Google launches worst corporate April Fools joke ever, quickly takes it down

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For April Fools, Google rearranged Gmail’s UI to replace the normal send button with one that attaches a Minions(TM) Mic Drop GIF animation to outgoing email.

“Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop. Simply reply to any email using the new ‘Send + Mic Drop’ button. Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it,” Google explained when it launched the button on April 1.

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Unfortunately, this resulted in things like this:

Google quickly realized what it had done and turned it off…

Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year.

Kik CEO Ted Livingston to discuss the future of mobile messaging at Disrupt NY 2016

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ted livingston Messaging is the hot topic of 2016, which is why we’re tremendously excited to announce that Ted Livingston, the co-founder and CEO of popular chat app Kik, is confirmed as a speaker at our upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt event in New York from May 9-11. We’ve already revealed a number of prestigious participants for Disrupt — including Union Square Ventures founder… Read More

MythBusters is coming back as a reality TV show to find the next MythBusters

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After 13 years of blowing stuff up, long-running science show MythBusters went off the air last month, with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bidding goodbye with the help of special guests like Barack Obama. But the franchise is far from dead, with the Science Channel now planning to resurrect MythBusters, starting with a reality TV show dedicated to finding new hosts.

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Would you buy an Android phone from Microsoft?

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Imagine it: a Microsoft-built phone running on Google’s Android operating system. Go ahead, it’s easy if you try.

What do you see?

I see Panos Panay getting us pumped for hardware as delicious as the oft-imitated Surface Pro 4 and new Surface Book. I see Android tweaked to feature Microsoft software and services like Outlook and the rest of Office for Android, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype, Cortana, and yes, Bing. The same search engine trusted by Apple’s Siri. It’s not as crazy as you might think since all of the above are already available from Microsoft in the Google Play store. Hell, Microsoft even makes a keyboard for Android as well as an app launcher. And let’s not forget about the Nokia X and X2 series — phones once built on top of…

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‘Fight Like Hell’ Doom trailer delivers big guns and demons, but hardly any gore

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The reboot of the Doom series is coming next month, and a new live-action teaser trailer is here to try and get you in the mood. As developer Bethesda notes, it’s got all the elements you’d expect from a Doom title: non-stop combat, big demons, and lots of high-powered guns. Call it the unholy trinity if you like, with the whole thing set to a slice of classic thrashcore — Swedish punk band Refused’s “New Noise.”

However, the trailer has still been carefully composed to keep it free of any actual blood, guts, or gore. And if anything defined the original Doom and its 1994 sequel, it’s graphic violence. (2004’s Doom 3 was arguably more about horror elements than gore.) Still, it’s better than the actual Doom movie, even if calling it…

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Quantum Break is a mad dash back to the future

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The long-awaited Quantum Break straddles the line between traditional action-adventure video game and binge-friendly cable drama, combining two mediums together in an effort to produce something novel. On one level, the Xbox One exclusive from Remedy Entertainment is a third-person shooter familiar to players of games like Uncharted or Tomb Raider. On another, it’s a TV show, complete with four 22-minute “episodes” that appear at critical junctures in the story, and feature different scenes depending on your in-game choices and discoveries.

Featuring recognizable talent including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), and Lance Reddick (The Wire), Quantum Break strives to become a groundbreaking synthesis of art forms….

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Google adds ‘mic drop’ button to Gmail, what could go wrong?

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Gmail April’s Fool’s joke seems like a harmless bit of fun, but according to some users, it’s already landed them in hot water. Google added a new button to its service last night that allows users to “send and mic drop” their emails, an April Fool’s feature that automatically attaches a gif of a minion — those irritating yellow monstrosities — disdainfully tossing away a microphone. The message is intended to humorously convey that the sender is vacating the conversation, but some already say they’ve accidentally sent it to bosses, clients, and other people who might not appreciate a mic-dropping minion.

The problem’s not so much with the content (although a minion in 2016, Google? Really?), but the execution. The new button replaces…

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