Is Google going to introduce Google Plus Stories? Maybe, according to domains

Last November, Twitter introduced Twitter Stories, which allows users to share how they used the social media platform in an interesting way.  Facebook launched its own Facebook Stories application back in 2010.  Now, Google has registered the domain GooglePlusStories.com, hinting that it may roll … [Read more...]

Google finally launches Cube, play your way through a cubic Google Maps world

Back in January, Google released a teaser video for a Google maps-based game that was set to be released in February.  But February, came and went and the game wasn't released.  Now, Google has finally quietly launched the game online at www.playmapscube.com. Travel through New York, Tokyo and … [Read more...]

Google trademarks Showy for software that turns a device into a remote control

Late last month, Google registered the domain name GoogleShowy.com.   With such generic words in the name there was not much to go on. But now, Google has filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office revealing more details as to what "Showy" will be when it's … [Read more...]

Google was buyer of Wallet.com domain

Back in June 2011, DotWeekly editor Jamie Zoch spotted a change in the Whois records of the domain name Wallet.com.  Jamie speculated that either Zynga or Google was the buyer of the domain, which was privately registered making it difficult to know the owner's identity. As of today, the buyer is … [Read more...]

Could the Google-branded tablet be called the Google Play? [UPDATED]

[Update 1 on March 6, 2012:. Google Play isn't the name of Google's upcoming tablet.  The company announced that starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play.] Original story on March 2, 2012:. Rumors have been swirling since late February … [Read more...]

What is Google’s RoboHornet?

It may be nothing, it may be something.  But what is known is that Google privately registered the domain names RoboHornet.com and RoboHornet.org on February 17, 2012, then removed the Whois privacy and transferred the domains to its own name servers a week later. RoboHornet.com (Whois) and … [Read more...]

Google Inc. registers more GoogleWeb, ChromeWeb, and Screenwise domains

Search Engine Land's Matt McGee reported earlier this month that Google had registered a number of Labs, Screenwise and Adwords domains.  Among the list of fourteen names were domains like GoogleWebLab.com, ChromeWebLab.com, and ScreenwiseMedia.com. Now Google has registered more variations of … [Read more...]

Google goes after YouTube typo domains that it didn’t win in a previous dispute

Google has been going after popular typos of the web address YouTube.com in recent months and it's been having its share of success in disputes, winning five typo domain names in early January and several more later that month in another case that also involved Google typo domains. However, in a … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Google may be officially launching Rater Hub

Back in 2005, Henk van Ess wrote about the Google Rater Hub, a somewhat secretive program at the time that had people review and rate the quality of Google's search results. Well, now it looks like the Rater Hub program will soon have a more public home on the web with the registration of the … [Read more...]

Google quietly launches Women Entrepreneurs on the Web initiative

Google employee Pooja Srinivas appears to be one of the people behind Google's latest web initiative called "Women Entrepreneurs on the Web" (or WeOW, for short). Srinivas, a resident of India, registered several domains earlier this month like Womenentrepreneursontheweb.com (Whois), which … [Read more...]