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Motorola’s Next Tablet Will Be Called The Kore, Domain Names Show
Motorola just bought a bunch of domain names hinting at the launch of a new tablet called the Kore, Fusible discovered. The domain names are MotorolaKore.com, KoreMotorola.com, Moto-kore.com, MotoKore.com, and Motorola-Kore.com.
Judge Says Domain Name Loss is Not a Substantial Hardship
A federal judge has refused to return two Rojadirecta domain names to their Spanish owner, ruling that letting the government keep them until trial does not violate the First Amendment.
ANA Fears Confusion, Brand Squatting in ICANN’s New Domain Plan
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) hopes to throw the clout of its 10,000 global brands – and their $250 billion annual marketing spend – against a new plan to open registration of top-level domains to all comers.
Verisign Looks for Growth From Registering .anything
Verisign posted solid earnings on continuing growth in its user base despite the rising popularity of other top level domains. The company recently renewed its contract with ICANN to be the authoritative registry operator for .net domains for 6 more years. It also announced an anticipated price hike for .com and .net domains, which we have already factored in our model. Upside to our forecast could arise from market share gains as new rules will allow businesses to register any domain name. This could lift our forecast for total user base of .com and .net domain names that we currently expect to increase from ~120 million this year to around 350 million by the end of our forecast.
Rock On! Queen Awarded Domain Name WeWillRockYou.com
Arbitration panel awards WeWillRockYou.com to rock band. Here’s a follow up to a story I first reported in June. The rock band Queen filed a domain name dispute over the name WeWillRockYou.com. We Will Rock You is one of Queenís greatest hits. The song later became the name of a musical that still tours the globe to packed houses.
Network Solutions Fetches $560 Million
Web.com agreed to acquire Network Solutions, one of the largest Internet domain-name registrars, for about $560 million in cash and stock.
Register.com Owner to Acquire Network Solutions
Register.com and Network Solutions to get married. Two of the highest priced and oldest domain name registrars are getting married. Web.com, which owns Register.com, will pay $405 million plus 18 million shares of Web.com stock as well as take on Network Solutions’ debt. The cash portion of the deal will be funded with new debt: $600 …
France Legalizes 30,000 Banned Internet Domain Names
French Internet authorities have been swamped by demands for domain names since a new law authorised the use of around 30,000 previously banned website addresses such as islam.fr and internet.fr. The decree authorizing the new law was published on Wednesday, and French authorities say they now have to deal with over 6,000 requests that have been made since the law was passed a month ago.
Is .ngo The First Defensive TLD Registration Announcement?
Registry behind .org wants .ngo. This week Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced it will apply for the .ngo top level domain name when ICANN opens up its application process next year. Could this be the first example of a "defensive" TLD registration? PIR runs the .org registry, and .ngo for non-governmental organizations is …
First Smut Site Erected On .XXX Address
The first porn site to use a .xxx web address has gone live, and domain manager ICM Registry has announced another way to make internet perving a safer experience. Casting.xxx (NSFW, incredibly) started doing its bit to feed the world’s appetite for “adult entertainment” last night.
With New Domain Names On Market, .Org Guns for .Ngo
PIR, the non-profit that runs the .ORG domain name has officially announced its intention to grab the soon-to-be-released .NGO domain name.
Tucows Buys German Registrar EPAG
As announced in a press release published today, Tucows (NYSE AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) has purchased all the shares of German registrar EPAG for approximately US$2.5 Million (Ä1.5 Million to purchase the shares and the settlement of a working capital adjustment of Ä0.25 Million) through an all-cash transaction.
Afternic Releases Mobile Application
NameMedia’s Afternic domain marketplace is now accessible to iPhone and iPad users through a free application available via Apple’s App Store. AfternicDLS Mobile will offer the world’s estimated 120 million iPhone and 25 million iPad users one-click access to the world’s largest domain marketplace: the Domain Listing Service (DLS). Afternic is the only domain marketplace offering a mobile application to support search and bidding activities.
Thousands of gb.com Sites Go Dark
Thousands of UK small businesses woke up this weekend to find that their websites had become collateral damage in a legal fight between a domain name company and its founder.
VeriSign Boss Leaves Domain Industry
Former VeriSign chief executive Mark McLaughlin, who resigned last week, is leaving the domain name industry entirely, signing up as the new CEO of Palo Alto Networks, a firewall vendor.
Apple Victorious in WIPO Dispute Over iPods.com Domain
The World Intellectual Property Organization has ordered the domain name ipods.com be transferred to Apple in the favorable resolution of a complaint filed by the iPod maker. WIPO panelist David Cairns issued the decision on Friday, as noted by Fusible. Apple had submitted a complaint to the organization in May.
Neustar Announces .biz Price Increase
.Biz registration and renewal prices increase in six months. Neustar has informed its registrars and ICANN that it will increase its annual prices for .biz domain names effective February 1, 2012. The new price will be $7.85, or 55 cents more than the current $7.30 per year. That’s about 7.5%. This wholesale price does not include ICANN’s …
HP Loses First Round of HP Pre Battle
Company stunningly loses a domain arbitration case over HPPre.com. With the HP Pre 3 getting ready to hit the market, HP filed a domain name dispute with National Arbitration Forum to get the domain name HPPre.com. Here’s what happened: -The day after HP announced its acquisition of Palm (maker of the Pre), the registrant registered the …
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