Google changes name? Don't be fooled

08:12, April 02, 2010      

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Naming rights on sale for New York's Central Park, Google changing its name, and Starbucks launching giant-sized coffee cups. It must be April Fools' Day.

In keeping with tradition, newspapers and websites around the globe played various tricks on their readers on Thursday, ranging from the faintly believable to the absurd.

Internet search engine Google joined the fun by saying it was launching "Translate for Animals," a new animal translation service, and renaming itself Topeka - a tribute to a town in Kansas, which has temporarily changed its name to Google as it aims to become a Google fiber optic trial community.

"Google employees once known as "Googlers" should now be referred to as either "Topekers" or "Topekans," depending on the result of a board meeting that's ongoing at this hour," Google said on its web site.

In a bid to close the city's budget deficit, New York's mayor's office announced on its Twitter feed that Mayor Michael Bloomberg had decided to sell naming rights for Central Park, the East River and even ubiquitous former mayor Ed Koch.


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