Amazon scrambles to register ‘cloud reader’ domain names

Kindle Cloud Reader

TechCrunch broke the news about the Kindle Cloud Reader, though Amazon hadn’t officially announced the web app.

While Amazon has registered related domain names in the past, employees within its legal department scrambled to register more names following the news.

The company registered several “cloud reader” domains and one other not-so-related name:

Here’s a look at what Amazon scooped up on August 9 and 10.

News goes dark after failed auction

Although received a $2.5 million bid at SnapNames by the time bidding closed online, it still fell far short of the $5 million+ price tag the owner Scott Carter was looking for.

Since the auction closed on June 15, the website has since gone offline.

Scott Carter who tweets under the username @Scott_Carter has been quiet on Twitter.

Who knows what’s to become of now.  But the domain that TechCrunch said could very well end up being one of the most expensive domain sales of all time, has turned out to not be such a hot commodity after all.

No details on a closed-door deal have emerged, but it’s certainly within reason. 

Last year’s auction of the domain by Moniker did not reach its reserve price during its auction, but 11 minutes after the auction closed, Moniker received a bid for 5.5 million USD via an absentee proxy bid as reported by Jamie Zoch of DotWeekly.


[UPDATED] $5 million and up reserve, receives no bids

With less than 12 hours left in bidding, the domain has received no offers at SnapNames, where the name is being auctioned as part of the Barcelona DOMAINfest Premium Auction.

SnapNames was forced to cancel the June 8th live auction in Barcelona due to technical problems with its website. 

The online auction includes other premium domains like and horseracing, but the featured name of the auction is which even made headlines in publications like TechCrunch who chatted with its owner Scott Carter.

“Carter put the domain up for sale in 1997 for $50,000, but had no takers for two years. He tried using the site to promote different businesses, including a social networking directory from 2007 to 2009 and most recently his Twitter tool BigTweet.”

The lowest bid that can be offered online is $2.5 million USD. 

However, Scott Carter is looking for a price tag of anywhere between $5 million and up.

Interest in social networking names is increasing with the rumored IPOs of companies like Facebook, which is being valued as much as $100 billion.

Online auctions rarely get a lot of activity until the final hours, so it should be interesting to watch whether the domain is sold today or in dealings behind closed doors with Moniker after the auction.

[UPDATE June 15, 2011 03:23 PM EST:  The online auction has ended without the reserve being met.]

[UPDATE June 15, 2011 01:25 PM EST:  DNN’s Adam Strong is reporting that has received a $2.5 million bid.]


Founded by former TechCrunch writer, The Inquisitr sells for $330,000 on Flippa

The Inquisitr

The Inquisitr ( founded by former TechCrunch writer and b5media co-founder Duncan Riley in May 2008, sold for $330,000 USD on Friday.

The site went up for sale on Flippa a week ago. 

In the last 6 months, it has run in the 7-8 million page view range based on statistics provided in the auction listing.  In terms of revenue, the site generated $15,449 per month in income based on an average over the last 12 months.

According to a post on The Inquisitr’s website, it sounds like Duncan is close to a near internet meltdown and just needs to disconnect for awhile. 

“Due to personal issues I need a break, and when I say break, I mean a full blown not be on the internet break. The site stats (traffic and revenue) continue to pay my bills, but you get to a point in your life that you know you need proper time off before you ended up committed with head problems, and I’m at that stage now,” wrote Duncan.

According to Wikipedia, in 2002 he launched The Blog Herald.  Then in 2005, he launched Weblog Empire which became part of b5media (another company he co-founded).  He joined TechCrunch in 2007, then resigned a year later in order to launch The Inquisitr.


Writers, Cartoonist, Graphic Designer: The “TechCrunch Of Sci-Fi” is hiring

Patrick Ruddell, aka Chef Patrick in domain circles, who soft launched the fledgling blog just over a month ago, is hiring for a number of work-from-home positions

Creative writers, with vast knowledge of Science Fiction and Fantasy. 

A graphic designer to do design work on the web site.  

And a staff cartoonist, who would add an original Sunday comic strip. 

Patrick Ruddell’s soft launch of received exposure by TechCrunch in a story entitled: Aims To Become The “TechCrunch Of Sci-Fi”

The story written by Robin Wauters, discussed the goals of the web site, and also mentioned the purchase price of the domain name – $175,000.

According to the Sci-Fi Help Wanted article, the site aims to officially launch in mid to late February.