Mountain View, Calif. – In an April Fool’s Day prank, Internet giant
Google (NASD: GOOG) on Thursday changed its name to "Topeka"
for the day, paying homage to the Kansas
capital that changed its name to "Google" last month in a bid to lure
the company’s ultra-high-speed Internet project.
"We didn’t reach this
decision lightly… but the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka’s
municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of
the Great Plains," wrote Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who included a humorous
tutorial on proper Topeka
The company did, however, stress that the temporary move "will have
no bearing on which municipalities are chosen" for its broadband project.