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Did Apple buy iCloud.com for $4.5m?

Kevin Murphy, April 28, 2011, 10:02:55 (UTC), Domain Sales

Apple is rumored to have spent $4.5 million on the domain name icloud.com.

If it’s true, and domain-only sale, the deal, first reported by GigaOm today, would be in the top 15 most-expensive reported domain name transactions of all time, according to my records.

The Whois for icloud.com currently shows Xcerion, a Swedish company, as the registrant, mostly behind Network Solutions’ privacy service.

According to GigaOm, Xcerion recently rebranded its iCloud service as CloudMe, which is a useful indicator that it doesn’t plan on using the domain for much longer.

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