 1:00:34 a.m. EDT, Sunday, September 7 ... and 1:36:03 a.m. EDT, Sunday, September 7 ... a link to the old article appeared in a dynamic portion of the Sun Sentinel's business section, grouped with other stories under a tab entitled 'Popular Stories Business:Most Viewed,' Tribune said in a statement.

"No new story was published and the old story was not re-published -- a link to the old story was merely provided," it added.

Tribune said at 1:36:57 a.m. EDT on Sunday Google's Googlebot search agent crawled the story on the Sun Sentinel's site -- as it had done as recently as last week without linking the story to Google News.

This time, Tribune said, the Googlebot linked the story, which was retrieved from Google News about three minutes later. …

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