But the story, that the acquisition had been suggested in the will of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was bogus.
It was removed after two minutes, though Apple's shares did briefly rise in value.
Dow Jones said the news appeared as the result of a "technical error" and should be ignored.
The unintentionally published fake news described the acquisition as "a surprise move to everyone who is alive" and quoted Google employees as saying "Yay".
It also stated that Google would move into "Apple's fancy headquarters".