Chain of (April) fools: round-up

In the paraphrased words of the immortal Darryl Kerrigan, the only thing better than a good April Fools' story is a good Best of April Fools' Stories roundup.

In the paraphrased words of the immortal Darryl Kerrigan, the only thing better than a good April Fools' story is a good Best of April Fools' Stories roundup.

Even though the hallowed day fell on a Sunday this year, there was still a bumper crop of pranks, jokes and bald-faced bluffs. So we decided to bring together the best of the tech-based tricksters, starting with a fave from Google (who brought us several this year).

  • Happy that we didn't go with our "fibre-to-the-roo" idea, we thought Google Australia found a better use for our favourite marsupial: as the pivotal component in the gathering of images for Google "Street Roo".
  • Here at ZDNet Australia, we went with not-very-prolific tech-writer "Avril Primera", who brought us the news that China's Huawei might be buying Sydney Tower and the Harbour Bridge to create one big mind-controlling radio.
  • Also from a Google blog post (in the UK this time), the company showed no "re-Morse" in promoting a new way to use Gmail: with only a two-button keyboard.
  • CNET Australia told us of the non-existent plans by Rovio to turn Angry Birds into a tower defence game — in space.
  • Over at CNET UK, meanwhile, there was the report that The Pirate Bay folk were "sub"sidising the launch of a submarine to host its servers off-shore.
  • Millionaire ranga Conan O'Brien announced that he was acquiring the tech blog Mashable for thirty-five hundred smackeroos. We'll see what Jay Leno has to say about that.
  • Travel Tech's editor here at ZDNet Australia insists we include STA Travel's offer of special rates for passengers who agree to travel via "Cargo Class". We're sure that has the potential to trick many who have already flown on certain southeast Asian airlines.
  • Crave writer Edward Moyer pointed to a special CNET article on how to "punk noobs" on the special day — a little late now, but plenty of time for you get ready for next year!
  • There was a fairly legitimate "announcement" that looked to be from Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft that saw the franchise's next installment gain support for the Kinect motion gaming system, complete with a promotional video that raised a few eyebrows. The jig was up when a player jumped into her coffee table, however.
  • Also on the gaming front, we were more than a little upset by game maker Valve's April Fools' joke, which served to proclaim the arrival of the long-anticipated, Half Life 3. Sadly, it was not to be, and the world's gamers are still left hanging for the end of this iconic franchise.
  • Google brought the cute into Chrome for April Fools' Day by replacing all of the blank space triggered by its Ad Block with pictures of adorable cats.
  • Sony unleashed its latest ultra-miniature computer onto the market in the form of the Sony Vaio Q. Unfortunately, the jokes in the "promotional video" are about as good as the company's data security efforts.
  • And finally, here's a list from CNET's Josh Lowensohn in which he reminds us of six April Fools' stories that turned out to be the real deal.

Send us your favourites, and we'll add them to the list!