Google Renames Itself Topeka = Bad News for St. Louis

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Happy April 1, a.k.a. April Fool's Day.

In perhaps the best joke -- thus far -- today, the search engine Google has renamed itself after the Kansas City of Topeka. This is what you see today when you google, uh, Google.
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So what's the deal with the name change, and why is it bad for us here in St. Louis?

As we reported a few weeks ago, St. Louis and other cities around the nation are competing to become a test-market for Google to install its new fiber-optic, super-fast broadband service.

Topeka seems to have jumped to the top of Google's list when last month it temporarily renamed itself Google to win-over the search engine. Today, Google returns the favor. Read Google's explanation here.

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