JUDGE AND JURY
So without further ado, and in no particular order (other than the fact that I've saved the best, IMHO, for last).
Here we go*:
1. Best April Fool's Day Cartoon, Hugh McLeod. Says it all.
4. Best "Over-the-top,-A-for-Effort", "Duke Nukem Forever", Ars Technica.
7. Best pre-emptive "My Prank before your Prank" award to "Google Rooms", by Philipp Lenssen, Google Blogoscoped.
9. Best "Now you see it, now you don't", aka "Blink and it's gone" epheremal Award goes to Microsoft's Live.com Search box, which was available for that one special day only. This author totally missed this one, but was captivated by Nathan Weinberg's description:
"...Live.com had the most technically cool prank I’ve seen. When you went for the search box, it ran away from you! Please, please, please archive this!"
10. And the BEST, Totally had me in a "Gotcha Moment" from beginning-to-end, true April Fool's Day style, Award goes to...(DRUM ROLL)...Mike Arrington, TechCrunch, for "Goop"!
Great effort, everybody...can't wait for 2007.
* These awards are the sole, arbitrary opinions of the author, currently battling a mild fever, with no pretense at being comprehensive, well-thought out, fair, or well-judged.
Awards are totally subject to change with additional suggestions, comments, emails, and other attempts at cajoling and/or intimidation.
Also, most of these awards will be comprehensible only if reader has certain "Geek" tendencies. No effort has been made to "dress up" these awards for mainstream audience sensibilities.