Round Up: All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ 2013, from Google Maps treasure hunting to YouTube closing

Every year, Google goes all out for April Fools’ Day. The company not only pulls together more jokes than all the other tech giants, but the company makes a point to outdo itself too. It honestly gets difficult to keep track of everything Google thinks up, so like last year we’re putting together a roundup.
First up, Google has created a new treasure map mode on Google Maps. Last year, the company showed off an 8-bit version, but this year it wants you to go out and explore 2D hand drawn landmarks, find hidden treasure chests, and “Beaware of pirates!” (yep, that’s a typo).
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Google’s announcement talks of the Google Maps Street View team finding a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William “Captain” Kidd, on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean to expand its underwater Street View collection. The map contains a variety of encrypted symbols which you are tasked with deciphering:

Google’s headquarters naturally gets a special flag:
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Next up is the closing of YouTube. Apparently all this time the site has been an eight-year contest, the goal of which was to find the best video. Google is getting ready to pick the winner, and when it does, it will be shutting down the site (and then relaunching it with just the winning video).

Google says it has 30,000 technicians working on narrowing down the list. It has even managed to get YouTube celebrities, commenters, as well as film reviewers on board to participate in the prank.
When it comes to its marketing budget, Google seems to have a bottomless pit on April 1st. We’ll keep updating this post as Google launches more jokes (there’s a lot more coming: we still have over 12 hours to go before it’s April Fools’ Day on Google’s side of the world).

See also – A Round Up of ALL of Google’s April Fools Jokes. Fair play, they really make an effort… and April Fools Day should be about jokes, not lame attempts at gaining publicity

By Emil Portalinski
Source:
http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/03/31/round-up-all-of-googles-jokes-for-april-fools-2013-from-google-maps-treasure-hunting-to-youtube-closing/?fromcat=all

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