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Apple Acquires iCloud.net Domain, Social Network To Shut Down Next Month

By Mae Cervantes , Feb 22, 2017 11:36 AM EST
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Apple has finally acquired the iCloud.net domain, which is one of the last major iCloud web addresses. The domain was the home of the iCloud social network, which was a social networking platform to share pictures, music, videos, activities and other contents related to social networking.

According to 9To5 Mac, Apple aims to take ownership of all the web addresses connected with the iCloud domain. The American tech giant acquired the domain for nearly $5.2 million from Xcerion back in 2011. Xcerion is a Swedish software company that works on cloud and computing technology.

iCloud.net: Stored Social Network

Xcerion transferred 170 domain names, which includes iCoud.eu, iCloud.tv and iCloud.us. The stored social network and addresses stored on the domain will be shut down by the end of February while all user data will be destroyed on March 1. Although, users are also given the option to login and delete or deactivate the account on iCloud.net, as per Tech First Post.

iCloud.net: Shutting Down

The iCloud.net domain will be closing down before Feb. 20. The announcement of its closure is showing on the homepage of the domain. The iCloud.net domain revealed that its social media service will end its mission and has two requests, which are to inform its registered members not to use the "@icloud.ne" as their email address and not to email its platform "@icloud.net" also.

iCloud.net: What Makes It More Interesting?

As to why Apple waited more than five years to acquire the domain remains uncertain. Many reports stated that the American tech giant is working on a social networking app, which will be pushed with same domain and users might get confused about it. Therefore, Apple may have wanted to resolve the future confusion with acquiring the iCloud.net domain. As of today, the company has declined to reveal the real reason of the purchase.

 

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