Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is making sure it has everything from A to Z covered online. Literally.
The newly formed company, which made it official last week when Google’s stock transferred from “Google Inc.” to “Alphabet” now owns abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.
“We realized we missed a few letters in abc.xyz, so we’re just being thorough,” an Alphabet spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. There is currently nothing on the website and it is unclear how Alphabet plans to use it.
Creating a new company called Alphabet in 2015 of course comes with its challenges when claiming a piece of online real estate.
The domain name Alphabet.com is already owned by the BMW Group, while ABC owns ABC.com. The 26-letter domain name Alphabet just scooped up was created in 1999, according to DomainInvesting.com. It was unclear how much Alphabet paid for the url.
Announced in August, the surprise decision to slim down Google and make it a subsidiary of the newly created Alphabet is intended to allow each company to focus on what it does best.
Google has always been a search engine and advertising business at its core but over the years it’s grown into a company with diverse interests ranging from self-driving cars to home automation systems. The idea of Alphabet is to spin off some of those businesses from Google.
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