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3. YouTube "shutting down"
"This is the end. My only friend, the end." Except, it actually isn't, despite Google claiming that YouTube is shutting down. The site claims that the site was an 8-year-long contest and Google will choose a winner, which will be the only video available on the site when it launches again in 2023, or ten years from now.
YouTube was expected to generate $3.6 billion last year according to analysts, so shutting down the video sharing service may not actually be the best idea in the world. It does come at a difficult time for Google Reader users who have erupted in outrage and anger at the search giant's plans to shut down the feed reader — and this time for real.
Check out Google announcing the death of YouTube here.
4. Dexter the crime-fighting dog
Dexter lives a good, moral life by helping out U.K. police do their job on the Web. By sniffing out danger, he helps the police in investigations. But on a semi-serious note, the U.K.'s Get Safe Online unit notes that Dexter cannot sniff out malware and online nasties unlike a good, strong anti-virus solution, and takes the day to remind online 'fools' to be wary of online criminals.
Check out Dexter's photoshoot here.
5. Google 'sniffing out' search results
Yet another Google prank for April Fools' Day, as the search giant goes all out on its range of stunts, spanning social networking, mapping and video. And its core search business is no different.
Google "Nose" probably didn't have many fooled, the concept is interesting, allowing users to search for smells and have it fed back to them via their smartphones. Even "don't ask, don't smell" features are included for the more nefarious, not-safe-for-work Web results.
Check out the new 'service' here.