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Apple Officially Take Control Of iCloud Domain

Apple has reportedly gained control of the iCloud domain, a week ahead of the launch of its cloud-based storage and music-streaming service.

According to an article on CNET (opens in new tab), a search on domain registry website Whois reveals that the company has finally taken administrative control over the domain name.

Apple was earlier rumored to have purchased the iCloud domain name from Sweden-based "hybrid cloud computing" provider Xcerion for a whooping $4.5 million. Xcerion had later announced that it has moved its services from iCloud to CloudMe.

However, the iCloud website continues to redirect users to the CloudMe website. Apple is expected to announce its long-rumored iCloud service at next week’s World Wide Developer Conference.

Apple said in a press release that CEO Steve Jobs, who is on medical leave, will unveil the service and make other announcements at the conference.

Apart from unveiling the new cloud computing services, Apple also said that it will showcase the new Mac OS X Lion operating system and iOS 5 for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone devices. Apple had earlier said that Lion will bring the Mac much more closer to iOS.