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

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.


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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23 months ago

iCloud.XXX

The site where we finally learn that Jony Ive's obsession with thinness is his way of undercompensating for something…



Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago
Such a legendary social media site.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago

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



iCloud.zone anyone?


iCloud.XXX
Rating: 3 Votes
23 months ago
Oh, what it would be like to have been on the receiving end of that deal. CHA-CHING.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago

never even knew it had a social network

The last thing the world needs is another {Anti-}social network. Just no.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago

It has apparently existed since 2011, and in a blog post ('http://tonglei.org/iCloud/icloud.html'), the site's owner said "iCloud.net finished his mission, it is time for him to retire."

That mission having been to cybersquat until he could extort so much money from Apple that he could retire. :-\
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago

Oh, what it would be like to have been on the receiving end of that deal. CHA-CHING.


"iCloud.net finished its mission, it is time for me to retire -- to the Bahamas"
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago

This image is unsettling.

Hey, you just be glad it's cropped above the waist!
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago

never even knew it had a social network

Same here. My first reaction was, "This was a thing?"
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago
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.
Rating: 2 Votes

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