Archive for April 2011

Weekly Digest #91

Mr. Blogs has, this week, been observing mud-wrestling at Google, shooting elephants at GoDaddy and elephant conservation / business development at Namecheap.

Namedrive is actively considering buying an elephant to help trample 20% of the domain fraudsters out there (we already mud-wrestle every Tuesday afternoon – video to follow on a future blog).

We tried to call our friends at Elephant Orchestra & Easyspace to team up on this, but their phones were eerily quiet.

Here’s hoping that Bob wasn’t a little TOO enthusíastic in his crop protection exercise.

In additional to all this, we have news on single letter domains, and news on .NOW, .XXX, & .TEL TLD’s.

We’re off to check that we’re still leading our auction on ebay………..

See you next week,

Mr. Blogs

Bob Parson’s, Go Daddy CEO, Defends Elephant-Shooting Video

GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons sparked outrage yesterday by releasing a video of himself killing an elephant. After we wrote a post critical of the video, Parsons got in touch with us and asked to tell his side of the story.

“I’ve been going to Africa for six years,” he says, “and I progressively became aware of the elephant situation and what a problem it is for the locals.”

The “elephant situation,” he says, has been a problem for local governments and wildlife officials for years. As humans in Zimbabwe struggled to find room to live and farm, they have appropriated land previously inhabited only by wildlife. This has set up a struggle between human needs and animal habits, where subsistence farmers battle wildlife such as elephants to keep their crops from being destroyed

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Namecheap are very disturbed by
this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport

We’ve decided to throw our support behind our Elephant friends by offering domain transfers at a price where we actually lose money.

Show your protest by saying BYEBYEGD again and transfer your domains to Namecheap for $4.99 for the next 24 hours through 11:59pm EST on 3/31/11 (limit 10 per user, valid for all com/net/org domains):

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Domainer April Fools Roundup by

Plenty to laugh at on this April Fools’ Day April Fools day came early for domainers yesterday when TechCrunch posted an article titled “Google Inadvertently Classifies Google Places As A “Content Farm” And Removes From Search Index”. It purported that Google Places was briefly removed from Google search and there was a war between the [...]
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From to, Single Letter .Com Domains Have Been Gamed at the Trademark Office
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The incredible game of duping the USPTO to get single letter .com trademarks.

Did you know has a registered trademark for

It’s true. A company filed for a trademark on back in 2005, and submitted evidence of its use in commerce by showing a screenshot of The company later assigned the trademark to

This got me thinking — how many other companies have registered for single letter .com with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office? I started compiling a list, then realized John Berryhill already did so in an excellent analysis a few years ago. (I had read his analysis a while back but forgot about it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have spent my time on it.) But I was most of the way through the list when I remembered this, so I completed it since John’s list is several years old.

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New TLD Watch: .Now
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Company files to protect .Now.

A Denmark company has filed two trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark office for a .now top level domain name.

A company called Global Top Level Aps filed applications for .Now and DOTNOW on March 24. It also filed for European Community protection last December.

Global Top Level Aps is not the first applicant for a .now service mark, although previous applicants didn’t have top level domain names in mind.

St. Paul Postal Employees Credit Union has an existing trademark for a logo incorporating “.now”. Wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a top level domain that matched this logo?

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.XXX Domain Approved: Now Begins The Era Of Meaningless TLDs
March 28, 2011

After ten years of saying no and vocal opposition by everyone potentially affected from an .XXX top level domain – everyone except .XXX profiteers, that is last Thursday ICANN officially approved .XXX.

Porn already owns the best .COM real estate it ever needs. Yet now .XXX’s pimp daddies at ICM Registry and its backers have free reign to scoop up all the domain squatting and defensive registrations they can handle.

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Al Wahda Express Group integrates .tel names into online advertising solution

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Telnic Limited, the registry operator for  the  .tel  top  level  domain  (TLD),announced  that  The Al  Wahda  Express  Group  of  companies will  be  providing  .tel  domains  to  its  customers  as  part  of  an  integrated  online marketing solution.  Wayne Foster, CEO of AWE, said: “In today’s competitive environment, maximum exposure means more potential customers for your business.  With .tel soon to be a part of our online offering, our customers can be confident that the services that we provide are on the cutting edge of marketing solutions, no matter how their customers choose to find them.”

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