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Oversee.net Pays $1500 to Filer of Snapnames Class Action Lawsuit – 26-Aug-11
Class representative gets a small check. Oversee.net has paid $1,500 to Stewart Resmer, the class representative for a lawsuit filed against Oversee.net in the wake of the halvarez shill bidding scandal. Resmer originally filed suit against Oversee in U.S. District Court Central District of California.
Go Daddy Files Patents for Domain Appraisals and Domain Spinning – 25-Aug-11
Domain name registrar GoDaddy has filed four patent applications related to domain name appraisals and spinning. The applications list Paul Nicks, who is Director of Product Development for GoDaddyís auction service, as inventor. They were filed in February 2010 and just published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today.
Amazon Continues Domain Name Collecting With Kindlewave.com – 24-Aug-11
Just a couple of days ago, the folks at Amazon took it upon themselves to scoop up the domain name KindleScribe.com ñ this of course fueling speculation that the upcoming Kindle e-reader would at last be named. This and KindleScribes.com were registered on August 20 2011, and along with their last registration of a domain, KindleAir.com, all point toward a future tablet name OR some defensively purchased names just in case someone wanted to capitalize on the fact that Air, Scribe, and Wave are associated very closely at the moment with tablet computers.
Secret List of Celebrity .xxx Domains Removed From Market – 23-Aug-11
Hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities have had their names permanently banned from the new .xxx adults-only internet domain. El Reg can reveal that everyone from Justin Bieber to Piers Morgan has had their .xxx address placed into a permanent “reserved” status by the registry manager, ICM Registry. This means that cybersquatters or crafty porn webmasters will not be able to register domains such as Beyonce.xxx or BritneySpears.xxx to drive traffic to their sites.
BankRate Reports Over $80 Million in Domain Name Acquisitions – 23-Aug-11
You can have a look at a†SEC filing from BankRate.com, which provides details into its recent acquisitions, and it identifies over $80,000,000 in domain names, many of which are depreciated over a term of 5 to 25 years.
Amy Winehouse Foundation Domain Owner: I’m Not Ashamed – 23-Aug-11
It seems another sad chapter has been added to the lengthy volume that is the Amy Winehouse saga. According to the Sun, West London resident and alleged Internet squatter Martin McCann purchased the domain name AmyWinehouseFoundation.com just hours after the late singer’s father, Mitch, announced plans to set up a treatment center for drug addicts in her name. McCann also registered the charity’s name with the U.K. government agency Companies House, preventing Mitch from setting up a bank account and forcing the grieving former cabbie to return money donated by fans.
New Domain Names Add to Kindle Intrigue – 22-Aug-11
There is lots of buzz surrounding what Amazon.com has in store for Kindle, with the registration of KindleScribe and KindleScribes.com.
Recommended: Hackers Deface Libyan Domain Name Site – 22-Aug-11
Many of us recognize websites that end in .ly as those belonging to Bit.ly, a URL shortener service. “Hacked by Electr0n,” is the message that reportedly greets those who go to the site, along with a message of “bye bye Qadaffi,” and below that, “Feb 17 Libya,” the date protestors designated a “day of rage” against Gaddafi and his regime.
Rumor Fuel: Groupon Chile Now Selling Productos at Significant Descuentos – 22-Aug-11
Yesterday, I wrote a post after I noticed that Groupon had registered groupongoods.com, groupongoods.info and other related domain names, hypothesizing that the fast-growing daily deals startup might be plotting a dedicated website (section) for selling tangible products such as household items, consumer electronics or even groceries at a discount.
Domain Names Recognized As Property – 22-Aug-11
In a decision that seemed to validate what many already believed was the case, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently ruled that Internet domain names can be characterized as personal property.
Amazon Buys 12 New Cloud-video Related Domain Names – 21-Aug-11
It looks like Amazon is taking up its online streaming video service a notch ñ as the company has been reported to have purchased a dozen new domain names that are all related to cloud video. While it hasnít been announced what Amazon plans to do next, the company now owns a full list of domain names centered around “cloud”, “video”, “instant”, “streaming”, “prime” and “Amazon.”
Outgoing ICANN Chief Touts Domain Name Changes – 21-Aug-11
In an interview with Computerworld after announcing his plan to leave ICANN, Rod Beckstrom talked about the group’s accomplishments since he was named president and CEO two years ago.
Does Groupon Hope to Challenge Amazon With Groupon Goods? – 21-Aug-11
Imagine if Groupon starts instructing its vast sales forces, which are located all around the world, to start focusing on opportunities other than restaurants, spas, massages and pilates classes.
Is Your Brand in Danger of Sex Domain Abuse? – 19-Aug-11
Cyber squatting is, for the most part these days, old hat as far as threats to your business go. After all, any business that wants to protects itself from
WordPress Now Powering 14.7% of Top 1M Websites, 22% of New U.S. Domain Names – 19-Aug-11
WordPress has revealed that it is now powering 14.7 percent of the top 1 million websites in the world through both WordPress.com and WordPress.org (self-hosted blogs), which is up from 8.5 percent last year. Additionally, 22 out of every 100 new active domain names in the U.S. are using WordPress.
PETA to Launch Porn Website – 19-Aug-11
SEX sells and when it comes to the internet, pornography remains one of the biggest sellers around. Now animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have come up with a new way to get some attention ñ their own porn site.
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