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April Foolin': The 2009 Edition

It's time, once again, for things to look a little strange on the Internet for a day. I mean, stranger than usual.

Consider, for instance, the news at Google, which announced the debut of a new artificial-intelligence project, CADIE (short for "Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity"). This new entity, naturally, immediately set about establishing a presence for itself on the Web... and while I don't want to spoil the results for you, I do caution you to turn down your computer's speakers first, or possibly just destroy them.

Over at the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, there's word of a switch to a new publishing technology:

Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces that it will become the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitter, the sensationally popular social networking service that has transformed online communication.

Here's an example of how a Guardian piece from 1940 could be summarized in far fewer words:

W Churchill giving speech NOW - "we shall fight on the beaches ... we shall never surrender" check YouTube later for the rest

A much younger news source, TechCrunch, has an update about its founder Michael Arrington's personal life -- to be exact, a professional matchmaker's attempt to find him a girlfriend:

I understand I don't have much to work with here. A sedentary 39 year old single man who made questionable career choices and now blogs for a living just doesn't look good on paper. Nor is it good for the body.... We'll choose the top 25 or so entrants and Michael will have a dinner date with each one of you. Each date will be video streamed live, thanks to our premium sponsor Ustream.

Apple has released yet another software update, the TidBits Mac-news site reports. But its contents are a little vague:

According to the predictably terse release notes, the 401.9 MB download "provides various usability and compatibility improvements and fixes several minor issues." This is the only information we have at this time as to what this update may do; there is no word on whether it affects certain aspects of the system, the system as a whole, or particular Apple-installed applications. Nor are we told what improvements it includes or what issues it fixes. Some have speculated that it could in fact be a new version of Mac OS X, but we're not sure, since the About This Mac window no longer shows version information after you apply the update.

Could any of these odd developments have something to do with today's date? Seems unlikely to me -- oh, and speaking of myself, keep your eyes open for a new 15-part series I'm working on, titled "Classic Software Due For a Revival: From Windows Millennium Edition to Mac OS 7.5.2, Programs You Didn't Know You Missed."

By Rob Pegoraro  |  April 1, 2009; 10:16 AM ET
Categories:  Digital culture  
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Great. Google's made a Cylon. Frakkin toaster lovers.

Posted by: wiredog | April 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

You missed mine!

Posted by: twenty4ten | April 2, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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