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iPhone.com acquired by Apple

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue July 3, 2007

Apple owns iPhone.com

It has been confirmed that Apple has finally succeeded in purchasing the domain name iPhone.com from Michael Kovatch. Kovatch is something of a domain name profiteer, having himself bought the iPhone.com domain in 1995 before the iPod or even the original iMac. He's also the owner of several other high-profile, domain names like SoccerShop.com, Wine.net, Golf.net, Noc.net, WineOnline.com, Kovo.com, TeeShirt.com, and CyberWine.com. DomainTools reports "Michael said this last week was a very busy one inside of Apple. He was holding out because he truly wanted to use the domain." Traffic to iPhone.com had, obviously, skyrocketed in the last 6 months." The domain is still in Michael's account under Domains by Proxy but Apple plans to transfer the domain in the next week. The iPhone.com domain reportedly fetched more than $1 million.




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  1. chas_m

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    woot!

    I love Apple but I'm going to side with the squatter on this one. He had the foresight to buy that domain name in **1995**, he deserves every penny. :)

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what?

    He owns "kovo.com"? Wow, that's... uhm, very high-profile indeed. What the heck is a kovo?

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Kovo

    That's Apple's cloaking device that's being released in 2012.

  1. talisker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    You can tell...

    he's being registering these things since the mid-90s. Cyberwine - funny how dated the whole cyber prefix seems these days.

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