Archive for November 2011

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We’ve been experiencing problems with our statistics updates for Saturday 26th November. We are working on resolving this issue as quickly as possible and we will keep you posted. Your parking will not have been affected at any point.
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Mr B

Domainer Meeting, Utrecht on 17th November

ND’s Alexander will be visiting some domainer friends in Utrecht on 17th November (This Thursday) so, if you will be in the area and want join us you can register with him now on alexander@namedrive.com

Weekly Digest #102


Hello folks,
heres the weeks domaining news. Starting with a 450,00$ sale of meet.me, ICANN’s top level domain expansion program opposed and a Nominet’s annual study reveals a record number of domain name UK registrations in 2011 etc. etc..

Have a great week,

Mr B


Is It Too Late to Make Money in the Domain Business? Ask the Guys Who Just Sold Meet.me for $450,000
Nov. 10, 2011 | Ron Jackson – DNJournal

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is whether or not it is too late to make money in the domain business? Obviously, I thought the answer was “no, it’s not too late” when I entered the field in 2002 (a time when a lot of others were getting out).  Over the past decade my answer has always remained the same. Despite the amazing number of twists and turns we’ve see in this industry over the years there is no business I would rather be in than this one right now.

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Eighty-Seven Major National and International Business Associations and Companies Join with ANA, Forming the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), to Oppose ICANN’s Top-level Domain Expansion Program
November 10, 2011 | PR Newswire Association LLC

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Eighty-seven major national and international business associations and companies have joined forces with the ANA (Association of National Advertisers), forming the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO) to oppose the rollout of ICANN’s top-level domain expansion program. Among the many influential members of CRIDO are the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Society of Association Executives, the National Restaurant Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the American Council of Life Insurers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA).  The WFA represents a global network of 51 advertiser associations representing some 90 percent of global marketing communications spending, equivalent to $700 billion annually.

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Domain name industry study reveals record number of registrations
10 November 2011 | sourcewire.com

Nominet’s annual research shows .uk register growth outpaces gTLDs while consumer preference for .uk sites is at its highest ever

10th November 2011 – Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for .uk Internet infrastructure, will today release figures showing that .uk registrations grew by 10.5% over the past 12 months, bringing the total number of domains to 9.7 million by the end of September 2011. .uk also maintains its position as the world’s second largest country code registry after Germany’s .de. The figures are published in the latest edition of Nominet’s annual study of the domain name industry, which is formally launched at a conference of Internet professionals in London today.

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Domain Companies Show Off Their Wares at Ad-Tech
10 November 2011 | domainnamewire.com

Giant Ad-Tech conference continues today in New York City.

There are 277 exhibitors at this year’s Ad-Tech conference in New York City, and that includes some domain name companies.

The conference started Tuesday with the exhibit hall opening Wednesday morning. Afilias and its dotMobi brand will be showing off the mobile internet and .mobi domain names at booth 1950.

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QuoteBaby.com wins weekly sales chart at $89,965
10 November 2011 | domainnews.com

QuoteBaby.com domain name sold for$89,965 through Snapnames ,topped Domain Name Journal weekly sales list of reported domain names in the week to November 6,2011 .This week,there were no six-figure domain name sales. Sedo hasn’t had a great week in the sales chart,taking only five of the top 20 positions

Correspondingly,Snapnames took five of the top ten positions and eight of the top twenty positions.

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Yahoo wins MyYahooNews.com domain name in arbitration
11 November 2011 | domainnews.com

An arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum awarded the domain name MyYahooNews.com to Yahoo .The company submitted a complaint to the National Arbitration Forum on September 26, 2011,asserting legal rights over the disputed domain name .

Yahoo owns many trademark registrations for the “Yahoo” mark.Therefore,it is more than obvious that the domain name is confusingly similar to its trademark.Moreover,Yahoo contended that the respondent registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith :

“Complainant contends that Respondent’s website attempts to pass itself off as the WorldSID website and purports to provide a log-in page in an effort to collect Internet users’ information. “

“Complainant also contends that Respondent registered the domain name in bad faith with actual knowledge of Complainant’s rights in the YAHOO! mark because the mark is internationally famous and registered in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

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Weekly Digest #101

Hey folks,
here we are again a few of the stories doing the rounds on the domaining scene. Apple stamping down on the use of Iphone related domain names used for porn sites, Domaining.com blocked by firefox etc, launch of the dot-Bharat name in Hindi for the large numbers of non English speaking indians and more.

Hope you guys all have a great weekend!

Cheers,
Mr B

 

Apple Files Complaint Against iPhone Porn Sites for Domain Name

The leading tech corporation filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization on Thursday after discovering that several porn operators were using their iPhone brand as their domain names, Domain Name Wire reported.

Following the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, the Cupertino-based company listed seven iPhone-related domains that it hopes to gain control of, which currently forwarded to x-rated sites.

Those include: iphonecamforce.com, iphonecam4s.com, iphoneporn4s.com, iphonesex4s.com, iphonexxxforce.com, iphone4s.com, porn4iphones.com.

Apple has purportedly fallen behind on registering domain names before the release of their products. They did not gain control of their iPhone4.com domain until July 2011, nearly one year after the release of the phone on June 24, 2010. The domain name now forwards to the company’s actual iPhone pages.

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Would Domaining.com Have Been Seized Or Cancelled Today By VeriSign If The Proposed Policy Was In Effect

Ever since Kevin Murphy broke the news on TheRegister.co.uk, that VeriSign is asking for take down powers without court orders, the domain blog world has been a buzz with posts about the proposed policy. Verisign wants the power to “be able to enforce the “denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration” where a domain is deemed to be “abusive”.

Included in the laundry list of reasons for taking down a domain or even cancelling the registration is: “(e) to respond to or protect against any form of malware (defined to include, without limitation, malicious code or software that might affect the operation of the Internet).”

At the same time this story broke, most domainers are aware that the blog aggregator domaining.com was been reported as a “bad actor” by all of the browsers and blocked.According to Francois who owns and operates domaining.com, it has been a victim of an attack “of an SQL injection attack originating from multiple Chineses IPs”.

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Domain start-up Winged Media gets $3 million Carnegie Innovation ...‎

“Domaining has increased its momentum throughout 2011, with activity levels outperforming the NASDAQ during key periods.”

Winged Media, a domain name trading start-up, has pulled off a $3 million investment deal with the Carnegie Innovation Fund, for a minority stake in the business, said to be “less than 10%.”

The deal, which values the business at more than $30 million, is the first of its kind in a tech company by the Carnegie venture capital firm, which was founded by Mark Carnegie last year. It manages around $200 million in committed capital across various funds.

Winged Media, which was launched in December 2009, will use the investment to expand its presence in the US. Currently, it has 23 members of staff in Australia, with a further two in a new office in Santa Monica, California. The business focuses on a range of services in the digital media, online advertising and online publishing. Its core business, however, is a professional domain trading service. It buys domain names, builds websites and then sells them on for a profit.

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Hindi domain name to bridge digital divide

India is preparing to launch the dot-Bharat domain name in Hindi in May with the aim of bridging the digital divide in the country

New Delhi: India is preparing to launch the dot-Bharat domain name in Hindi in May with the aim of bridging the digital divide in the country. The move will enable organizations and individuals to register their website addresses in Hindi—and later more local languages—making them more accessible to a large proportion of Indians who aren’t familiar with English.

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