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April Fool pranks for the year 2010- Google Opera and others

Today is April 1st and i was waiting for the Google, Opera etc to come up with their pranks. So here comes two from Google


I. Google to change name to Topeka -


Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.

Read more here


II.  Google mobile where am I


Well, I’m happy to announce that for those of you who turn to Google in search of, “where am I,” we finally have a better result. Starting today, just go to on your phone in the US, search for “where am I”, and wonder about your own whereabouts no more.

Read more Here


III. Google 3D street view

This extra dimension can only be seen by using the cutting-edge red-cyan glasses shown below. Thanks to modern technology and remarkable advances in manufacturing, such state-of-the-art equipment is now available online for under a dolla

Read more here


1.  Google Docs – Coming soon – Store anything in Google Docs – You store anything u need like your keys, pets etc too.

Fast pickup and delivery
We’re testing a new mail courier network integrated with our Street View fleet. We’ll show up within 3 hours to pick up anything you choose to store in Google Docs, guaranteed.

Read more here


2. Google translate for Animals - Introducing Translate for Animals (beta): Bridging the gap between animals and humans

Translate for Animals is an application for Android phones that recognises and transcribes words and phrases that are common to a species, like cats for example. To develop Translate for Animals, we worked closely with many of the world's top language synthesis teams, and with leaders in the field of animal cognitive linguistics, including senior fellows at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Read more here


Here come more -


3. Google Voice Search for animals

This project is based employees often bring their pets to the office, you have already started testing their pets for fun recognized in internal testing voice search. Originally, the Japanese engineers would not get noticed the noise, Nakajima is via sea, in the analysis of this speech, I found that there is a tendency characteristic waveform pattern.

This is from Google Japan, and you can read a translated version here


4. Maps Just Got OCCA

OCCA greatly reduces the latency between a user’s thought and ability to pinpoint information; a boon for local users who’d have Buckleys makin’ sense of American English.

To give you an example, we already know that if someone searches for ‘cricket’ in Australia they’re more likely interested in the sport than the insect. With our new OCCA framework, we can now go further and tell that if an Aussie searches on “automatic wiki”, they’re probably referring to the automatic wicket keeper common in backyard cricket and not an automatically updated bulletin board or “wiki”.

This is from Google Australia, read more


5. Opera Space edition

Here comes one from Opera

Opera launches special features developed under the Future Opera Operations in Lunar Surroundings program. Due to the classified nature of these innovations, access to the beta strictly controlled and limited.

Some features being tested:

INTP Support allowing long-range connectivity with the Internet using the Interplanetary Network Transport Protocol.

ARB browsing to render Web content in a transparent overlay mode that is compatible with Visual Retinal Displays (VRDs) or Heads-up Displays (HUDs).

Classified UI The browser detects gloves and zooms in to allow precision selection within the user interface.

read more here

More from Google

6. Google Wave – They will send a human to you to tell that there is a new wave

Read more Here


7. Youtube – Text only mode to save bandwidth

For every person who selects TEXTp and keeps it on while you watch a video, you save YouTube $1 a second, resulting in potentially billions of dollars of savings for us. So if you care about YouTube, you’ll use TEXTp today.

Read more here


8.  One more from Google Japan – A new keyboard


This keyboard features all of the JIS is that you can only enter one character level of the first stroke. In other words, "nice" to enter, until now 11 times if the input alphabet ("subarashii + conversion key"), six times the input Kana ("Great + conversion key") what was pressed, and five times only you can enter. In particular, the ever pressing need to find the transformation many times and had characters are entered by one can not even have to convert.

Read a translated version here


9. Apple drops Mac in favour of booming 'iPlatform' – from Macworld

It says apple is going to discontinue the Mac production in favour of its iPhone.

Read more here


10. Starbucks Listens to Customer Request for More Sizes – From Star bucks


Plenta™ (128 fl oz) and Micra™ (2 fl oz) cups arrive in Starbucks stores this Fall. Derived from Italian word for plentiful or small, the Plenta™ delivers coffee lovers record amounts of the world’s finest coffee beverages while the Micra™ delivers a quick and satisfying morsel of goodness.

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11. On google search Page

When you search a word it will showing random words like epochs, hertz etc instead of the time it is taken

Results 1 - 10 of about 224,000 for (0.18 microfortnights)

Search anything on google


12. From Gillette – Miracle Shirt


Read more here


13. From Telegraph -


Specially trained ferrets are being used to deliver broadband to rural areas following groundbreaking techniques used by an Internet provider.

Read more here – No mention on April fool, but it seems to be one


Will update more


[Via Technofriends, TechCrunch, Guardian]