Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.43% Chief Executive Tim Cook took an extraordinary step of publicly demanding the retraction of a Bloomberg News story that claimed compromised motherboards made their way into Apple servers. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Cook said “There is no truth in their story about Apple,” and called for it to be retracted. Buzzfeed reported it was the first time an Apple CEO had publicly called for such a move, even though it has faced demonstrably false content previously, such as a This American Life episode on Apple’s Asian manufacturing that was found to be fabricated. Bloomberg reported earlier this month, based on multiple anonymous sources including three former Apple employees, that China managed to put small chips on Super Micro Computer Inc. SMCI, +0.19% motherboards that made their way into servers used by more than two dozen companies, including Apple and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.35% Bloomberg has stood by the story despite vociferous denials from the companies named in the report, and told Buzzfeed for its story, “We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.” Apple stock was up 1.5% in Friday trading, even as the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.23% was down 0.2%.
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