I always keep my eye out for startling news on April 1. For a few years I couldn't figure out why so many shocking stories broke on this day. Then I realized, it's the start of the fiscal year for many companies!
This year's crop:
Speaking of Microsoft, apparently they're buying Open Office for a sum reported to be "in the billions."
And then there's this announcement that a Canadian government MP wants journalists jailed if they provide distorted coverage (via Antonia Zerbisias). Oops -- that item wasn't from April 1, yet it seems even more bizarre than the other ones.
Rubel, for his part, points to a valuable service provided by Wikipedia this year.
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