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Google Reveals Amount it Paid to Man Who, Briefly, Bought Google.com

More details are coming out about the purchase of Google.com back in October by a former Google employee who owned the URL for one minute.

Sanmay Ved purchased the URL via Google Domains for $12 on a lark and was shocked when the transaction actually went through.

His ownership of Google.com was short-lived, however. The $12 purchase was quickly followed by a cancellation e-mail from Google Domains.

Sanmay Ved
Sanmay Ved

The tech titan later gave him an undisclosed reward.

“I wrote back and told them it was never about the money and asked that the money be donated to charity to the Art of Living India Foundation,” Ved wrote in a LinkedIn blog post.

Google agreed and sent the money — the amount of which Ved declined to share — to the charity he chose.

“In the interest of protecting Google, I do not wish to discuss the particulars of their final finding, and the reward amount,” he said at the time.

Well, Google has outed itself. The company disclosed the amount in a recent blog post.

“You may have read about Sanmay Ved, a researcher who was able to buy google.com for one minute on Google Domains. Our initial financial reward to Sanmay—$6,006.13 — spelled-out Google, numerically (squint a little and you’ll see it!).”

It was when Ved asked Google to donate the amount to charity that Google decided to double the amount, making the final tally $12,012.26.

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