April Fools: Facebook Considers Adding The Hate Button

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Xavier Voigt-Hill:

Could the Hate button be on the way?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

In 2010, TechCrunch broke the news that Facebook was going to release a “Like” button for the whole darn Internet. Now, TechCrunch has learned Facebook is considering a “Hate” button as well.

According to Facebook’s S-1 filing, users are now generating 2.7 billion Likes and Comments per day. With the Hate button, Facebook expects to at least double that. The S-1 noted “popular Pages on Facebook include Lady Gaga, Disney, and Manchester United, each of which has more than 20 million Likes.” Many inside the company think the Hates could easily top that.

When the original Like button was announced, Mark Zuckerberg made a bold prediction there would be over 1 billion Likes across the web in just the first 24 hours. Sources at Facebook say Mark is estimating 2 billion Hates on the first day. Facebook studies have shown the sad fact that people hate things on the…

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April Fools: The new Sony Vaio Q is the world’s smallest Ultrabook

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Sony has today unveiled the Vaio Q, the world’s smallest Ultrabook with a 0.75″ x 1.25″ 1080p display at 1511ppi, the highest density display ever seen on a Windows PC. Equipped with a 3.66GHz quad-core Intel Core i9 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of solid state storage, the Vaio Q promises to provide a balance of power and portability with no compromise. To find out more, visit the Sony Store and watch the announcement video below.

April Fools: Conan O’Brien becomes Mashable CEO, steals Apple iTV and makes paper-based Twitter

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Comedian and talk-show host Conan O’Brien has replaced Pete Cashmore as CEO of Mashable, having bought the site for $3500. O’Brien went on to steal a prototype of the Apple iTV and propose a paper-based Twitter. Watch the videos below.

April Fools: Toshiba unveils new tablets that inspire individuality

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Not content with the wide range of Android tablets on the market today? Toshiba may be able to answer your prayers, with the announcement of tablets in three new form factors. The Oblong, Amore and Rhombus slates will hit the market soon, and the unveil video can be seen below.

April Fools: Virgin Volcanic will take Richard Branson to the centre of the earth

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Richard Branson has been known to take the Virgin brand to the extreme, and his latest venture is no exception. The Virgin Volcanic project promises to take people through active volcanoes to the centre of the earth by 2015. Initial earthports will be built in 5 locations:

  • Etna – Sicily, Italy
  • Stromboli – Aeolian Islands
  • Yasur – Republic of Vanuatu
  • Ambrym – Republic of Vanuatu
  • Tinakula – Solomon Islands

In a press release about the project, eccentric billionaire Branson said:

I have a long held a fascination with volcanoes having read Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth as a young boy. I decided that one day I would go there too. Alongside our adventures with Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic, volcanoes are the next great unexplored terrain. What can I say, I lava challenge!

On the first journey, Branson will be joined by actors Tom Hanks and Seth Green, filmmaker Barbara Kopple and ‘musician‘ will.i.am, who is set to make the world’s first soundtrack recorded in an active volcano during the voyage. To find out more about the project, and how you could get involved, visit the website.

April Fools: Mojang confirms new game Mars Effect

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Mojang, the Swedish studio best known for Minecraft, has today unveiled its new game, entitled Mars Effect. In a post on the game’s website, Notch explains how the company came up with the name:

After several weeks of trying to come up with a good name for the game, we finally decided not to learn from previous experiences and pick a name that’s already kind of in use by a huge existing franchise. After playing around with names like “Elight”, “Wind Commander”, and “Steve Online”, we finally settled on the very catchy name “Mars Effect”.

While not much is currently known about the game, Mojang has released a list of features:

  • Hard science fiction
  • Lots of engineering
  • Fully working computer system
  • Space battles against the AI or other players
  • A game ending that makes sense
  • Abandoned ships full of loot
  • Waist high walls
  • Seamlessly landing on planets
  • Advanced economy system
  • Mining, trading, and looting

More information about the game can be found on its website, and with the hashtag #marseffect on Twitter.

April Fools: The YouTube Collection gives complete offline access to YouTube

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The YouTube Collection, announced online this morning, lets YouTube fans own the entirety of YouTube on DVD or even Betamax. Due to the heavy demand, however, some viewers, such as myself, may be forced to wait 43 years for delivery. Watch the video below.

April Fools: Google unveils 8-bit Maps for NES

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In a video posted on YouTube, Google has unveiled an 8-bit version of its popular Maps service. In addition to a ‘Quest’ view on the web page, NES users will soon be able to purchase a cartridge with built-in dial-up internet support to access the service. Watch the video below.