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College student finds glitch to own Google site, gets $12K

/ 10:11 AM February 02, 2016

BOSTON— A Massachusetts graduate student who pointed out a glitch that allowed him to briefly “own” the world’s most heavily trafficked website has been awarded more than $12,000 from Google.

The Boston Globe reports that Babson College MBA candidate Sanmay Ved believed he bought the Internet domain Google.com for $12 when he was using the Google Domains website registration service last fall.

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The former Google employee documented his improbable path to purchasing the domain name. His order was verified, his credit card was charged and he received email confirmation.

A minute later, however, Ved received word that his order was canceled.

Google revealed that the company gave Ved $6,006.13 — “Google” spelled numerically — for discovering the bug. Google doubled it after learning Ved had donated his reward to charity.

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