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Search-Crazy Swedes Name Baby ''Google''

Walid Elias Kai, who works for a Swedish search optimization company, and his wife Carol Kai, have named their boy ''Oliver Google Kai.''

A couple in Sweden have slapped the middle name "Google" on their newborn son, the search giant said Tuesday on its official blog.

Lebanese-born Walid Elias Kai, who works for a search optimization company, and his Swedish wife, Carol Kai, named their boy, born Sept. 12, "Oliver Google Kai."

Kai, who posted photos of young Google on a Web site, claims to be a Google fan. Really.

"We wish him long life and good health, and hope his schoolmates aren't too hard on him," wrote Karen Wickre, of the Google blog group, on the site.

Google isn't the first Internet brand name to be bandied about as a child's name. Earlier this year, the Reuters news service carried a story from Romania that claimed a young couple had named their baby "Yahoo" because they'd met on the Internet.

The story, sad to say, turned out to be fake. The Reuters reporter who made up the story was later fired.

Google's veracity is a bit easier to confirm, since Kai has posted photos of his son's Swedish birth registration on his Web site.

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