Apple Is The Master of Its Domains
A lot of talk on the tech blogosphere this weekend centered on the domain names we learned Apple reclaimed by force last week when legal eagles in Cupertino set their sights on Daniel Bijan of Los Angeles who had previously purchased more than a dozen domains that Apple, for obvious reasons, is interested in. The list of reclaimed domains includes the following:
Not surprising, of course, some have looked "deeply" into the "meaning" of a number of the above domains (published in the Washington Post
) for clues to future or rapidly approaching Apple projects or product releases. The latest rumor is that MacFriend could possibly be the name of the forthcoming Apple tablet, which will prove a "trusty friend and carrying companion."
If "Mac Friend" ends up being the name of the tablet, I will personally drown my iPhone in the toilet to protest.
Fortunately, I think my phone is safe and so are the hopes of everyone wishing that this latest rumor will be put to rest later this month when the tablet is (probably) formally unveiled. The move by Apple to capture domains pertinent to its business most likely represents nothing more than a logical example of a large company regaining control (through legal means, of course) of domains that "should" be in their possession.
Apple recently issued a complaint with ICANN UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy) to start the process that most companies initiate when solving "domain disputes." While it's normal for Apple fans to thoroughly investigated every move out of Cupertino for clues to developments on the horizon, it is more probable than not that Apple simply wants as much control as humanly possible of digital territory pertinent to its product line.
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