The Best April Fools’ Jokes From Around the Web

April Fools’ jokes are tricky, and not just because it’s way too easy to forget the date and believe Gmail’s about to turn blue for a few minutes. They’re also hard to get right: they need to be believable, but not too believable; absurd, but not totally out of left field. And most importantly, they need to leave your readers feeling in on the joke, rather than cheated and pissed off. We’ve compiled the highlights (or, depending on your viewpoint, lowlights) of today’s pranks from around the Web. From the email of the future to an Aaron Sorkin-esque HR move at a comics giant, here are the headlines that made us smile, cringe, and sometimes both. … Read More

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Stark, Haunting Google Street View Images of a Post-Fukushima Japanese Town

The Japanese town of Namie was evacuated after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, and two years later, its 21,000 residents have been unable to return. However, as narrated in this blog post, Google Japan has sent its intrepid Street View cars to photograph the current state of the town, at the request of residents who want to see what sort of condition their houses in and also as an exercise in recording the aftermath of Fukushima for posterity. The resultant images are remarkable viewing, telling the story of a town damaged by an earthquake and then hastily abandoned — there are still cars parked on the street and cans in the vending machines. They’re also striking works of art in their own right, and the experience of exploring the town from afar via Street View is both creepy and rather humbling. … Read More

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Famous Paintings to Peruse on Google’s New Indoor Maps Feature

Ever wanted to see the Met’s Impressionist wing without booking a trip to New York? To browse presidential portraits inside the White House? Take in the newest MOMA exhibition from your couch? You can.

While Google Maps may get you to the front door of your destination, its newest feature, “Indoor Maps,” can help you figure out where to go next. Originally a feature exclusive to Android, last week Google expanded Indoor Maps to be available on web browsers, bringing the user inside an assortment of transportation, shopping, and cultural destinations, from airports to malls, casinos to train stations; a full list of locations is available here. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we saw how a backpack camera was used to capture Google Street View images of the Grand Canyon. We were mesmerized by a ladybug in slow motion. We watched a Bruce Willis supercut to end all supercuts. We spotted a 1944 edition of the Kama Sutra.… Read More

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Fascinating Photos Shot Inside Google's Private Data Centers

Have you ever wondered where your data lives? We’re not speaking metaphorically. We mean the exact, physical location that houses the network of servers and fiber-optic cables that make our ever-expanding virtual lives possible. Where the Internet Lives, an incredibly photo series by Connie Zhou and commissioned by Google, gives viewers a rare peek into the Internet giant’s data centers, a world that had been strictly off-limits to everyone but a handful of employees — until now. Click through for a slideshow of some highlights, and then head over to the project’s site if you’d like to keep exploring. … Read More

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Watch the First Video Shot Entirely by Google Glasses

Just a few days ago, models at Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week made headlines because of a certain accessory that several of them wore as they strutted down the catwalk: prototypes of Google’s high-tech, computerized glasses. Still in the very early stages of development under the name Project Glass, these headband-like pieces function almost like a wearable smartphone, and are expected to be available for retail sometime in 2014. Click through to watch some fascinating point-of-view footage shot by Furstenberg and her team of fashionistas — which marks the first time any video has been filmed entirely through Glass. Ain’t technology grand? … Read More

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Twitter’s New Office Has Skee Ball

A few years ago we took a look at the impressive offices of some of your favorite websites. The highlights? Google had a fun looking slide and an entire wall of free snacks; YouTube dedicated a room to Star Wars and placed a mini golf course right in the middle of things; and… Read More

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10 of History’s Most Egregious Typos

We’re hoping you’ve seen the screenshots of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s new smartphone app, but if you haven’t, then let us break the news to you: there’s a

The Wicked Bible

Throughout history the Bible’s been the most transcribed – and as a result, most misspelled – book of all time, and there are… Read More

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The New Google Maps Game Is Actually Kind of Addictive

After much ado, Google has finally unveiled their new 3-D playable labyrinth, Cube, a game that centers on the Google Maps function. We know, we know. A game about Google Maps? How fun could that be? Well, the answer is: pretty fun, at least if you like the classic version of labyrinth, where you guide a… Read More

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If Brand Logos Were Honest

Nowadays, anyone who steps outside their front door is inundated with branding everywhere they look. But what do we really see when we look at those famous logos? In this series, which we spotted over at iGNANT, Bucharest-based Behance user myHOTJuly has “undressed” some famous brands, pushing past the advertising to the company’s perceived true identity — even if that identity is just more advertising and very little product. Click through to check out a few of our favorite “naked brands” from the series, and then head on over to Behance to see even more. … Read More

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