Google Germany (google.de) Offline?

Jan 22, 2007 • 6:13 pm | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Try going to google.de, Google's German based engine, and you may see a page that looks like:

google_de_gone

As of right now, it seems Google.de is offline. Why? I have no idea...

A quick check of the Google.de registration shows Google owns it, but doesn't show me a date of expire...

Danny first reported this at Search Engine Land.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums.

Update: Appears to be back as of last night some time. Rumors are that the domain name changed ownership for a short period of time. Please see comments for some other ideas.

Update 2: The Register has more details on this story:

Goneo called us with the full story from its end. The google.de domain changed hand three times last night, a spokesman said. A request to take over the domain was placed with Goneo about a week ago. The firm automatically placed a request with German domain registry DENIC (the equivalent of Nominet), which put the request to Google's German provider. The provider did not respond in the first instance, and ignored a second approach from DENIC. According to procedure, DENIC then approved the request on Monday evening. Goneo became aware of the registration, and arranged with Google and DENIC to have it transferred back. Unfortunately, somebody else had made an application to register it too, through another domain company, which had also been ignored, so it was transferred to them first. Google finally took possession its German digs this morning.

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Comments:

SearcH EngineS WeB

01/23/2007 03:11 am

It is NOW back up - with an BOX add on the top right corner for the Google Toolbar

Harry Maugans

01/23/2007 03:33 am

It must only be certain datacenters then. Google.de looks fine to me.

Barry Schwartz

01/23/2007 03:34 am

Working now but not before.

Alexander

01/23/2007 11:09 am

Two reliable sources here in Germany report that this was an attempt to grab the domain google.de. Apparently, the potential pirate filed for the transfer of the domain at DeNIC (German domain registration) pretending to be the owner of it. Funny story.

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