Most likely a result of Facebook having sued a whole lot of cyber-squatters recently, Facebook has recovered 44 domain names that are typos of the Facebook brand. As you might recall, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I previously reported about Facebook suing a group of domain name cyber squatters, people who owned typos of the Facebook.com domain name.
If you look at the new owner of these domains, they are owned by Facebook:
1601 S. California Ave
Palo Alto CA 94304
+1.6505434800 Fax: +1.6505434800
Here is the list of domain names that Facebook has transferred into their control in the past 24 hours:
Domain name cybersquatters purchase and own domain names typos of certain brand names and popular websites in order to set up web pages that are “landing pages”. When someone mistypes the Facebook.com domain name, they end up on the cybersquatters’ website–and when someone clicks on a link the cybersquatter usually makes money.
For domain names like Facebook, owning a typo of the Facebook brand can be fairly lucrative–and thus Facebook sued this group of cybersquatters, attempting to recover potential damages from them.
Since this is a large group of domain names, I am not sure if this indicates whether or not some sort of settlement has been reached in this case.
From what I can tell, this list of 44 domain names does appear to be related to the lawsuit I mentioned and wrote about above. In fact, one domain name in particular, which has been mentioned in the suit: facebooki.com is a part of this list.