Salesforce’s moves into Private Beta, app almost ready for prime time Beta

Salesforce’s latest product, a business productivity application whose slogan is “Do and it’s Done”, has come out of alpha and moved into private beta.  According to the Beta sign up page, which popped up online this week, is near release and invitations are being sent out as fast as possible.

No public information has been made available, and very little information can be gleaned from the website other than it’s some type of business productivity application.

A quick search on Google using “” shows that a subdomain,, was set up on the site.  “Assets” in the Salesforce world refer to, “specific products your customers have purchased, including a serial number, date of purchase, or any other information related to an individual sale.  Depending on how your organization uses assets, they can represent a competitor product that your customer has or versions of your products.”

At the end of August I wrote about launching a “Coming Soon” site, after noticing the domain name transferred from the server where it was brokered to a different server.


Salesforce to launch yet to be revealed, get things done with anyone by Salesforce has been announcing a number of new products recently, but one product that it hasn’t publicly announced as of yet, is a productivity app called “do” which can be found on the website

The slogan on the homepage reads: “The app to get things done with anyone”

The Coming Soon page went live today. 

I discovered the site earlier this evening, after noticing that the domain name transferred from the server to its current server on August 26, but for the past several days no website was online.

In July I stumbled upon a secret Microsoft project while monitoring Marksmen’s name servers.  Marksmen brokered the sale of and also co-brokered the sale of for $2.6 million to a mystery client. 

The mystery buyer behind has yet to be revealed, but you can officially add to the bunch. is the largest publicly reported domain sale so far in 2011.

Dreamforce, the cloud computing conference held by is currently being held in San Francisco until September 2.


Microsoft acquires from same broker as


Could Microsoft be planning to launch its own social networking service to compete with Facebook and the new Google Plus?

What’s definitely not speculation is that Microsoft has acquired the four-letter domain name  Today, the Whois record revealed Microsoft Corporation as the new owner.

On July 2, I wrote about Marksmen the IP and brand protection company, who made headlines in June after co-brokering the sale of for $2.6 million.  In the article I wrote about how Marksmen had acquired the domain name just days after the deal was announced.

I speculated Marksmen may have acquired the domain on behalf of the new owner of (who has yet to be revealed) to use as a URL shortening service.

I did reach out for comment at the time to Marksmen, who replied via email on July 6, “Thanks for the inquiry. We can’t comment on the matter.” moved from Marksmen, then to Corporation Service Company temporarily this week, before the registrant information finally switched over to Microsoft in the last 24 hours. is still registered to an “ADV”, but no further information is provided. 

Because the identity of the buyer of wasn’t disclosed, it’s just rumor about Microsoft owning the $2.6 million name.     

Here’s a look at the Whois record of


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News for $2.6 million: What about the domain for only $950?


The word on the street is that the domain name has sold for $2.6 million according to Ron Jackson of DNJournal

News of the sale created a flurry of interest online, with TechCrunch even publishing an article that included links to domain industry blogs that had covered the auction (including this very blog).

While news of the sale isn’t everywhere you look, you’d think the owner of the dotorg ( got the memo, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Titan Networks, the owners of the dotorg, charge anywhere between US$950 and $4950 for their domains and that includes according to the website. 

All of our domains cost at least $950, so please don’t mail us requesting a quote if is not worth even that much to you. Similarly, please don’t send any offers of less than $950,” reads a message on the website.

Over the years a number of dotorgs have been some of the biggest domain sales such as for $1 million, for $440,000, for $198,000, and for $150,349.

Though it’s possible you could’ve picked up for a bargain at $950, it might be selling for more as a result of the sale. 

Ron Jackson indicated the seller Scott Carter used Marksmen, the same service used by companies like Electronic Arts who acquired and Microsoft who purchased the domain

[UPDATE June 23, 2011 8:56 PM: updated its home page today.  Don’t bother offering three or even four figures for the domain.  A message on the site now reads, “To address the dozens of people who have written to ask for our “price”, we’ll note the rule of thumb that org sites often sell for about 10% of the .com sale amount. So please don’t send offers below six figures.]

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Electronic Arts adds to its arsenal of killer domains as it prepares to battle Modern Warfare 3

Battlefield 3 Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (EA) already owns and operates, a domain name it acquired in 2007 after using Marksmen, a service used by larger companies that describes itself as the go-to-firm for corporations who want to keep their identity and costs on the down low.

EA took official ownership of the domain in late July of 2007 according to WHOIS records, and now the company has acquired the web address,, as it looks to take on Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 with its launch of Battlefield 3 in October 2011, two weeks before Modern Warfare 3 hits stores.

The WHOIS records for changed owners this week to EA.

      Electronic Arts Inc.
      Domain Administrator
      209 Redwood Shores Parkway 
      Redwood City, CA 94065

   Registrar Name….: CORPORATE DOMAINS, INC.
   Registrar Whois…:
   Registrar Homepage: 

   Domain Name:

      Created on…………..: Thu, Feb 11, 1999
      Expires on…………..: Wed, Feb 11, 2015
      Record last updated on..: Fri, Jun 17, 2011

It’s WAR

Could domain names play a part in the battle between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 online?  While that’s unlikely, if it were the case, Electronic Arts would likely win.

EA not only owns, it also owns

Activision, on other hand, doesn’t own or

Although, things might be changing when it comes to, as I pointed out earlier in the week.