Temporary Glitch Lets Indian Buy Google.Com Domain For $12, And Then Google Responds

Posted: Oct 12 2015, 12:39pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 12 2015, 1:44pm CDT, in News | Technology News


Temporary Glitch Lets Indian Buy Google.Com Domain
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A former Google employee, Sanmay Ved, successfully bought domain name Google.com for $12 via Google Domains, and he was the happiest man on Earth because the domain name was available and the purchase transaction sailed through without any hassles.

But euphoria would not last for long, because Google knew it was losing a precious domain name through a system glitch.

Sanmay wrote in a LinkedIn post that he just bought the Google.com url after coming across it and finding it was available.

"I was hoping I would get an error at sometime saying transaction did not go through," wrote Ved. "But I was able to complete [the] purchase, and my credit card was actually charged! Quite clearly, ownership had been granted to me. Order was successful."

Nearly a week after the domain purchase, Google Security got in touch through email, and offered a reward “in a very Googley way,” Sanmay said. "I wrote back and told them it was never about the money."

He told Google to give the reward to the Indian charity Art of Living India Foundation, and Google graciously agreed to this and even doubled the reward. Art of Living India Foundation runs a free education program for 404 schools in 18 Indian states.

Sanmay would not reveal the amount of the reward, but disclosed it was one of the things Indian PM Narendra Modi visited Google’s headquarters in Mountain View for during his recent trip to the US.

"The very next day of his visit, it ended up convincing Google to sell what is perhaps their most prized possession to a person hailing from the small city of Mandvi in the Kutch region…albeit just for a minute or so," Sanmay wrote on LinkedIn. "Some divine force decided to give me ownership for a minute or so."
Google simply does not think it is necessary to comment on the issue. 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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