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Youtube

Submission + - YouTube Gets A Vuvuzela Button (Seriously) (techcrunch.com) 1

teh31337one writes: YouTube always has had a way with pranks. Some time in the last hour, the world’s largest video portal activated a new button on some videos that looks like a tiny soccer ball. Clicking it will activate an endless, incredibly annoying sound that sounds vaguely like a swarm of insects. Or, for anyone who has been watching the World Cup, like the dreaded Vuvuzela — an instrument commonly played in South Africa at football (soccer) games. South Africa is, of course, the host country for this year’s World Cup, and fans watching the games have been subjected to the vuvuzela’s mindless drone for hours on end.

The noise is so annoying that television networks have taken measures to filter it out, and guides have popped up showing viewers how to block it from their TV sets and computers.

I’m not seeing the button show up on all videos, but it is definitely appearing on some clips that aren’t soccer related. Here’s one that has it.

Apple

Submission + - Is Apple Running Out of Cats? 3

Hugh Pickens writes: "Nick Bilton writes in the NY Times that having already used cheetah, puma, jaguar, panther, tiger, leopard and snow leopard as names of versions of Apple’s OS X operating system for its Mac computers, Apple may have a slight problem coming up with a name for the next release of its operating system: It’s running out of cat types. Apple is a big fan of consistency when it comes to naming its products and seems to have a fondness for cats — perhaps it’s because of their sleek form and penchant for quietly sneaking up on prey before pouncing. But after looking through the different feline species in online encyclopedias, it seems that Apple only has a couple of cat options left: the lynx, a stealthy and ferocious wild cat, and the lion, king of the jungle. Since some women complained that the iPad’s name suggested feminine hygiene products, choosing “cougar” would fall flat on the sensitivity meter. "Should Apple abandon the cats and move to another animal?" writes Bilton. "Or should it continue through the feline family tree until we have an operating system called Mac OS X Tabby Cat?""
Microsoft

Submission + - Apple Floods Google With Anti-Microsoft Ads (itnews.com.au)

bennyboy64 writes: iTnews reports that Apple has launched a cheeky advertising campaign in which it mocks its rival, Microsoft, using search engine advertising on Google, Yahoo and Bing. The campaign, which pokes fun at Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 7, promotes the fact that its products would enable users to 'avoid Windows 7 headaches' by making 'the switch to Mac'.

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