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Don’t tweet that you twit

Valleywag reports that The Wall Street Journal’s online executive editor Alan Murray posted to his Twitter account last Thursday, claiming that that he had done so from an iPad. The tweet was quickly deleted, however, and it appears that it had been posted during a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, part of Jobs’ recent trip to New York to show off the gadget to publishing executives in a bid to bring their content to the tablet device.

According to Valleywag, Murray deleted the tweet in response to a “furious” Steve Jobs, who was no doubt displeased at the disclosure.

A tipster told us the deletion ultimately traces back to a furious Jobs. We asked Murray for comment, and he wrote back “I would love to talk about this, but can’t.” In a later email, he added:

“I will say that Apple’s general paranoia about news coverage is truly extraordinary- but that’s not telling you anything you didn’t already know.”
Apple’s obsession with secrecy is well-known, and while a simple, two-sentence tweet from a newspaper executive claiming to have access to the already-announced device may seem trivial, Jobs’ desire to control the flow of information about its products and plans clearly continues to extends to all facets of Apple’s activities.

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