Google Changes Its Name To Topeka

Google is getting in on the April Fools' Day action. Topeka, Kan., is one of many cities vying to be selected as a site for one of Google's new ultra-high speed broadband networks. Topeka even tried to change its name to Google. The search engine must have been impressed — it changed its name to Topeka.

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Our last word in business today is Topeka. Topeka, Kansas is one of many cities vying to be selected as a site for one of Google's new ultra-high speed broadband networks. Topeka is so eager to be chosen, it even changed its name to Google for a while. Well, Google was apparently impressed, because as of 1:00 a.m. Central Time today, Google has returned the gesture by changing its name to Topeka. Really, check it out online.

In a blog posting, the chairman and CEO of Topeka Inc. - that would be Eric Schmidt - said his employees will hence be called Topekers. Or maybe make that Topekans. Of course, it's pure coincidence that Google make that Topeka announced this change on April 1st. All we know is, we're not in Google anymore.

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