Domain Names

23 June 2007

Business.com Could Hit Jackpot on Auction Block Wall Street Journal

The domain name, and the business that has developed with it, business.com is up for auction and the Wall Street Journal reports it could sell for anywhere between US$300 million and $400 million. The domain was bought for $7.5 million back in 1999. Widely derided for paying such a high fee, the domain holders are set to make a huge profit. Business.com is used as “a search engine used by businesses to find products and services. Credit Suisse is running the auction, and potential buyers have included media companies The New York Times and Dow Jones.

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22 June 2007

TRAFFIC: Beyond Pay-Per-Click Domain Name Wire

A panel of domain industry experts discussed domain revenue beyond pay-per-click this week morning at the TRAFFIC conference in New York. Panelists included Ofer Ronen, CEO of Sendori, Jonathan Boswell, CEO of LeaseThis.com, Anthony Pepper of Startup Capital, Sahar Sarid of Recall Media Group, Rick Latona, CEO of Offshoring.com, and Joe Alagna, GM of CentralNic. The general consensus was Google and Yahoo have a stranglehold on the industry. They could quickly turn off domain owner’s revenue. Domain owners need to find alternatives to Google and Yahoo’s pay-per-click services. These alternatives may actually generate more revenue than pay-per-click. There is a summary of what most panellists said. A couple of the more interesting comments were: Ofer Ronen of Sendori – instead of creating a landing page full of pay-per-click links, Sendori sends type-ins directly to an advertisers’ site, increase revenues compared to pay-per-click; and Jonathan Boswell of LeaseThis – domains rarely in hands of person who gets best benefit so LeaseThis links domains with clients for a specified period, e.g. Sony leased Vacancy.com during the launch of the movie Vacancy.

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Domain Name Industry Threatened Domain Name Wire & The Whir

Phil Corwin, representing Internet Commerce Association, discusses threats to domainers at the SedPro conference in New York, noting several specific threats: Domain name classification as property versus a license; Registrar conflicts of interest; Trademark interests and Search engine conflicts of interest. Corwin concluded by saying the ICA's future is uncertain. It raised about $300,000 in seed money from companies such as Sedo and iREIT, but Corwin says it needs at least $1M each year to be effective.

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".cn" becomes third largest ccTLD People's Daily Online

On June 17th, China's Internet Network Information Center announced that the number of China's registered ".cn" domain names reached more than 5.3 million globally making it the third largest ccTLD.

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21 June 2007

CitizenHawk TypoAlert: Cybersquatting Plagues Online Kids' Sites CitizenHawk news release

CitizenHawk is encouraging top children’s brand holders to take a more active role in policing their brands against cybersquatting. As a reminder of the urgency of the problem, the company today issued a TypoAlert revealing thousands of instances of cybersquatting on ten of the top learning and entertainment web sites for young children. The news release includes a list of top online kids’ sites and an estimate of the number of potentially trademark-infringing domains on each brand.

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20 June 2007

SEO.com sold at US$5M 901am

Mike Mann, the guy who sold BuyDomains for US$65 Million some years ago, buys SEO.com for $5M.

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What Prevents IPv6 Deployment in Europe by Patrick Vande Walle Circle ID

Patrick Vande Walle writing in Circle ID notes the recent ZDNet UK article on IPv6 and what may slow down its deployment. Jay Daley, from Nominet points out to the fact that the current IPv6 allocation policy used by RIPE NCC is geared towards ISPs. This is a complaint I have heard time and time again. Under the current policy, you have to show to RIPE NCC that you are going to allocate 200 address blocks to your customers before you are allocated a /32 block.

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ICANN IDN Program Status Report ICANN

In preparation for the San Juan meeting and to provide better insight into the plan for the eventual deployment of internationalized top-level labels, ICANN released today a status report describing IDN Program activities. To facilitate project management, IDN activities have been split into separate and independent projects. These projects are: IDN Technical Tests and Evaluations, IDN Security Study (SSAC), IDN Guidelines, IDN Repository, IDN Policy Development, IDN Protocol Review and Revisions (IETF), IDN Outreach, and IDN TLD Deployment.

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DotAsia start-up now set for September 2007 DomainesInfo

The DotAsia registry has delayed the start of the sunrise period by an extra month but has now announced precise dates for the three-part launch

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17 June 2007

European concerns grow over IPv6 migration ZDNet

European businesses are being held back from migrating to IPv6 due to the way IP addresses are being allocated, according to the director of IT at Nominet. ... However, concerns have been raised about the way IPv6 addresses are currently allocated by RIPE and it appears that this situation will not change for at least four months. Nominet's IT director Jay Daley indicated that, unlike ARIN, RIPE was allowing only ISPs access to IPv6 addresses, leaving enterprises out in the cold. "We, for example, have our own IPv4 address allocation from RIPE, but we are unable to get an IPv6 allocation because their current allocation policy means we must be an ISP who gives addresses out to at least 200 customers. We don't give addresses to customers -- we are an enterprise, in the same way that a large enterprise might want their own address space for local management of internet connectivity."

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More IPv6 Warnings on Why Organizations Must Plan Transition Now Circle ID

The IPv6 Portal reports on a paper titled "The Choice: IPV4 Exhaustion or Transition to IPv6", written by Jordi Palet, warning that organizations must start planning for IPv6 now or "be aware that some already have, and you are beginning to be at a disadvantage." From the report: "This is going to affect the business of existing ISPs and to a greater extent, at a certain point in time, the creation of new ISPs. As a consequence if may have a deeper impact in developing regions (Africa, Asia and Latin America/Caribbean) where the penetration of the Internet is not yet so widespread."

