File this story under "Oh, the irony!"
Today it was revealed that Microsoft created and patented technology to help companies hunt for squatted typos of their brand name. I guess, by taking this step, Microsmurf is positioning itself to recoup some of the costs it has and continues to incur defending its brands against cybersquatters by offering a "service", i.e., it's software as a service.
Patent here: [patft.uspto.gov
...] or here: [domainnamewire.com
Of course, the news is posted today, July 13, 2010 and guess what also happens today?
Domain Name: CYBERSQUATTERPATROL.COM
Registrar: DYNADOT, LLC
Whois Server: whois.dynadot.com
Referral URL: [dynadot.com
Name Server: NS1.FASTPARK.NET
Name Server: NS2.FASTPARK.NET
Updated Date: 13-jul-2010
Creation Date: 13-jul-2010
Expiration Date: 13-jul-2011
Wonder how long it will take for Microsoft's new software to discover that the name of its new product . . . has been registered, snapped up, parked, err, maybe even "squatted"?
Tip of the hat to DNW / DomainNameWire.com for breaking the story, here: