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...]

Google apparently registers Googan domains, slang for lowlife webmaster

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...]

Google registers ‘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...]

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

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

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’

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

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...]

Google registers 1HourPerSecond.com

This week Google registered the domain name 1hourpersecond.com and the same name with the number spelled out: Onehourpersecond.com.  At the time of this story, neither domain name resolves to a web page. "One hour per second" may be a reference to time-lapse photography.  Wikipedia describes … [Read more...]

What is Schemer.com by Google?

WHOIS privacy was removed this week from the domain name schemer.com, revealing Google as the owner. According to WHOIS records, it appears Google secretly acquired the domain name from its previous owner using MarkMonitor's shell company 'Brand Certified' back in July.  Brand Certified is the same … [Read more...]

Google quietly reveals GOMO, a service that mobilizes your site [UPDATED]

Early in September, I wrote about Google registering the domain names Howtogomo.com, Howtogomo.net, and Howtogomo.org, and I wondered why the search engine giant went out and bought the web addresses. Well, it looks like we finally know why. Although currently 'Access Restricted', … [Read more...]