Google Adds Website Registry to Software

SAN FRANCISCO ~ Google has gotten into the website registry business as the internet firm sets out to add momentum to its free online software offerings.

Google has teamed with domain registry firms and eNom to create an application that enables people to claim their own .com, .net, .org, or .info realms for a cost of US$10 annually.

Google Apps for Your Domain is billed as a streamlined way for people to host web addresses personalized with their names, hobbies, interests or pithy wordplay.

“Now you’ve got one-stop shopping … just find a domain, buy it, and get started,” Google software engineer Costin Manolache wrote in a company blog.

“We’ll do all the behind-the-scenes configuration work for you.”

GoDaddy and eNom are leading domain registration services in a packed market.

The alliance was part of Google’s strategy of offering people free online use of software programs for writing, accounting, email and more.

The approach, considered a “Web 2.0” trend, liberates people from having to buy, install and maintain software on their computers.

Google cashes in by selling online advertising targeted at those lured to the website by its host of free applications.

Separately, Google has held talks with Orange, the telecommunications operator, about a multibillion dollar tie-up for cellphone users to search the web.

Executives from Orange, which is owned by France Telecom, flew to Silicon Valley in California for preliminary talks about such a deal at Google’s headquarters, the London-based newspaper The Observer said.

The two firms are focusing on a branded Google phone, which would probably also carry Orange’s logo, with a screen that might look like a video iPod, it said. It would be manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese firm specializing in smart phones and Personal Data Assistants.

The phone would have built-in Google software that would vastly speed up the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset, the paper said.

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