On 28 July 2011, a press release (“Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That”) was issued by an apparently legitimate company called AptiQuant:
The press release was reported by many of the biggest news websites, including BBC News, CNN, The Huffington Post, Mail Online, Mashable, The Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Business Insider, News.com.au, etc.
There is no company called AptiQuant, and no such survey was ever done.
The main purpose behind this hoax was to create awareness about the incompatibilities of IE6 and how it is pulling back innovation.
Those big news websites were suddenly facing an embarrassing dilemma… Continue reading