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Google to Sell Domain Names

Google is partnering with GoDaddy.com and eNom to add domain registration services to its Google Apps for Your Domain product.

GoDaddy President and COO Warren Adelman told internetnews.com he had to take the fifth on whether Google will make a cameo appearance in any Super Bowl commercials this year.

In the meantime, Google said in a statement that it plans to charge customers $10 per domain, per year. It's a price that includes private registration to protect personal information.

Ten dollars per year is about four dollars less than what GoDaddy.com currently charges for private registration, but Adelman said he isn't worried the deal will undercut his company's business.

"We see this growing the overall market awareness and market importance of the domain name," Adelman said.

Google said it supports .com, .org, .net, .biz and .info. and that it expects to support more over time.

When users register their domain, Google will automatically configure it with the services available through Google Apps for Your Domain.

As internetnews.com previously reported, Google Apps for Your Domain includes tools for communicating and collaborating in the enterprise, such as Gmail Web e-mail, instant messaging, voice calling and collaborative calendaring.

In November, Google added a new start page based on Google's Custom Home Page to the Apps product. The service also includes Web page design, publishing and hosting via Google Page Creator.

The standard Google Apps for Your Domain package also includes 2 gigabytes of e-mail storage for each user, customization tools and help for administrators via e-mail or an online help center.

Most of the applications included in Google Apps for Your Domain sport a Google search bar, but Google has not announced plans to split advertising revenues with domain owners.

Google became an accredited registrar with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2005, paying a $2,500 initial application fee and $7,000 accreditation fee to access the database of .com, .net., .org, .pro, .info, .name and .biz extensions.