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Google's 'Gmail Motion' Prank is Even Less Funny Now That It's Real

Google's Gmail Motion hoax might not be so far-fetched after all. A group of post-doc students at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies has turned Google's April Fools' joke into reality, using their software engineering skills and Microsoft Kinect motion sensors. They even incorporated the same ridiculous gestures that Google demonstrated in its prank video....

Oops: YouTube's April Fools' Button Also Makes Horrible Things More Horrible

YouTube's April Fools' gag -- a "1911" button that turns any video into an old-timey silent film, complete with syncopated piano and sepia tone -- maybe isn't so hilarious for all videos. Gawker points to 9/11 footage, the Rodney King beating, WikiLeaks' infamous Apache helicopter footage and newscasts of the Japanese tusnami as examples of video not exactly benefiting from YouTube's...

April Fools' Day: The Most Horrible Time of the Year

Sadly, April Fools' Day has arrived. Every year on this day, tech companies across the country and the globe spend countless man hours and millions of dollars playing pranks on hapless consumers and frustrated tech journalists. In the past, we've been treated to such delightful jokes as Gmail Paper and every link on YouTube leading to a rickroll. Even NASA got in on the action by announcing it...

Gamestation Grabs Souls of 7,500 Shoppers With 'Immortal Soul Clause'

Share According to Fox News, Gamestation, a British online video game retailer, recently gained ownership of about 7,500 shoppers' souls by inserting a clause in its terms and conditions. The 'immortal soul' clause read: By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and...

Google Renames Itself Topeka, Continues Flood of April Fool's Jokes

Share A month ago, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas changed the city's name (temporarily) to 'Google, Kansas' in a bid to become one of the test beds for the company's Fiber for Communities project. The search giant responded in kind today; visiting Google.com will reveal a change in names from 'Google' to 'Topeka.' The April Fool's Day-obsessed Web giant posted a lengthy explanation on its...

Conficker D-Day Quiet So Far

Well, the day is here. April 1st. By now, Conficker was supposed to have reduced us to quivering, crying messes as it destroyed our computers, poured sugar in our gas tanks, and had sex with our mothers. None of these things have come to pass, however. Instead, Conficker has been relatively quiet all morning. Several outlets have been tracking the worm and all have spotted minimal activity....

Conficker Virus to Hijack Computers on April Fool's Day?

It's been a while since we last reported on developments in the Conficker virus saga -- primarily because there hasn't been much progress. The dangerous virus is still out there infecting PCs and scaring the hell out of security experts. According to CNN, the Conficker Cabal (a self-named group of computer scientists and security companies) dug through the code of the virus and discovered...