Google wins dispute over YouTube typo domains, names ordered transferred

In a no-brainer, a single-member Panel with the National Arbitration Forum has ordered several YouTube typo domain names be transferred to Google. The domain names disputed in the case were: youtbe.com, youtub.com, youtue.com, youube.com, and yutube.com. The respondent, who filed no response … [Read more...]

Top 10 Stories of 2011: #4 Google buys YouTube.xxx adult domain name

Google buys YouTube.xxx

Until today, I'd only written two stories focused on .XXX domains, one in 2011 and one in 2012.  The most recent story I wrote was published early New Year's Day and discussed the first .XXX dispute filed over the domain markafoni.xxx. Though the internet has been flooded with details on .XXX … [Read more...]

Google apparently registers Googan domains, slang for lowlife webmaster

Googleplex

If you're not familiar with the term Googan, according to Urban Dictionary, "Googan" can be used to describe a lowlife webmaster who "posts ads and web pages typically with no meaningful content, no regard for adwords copywriting, or consideration for other people, especially those who click on … [Read more...]

Top 10 Stories of 2011: #8 Google helps businesses get mobile friendly

GoMo

Google has been the source of many stories reported here that have drawn a lot of attention by other tech blogs and news sites, from its purchase of YouTube.xxx  to going after typosquatters, to its acquisition of the domain names schemer.com and dartlanguage.com, to Photovine- the list goes on and … [Read more...]

Google registers ‘Value of the Web’

Value of the Web

It looks like Google is getting ready to market another one of its products or services. On December 14, the search engine giant registered the domain name valueoftheweb.com through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.  Google also picked up the dot-net and dot-org. As with many … [Read more...]

Google buys YouTube XXX domain name

ICM Registry in the news

General availability of .XXX domain names began on December 6, 2011, following the sunrise and landrush periods.  The names are now up for grabs on a first come, first served basis.  Many of the world's largest companies have secured their trademarks, including Google Inc. who is now the owner of … [Read more...]

Is Google planning to be more than just a client of RightsFlow? [UPDATED]

Google Flow

Updated at 2:38pm EST:  Just as I speculated early this morning, RightsFlow has been acquired by Google.  The news was announced only news minutes ago. *** Original post 4:11am EST: Google has made some interesting domain name registrations this week, revolving around the phrase "Rights … [Read more...]

Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams

YouTube Scam Survey site

Google is going after several popular typos of the web address YouTube.com, all owned by the same person.  Each typo domain leads unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official YouTube site (as shown in the picture above of YouTub.com - minus the 'e').  Instead of … [Read more...]

Google registers ‘Google Gives Back’

Google Gives Back

It looks like Google has plans to give back this holiday season, as to who or what exactly, is unknown. On November 20, the search engine giant registered three domain names: Googlegivesback.com, Googlegivesback.net and Googlegivesback.org. According to Whois historical records, … [Read more...]

Why? Google registers GoogleGoro.com

Google Goro

Update 1 at 6:42am EST:  Google Goro appears to be a web application that uses the Google App Engine.  According to Google, there a number of URLs like, 'https://wow.goro.appspot.com/worldwondersproject/cuenca/index.html, however when you try signing into Google Goro using Google Accounts an error … [Read more...]