One of the tools I use on a regular basis is the Brand Monitor tool at DomainTools. This tool allows people to track domain name registrations (and deletions) using keywords such as brand names. This allows brands to track third parties who are registering domain names with their brands in them, and the tool also allows third parties, such as journalists, to track brand-related domain name registrations.
Yesterday evening, GoDaddy announced it was acquiring Neustar Registry. Once the acquisition is complete, the Neustar team would be called GoDaddy Registry. Had I, or others, been tracking GoDaddy related domain name registrations, we may have been alerted that something was up almost a month ago.