Gary Price from Resource Shelf noticed some new domain registration activity by Google today. The domains seem like gibberish at first, but doing some digging gives us a good understanding of what they represent.
Gary wonders if maybe they have something to do with the Associated Press deal we heard about a couple weeks ago -- AFD stands for Agence France Press. A good guess, but I respectfully disagree.
I am almost certain this domain is referring to a service known as "AdSense for Domains". It has been around for a long time, but has gone without much attention since its launch. Is it getting ready for prime-time?
You might also remember that Google is a domain registrar -- although dormant, they have the ability to provide domain registration services. I will take this one step further and speculate that we could be getting ready to see a domain management service from Google. That said, I have no proof to back up my guess other than their status as a registrar and these new domains.