This May Not Be The Most Believable Steve Jobs Rumour

We all love rumours, but this one, well, let's just say it's not the most trustworthy rumour we've ever seen. Let's consider the source.

It's from a scummy site called Palluxo Media that, when investigated by Fortune, seems to have its sights set on lowering Apple's stock prices:

"You fell for Palluxo?," wrote "cynyc" - one of my regular readers - when I cited that quote as an attempt to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about Apple. "That site only exists to promote the agenda of Apple shorts [speculators betting that the stock will go down] ." I thought my reader was being overly cynical, but the recent history of Palluxo's Steve Jobs coverage suggests he may be onto something.

Consider this sequence of Palluxo headines:

* December 31, 2008: "CEO Steve Jobs on Deathbed, Prognosis Poor" * May 23, 2009: "Apple Rumor: Steve Jobs Could Die Any Day"

and Thursday's prizewinner:

* June 11, 2009: "Apple Rumor: Steve Jobs Seen Kissing Unidentified Man"

But hey, the unidentified source claims to have evidence captured on a security camera! And he only wants $US75,000 for it! We'll like, totally set up a PayPal account so everyone can chip in, OK guys? [Fortune]