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THIS WEEK: APRIL FOOLS & THE INTERNET by Marauder

THIS WEEK: APRIL FOOLS & THE INTERNET

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Happy April Fool’s Day from the internet. Every year, on April 1st, the internet bursts forth with April Fool’s pranks and this year brought even more of them, the lion share from Google. Here’s a list of some of the best from Techcrunch.

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In other news, Keith Olbermann was dismissed from yet another job at Current TV, times continue to be hard for the Blackberry in the sky, Google Maps ads real time traffic data to its maps (an obvious next step to Waze users), and Best Buy closes 50 stores in the US after missing revenue projections.

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Some more Cool Sh-t:

Where do the Good Ideas Go After Kickstarter?: Tiny Lightbulbs



TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

April Fools Day arrives with fear of the latest superworm, dubbed Conflicker or alternatively Downup or Kido. The worm, which is believed to have burrowed its way into more than 3 million Windows-based PCs in the U.S. and another 10 million internationally, is expected to manifest itself in some way today, possibly causing massive network outtages. Microsoft has been concerned enough about the malware to organize a task force to combat the effects of Conflicker and offer a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hackers who cooked it up. (Cynopsis 4/1)

Panasonic plans to launch new 3-D Blu-ray players and 3-D HDTVs by 2010. The company hopes the new technology will allow it to charge more for products that have been slipping in value lately, even as competitors eye similar strategies. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (3/31)

(Below) Not sure of the purpose of this one but OK.  When have you thought to yourself…I’m going to start watching in the living room…and finish in the den!  Or maybe it’s because I live in a cramped NYC apt?

Time Warner Cable and Motorola have announced that they are partnering on a multiroom DVR system that is based on tru2way technology. The system, to be called Follow Me TV, is expected to launch later this year and will give users the flexibility to begin watching a show or movie in one room and finish watching it on another set in the house. Multichannel News (3/31)

Samsung Vice President Jonas Tanenbaum says the company is making a play to “take an ownership position” in three out of four ranges of the LED HDTV market. The company is relying on side-fired LED HDTVs to give it a competitive edge, saying the new technology is more cost-effective and allows the devices to be even slimmer. Dealerscope (4/1) , TWICE (3/31) , ElectronicHouse.com (3/31)

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ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: THE APPRENTICE PRANK by Marauder

ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: THE APPRENTICE PRANK

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Many many years ago. . .OK, around 5. . .my co-worker David Thatcher asked me through the cubicle wall if I would participate in a prank on one of his friends.  Hence, what you’re about to see.  I played a very small part in the overall project but this prank is one of the most complex in its class.  Note the brilliant British accent I now pull out whenever trying to frustrate and annoy my British boss.

I had forgotten about this completely until a fellow co-worker was telling me about his latest prank attempt and Apprentice prank memories came rushing back.  Happy April Fool’s Day all!

Keep in mind.  There are three videos if you want more after watching the first.  They will all be listed under “Related Videos” on the right side of the screen.





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