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Hey, People Magazine: That is not Sergey Brin's love interest

Saturday, 7 Sep 2013 | 1:12 PM ET
This is from the Sept. 16, 2013 issue of People Magazine incorrectly purports to show all three corners of a "Google Triangle".
Source: People Magazine
This is from the Sept. 16, 2013 issue of People Magazine incorrectly purports to show all three corners of a "Google Triangle".

Oops.

People Magazine, which never seems to get it wrong when it comes to the highlights and lowlights of Hollywood's glitterati, is having a tougher time knowing who's who in Silicon Valley.

It's not like People has much reason to work up sources in tech land. It's not really their bread and butter. I mean, when the most tabloid-y thing in months out of the Silicon Valley is Yahoo's Marissa Mayer posing in Vogue upside down on a chair, well, that doesn't sell as many magazines as Kim Kardashian going blonde, postpartum.

Google love triangle
Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife are living apart, and Sergey is reportedly involved with a Google employee. CNBC's Jon Fortt and divorce attorney Raoul Felder discuss the impact the split may have on the company's finances.

However...

Now that Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife of six years, Anne Wojcicki, may be on the outs over allegations of an office affair, that got People's attention. Brin is young(ish), handsome(ish) and worth $23 billion(ish). The other woman is reported by Valleywag to be the 27-year-old marketing manager for Google Glass, Amanda Rosenberg.

Rosenberg has posted many images of herself on the Internet, so it's not too difficult to find out what she looks like.

Apparently, though, it's too difficult for People Magazine.

Valleywag reports that People's story about the breakup of the Brins includes a photo of the wrong woman. In fact, it appears the magazine chose a stock photo of a woman modeling Google Glass, staring Borg-like into the camera, and she is not Amanda Rosenberg.

Attempts from CNBC to reach People Magazine went unanswered.

'...whilst riding on her citibike...'

However, a photo credit in a paper copy of the issue of People (the photo appears only in the print form of the magazine) confirms that it came from Splash News, an agency that sells paparazzi images. Splash News provides this description to the photo:

"A lady seen wearing the soon to be released google glasses whilst riding on her citibike in New York City, USA."

Valleywag's Sam Biddle replies, "Although it's true Amanda Rosenberg is 'a lady' often seen wearing Google Glass, and has perhaps used a bicycle before, that's where the similarities end."

If People wanted to know what Amanda Rosenberg looks like, all it had to do was Google her.

—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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