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A heart-stopping Google glitch

March 31, 2011: 6:18 AM ET

Apple shares briefly fall to $0.00 on Google Finance

Click to enlarge. Source: Google Finance

Under the heading "OK, I almost just had a heart attack," one of the investors who follow Apple (AAPL) on Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board posted the screenshot at right, in which Google's (GOOG) stock-tracking service reports Apple's shares plummeting $350.96 (100%) in after-hours trading Tuesday.

The stock bounced back in the next clock tick, but the glitch shook investors who rely on Google Finance and occasioned a few sardonic quips.

"Luckily," one reader posted, "nuclear power plants don't run on Google software."

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for

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