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Did Google just buy G.me?

May 19, 2012dnstinations, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, g.me, google, mark monitorComments Off on Did Google just buy G.me?

G.me now registered to brand protection company.

The whois record for the domain name G.me recently changed to DNStination Inc., which is the proxy service for brand protection company Mark Monitor:

The change was just triggered on DomainTools yesterday, although the record shows it was altered on April 20.

The domain name was previously a registry reserved domain name.

Although nothing is definitive, there’s a good possibility that Google is the new owner. Google uses Mark Monitor for some of its domain name registrations. Given Mark Monitor’s need to avoid conflict of interest amongst clients, at a minimum I’d assume that Google was aware of any transaction for G.me.

There’s also a Google Chrome extension called G+Me.


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.Us whois privacy is alive and well if you use Mark Monitor

May 8, 2012.us whois privacy, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, mark monitor, whois proxyComments Off on .Us whois privacy is alive and well if you use Mark Monitor

Mark Monitor helps keep .us domain registration records private.

It’s been years since the average consumer could register a .us domain name using whois privacy, thanks to a decision by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

But apparently if you’re a big brand you can still do it.

A company recently registered a slew of domain names related to dairy products, including BadDairy.com, DairyBad.com, and Bad-Dairy.com. Whomever registered these domains also registered versions under multiple top level domains including .net, .info, .biz, and .us.

The domains were registered to DNStination Inc., an affiliate of brand protection company Mark Monitor. And make no mistake; DNStination Inc. is effectively a proxy service for Mark Monitor customers. admin@dnstinations.com is currently associated with about 20,000 domain names. Big brands tend to use this service when they don’t want to tip off that they’re the registrant of a domain name (at least yet).

Take a look at the whois record for BadDairy.us:

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Let’s call a spade a spade: Mark Monitor is offering whois proxy services on .us domain names.


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