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Cities Basically Lose It for Google

Google might be banking on sparking a broadband arms race with their gigabit fiber proposal, but in the meantime they've accidentally sparked an arms race of silly stunts to get their attention. First, Topeka, Kan., renamed itself Google, and now the mayor of Duluth, Minn., jumps into Lake Superior wearing only a T-shirt and shorts, declaring that he's "laid down the gauntlet." And in a wildly inappropriate use of eminent domain, he says that Duluth's first-borns shall henceforth be named "Google Fiber" and "Googlette Fiber." [AP and NBC Bay Area, previously]