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4. The Guardian turns to tweet-like articles
Twitter was already relatively popular by 2009 but was far from the platform that it is today. It was enough for London-based newspaper The Guardian to defect to a microblogging platform after 188 years of printed publications. The project would have involved rewriting the entire newspaper's archive, dating back to 1831, in 140 character tweets. "OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war," was one example given.
5. Apple 'patents' rectangles
Apple already has the rounded rectangle patent, but in 2012 popular technology news site The Register "reported" that Apple had patented the actual rectangle shape. It came around the time that Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs was publicized amid Jobs' claims he would "go to thermonuclear war" over patents. Simply put, while untrue, the site summed it up in a single line: "Yes, Apple is asserting a patent on the rectangle." The actual patent claimed in the article relates to air-valve fobs for radiators.
6. Warner Bros. acquires The Pirate Bay
TorrentFreak said in 2009 that, amid piracy suits and counter-letters from the rogue file-sharing site, that Warner Bros. had acquired The Pirate Bay in a deal worth $13 billion. It was of course a prank pulled in good humor by the piracy-enabling site, used by millions worldwide to download the latest movies, music and television. Oh, and porn. Lots and lots of porn.