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16 June 2007

The Domains Of The Day - making money from domain names Business Week

Making a living from buying and selling domain names is becoming a popular topic for the mainstream media. Recently Business 2.0 had an article about Kevin Ham, and this week Business Week has an article on Andrew Miller and Michael Zapolin who are buying generic domain names and building a business around creating content, and then come visitors and money. They own 17 generic domain names including chocolate.com, software.com and relationship.com.

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za: Domain name rules 'are working' Business Day

Two South African companies fighting over the domain name mrplastic.co.za have been the first to resolve a dispute under the ZA Domain Name Authority’s new dispute resolution procedures. The dispute was about the complainant, Mr Plastic, who had used its name and a flag logo for 27 years. Mr Plastic Mining & Promotional Goods has used the same logo for 18 years, but was first to register the internet domain name. The panel found that both companies had established a right to the name, and the complainant lost the case. So now the complainant has registered the domain name mrplastics.co.za – with an “s”.

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14 June 2007

YouTube - uTube showdown stays alive in federal court The Register

For the Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation, operator of uTube.com, its domain name means cash - and with a federal court's recent refusal to dismiss the company's suit against YouTube, the possibility of even more cash in the future. The company has operated uTube.com as a means to sell used pipe and tube mills and rollform machinery since 1996. After YouTube's launch in 2005, the sleepy little Ohio website went from around 1,500 visitors a month to roughly 70,000 per day. The company alleges that this caused its web host's servers to crash, which disrupted its business and sullied its reputation. It also claims that bandwidth overages bumped its hosting fees from $100 a month to $2,500. One aspect of this case that I think could be the most interesting outcome is "uTube had not shown that a domain name, website, or host server somehow constitute real property in any way".

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California Man Gets 6-Year Sentence For Phishing Information Week

Jeffrey Brett Goodin faced a maximum of 101 years behind bars but received only 70 months during his sentencing for e-mail fraud Monday afternoon.

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Yellow legal fight erupts in NZ The Age

A domain name dispute between New Zealand's Yellow Pages who isn't happy with Yellow Book. Yellow Pages NZ is suing an Australian student to stop Yellow Book trading under its present name in New Zealand. The case also involves stopping Yellow Book from using the domain name yellowbook.co.nz and the right to trademark the colour yellow in New Zealand. Yellow Pages also claims Yellow Book would cause confusion for the public due to their likeness.

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.nz offers IPv6 connectivity (news release) InternetNZ

NZRS (.nz Registry Services) announces a core component of the New Zealand Internet infrastructure is being geared up to accommodate huge potential increases in the number of networked devices connected to the Internet.

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13 June 2007

Fancy buying Scotland for £2m? The Scotsman

Scotland will go on sale at an auction in New York with a price tag of offers over £2 million, The Scotsman can reveal. But it is not the whole country up for grabs - just the internet domain name of scotland.com.

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12 June 2007

Large-scale DOS attack menace continues to grow The Register

You may or may not have picked up the news that Estonia came under cyber-attack in early May. ... The almost unanswerable question is whether it was the Russian government that launched the attack or whether it was Russian hackers. Estonia, it seems, provoked the attack when the Estonian government removed a statue (in Tallinn) that commemorates Soviet troops who were killed fighting the Nazis. Estonian officials claim some of the attacking computers had Kremlin IP addresses, but - and I'm sure the Russians would suggest this - such computers could have been infected by viruses and used as bots by Russian hackers. That's what you call plausible deniability.

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Sale of domain names a hot business in India The Business Standard

eBay India records one domain name sale every eight hours according to this article in The Business Standard (India). The article reports of a recent surge in domain name sales, with around 120 domain names for sale at any time on eBay India and recording one sale every 8 hours.

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Netcraft June 2007 Web Server Survey Netcraft

In the June 2007 survey we received responses from 122,000,635 sites, an increase of 3.97 million sites from the May survey.

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10 June 2007

IP address depletion looms, ARIN warns Network World

The IPv6 movement got a boost in May when the American Registry for Internet Numbers announced it would actively encourage migration to IPv6. ARIN distributes blocks of IP addresses to service providers and enterprises based in North America.

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Sedo, and the Boobtube.com problem VentureBeat

VentureBeat comments on Sedo’s selling the domain name Boobtube.com, for $41,688 last week, and then cancelling the sale because the seller didn’t really own it. VentureBeat suggests the cancellation “raises prickly questions about the nascent domain name exchanges, which are handling several hundred million dollars of trades. Are they trustworthy? Are they open to market manipulation?” The writer, Mark Coker, a bidder for the domain name, is appreciative he wasn’t defrauded of money, but questions the processes involved in domain name exchanges. Coker notes that “without the essential service of trusted and transparent exchanges, domain buyers and sellers are forced to negotiate blindfolded in the virtual equivalent of a dark alley.”

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09 June 2007

ICANN Response to One World Trust Review of ICANN's Accountability and Transparency ICANN

ICANN have released a document that outlines their response to each of the recommendations in the One World Trust report. The bulk of the recommendations are accepted and are in the process of being implemented; some others have been referred to the Nominating Committee and Board reviews which will take place this year, or to the GNSO Improvements Working Group, for further consideration.

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Google wins right over domain name 'gmail.co.in' The Hindu News

Google has won ownership of 'gmail.co.in' as an arbitrator appointed by National Internet Exchange of India has directed a Chinese national to transfer the portal address in its favour. "The respondent took “deliberate steps to take benefit of identity and reputation of the complainant (Google)," arbitrator A K Singh said in his order.” Further, “the arbitrator observed that Zhaoyang registered a company ‘Gmail Ltd’ only after the complaint was filed by Google and ‘gmail.co.in’ was transferred to the company one day later.

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