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Top 10 April Fools' Day Fake News Items for 2010

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PC World:  It's April Fools' Day and tech firms and other online destinations are putting their best practical jokes forward.

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Hulu's Secret Plan

Head over to Hulu on April 1select a video and you'll see an option to view content in 3D. You won't need those special glasses you snuck out of last night's Alice in Wonderland screening last night, but you will go through the looking glass to see the horrible truth about Hulu and television itself. It turns out there is scientific proof that TV really will rot your brain, and the entertainment industry is filled with aliens (of course we already knew that).

Bieber or Die

Fans of the viral video site Funny or Die will be in for a shock this morning, as their favorite comedy site has caught Bieber fever. The entire site is designed around the teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, after the singer bought up the site as a tribute to himself. As Bieber says in a video explaining the switch, "anything that's not Bieber dies."

Google Goes Topeka

You've already heard about Topeka, Kansas renaming itself Google as part of a stunt to become part of Google's municipal broadband project. Google has decided to repay that tribute by renaming the company Topeka. "We had a fair amount of brand equity tied up in our old name," Topeka explained in a company blog post, "But the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka's municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of the Great Plains."

Topeka has even offered new phrases for the company name like "Before our blind date I Topeka'd him."

New sizes at Starbucks

Forget about Tall, Grande and Venti, Starbucks has two new sizes: Plenta and Micra. The Plenta is a 128-ounce drink for caffeine addicts who can't get enough coffee, and for those who need just a tiny sip, you can get the 2-ounce Micra. And don't worry about all that paper waste from the new Plenta sized-cup, Starbucks says you can reuse your gigantic Plenta cups in a number of useful ways including as a planter, lampshade or yoga block.

TEXTp

You've heard about high definition resolution like 720p or 1080p, but what about TEXTp. Every video you watch in TEXTp resolution creates videos out of random streams of text, kind of like ASCII art. YouTube says watching videos in TEXTp helps save about $1 in bandwidth costs. Check out a sample below:

Google Translate...for animals

Google has been coming out with so many cool mobile applications like Google Goggles that uses an image as a search term. Now there's Google Translate for Animals from Google UK? Just open the new app on your Android device, select the animal language you need to translate, then record your dog's bark cat's meow or pig's oink. You device will then translate those sounds into something humans can understand. Google says the application can only translate into English right now, but more languages should be coming soon including Pig Latin.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia English is full of trickery today with featured articles on the front page about the ancient English practice of Wife Selling, as well as strange but true news about a certain Japanese company that accidentally sent some of its customers back in time to 1999.

See the complete list at PC World


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