In the past few years icann opened up applications for custom GTLD names, you can take a look at application statuses on the ICANN website. Expect to see many new company names as gTLD in the next few years such as
.hilton etc. Sadly these scheme was only for the super rich or big corps with buckets filled with 100 dollar bills.
.google was created on March 31, 2015 and is apart of an 1st Aprils fool joke which in my opinion is a poor joke! a real joke would of been doing it to the main site :)
The whois records for
created 2014-09-04 Thursday, September 4, 2014
changed 2015-01-07 Wednesday, January 7, 2015
It's worth mentioning that Google has registered a vast range of gTLDs including reusable gTLDs through supported registrars. Such domains are
.how that is owned by Google and can be registered through big registrar companies such as 123-reg and name.com.
Google's upcoming public domains are:
You can find out more and keep up to date on Google's Registry Online Frontier website.
Just to add most online whois services do not understand whois'ing top level domains especially when it comes to gTLD domains I recommend gWhois.