Google reveals it got Chromebox.com via secret intermediary, launch imminent?

Chromebox

Google officially launched its Chrome OS laptops called Chromebooks on June 15, but there is still no official release date for its desktop version of the Chrome OS called Chromebox announced back in May.  Though Google did acquire several related domain names around Chromebook and Chromebox around the same time as Google I/O 2011, one name it didn’t own was Chromebox.com.

According to Whois records, Google acquired the domain Chromebox.com through MarkMonitor’s secret shell company Brand Certified Inc in August (price unknown).  Then on September 23, 2011, the registrant information was updated on Chromebox.com, revealing Google as the owner.

Is the update to the Whois record and transfer to Google’s domain servers a sign of an imminent launch?

Here’s a look at the Whois record.

Registrant:
        DNS Admin
        Google Inc.
        1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
         Mountain View CA 94043
        US
        
    Domain Name: chromebox.com

        Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
        Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com

    Administrative Contact:
        DNS Admin
        Google Inc.
        1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
         Mountain View CA 94043
        US

    Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
        DNS Admin
        Google Inc.
        1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
         Mountain View CA 94043
        US

    Created on…………..: 2003-05-17.
    Expires on…………..: 2013-06-01.
    Record last updated on..: 2011-09-23.

    Domain servers in listed order:

    ns2.google.com
    ns3.google.com
    ns4.google.com
    ns1.google.com

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