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8. Hulu jumps back to '1996' era
Hulu has alwas kept ahead of the technological curve, except for April Fools' Day 2011 when the site reverted back to how it might have looked in pre-Web 2.0 days. With older fonts, such as Times New Roman, and poor graphics and animated GIFs, along with two buttons at the bottom for Netscape and Internet Explorer, the video streaming network pulled off a prank that likely made many to think back to the warm and comforting days of CompuServe and AOL.
9. FCC 'may fine' then-Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz over swearing
Yahoo's former chief executive Carol Bartz was famed above many thing for swearing following a mini tirade at former TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington. To get in on the joke and turn what could've been a bit of a tricky public relations problem into something funny for April Fools' Day in 2010, the Web giant published a piece on claims the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) was "looking into" her swearing after she allegedly swore incessantly on television. But, as with many of these jokes, it never actually happened.
10. Amazon puts cloud computing servers in the real cloud
Amazon may be a bit fusty in the enterprise space with little but business to go on, but its cloud-based platform division thought it would liven things up for 2009's April Fools' Day by announcing it would take its cloud computing platform to the actual clouds. The plan would be to deliver servers running EC2 instances connected via WiMAX (the alternative to LTE) and lasers to communicate with ground. Alas, it was pure rubbish but Amazon still pulled a good one.