Should This Announcement Scare YouTube Fans?

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YouTube’s prize for the best submission is a MP3 player, boasting a sleeve clip, and a $500 stipend for the winner’s next creative endeavor.

But fortunately for those who have not yet got their fill of sneezing baby pandas, Google is merely a fan of April’s Fools Day, and the company will not be shutting down the service it bought in 2006 for $1.65 billion. On April 1 in past years, Google has announced that it was changing its name to Topeka — referring to the brokerage firm — and that it launching Google Paper, a service that would send you printed copies of all your emails.

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Also on Monday, Google said it was launching “Google Nose,” a search service that is powered by smell.

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