Google Launches Nexus One Sans Domain Name

As you probably know by now, Google launched their version of a mobile phone today called the “Nexus One.”   Unfortunately for Google, they don’t own, since it was originally registered in 1998. At the moment, is owned by Peter Villanueva, and the domain name forwards to several different websites depending on when you visit.

I would imagine the owner is probably sending traffic to other (non-phone related websites)   because of the significant traffic its servers are receiving. Should he try to monetize the traffic, Google could potentially have a claim that the owner is infringing on its rights. Of course I am no lawyer, but I do know the domain name is worth a significant amount of money now, and it wouldn’t be worth the risk of losing it to make short term revenue.

Back when it was revealed that Apple was coming out with their iPhone, they had intense negotiations with Mike Kovatch, which resulted in the sale of just prior to the launch. It would behoove Google to find Peter and make him an offer he can’t refuse. Of course, since they own the search engine where many people will go to search for this “iPhone killer,” it’s very likely there will still be significant type-in traffic that shouldn’t be lost.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. This is so cool! Been debating between the iPhone and the Droid, on my next cell phone upgrade, but the Nexus solved that debate. Good thing too is Verizon will have it. Verizon has been promising to have the iPhone for so long but they never did get it on their network.

  2. Right now there is a big demand for domain names topics in aid for the poor or those in need. With the world economy in trouble and food prices on the raise a huge demand has began for the help of the less fortunate. Companies both profit and non-profit agency’s are looking for related domain names to help them bring in the donation from the web.
    Domains that include words: aid, support, help, poor, relief fund, charity, and give; have seen a spike in sell price and show all signs that these types of domain names will be an excellent investment for the long term. For businesses .com and .us are two of the higher value domains.

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