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This Is How Much Google Paid The Guy Who (Briefly) Owned Its Domain

Google had to buy back its own domain name,, after it accidentally went up for sale and a man named Sammy Ved bought it.

By Ben Lawson | January 29, 2016

Google has revealed how much it paid the man who (very briefly) owned the domain.

Sammy Ved bought Google's domain last year for $12 after it went up for sale on Google Domains. Ved was the proud owner of for all of a minute before the tech giant took it back.

The company hasn't said how its domain ended up for sale, but it did reveal it initially offered Ved $6,006.13 for it. Google chose that amount because it sort of looks like its name spelled out numerically. Which it kinda does ... maybe.

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The company ended up doubling the offer to $12,012.26 when it realized Ved planned to use the money for charity.

Ved donated the money to the Art of Living India, an educational charity based in India.

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