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Amazon to buy Twitch for nearly $1 billion

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What’s Twitch? It’s basically the online version of your friend inviting you over to her house and letting you watch her play videogames, except over the internet—and on Monday, Amazon announced on Monday that it will buy Twitch. According to The Information, Amazon will pay $970 million; the news comes months after Google was set to buy the company for over $1 billion but, according to The Wall Street Journal, talks cooled, and Yahoo! entered the bidding process at some point as well.

The platform also allows for interactive gaming on a mass scale. Subscribers can broadcast the games they play on the website, and 55 million visitors a month watch them.

Earlier this year, the website broke out with Twitch Plays Pokémon, a crowdsourced run through Pokémon Red. The user programmed the game so that viewers could give the player commands through the game’s chat room, and thousands of commands were parsed to determine the gaming character’s action. It took more than 16 continuous days of gameplay to finish, and nearly 1.2 million people participated.

Amazon has already pushed itself beyond its retail roots and has its sight set on being a major player in media as well. It already produces several shows, which stream on its site, and has games for its Fire TV top-box.

Google Doodle celebrates Venn diagram creator's 180th birthday

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Ever made a Venn diagram for class (or just for fun)? You have John Venn to thank for that.

The English philosopher popularized what is now known as the Venn diagram in 1880 when he wrote a piece for the Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science about using diagrams to show propositions. To honor Venn, whose 180th birthday is today, Google dedicated Monday’s Doodle to him in the form of a cute interactive Venn diagram.

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Doodle 4 Google winner showcases innovation -- and a whale in a top hat!

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Google employees develop gadgets that help make the world a better place. Sometimes they get kids to help.

Today’s Google doodle highlights one such invention, a “transformative water purifier” from the mind of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang of New York. Zhang’s fanciful machine takes in liquid from polluted rivers, lakes, and oceans, and then transforms it into clean, drinkable water. “When humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life,” Zhang wrote in her description of the piece. READ FULL STORY

Fortune.com picks the 5 best fake Googles (and one Apple spoof) in pop culture

Beyond the search engine that made it what it is today, Google has become the epitome of big-branded tech companies. Of course, many TV shows and movies feature Google-like businesses without directly implying that it’s pretty much just Google with a different name. (That is, of course, except for The Internship, which somehow did get permission to use Google’s name and branding for their film.) Recent HBO shows like Silicon Valley and Veep, however, had to be a little more creative with their fictitious places of work.

The new Fortune.com came up with its own list of the best Google fake-outs in TV, books, and film, and even one special animated homage to Steve Jobs and Apple. Check out the full breakdown here and the list of picks below: READ FULL STORY

Google Doodle celebrates chemist Percy Julian's birthday

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Today, Google celebrates what would have been the 115th birthday of Percy Julian, a chemist whose research led to chemical birth control and immune-suppressing medications.

Julian was born in Alabama on April 11, 1899, at a time when his city of Montgomery didn’t provide public education for black students post-middle school. Despite this, Julian persevered and ended up both attending and excelling at Indiana’s DePauw University. He later returned to the university to work on synthesizing plant products into medicine, where he found much success; some of his accomplishments include creating a synthetic cortisone to inexpensively treat arthritis and discovering a treatment for glaucoma.

Julian received many honors in (and after) his lifetime, including being the first black chemist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He passed away in 1975.

Google, Hulu, and more test our gullibility with April Fools' pranks

If you see anything weird online today, it may be an April Fools’ prank — or it could just be the internet being characteristically ridiculous. Either way, we’re gathering together the best pranks from companies like Google and Hulu and will continue updating the list throughout the day. See what we’ve found below:

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Google 'debuts' Pokemon augmented reality app for April Fools' -- VIDEO

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April Fools’ came early for Google: Monday, the company released a video promoting a new augmented reality app where smart phone users can hold up their camera and see animated Pokémon appear before them. Whoever catches all the Pokémon gets a job at Google as Pokémon Master. Easy enough, right?

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Google Doodle celebrates the spring equinox

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Despite the cold weather still plaguing much of the nation, today is technically the first day of spring. And Google, for one, is ready to celebrate!

Google is marking the moment that the sun crosses the equator with a new animated Doodle that features beautiful flowers blooming. An equinox only happens twice a year, in March and again in September. During the spring equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of day and night is nearly equal. In the northern hemisphere, the March equinox is designated the “spring equinox,” but for the southern hemisphere it is the “fall equinox.”

Here’s hoping the warm weather this doodle illustrates actually comes soon!

Google celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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Google goes green!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Google’s homepage Doodle features a green stained-glass drawing. The day celebrates Ireland’s most commonly-recognized patron saint, Patrick, who died on March 17, according to tradition.

Stateside, this year’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day news story might be Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announcing that he will not participate in the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade because the event excludes LGBT organizations. (New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will not march in his local St. Patrick’s Day parade for the same reason.)

Never fear: The Chicago River is still green.

'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter has something to say about Google's stance on copyright

As the creator of Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter has made a name for himself as a master of bringing to light the gritty, dangerous and fascinating underbelly of society. That, and he’s known as one of the most outspoken men in Hollywood. So it’s no surprise to see that he has taken a strong stance against Google’s position on copyright issues in a passionate essay published Friday on Slate.

Sutter’s article is a response to the March 10 story, “Hollywood’s Copyright Lobbyists Are Like Exes Who Won’t Give Up.” That post — written by Marvin Ammori, a lawyer working for Google — argued against the “voluntary agreements” copyright lobbyists in Hollywood and other creative industries are seeking with tech companies to find ways to curb online piracy of movies, TV shows and music. He claims some of the larger content creators are throwing around their weight when copyright infringement is suspected, resulting in “payment processors or advertisers [cutting] off a tech company…without a single legal order.” Ammori likened these new initiatives to the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act, which would have expanded the ability of law enforcement to fight online piracy — including blocking websites hosting infringing content. After unprecedented outcry against the bill, Congress postponed SOPA indefinitely.

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