Canada-based Blackberry maker, Research in Motion, announced the name of its highly anticipated tablet computer. Once speculated to be called the Black Pad, RIM’s new tablet will be known as the Playbook. The name of the tablet was revealed today at the BlackBerry Developer conference in San Francisco.
Similar to the web presence for Apple’s iPad tablet computer, Playbook.com is being used by another company. For a number of years, Playbook.com has been operated by Marc Lawrence as a sports wagering odds website. It will be interesting to see if RIM attempts to acquire this domain name, assuming they have not been able to do so already.
Interestingly, it looks like BlackberryPlaybook.com was just registered last week. This privately registered domain name currently resides on CSCDNS.net DNS, which is owned by Corporation Service Company, a company that handles domain registration and other services for large companies such as Research in Motion. The domain name forwards to the Blackberry website. Other Playbook related domain names continue to be registered as I write.
Cybersquatters should beware though. Research in Motion has been known to file UDRPs for domain names it believes it has a right to own. In fact, last year, they filed a UDRP for 111 domain names and won.