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Daniel Giersch Beat Out Google

Daniel Giersch Beat Out Google

FYI: German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch, the ex-husband-to-be of pregnant actress Kelly Rutherford, battled out a legal challenge with Google for nearly three years.

Giersch secured the domain gmail.de, four years after Google tried to acquire it. He claims Google offered him $250,000 for the domain at one point.

“Neither G-Mail nor I can be bought,” Giersch has said. “I have made it clear since the beginning that I will never sell the name. It is my sole intention to realize my idea for a hybrid mail system and I am absolutely convinced of its success. Neither G-Mail nor myself are for sale.”

After years of trying, Google finally decided to give up earlier this year. German users now can’t sign up for “gmail.com” accounts–they get “googlemail.com” instead.

Rutherford, who stars as Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, is three months pregnant with Giersch‘s second child and filed for divorce on Dec. 30.

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