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KindleMother.com? Amazon secretly registers family member domain names

KindleMother.com

KindleChild.com, KindleFather.com, KindleMother.com, KindlePreteen.com – those are just a handful of the names that Amazon privately registered this week through the registrar Go Daddy.

All of the names were registered to Domains By Proxy, Go Daddy’s private registration service, but with a little sleuthing it was quite easy to reveal the company owner behind the domains as Amazon.

Dozens of domain names centered on “family” were registered, but the company is remaining hush-hush on its plans for them.

The names could point to new content for the Kindle devices, as they were all registered a day after Amazon’s General Counsel took control of KindlePublications.com (Whois).

Revealing Amazon as the owner was simple.  By typing the domain and e-mail address “hostmaster@amazon.com” into Go Daddy’s online account retrieval system, you can quickly confirm Amazon as the owner, since Go Daddy shows a message stating, “An email with the requested information has been sent”, when you fill in all the fields correctly.

Go Daddy Account Assistance

It’s the same technique I used to see that Amazon bought KindleFireHD.com.

In many cases, Amazon registered the Spanish and English versions of the same name, such as KindleMadre.com and KindleMother.com.

Below is a bigger list of the names privately registered by Amazon.  It includes many, but not all of the names, which appear to have been registered on October 12, 2012, according to Whois records.

http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlebambini.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlebambino.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlechild.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindledad.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindledads.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindleenfant.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlefamilies.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlefather.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlefathers.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindleinfant.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindleinfants.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemadre.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemadres.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemommies.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemommy.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemother.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemothers.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemum.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlemums.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlenino.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindleninos.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlepadre.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlepadres.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlepapa.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlepreteen.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindlepreteens.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/kindleteen.com

At the time of this story, all of the names direct users to a Go Daddy parked page.

(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 registers the domain name KindleCompass.com [UPDATED]

Kindle Compass

For future projects or just as part of its intellectual property strategy to defend its various brands, Amazon registers new domain names all the time.

So, it’s anyones guess as to what’s behind each purchase.

On October 6, Amazon registered the domain name KindleCompass.com through MarkMonitor. 

The Kindle Fire doesn’t appear to come with a built-in digital compass like the iPad, so will the Kindle Compass be a digital compass add-on?

Here’s a look at the WHOIS information.

Registrant:
        Hostmaster, Amazon Legal Dept.
        Amazon Technologies, Inc.
        P.O. Box 8102
         Reno NV 89507
        US
        
    Domain Name: kindlecompass.com

        Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
        Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com

    Administrative Contact:
        Hostmaster, Amazon Legal Dept.
        Amazon Technologies, Inc.
        P.O. Box 8102
         Reno NV 89507
        US
         
    Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
        Hostmaster, Amazon Legal Dept.
        Amazon Technologies, Inc.
        P.O. Box 8102
         Reno NV 89507
        US

    Created on…………..: 2011-10-06.
    Expires on…………..: 2012-10-06.
    Record last updated on..: 2011-10-06.

Care to take a guess as to what the “Kindle Compass” is or will be?

[Updated January 5, 2012:. Turns out the Kindle Compass is a new publication by Amazon that has cause a bit of controversy.  According to All Things D, “Amazon has issued an apology tonight after upsetting Kindle owners, who learned this morning that they were selected to receive a publication they didn’t sign up for — and could be charged for in the future. The problems kicked off this morning when Amazon started sending emails to select Kindle owners, alerting them to a free trial of “The Kindle Compass.”]

Discussion:  Huffington Post

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Why did Amazon buy KindleVine.com, is a pre-release buzz site on the way?

Kindle Vine

There’s no question that Amazon owns a lot of domain names.  This past week the company purchased several hundred new names, including a group of more than 500 names, after announcing the Kindle Fire and Amazon Silk.

While large quantity purchases are usually part of a company’s intellectual property strategy in order to protect their brand, it’s easier to speculate on the individual purchases such as KindleVine.com, which Amazon acquired this week from its owner in Canada.

With the announcement of the Kindle Fire, one can only imagine the slew of products, services and peripherals Amazon will soon offer, possibly including:  Kindle Vine. 

Amazon already runs a program called “Amazon Vine” that invites the most trusted reviewers on Amazon to post opinions about new and pre-release items to help customers make informed purchase decisions.

Could an entirely separate invitation-only program run by Amazon be set up for Kindles?

The domain name exchanged hands at the end of September, and now the registrant shows Amazon as the owner.  Previously, KindleVine.com was a web site that served up eBay listings involving Amazon’s Kindle device.

Here’s a look at the Whois record.

Registrant:
   Amazon Technologies, Inc.
   P.O. Box 8102
   Reno, Nevada 89507
   United States

   Domain Name: KINDLEVINE.COM
      Created on: 25-Apr-08
      Expires on: 25-Apr-12
      Last Updated on: 29-Sep-11

   Administrative Contact:
      Hostmaster, Amazon 
      Amazon Technologies, Inc.
      P.O. Box 8102
      Reno, Nevada 89507
      United States

   Domain servers in listed order:
      NS-1.AMAZON.COM
      NS-2.AMAZON.COM
      NS-3.AMAZON.COM

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Evidence on next Kindles being named after elements like Earth, Water, Air

Kindle

In early August I wrote about Amazon acquiring the domain name KindleAir.com for possible use with its next generation of Kindle devices. 

After a little domain sleuthing, the pieces of the puzzle appear to be falling into place and it looks like Amazon will be using elements like Earth, Water, Air and more, to name its next line of Kindles.

KindleAir.com was the first hint, but I’ve now discovered that Amazon has secretly acquired the domain names KindleEarth.com, KindleWater.com and — both domain names were acquired on July 6, 2011.  

Although both domains are registered at Go Daddy and hidden behind its privacy service Domains by Proxy, it’s 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.

All one has to do is simply try and retrieve a customer number online from Go Daddy’s main website (as shown in the picture below).  You select a product from a list (for example “Domain Name”), enter your email address, then enter a security access code by retyping the graphic number shown on the screen.

KindleEarth.com

If everything is a successful match, a “Process Complete” message is displayed indicating the information requested will be sent to the email address entered.  I used hostmaster@ amazon.com, the e-mail address Amazon regularly uses when registering domain names through its various registrars including MarkMonitor and Go Daddy.

If something is entered wrong, a message displays stating for example, “Email address not found”.

For both KindleEarth.com and KindleWater.com, the retrieval process was successful and a “Process Complete” message was displayed. 

Process Complete

So, just to add a little more fuel to the Kindle rumor fire, it appears Amazon will be using these names for a possible Kindle product line.  Similar types of names might also be used like Kindle Wave.com, which DNW wrote about yesterday.

Using Go Daddy and its privacy service, is the same secret method Amazon used before launching its Cloud Reader service in order to keep the product under wraps.  The company registered kindlecloudreader.com in late June but didn’t reveal itself as the owner until it unveiled the service in August.

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