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Apple registers domain?

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Update 1 at 5:24AM EST:. After I posted this story, MacRumors pointed out that the Whois record raises questions as to whether Apple is really behind the registration.  First, the registrar used was Go Daddy, not MarkMonitor (Apple’s usual choice).  Guess we’ll have to wait and see if anything official is announced.

Original Story: Apple released the iPhone 4 in 2010 and the iPhone 4S in 2011.  Now, all the talk is about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.  But Apple did make an interesting domain name purchase this week:

According to Whois records, Apple registered the domain on May 1, 2012.

It’s unknown why the company registered the domain name.

It may be nothing more than a defensive tactic to protect its intellectual property, except, a number of iPhone 4 variations like and are still available for anyone to register at the time of this story.

Apple already owns the domains, and  Apple got its hands on after filing a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Back in July 2011, Apple acquired for an unknown amount of money.  The company acquired the domain for an undisclosed amount in 2007.  It’s rumored Apple paid over $1 million to acquire the name.

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News domain name will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this month domain name

On February 19th, the domain name will celebrate its 25th Anniversary.

The domain was created on February 19th, 1987, nearly two years after the first and oldest .com domain name on the internet “” was registered, and just over ten years after Apple Inc. was founded.

Today, is one of the most visited sites on the internet, ranking in the top 50 sites of the world, according to Alexa.

Apple hasn’t announced anything about the upcoming anniversary, so it’s not certain whether the company will be holding any kind of celebration.

Other domain names like, which was registered on December 11, 1986, have recently celebrated their 25th birthday without much fanfare. ranks at #64 in the Top 100 oldest registered .com domains. 

Other domains owned by well-known companies that will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year include:,, and

A full list of the top 100 oldest domain names can be seen on iWhois.


Apple secures domain

Steve Jobs

Apple has secured the dot-xxx adult domain (Whois), preventing anyone else from using the name of the company’s late co-founder.

This week, Apple officially took control of the domain through the registrar Corporation Service Company (CSC), a company that helps protect many of the world’s most valuable brands and patrols the internet for incidences of brand abuse.

The acquisition of comes the same week the company officially revealed itself as the owner of, a web address that has been re-directing to Apple’s online memorial since early October when Steve Jobs passed away.  

Apple has owned for months and now the Whois record for shows Apple as the registrant.

Surprisingly, to this day Apple does not own the web addresses of Steve Jobs in dotcom, dotnet, or dotorg. is owned by a resident of South Korea according to Whois records, while the dotnet is owned by the company Inc. is up for sale by its owner, who also owns

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Apple’s IP lawyers get control of domains like before case decided

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Just over a week ago, Apple Computer filed a domain name dispute with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over five names registered to Wachter Consulting Inc.

Four of the five domains named in WIPO case number D2011-1866, have now been transferred from Wachter Consulting Inc. to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, a law firm that has successfully represented Apple in the past in dozens of patent and trademark infringement cases.

The domains that were transferred to Apple’s name servers include,,, and 

It appears the best of the bunch,, is still in the possession of Wachter Consulting, according to WHOIS records.

Although the case is still listed as ‘Active’ online with WIPO, it’s possible Wachter Consulting decided to turn over the names even before a decision was handed down.

Chances are the case will remain ‘Active’ until all of the names have been transferred, voluntarily or otherwise.

[Updated November 10, 2011 3:19am EST:  Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has now taken ownership of  The law firm also took ownership of アップルストア.com (‘Apple Store’ in Japanese).]

(Photo of Apple Power Mac G4 with an Apple Studio Display via Collin Grady)

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Apple files domain name dispute over,

Apple Store

Apple’s legal department has been keeping busy in 2011, filing a new domain name dispute with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over five names which belong to the same owner: Wachter Consulting Inc.

A total of ten cases have been filed by Apple Inc in 2011 going back to January, when Apple filed a complaint over and won.

The domains involved in the latest dispute (WIPO case number: D2011-1866) include:,,,, and

Wachter Consulting Inc. owns over 6,000 domains including web addresses like and  The company has been a respondent in disputes in the past, which involved and maté  In both disputes, Wachter Consulting Inc. won. 

This time however, it may prove difficult for Wachter Consulting to hold on to their ‘Apple’ names.

Apple has been having success all year long and in recent disputes, winning and, among many notable web addresses it has filed complaints over.

Apple currently has three cases open with WIPO, which involve names like,,,, and

One case it surprisingly hasn’t filed in 2011, is that of 

Apple fans expecting to learn more about the iPhone 4S, are currently greeted by a not-so-safe-for-work surprise when typing in the web address into their browser.

I wrote about the NSFW site back in mid July after a leaked photo of a rumored iPhone 4GS turned up on Weibo. 

One would expect a domain dispute to follow soon.

(Photo of Apple Computer — Apple Store, Michigan Avenue (Chicago) via TonyTheTiger)