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Facebook Handed out $8 Million for

How much money did Facebook fork over when it acquired last year? A cool $8.5 million, more than 42 times the amount the company originally paid for

In November, it was revealed that Facebook was launching a revamped version of Messages. It combined SMS, messaging, chat and e-mail into one interface, although Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly iterated that, "It's not e-mail."

One feature of the new Facebook Messages is that it assigns you a personalized e-mail address. If a friend sends a message to your Facebook e-mail, you will receive it in your Facebook Inbox. Unfortunately, Facebook's employees were using the domain for their e-mails already, so they had to switch to another domain, which is why Facebook needed to buy in the first place.

Facebook acquired the domain sometime last year from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which uses as its primary domain. At its annual meeting in Atlanta, the non-profit revealed that it earned $8.5 million on the sale of, according to Reuters.

The last high-profile domain purchase by Facebook was for, all the way back when it was known as TheFacebook. The company paid $200,000 in August 2005 to acquire the domain, 42.5 times less than what Facebook spent to acquire While the purchase was expensive for the company back then, it's an investment that has clearly paid off. Clearly the company's hoping that will fall in the same camp.

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