Over the years, the Trump Organisation has invested in thousands of domain names for potential business ventures, political campaigns, and often, simply in an attempt to be a step ahead of the haters or cover his tracks if things went awry. DonaldTrumpSucks.com, IHateTrumpVodka.com, TrumpRussia.com, and TrumpFraud.org are part of the president's vast portfolio.
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Popular microblogging social network Twitter operates from a single Web address, but has to be constantly aware of imitators or competitors using its trade marks to confuse or misdirect users. A man from Cessnock in New South Wales, who bought the Twitter.com.au domain just after Twitter's online debut, has lost the right to hold the URL he offered to sell to any interested party for $500,000.
The .melbourne domain name suffix launched in November, and since then there have been over 4000 applications for the city-level domain definer. Some of those registrations are inventive, to say the least.
Apple owns a bunch of obscure, new and unused domain names, including iPhone.guru, retina.camera and facetime.photography. At least these domains sound like they have a purpose, but the Cupertino company is also doing something a lot weirder. Since March last year, Apple has been registering utterly random domain names and then cancelling them a few days later.
Have you been frustrated to consistently find that the highly specific domain of your dreams is never available? If so, there's a good chance that Yahoo has been sitting on it for quite some time. And it's about to be your lucky day — Yahoo is getting ready to sell you 29 of its lifeless, dated domains with even more to come. Tempting!