It looks like Dropbox the file hosting service that has been valued by some at $5 billion may finally be officially integrating with Google Docs.
The company went on a domain buying spree this week, purchasing the domain names DropboxDocs.com, DropboxDocs.net, and DropboxDocs.org through the registrar MarkMonitor.
There are services that help you sync your files between Google Docs and Dropbox like Cloudhq, but easily creating and collaborating on Google Docs from within Dropbox is missing.
It’s been rumored that Dropbox is raising additional capital, which may be used to launch a marketing campaign in addition to new features as it competes with companies like Box.net, who joined forces with Google Docs back in June.
While the “DropboxDocs” domains clearly show Dropbox Inc. as the owner, additional domain names hinting at an online marketing campaign were also registered at the same time using MarkMonitor’s privacy service DNStination. As a result, the owner behind the domains is unknown, but considering the timing, there’s a good chance they too belong to Dropbox. The names centered around the phrase “Files are Dead”, which followed recent articles in the news suggesting the Dropbox use case may not survive the cloud.
The names included:
Here’s a look at the Whois record for Dropboxdocs.com, which was registered on August 29.
760 Market St Suite #1150
San Francisco CA 94102
Domain Name: dropboxdocs.com
Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com
Registrar Homepage: http:// www. markmonitor.com
Created on…………..: 2011-08-29.
Expires on…………..: 2013-08-29.
Record last updated on..: 2011-08-30.
At the time of this story, neither dropboxdocs.com nor filesaredead.com resolve to a web page.
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