Yesterday, Google announced Calico, its new project to help humans live longer. One of the first rules of starting a new venture is making sure you can get the domain name for it. You certainly want to make sure that you’re not actively engaged in litigation with the person who holds the domain you want. It seems like Calico is going to need a domain name other than calico.com.
According to calico.com’s WHOIS record, the name is owned by Oracle, a company, that, among other things, alleges Google infringed on its patents by using Java APIs in Android.
If Oracle were any other tech company, it might be possible to see an outcome involving a bit of back-room dealmaking, followed by Google walking away with the domain name for the good of humanity.
But Oracle CEO Larry Ellison feels no great love towards Google, going so far as to call the company’s actions “evil” in an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this year. It seems unlikely that he would want to fork over a domain name to them, no matter how noble the project.
Could Cali.co be a possibility? Maybe, or maybe not. That domain is registered to someone in Colombia.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.