Recession Be Damned, Google Does April Fools'

Reviewing Google’s April Fool’s gags over the years, we wondered if the company would pull a prank this year even though there’s a recession on. After all, Google has itself laid off 300 people this year.

Click here to see Google’s gags from 2000 through 2008 →

We needn’t have wondered. There are at least two gags on Google live right now.

The first is breakthrough in artificial intelligence named CADIE (for “Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity”). Turns out CADIE loves Pandas.

Here’s how Google announced CADIE:

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And here is CADIE’s blog:

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The second gag is a new YouTube layout. Note that the YouTube homepage team’s top “spotlight” video is on Tarte Tatin, the classic French upside down pie. Clever. 

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Here’s how the YouTube people recommend you view the new layout:

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Click here to see Google’s gags from 2000 through 2008 →

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