Chinese Domain Squatter Won't Own '' for Much Longer

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Before E3, Microsoft registered every possible permutation of "XboxSmartGlass" and "MicrosoftSmartGlass," tipping off Monday's reveal of the technology that will connect the Xbox 360 to Android and iOS devices. Well, they got every possible combination except one: ""


That's owned by one Tang Haiyue of Guanghzhou, China, who bagged the domain on June 1, right around the time Engadget broke news Microsoft would debut SmartGlass in L.A., and the other domains were discovered by registration watcher Fusible.

Advertisement at present contains some generic posts as it is "a nonprofit blog to introduce the smart glass industry knowledge." And that's nice, really. But as Microsoft filed trademarks on "SmartGlass" back in January, there's a solid chance the National Arbitration Forum will pry this domain loose and hand it over to Microsoft.

For now, if you really want to visit Microsoft's official site on this topic, try

Microsoft files complaint against owner of, wants domain [Fusible]

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I like Microsoft, but I'm much more pro-individual than pro-corporation.

Ethical questions about squatting aside, he did buy the domain fair and square. Microsoft should have to buy it from him for his asking price. If they really wanted the domain, they should have bought it before this story broke and someone else did.

I really don't like that it gets handed over to the corporation. As another commentator said, you snooze you lose. Use a tiny fraction of your billions and sack up. Buy the domain instead of whining like a fucking baby to the internet police.