Monday, January 23, 2012

Weird: Microsoft buys '' and ''

Now I couldn't resist not posting this, but it appears that Microsoft has preformed a weird task. Domain name watchdog has reported that it has detected that Microsoft has acquired the domains "" and "". It says that Microsoft has probably did this because of the upcoming Halo 4 this fall. WHOIS has confirmed it. Fusible suggests that “clicktohump” is a reference to an unsavory practice in Halo multiplayer games, but even if that’s the case, it’s not clear why the company would feel the need to take ownership of the domain.

But it should also be known that Microsoft has bought many domains that it never uses to protect its interests, as well as keep other people from using them.  Other Halo-related names acquired by the company recently include,, and others, according to the Fusible report.

For now, the sites are returning 404 errors. Until Microsoft comes clean and tells the public what it is really doing, I'll just file this under "Weird acts that Microsoft has committed". Anyone agree?

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