Domain Name News: December 9 Week in Review

Domain Name Week in ReviewEvery Friday, DomainSherpa.com provides you with a hand-selected, editorially-based review of the weekly news. 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.


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This Week’s News in Review


Internet Domain Name Expansion Comes Under Fire – 08-Dec-11
A plan to expand the number of Internet domain names came under fire in the US Congress on Thursday, a day after the head of the Federal Trade Commission said it could potentially be a disaster.

Feds Return Mistakenly Seized Domain After a Year of Smoke and Mirrors – 08-Dec-11
Just over a year ago, Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized dozens of domain names as part of Operation in Our Sites. The lawyer for one of them, music blog Dajaz1, has been furiously trying to find out about the site’s case and now, after a year of smoke, mirrors and stonewalling, the Feds have done the previously unthinkable – they’ve given the domain back.

Delicious Now Using D.me Shortener – 08-Dec-11
The .ME Domain Registry has just announced the popular website Delicious.com is now using D.ME as a url shortener.

What a Disgraceful UDRP Decision – Novartis – 08-Dec-11
A National Arbitration Forum panelist makes a horrible UDRP decision regarding Fresh Look Consulting and Fresh Look contact lenses, owned by Novartis.

Seeing Potential Mischief, Trademark Holders Snap Up .XXX Domain Names – 07-Dec-11
If you had plans to start a Joe Biden-themed adult entertainment website, you’re out of luck — www.JoeBiden.xxx is taken.

Southern Illinois Buys .XXX Domain Names – 07-Dec-11
The official website for StormCenter 17. Local news, live weather, and sports, along with many special features like Central Illinois A to Z and up-to-date breaking news.

Rick Perry Has a Domain-name Problem – 07-Dec-11
Looking for Rick Perry’s campaign website? Make sure you get the URL right: RickPerry.org. If you instead type in RickPerry.com, you’ll be sent to the website of a fellow Texan, Rep. Ron Paul. But the Paul campaign says this wasn’t their work.

55367 .XXX Domain Names Registered in First 24 Hours – 07-Dec-11
I just got an email from ICM Registry about .xxx registration results in the first 24 hours. 55,367 new .xxx domain names were registered. That brings total registrations (including sunrise and landrush) to 159,351 as of noon EST today.

Scramble for Dot Africa Internet Domain Name – 06-Dec-11
A proposed new .africa internet domain name will provide a stronger brand identity than current little known country domains, say backers.

In Domain Name Game, It’s All X’s and Noes – 06-Dec-11
A new category of pornographic website has prompted well-known organizations in Alberta to buy up numerous

New .XXX Domain for Porn Debuts to Mixed Feelings – 06-Dec-11
You can buy your very own porn domain for as little as $60.

Cooking.com Grabs $13.5 Million – 06-Dec-11
E-commerce company Cooking.com has landed $13.5 million in growth capital financing in a combined debt and equity round led by private investment firm BIA Digital Partners, with San Francisco-based VC firm Azure Capital Partners participating.

What’s in a Name? Homeland Security Develops Domain Name System Security – 06-Dec-11
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working to restore trust in the system and make websites more secure and reliable by improving the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

DomainTools Unveils Screenshots.com, a Web Archive of Over 250 Million Historical Website Screenshot Images – 05-Dec-11
DomainTools, the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring, today launched Screenshots.com, a website that allows users to view screenshots of what a website looks like now and throughout its history. Screenshots.com provides a web archive of images and data sets that can be used for discovering and evaluating the history of website homepages. Users can track, and more fully understand, how a website’s homepage content has changed in its lifetime.

Location.com Domain Acquired By Ereal Estate Holdings to Capitalize On Massive … – 05-Dec-11
eReal Estate Holdings, LLC, owner and operator of Condo.com, Houses.com, and Property.com – three leading online real estate portals, today announced the acquisition of the category domain name Location.com.

Tim Schumacher, Co-founder of Domain Marketplace Sedo, Steps Down; Names New CEO – 05-Dec-11
Online domain marketplace Sedo announced on Monday that its supervisory board has named Tobias Flaitz, previously with Hubert Burda Media, as the new CEO and member of the management board of Sedo. On February 1, 2012, he will succeed Sedo’s current CEO and co-founder, Tim Schumacher, who is leaving the board of management as of December 31 for personal reasons.

.CO to Return to Super Bowl in GoDaddy Commercial – 05-Dec-11
The .co top level domain name will get heavy exposure at the Super Bowl for a second year in a row. Today domain name registrar GoDaddy announced that one of its two commercials in next year’s Super Bowl will feature .co.

Over 100,000 Xxx Domain Names are Going Live Tomorrow at 11 EST – 05-Dec-11
The next generation of online porn launches tomorrow at 11 AM EST. We asked the guy behind XXX domain names who stands to benefit from the changeover.

Poker Domain Name Owners Sued By MGM – 04-Dec-11
MGM Resorts has filed lawsuits against 2 companies and 4 individuals it accuses of trademark infringement by registering domain names that use names of several MGM-owned casinos.

Indiana University Buying Up 11 .XXX Domain Names to Block Their Use – 04-Dec-11
Indiana University is buying up 11 Internet domains names using a new suffix meant for pornography sites in order to protect the school’s reputation and trademarks.

Feds Seize Domain Names of Korean Movie Portals – 04-Dec-11
Homeland Security’s ICE unit has started the ninth phase of Operation In Our Sites. Following on from last week’s action targeting online shops selling counterfeit goods, US authorities have just seized the domain names of 11 Korean movie download portals. For the first time since the seizures began the banner has been updated to include Korean language.

MGM Resorts Files Trademark Infringement Suit Over Domain Names – 02-Dec-11
MGM Resorts International has filed suit against four individuals and two companies for trademark infringement.

US Opposition to ICANN’s Domain Names Policy Could Lead to a Fractured Internet – 02-Dec-11
Recently retired ICANN chief warns that US groups opposing its new domain names policy could fuel criticism that the Internet is run by the US.

GoDaddy Investment Should Close Before End of Year – 02-Dec-11
A private equity investment by KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures in GoDaddy should close by the end of the year, according to Iowa news station KCRG.

Nevada Judge Orders Theft of Domain Names – 01-Dec-11
At Ars Technica Nate Anderson reports a Nevada judge has ruled that Chanel can sieze hundreds of internet domains. The domain owners are accused of selling counterfeit Chanel goods. Over 200 domains can be seized from their owners, transferred to GoDaddy by Chanel and redirected to a seizure notice. The investigations performed were quite rigorous and thorough:

Illinois State University Locking Up .XXX Domain Names – 01-Dec-11
Illinois State University is trying to lock up nine Internet domain names with the planned .xxx suffix to keep them out of the hands of pornographers. ISU Chief Technology Officer Mark Walbert told WJBC Radio in Bloomington that the school wants to avoid…

Parked Domains, Scraper Sites Targeted Among New Google Changes – 01-Dec-11
In what’s now to be a monthly update on search changes, a new Google Inside Search”blog post today tells us that life is getting tougher for those with parked domains, life may get better for those plagued by scraper sites and those hoping to “push down” negative listings may have a tougher challenge.

Penn State Recently Bought Four .XXX Domain Names, Should Have Bought More – 01-Dec-11
Visionaries at Penn State snatched up four .xxx domain names for the school this September, according to The Daily Collegian. New .xxx URLs go on sale to the public next week, but trademark owners like PSU got a chance to lock down their porn names early so as to prevent any scuzzing up of their brands. Wouldn’t want any brand scuzzing at Penn State, after all.

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