Google is Now An ICANN Accredited Domain Name Registar
Google is now an ICANN approved registrar of domain names, adding a new service which is a sure fit for Google to offer to its AdWords and AdSense advertising network members and in all things Google. Google is now approved to sell seven top-level domains (TLDs) including .com, .net, .org, .biz., info, .name and .pro.
NetCraft Reports: Google’s registrar status, first noted by LexText, is likely to prompt speculation about its ambitions in web hosting and blogging. Google operates Blogger, the free blog hosting service with a huge user base. Cheap or free domain names could prove useful to Google in the notoriously price-sensitive blog hosting sector, where most bloggers use subdomains (i.e. myblog.bloghost.com) rather than full domain names (www.myblog.com).
Domain sales have also become an important tool in the business hosting market, where domain registrations have surged in the past 18 months, even as prices have dropped steadily. Hosting providers like Hostway, EV1Servers, Interland and Yahoo have used cheap domains to attract hosting customers.
Those four hosting companies are not domain registrars, however. All buy their domains from wholesalers like Tucows, Go Daddy or Melbourne IT, and have a minimum per-domain cost, usually at least $6.50.