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Google announces end of YouTube in April Fool's prank

By Jeff Campagna     Mar 31, 2013 in Technology
In what could be the most threatening April Fool's prank of the year, popular video sharing site, YouTube, has declared it will go offline until 2023.
The pranksters over at Google and YouTube have cooked up what could be their best April Fool's day ruse yet: claiming that YouTube has been a video contest all along. "We started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with a simple goal: to find the best video in the world. We had no idea we'd get such a great response," says Salar Kamangar, YouTube's CEO.
Perhaps the funniest, and most ironic, statement about the contest is that the winner, who won't be announced until 2023, gets a clip-on MP3 player and a $500 stipend to use towards their next creative project. A measly prize from a company whose net worth is currently $36 billion.
"I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight," Antoine Dodson, of Bed Intruder fame, warns.
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