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Google Malaysia “Plays Along” With Teen’s April Fool’s Joke

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KOTA KINABALU: Google Malaysia confirmed a story about a teenager winning a USD50,000 cash prize for creating an app for them was an April Fool’s prank that went out of hand.

Its communication and public affairs manager Zeffri Yusof said the company rather not get too serious about it but noted there was no such award to the boy in Sandakan from the online giant.

Zeffri did say however in his short messaging system (SMS) reply; “Google Malaysia would like to invite the student and teacher to our office to collect the “April Fool’s prize” from us.”

Zeffri did not confirm if the “prize” was worth USD50,000 though.

A national daily reported the teenager submitted an app called Coker Chat to Google Ideas late last year and that it caught the attention of the company.

The 15-year-old boy claimed he was offered a chance to work on a USD36 million project or USD50,000 cash for his software. He chose the cash.

On Wednesday officials from the school had called the media in Sandakan to inform about “boy’s achievement” at 3pm and was attended by four organisations. None of the organisations used the story.-NST

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