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google april fools minions Google's April Fools Day Prank Was a Sensational Failure
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Google has cancelled their April Fools day prank after it backfired. It turns out that if you install a "mic drop" button which mutes the email conversation and sends a GIF on an email platform that 900 million people use for personal AND PROFESSIONAL reasons, not all of them will like it.


via Gmail

First of all, they automatically sent a 'Minions' GIF, and some people said it sent the GIF even when they pressed the normal send button.  To make matters worse, a number of people who accidentally pressed the "mic drop" button were angry and some even said they lost their job or a job opportunity.  

Google updated the prank announcement with this statement:

UPDATE: Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. 😟 Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page.
google search canada Google Searches for How to Move to Canada Increase Dramatically Right After Trump's Super Tuesday Wins
Via: cic.gc.ca
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Google trends shows searches for "how can i move to canada" spiked following the end of "Super Tuesday" after Donald Trump won the most delegates in the Republican party. The climb started slowly at first but then jumped to 1,150%.


via @smfrogers,  @moneyries

Coincidence? Possibly, it looks like Taco Bell in Canada has a Cheetos Crunchwrap so that's worth taking into account. 


via @Daniel__Palmer

More likely though, is that a lot of people are entertaining the idea of getting out of the country while the borders are still open before Trump becomes president and builds a wall around the US. Especially Chris Christie, like 30% of those searches were just him looking for a way out. 


via @RonanFarrow

money google Remember the Guy Who Bought Google's Domain Name? Here's How Much He Got Paid for It
Via: CNN
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Google, a giant of a company built on the shoulders of the search engine at Google.com some how forgot to renew their Google.com domain name.  That's how Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current grad student came to own the domain at the price of $12. Of course he only owned it for about a minute before returning it to its previous owners. 



Google offered to reward Ved (pictured above) with $6006.13 (Get it? It spells Google!).  When they found out that he intended to give it all to charity they doubled the amount and sent it to Art of Living India where Ved was going to donate his reward. 

lightsaber escape game from google turns your phone into a lightsaber
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I hope you didn't need to get anything done for the rest of the day, because you're about to be too busy fighting Stormtroopers.

Lightsaber Escape is a new game/experience built by Google that turns your smartphone, in combination with Chrome on your computer, into a lightsaber. Once you pair and calibrate your device, you're off on a quest to escape a Star Destroyer filled with Stormtroopers. They're surprisingly good shots.




Can you make it out in one piece?

Via: Google
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Google wants to know—Light Side or Dark Side?

The company announced a new Star Wars-themed site today that will change your Google experience across platforms depending on if you choose light or dark side.

Your choice will change the look of everything from YouTube to Gmail and Google Maps.

Clay Bavor, VP of Product Management at Google explains the activation on the Google Official Blog:

It's a place for fans, by fans, and starting today you can choose the light or the dark side, and then watch your favorite Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome and many more transform to reflect your path. And that's just the beginning. We've got more coming between now and opening night—the Millennium Falcon in all its (virtual reality) glory included, so stay tuned. And we've hidden a few easter eggs, too. So awaken the Force within, and be on the lookout for things from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

So, what will it be?

The Dark Side or the Light?

Google launches project sunroof to help you decide if you should instal solar panels or not.
Via: Google
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Google wants to use its extensive data to expand the use of renewable resources.

The giant multi-faceted company launched Project Sunroof Aug. 18, which is a tool letting users put in their address and, through Google Maps, is able to calculate how much a homeowner could save if they installed solar panels.

The maps detail the regular amount of sunshine to the area, compared to the electricity costs. Its meant as a way to help those wondering whether investing in solar power would be the right move.



Here, let Google explain it to you:

As the price of installing solar has gotten less expensive, more homeowners are turning to it as a possible option for decreasing their energy bill. We want to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone.

Project Sunroof puts Google's expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you.

When you enter your address, Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create your personalized roof analysis.

Don't worry: Project Sunroof doesn't give the address to anybody else unless you ask it to.



It's neat to see Google using its massive, some would say insidiously-invasive, data collection in an environmentally sound way.

Here's a video, because everyone loves videos.



Via: Google
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It's no babel fish but Google Translate seems to be quite an amazing way to take 27 different other languages with you wherever you go.

As the engineers behind the updated app wrote on the official Google blog, it seems to work exactly as shown in the video.

The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate—a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You'll see the text transform live on your screen into the other language. No Internet connection or cell phone data needed.

We started out with seven languages—English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish—and today we're adding 20 more. You can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. You can also do one-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai.



Microsoft has been reaching towards this goal of instant translation as well, mostly through Skype. They released this video of a terrified girl showing off the technology last December, but unfortunately, no one sings La Bamba.

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