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Google comes to Dublin (from Irish Times breaking news):
One of the world's leading Internet search engines is to base its European headquarters in Dublin, it was reported today.
After much speculation over where the headquarters are to be located, Google was expected to announce Dublin as its choice as early as today.
This was a done deal a long while back and we'd suggested as much in the Irish Times, but there wasn't much more to be said (so the SundayTribune and RTE have given it another airing, weeks after Jamie Smyth had it!). So here it is: Google IS coming to Dublin. According to a very informed source, they'd made the decision to do so ages back, then changed their minds when they saw what the broadband situation was really like, and decamped to Switzerland, only to find it wasn't much better. Certainly Irish international rates for b/b connectivity are excellent, which may have made it attractive to return to the original plan, plus I'm sure there were other inducements. Anyway, they're back, but the reasons this deal was almost lost should not be lost on the government as it dithers over funding broadband projects.
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