Yesterday, news emerged that LA Weekly will be sold to Semanal Media, LLC. No one seems to know who's behind Semanal Media, although I'm more curious about who registered the domain "SemanalMedia.com."
The domain was registered last night between 9 and 10 P.M. EST, and for a few hours Google Domains included a name, e-mail address, physical address and phone number which corresponded to a specific person in California.
I e-mailed the supposed registrant and jokingly congratulated him on buying LA Weekly, and he responded with: "???" I recapped the situation, and he said in a reply that "Weekly" was not his, and that he had "no idea about that."
I then pointed out that a couple other domains had been registered using the same name, e-mail address and phone number as were used for SemanalMedia.com, and I asked if he had registered those two earlier domains. (For the record, I realize the information supplied on WhoIs forms is not 100% reliable, but if we're going to solve this mystery then we should all work together.)
He replied: "Weird.. thanks for the heads up"