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Fake Steve Jobs has confirmed our very special correspondent's spoiler: The Apple lawsuit Dan Lyons blogged about is as fake as his blog. Some of you may feel duped or even a bit angry. Don't.

I'll even admit I was taken in by Lyons's artfully drawn fable, which made a point about the unseemliness of Think Secret blogger Nick Ciarelli agreeing to settle a lawsuit with Apple by shutting down his site. When a panicked reader pointed out the Fake Steve posts to me, I frantically IM'd my boss asking if we should cover the news. He tartly reminded me that Fake Steve Jobs was a parody blog. I felt foolish, but not angry. Creating suspension of disbelief is part of what great fiction is all about. Now I'm just wondering if I should've asked for Options for Christmas.