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Amazon acquired KindleFireHD.com domain right before announcement

Kindle Fire HD

  • Unknown if Amazon shelled out big bucks or threatened legal action

  • Domain first registered on Sept 28, ’11, same day Kindle Fire announced

  • Amazon revealed as owner even though name anonymously registered

  • Has better domain record than Apple, which still doesn’t own iPad.com

In a smart move by Amazon, shortly before announcing the new Kindle Fire HD family of products to the world on September 6, 2012, the company acquired the domain name KindleFireHD.com.  According to Whois records, the name switched hands from its previous owner “Nathaniel Sawbo” to Amazon.

What is known (after some sleuthing) is that Amazon now owns the domain, but what isn’t known is if Amazon had to pay some money to the name’s original owner or whether the company threatened legal action.

On the very same day Amazon unveiled the first generation Kindle Fire in 2011, the company registered well over 500 domain names related to the Kindle Fire and Silk browser products, through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.  While Amazon managed to secure the rights to names like KindleFireScreen.com and KindleFireDisplay.com, it failed to obtain KindleFireHD.com.

Today, KindleFireHD.com is a blank web page and is registered anonymously through Go Daddy’s Domains By Proxy service, but it takes only a few simple steps using Go Daddy’s public account retrieval system to figure out who is behind the domain.

It’s what some might call a “slight flaw” in Go Daddy’s account retrieval system which allows you to figure out the owner of a privately registered domain as long as you know the e-mail address of the registrant.

On my first and only try, I used hostmaster@amazon.com, and was able to quickly confirm Amazon as the owner.

First, I went to Go Daddy’s Account Assistance page.

Go Daddy Account Assistance

Next, I clicked on Retrieve my Customer #, then entered kindlefirehd.com for the domain name and hostmaster@amazon.com for the e-mail address.  After entering the security code, I clicked Submit, as shown in the screenshot below.

Go Daddy Retrieve my Customer number

If everything is a successful match, and it was, a message stating, “An email with the requested information has been sent.”

Unlike Apple, one of its biggest competitors with a reputation for announcing products before owning the domains, Amazon has a much better track record.

Amazon owned KindleFire.com when it unveiled the tablet.

The company owns Kindle.com and other product names like KindleDX.com.

To this day, Apple doesn’t even own iPad.com.

Amazon may even have a shot at owning FireHD.com, which has surprisingly expired according to Whois.  If you browse Amazon’s website, you’ll notice the company uses “Fire HD” (minus Kindle) quite a bit, so it may be in the company’s interest.  The domain name will be available to the public on October 3, 2012, if the owner doesn’t renew the name in time.

I’ve reached out to Nathaniel Sawbo, KindleFireHD.com’s original owner for more information on the transaction and will update this post if I hear back.

(Image of Kindle Fire HD via Amazon.com)

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Amazon acquires KindleVoice.com, Siri-like functionality closer to release?

Kindle Voice

Amazon buys domain names on a regular basis, so it’s no surprise to see the company acquiring the domain name kindlevoice.com.

The name recently expired and Amazon’s legal department scooped it up.  While it may be nothing more than a defensive move, it may also signal that Amazon could be closer to releasing its own version of Apple’s Siri.

Last November, Amazon purchased the Charlotte voice-to-text startup called Yap, which created a lot of buzz among tech sites that speculated Amazon would eventually release voice recognition technology for its Kindle devices.

Apple’s Siri still isn’t fully available on its iPad tablets.  The new iPad was the first tablet to officially have limited Siri technology, but only the voice dictation software.

(Image of Kindle Fire via Amazon.com)

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Top 10 Stories of 2011: #6 Speculating on the next Kindle to be released by Amazon

Kindle

When Amazon began slashing prices on its refurbished Kindle 3 models, tech sites began speculating that Amazon would release a new Kindle.  That’s when I started paying more attention to Kindle related domain names, as I quickly found out readers eat this type of news up.

My first big story days after speculation started in August, was Amazon acquiring KindleAir.com via MarkMonitor after the domain name had expired.  Engadget, PC Magazine and other tech sites ran with the story as well.

But it wasn’t this story that made the Top 10 in 2011…

The number six story in the Top 10 Stories of 2011 here on Fusible was predicting that Amazon’s next Kindle would be named after one of the elements.  And my prediction was right, as Amazon finally settled on the element of fire with its Kindle Fire

Unlike other stories, this one took a little more sleuthing.

As I wrote back then, KindleAir.com was the first hint, but I discovered that Amazon had also secretly acquired the domain names KindleEarth.com KindleWater.com on July 6, 2011.  Both were registered at Go Daddy and hidden behind its privacy service Domains by Proxy, but it was simple to reveal Amazon as the owner by using Go Daddy’s public Account Retrieval System, which in June finally addressed other privacy issues with the tool.

While I had correctly guessed the next Kindle would be named after an element, I hadn’t included “Fire” in the list.  Though I considered including it, Amazon hadn’t owned Kindle Fire just yet. 

Many of my top stories over the past six months dealt with what Amazon’s next Kindle might be, but most never panned out.   Names like the Kindle Ice and the Kindle Scribe, which even caught the attention of Time and other publications, have yet to materialize.   

Other stories that grabbed attention included Amazon possibly spinning off its Kindle line into a separate company called Seesaw (which went on to get a Techmeme headline) and even Amazon’s massive buying spree of 500 Kindle and Silk related domains, which hinted that a 3G Kindle Fire would be launched. 

(Image of Kindle Fire and Kindle DX Graphite via Amazon.com)

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Amazon acquires KindleTutor.com

Kindle Tutor

Amazon is overflowing with all sorts of Kindle products from the all-new Kindle Fire tablet to the Kindle e-reader.

So what’s in store next for the Kindle family? 

Well, according to a recent domain name acquisition by Amazon.com Holdings, it’s possible an online tutoring service or app is on the way.

On December 27, Amazon acquired the domain name KindleTutor.com, as shown in its WHOIS record.

While this is only speculation, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Amazon launch a “Kindle Tutor” app, particularly for its Kindle Fire.  Earlier this month, Amazon released an OTA update to address performance and touchscreen issues.

At the time of this story going online, KindleTutor.com does not resolve to a website.

Discussion: Phandroid

(Image of Kinde Fire via Amazon.com)

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Amazon Web Services could offer microsites according to domain buys

AWSMicrosites.com WHOIS record

It appears Amazon’s suite of web services could be growing.

According to some recent domain buys, Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be offering functionality or services to developers for microsites, beyond hosting.

The company hasn’t made any official announcement as of yet, but Amazon’s legal department registered the domains AWSmicrosite.com and AWSmicrosites.com on November 29, as shown in the picture above.

Microsites are usually no more than a few pages and used to promote an event.