The Best of April Fools 2013

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It is April 1st, a day when you truly can’t believe everything you see or read on the internet. As usual, many companies like to create all sorts of shenanigans on this very special day.

Here is a compilation of some of this year’s best April Fools pranks around the internet.

Help Conserve Energy by Opting to Remove Letters

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Yesterday, Twitter announced two tiers of service: the free Twttr, which does not allow vowels, and the premium Twitter, which functions normally. They decided to do this in an effort to generate more revenue. However, TechAirlines realized that this was a genius idea, not for making money, but for saving energy instead.

Every page request takes energy to transmit. The larger the page, the more energy it takes to transmit it over the internet and render it in your browser. Makes sense right?

Every English word contains at least one vowel. So what if we took out all the vowels? It would make the size of each page significantly smaller. And a smaller page, means less energy is needed to transmit and load that page.

Facebook Suspends Users Who Share Passwords with Employers

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As you may be aware, Facebook has been taking a stand against employers who request prospective and actual employees to reveal their Facebook password. In an announcement from Erin Egan, the Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, the company took a stand against such practices and warned its users never to share their password.

Facebook failed to stop the employers, so now, could Facebook be going after the actual employees instead of the employers?

Google Introduces Google Maps 8-Bit for NES

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Wouldn’t it be great to be able to use Google Maps on your NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)?

Thanks to the work of a bunch of Google engineers, you now can. According to a new blog post from the Google Maps team, Google is planning to release a new NES catridge which contains an 8-bit version of Google Maps, complete with a dial up connection to connect to the internet.

The Best of April Fools 2011

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It’s April 1st and that means it’s April Fools. It’s a day where everyone plays fun pranks on each other and sites all over the internet are no different.

Here is a round up of some pranks that I thought were really great this year.

Groupon Acquires April Fools Day

Groupon has announced that they …

The Best of April Fools 2010

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Many companies online take April 1st very seriously by launching new innovative products like Gmail. Or not. April 1st is April Fools Day and 2010 was no different. We always have the usual suspects pulling off pranks, especially Google, but its more than just Google having fun. Here is a list of my favorites from …

Google and Topeka Swap Names

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On March 1, 2010 in an attempt to support efforts to bring Google’s fiber optic network to Topeka, Kansas, Mayor Bill Bunten issued a proclamation for the city to be named Google for the month of March, similar to an event in 1998 where the city was renamed to Topikachu in honor of the Pokémon …

Google Helps You Understand Your Pets

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Wolf, wolf, wolf! Ever wonder what your pets are trying to tell you? Are you having trouble understanding them? You’re not alone. The internet’s largest company, Google, is here to help, with their new Google Translate for Animals app for Android.

Translate for Animals is an application for Android phones that recognizes and transcribes words

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