April 1st, 2004


Gmail: real or fake?

I was sent a link to Google's new gmail service last night, which I assumed was fake, both by the details and the date it was released (think "pigeon rank").

But then Gothamist linked to a NYTimes article that seems to be taking it seriously.

1.) Is it all just an elaborate multi-party April Fool's hoax that everyone is participating in?
2.) Is it an AF hoax that Google has done that has caught both Gothamist and NY Times in its net?
3.) Is it real?

I'm inclined to think 1 or 2, but theoretically, it's possible it's real.  There's nothing overly ground-breaking about the service, so it _could_ be real.
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Google Copernicus Center is hiring [l]


Google is interviewing candidates for engineering positions at our lunar hosting and research center, opening late in the spring of 2007. This unique opportunity is available only to highly-qualified individuals who are willing to relocate for an extended period of time, are in top physical condition and are capable of surviving with limited access to such modern conveniences as soy low-fat lattes, The Sopranos and a steady supply of oxygen.

The Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E.) is a fully integrated research, development and technology facility at which Google will be conducting experiments in entropized information filtering, high-density high-delivery hosting (HiDeHiDeHo) and de-oxygenated cubicle dwelling. This center will provide a unique platform from which Google will leapfrog current terrestrial-based technologies and bring information access to new heights of utility.

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