Domain Name News: Apr. 15 Week in Review

Domain Name Week in ReviewEvery Friday, DomainSherpa.com provides you with a hand-selected, editorially based review of the week. In this summary, you will find the latest articles and videos produced by DomainSherpa staff and contributors. You will also find links to the best news articles in the domain name industry — so you don’t have to spend your time searching for news or reading something that was not worth your time.


This Week’s Articles in Review



This Week’s News in Review


Feds Seize Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker Domains – 15-Apr-11
The domain seizures by the U.S. Government have hit a new target, and it’s without a doubt the biggest fish thus far. Three of the largest poker sites – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker – had their domains seized today as 11 people connected to the gambling outfits were charged with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses. The indictment (pdf) was released by the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York Friday afternoon reveals that the seizures are part of a FBI investigation.
FBI Seizes Online Poker Domain Names – 15-Apr-11
In what is turning out to be a possible doomsday scenario for online poker players in the United States ‚Äì as well as having repercussions around the globe — visitors to Full Tilt poker, PokerStars, UB Poker and Absolute Poker are all being met with an FBI seizure notice.
Total Damage From Parsons Elephant Shooting? About 100,000 Domains – 15-Apr-11
According to Webhosting.info it seems that the damage to Godaddy.com has been minimal and also seem to have been short lived. In all what I’m seeing is a loss of about 100,000 domains.
Future is Uncertain for Popular .ly Domain – 14-Apr-11
At a time when Libya has a higher profile in the U.S. than perhaps ever before, its internet domain is sinking. Its future today is far murkier than the bright outlook it once held during its nation’s years of wealthy obscurity.
Boyd Gamging Sues Website Domain Owner Over Stardust Name – 14-Apr-11
Casino operator Boyd Gaming Corp. has filed a trademark lawsuit against the owner of a website domain name, saying he is infringing on the company’s Stardust brand.
Firefox Add-on “Undoes” U.S. Government Domain Seizures – 14-Apr-11
The seizure of file-sharing related domain names by the US Government hasn’t been as effective as the entertainment industries had hoped since many of them simply continued their operations under new domains. To make these type of domain transitions go more smoothly, an anonymous group has coded a simple Firefox add-on that automatically redirects users to these new locations.
Domain Registry .ME Waives Renewal Fees for Japanese Domain Owners – 14-Apr-11
Domain registry .ME (www.domain.me) announced on Thursday that it has waived renewal fees for one full year for all domain names that have expired or will soon expire between March 11 and April 30, 2011, in light of the recent disaster in Japan.
Sears Sues to Keep Diehard Name Off Sex Spray – 14-Apr-11
Sears, which has asked for a jury trial, is seeking to have RockHard end its use of the ‘DieHard’ name, turn over its Internet domain name and pay damages and the cost of an ad campaign to correct any damage to the DieHard brand reputation.
Amazon Buys Admash.com and Other Domains Related to New Kindle – 13-Apr-11
Amazon.com registers and/or acquires a slew of domain names related to new Kindle. This week Amazon.com announced a new Kindle ebook reader that costs less but shows advertisements. Users will be able to customize the ads they see on their Kindle screensaver through an app and web site called AdMash. Amazon.com purchased the AdMash.com …
6 Reasons You’re Not Making More With Domain Names – 13-Apr-11
Here are six reasons you may be missing out on more domain name earnings. 1. You refuse to price your domain names Some people don’t need to price their domain names. They just sit around waiting for high dollar offers, then ask for more money. But odds are you aren’t one of those people. Someone isn’t going to offer you $50,000 or more …
Google Ordered to Disclose “Parked Domains” Metrics Р12-Apr-11
According to MediaPost a judge has ordered Google to disclose financial metrics stemming from their Domain Parking and Error Pages programs within Google Adsense. The lawsuit that was started by advertising clients in 2008 and a recent pledge by Google to dismiss the suit before it goes to trial was rejected.
Czech Arbitration Court Issues Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Decision – 11-Apr-11
UDRP provider blasts complainant and issues finding of RDNH. One of the smaller and lesser known UDRP providers has issued a finding of reverse domain name hijacking against a complainant. Czech Arbitration Court, known for its attempts to create a "quick" UDRP procedure, found that complainant Streetwave Pte Ltd brought its case…
Baidu Unfolds Cooperation With Dnspod to Speed Up Fetching Domains – 11-Apr-11
Baidu.Com Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) (BIDU.NASDAQ) inked on late Monday a pact with DNSPod to accelerate its domain name system or DNS data acquisition, reported Tech.sina.com.cn.
Japanese .org Websites Get Renewal Fees Waived After Disaster – 11-Apr-11
The Public Interest Registry (PIR) has announced its plan to waive renewal fees for Japanese domain name holders unable to renew their .org domain names.
CADNA Against Icann’s Intention to Monopolize The Functionality of Internet – 11-Apr-11
Millions of websites and billions of users depend on DNS to make the Internet work. The DNS Zone provides DNS overviews and covers the future of DNS.
DNSSEC for .au at Least a Year Off – 10-Apr-11
United States domain registrar Go Daddy spent the last 12 months bracing for the new Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) specification, but it will be at least a year until it is available in Australia.
Aged & Brandable Domain Names Can Help Your Online Business – 10-Apr-11
Most people find it difficult to select a suitable domain name for their online businesses with the availability of many domain names to choose from. ReuseDomains.com is here to help such individuals acquire the best domain name with the availability of many domain names that are offered by the site.
Google Purchases Several Music and Cloud-themed Domain Names – 08-Apr-11
Google recently bought up a number of .com domain addresses that combine to provide a singular theme: cloud-based music. Earlier this week, the search engine giant felt inclined to register several interesting music-related domain names, including GoogleBass.com, GoogleAlto.com, GoogleSoprano.com and GoogleTenor.com, according to Tech Crunch. On the same day, Google picked up a few cloud-related addresses like GoogleNebula.com, GoogleThunder.com and GoogleLightning.com.
Revolt Over GoDaddy CEO’s Elephant Kill Video Makes 20,433 Domains Flee, Rival Claims – 08-Apr-11
Rival domain name registrar Namecheap says they’ve raised over $20,000 for an elephant charity and poached thousands of customers who switched 20,433 domain names from GoDaddy following an uproar over a video their CEO posted of himself killing a pachyderm. Bob Parsons is unapologetic, saying he did it to feed the hungry villagers and save their crops. But that’s just a moral fig leaf. In another video, Bob hunts and kills a leopard. I don’t think it ended up as steaks for hungry villagers. Bob and GoDaddy have courted controversy for years, trying to be edgy and envelope-pushing…
Why $10,000 for a Domain Name is Still Cheap – 08-Apr-11
The amount of value the right domain name can bring to your business is priceless. Domain names are now an integral part of any business. Whether the use is primarily for email, a company website, or part of a marketing campaign anyone starting a business must secure a domain name.

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One Response to “Domain Name News: Apr. 15 Week in Review”

  1. Chuckie says:

    Great summary.

    I’m looking forward to next week’s interview with Elliot on geo-domains.

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