Tagged With domain names

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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.

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Google is now part of Alphabet, a parent company created to house all of the web giant's diverse efforts. But unfortunately for Google, they couldn't buy Alphabet.com, which was already taken. So they have done the next best thing. They bought the entire alphabet: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.

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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.