Apple Purchases iCloud.Net Domain, Shuts Down 'iCloud Social Network' Site

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    Apple recently purchased the iCloud.net domain, one of the last major iCloud-related web addresses that wasn't in its possession, reports TechCrunch.

    The iCloud.net domain, which now appears to be registered to Apple, was the home of the "iCloud Social Network," a dubious-looking social networking platform designed to allow people to share activities, pictures, music, videos, and other content.

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    It's not clear how many users iCloud.net had before Apple purchased the domain, but the site now states that the iCloud.net services will be shut down at the end of February 2017, and data will be destroyed in March. It has apparently existed since 2011, and in a blog post, the site's owner said "iCloud.net finished his mission, it is time for him to retire."

    MacRumors received a tip suggesting Apple had purchased the domain for $1.5 million, but we have been unable to verify the information. The price Apple paid for iCloud.net is unknown and the company declined to comment on the purchase when contacted by TechCrunch.

    Back in 2011, ahead of the launch of the iCloud service, Apple purchased the iCloud.com domain name from Swedish company Xcerion, shelling out approximately $5.2 million. Apple also possesses upwards of 100 iCloud domains, ranging from iCloud.us and iCloud.eu to iCloudApps.com and iCloudAds.com.

    It's not clear why Apple waited more than five years to acquire the iCloud.net domain, and it likely was just done as a measure to make sure the company owned all of the iCloud-related domains, but TechCrunch speculates that the purchase may have been made due to ongoing work on a social networking app that Apple is rumored to have in development.

    While the rumored app may not use iCloud branding, the existence of an Apple social network could have been confused with an iCloud.net social network, an ambiguity Apple may have wanted to resolve with the purchase of the iCloud.net domain.

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    Apple need to increase the performance of the mail web app. From clicking on the mail icon it can take literally minutes for Mail to populate and present itself.
     
  4. ocnitsa macrumors regular

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    iCloud.net RIP. Made so many friends there. Peace homies.
     
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    Oh goody. iphondle.com anyone? PM me with serious offers... ;) :D
     
  6. JosephAW macrumors 6502a

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    Knowing Apple's track record, this summer they will probably drop the name "iCloud" and move everything to the domain MacOS.com just like they did with Mac.com, Me.com and eWorld.com
     
  7. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68020

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    Registered a domain name and threw a free open-source social network setup on it. Hardly a real social network as this article makes it seem.
     
  8. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

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    Meanwhile, these excellent domains are still up for purchase via owner contact:

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    iCloud.zone anyone?
     
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  12. Naraxus macrumors 6502

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    Probably ran more competently than icloud.com
     
  13. Thunderhawks macrumors 68040

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    iCloud.XXX
     
  14. Quarrmi macrumors newbie

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    The level of speculation in this article will put Wall Street speculators to shame
     
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    Why is that notification badge so comically small?
     
  16. v0lume4 macrumors 65816

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    Oh, what it would be like to have been on the receiving end of that deal. CHA-CHING.
     
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    That mission having been to cybersquat until he could extort so much money from Apple that he could retire. :-\
     
  18. Rocketman macrumors 603

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    The big winner is the domain name holder,. I sold a domain for $2k last month. Why didn't I get >$1m?
     
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    The site where we finally learn that Jony Ive's obsession with thinness is his way of undercompensating for something…

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  20. brianvictor7 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. My first reaction was, "This was a thing?"
     
  21. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502

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    Because Rocketmanisawesome.com isn't in high demand?


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  22. TallManNY macrumors 68040

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    Yep. Got to admire the gumption a bit. The dude saw it through until the end. Eventually someone caved on the price and an agreement was reached. Mission accomplished. The websites have been a funny little gold rush. Wish I had tried to play in this game a bit. Would have been a bit fun to speculate on some of those names.
     
  23. Tech198 macrumors G3

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    Just another 'hand-me-down'

    One domain name being purchased by another


    What's wrong with this pic.. I don't believe anyone smiles like that
     
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    Sure—because Apple has such a great track record when it comes to social networks!
     

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