April 1: Google fun: Gmail Autopilot, CADIE, and …

By | April 1, 2009

April 1 Google fun Gmail Autopilot CADIE and Happy April Fools Day. Don’t bet on this year being joke-free at Google. Read about CADIE.  If you don’t have time to answer your mail, let Google’s new Autopilot do it for you.

As the potentially dangerous Conficker worm is tracked throughout April Fool’s Day, more harmless hoaxes are firing across the Internet. Google unveiled a “Gmail Autopilot.” It alleges that it will help you weed through your inbox by replying to e-mails with automated responses.

The 188-year-old British newspaper The Guardian said it would become a “Twitter-only publication,” limiting its reports to 140 characters or less. One example from 1927 read: “OMG first successful transatlantic air flight wow, pretty cool!”

Other hoaxes include upside-down viewing from YouTube, a Web site of smells called smellr (smell-ER) and an “ideological search engine” from Yahoo that filters results to fit your personal beliefs. – ap

For a list of April Fools Day pranks on the web, see: http://aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com/

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