This Week's Show in Review
VIDEO: The Back-of-the-Envelope Drawing that Launched a $495 Million Business – With John Ferber John Ferber wrote an affiliate-tracking software program in 1997. His brother, Scott Feber, drew a picture of how that software could be used online to pair corporate advertisers and website publishers. Together, based on John's software and Scott's drawing, the Ferber brothers built the largest ad network based on an at-the-time new concept of cost-per-click advertising. When they sold the company to AOL/Time Warner in 2004, Advertising.com reached 90 percent of people on the Internet, an average of 20 times per day. http://www.domainsherpa.com/john-ferber/
This Week's News in Review
This Tea Party Rocks! and Wants to Cash in - 05-Jan-12 A Canadian rock band named The Tea Party has owned the domain name TeaParty.com since the early 1990s. Now, with seemingly no shortage of would-be buyers, the band has decided to sell to the highest bidder. Between its traffic numbers and its search value — it could be worth more than a million dollars. Ray Ozzie is $33,000 Cocomo.com Buyer - 05-Jan-12 Former Microsoft CTO and Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie bought Cocomo.com for $33,000. Non-latin Top Level Domain Names Grew in 2011 - 05-Jan-12 The number of country code Top Level Domains using non-Latin scripts and alphabets rose with the addition of 26 to 30 names in the last year. Social Network Buys Dudu.com Domain Name for $1 Million - 04-Jan-12 Dudu.com sells for an incredible $1 million. Wow. Social network DUDU has paid a whopping $1 million for the domain name Dudu.com, upgrading its domain .CO Internet Recognized as World Finance 100 Business Leader - 04-Jan-12 .CO Internet S.A.S. today was recognized in the World Finance 100 listing, alongside industry heavyweights 3M, Apple, Facebook, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and others. Spanning multiple industries and covering a breadth of global markets, the World Finance 100 recognizes “the very finest businesses and business leaders over the past year,” focusing on companies and individuals who have outperformed the competition, made great strides in innovative techniques, and helped to redefine the business landscape. Linkdin.com Cyber-squatter Throws Away $22K, Domain Now Belongs to LinkedIn - 04-Jan-12 Back in December, LinkedIn filed a complaint (Case No. 1417534) with the National Arbitration Forum over the typo domain LinkdIn.com (missing an ‘e’). The web address redirected consumers to an online scam that asked a handful of questions and attempted to gather personal information by promising free gifts like a $1,000 Walmart gift card, to anyone who finished filling out the survey. .aeDA Continues Its Efforts in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Related to Domain Names - 04-Jan-12 As part of its commitment toward the local internet community in the UAE, the .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) continues to implement the best international practices in protecting Intellectual Property Rights for its registrants. This comes in line with its mandate to enforce all policies related to the operation of the .ae country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) as well as overseeing the operation of the registry system. Commerce Department Urges Changes to Domain Name Expansion - 04-Jan-12 Lawrence Strickling, the Commerce Department's assistant secretary for communications and information, urged the Internet Corporation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to rethink its plan to allow for new domain-name endings in a letter on Tuesday. In meetings we have held with industry over the past weeks, we have learned that there is tremendous concern about specifics of the program that may lead to a number of unintended and unforeseen consequences and could jeopardize its success, Strickling, who heads Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), wrote in the letter to Stephen Crocker, chairman of ICANN's board of directors. ICANN Chairman Sees Little Value in Delaying New Domain-name Program - 04-Jan-12 With a week to go before his group rolls out a program that could dramatically increase the number of Internet addresses available to the public, the chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says he sees no reason to delay the program despite growing calls to slow down the process. .AEDA Continues Its Efforts in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Related ... - 04-Jan-12 As part of its commitment toward the local internet community in the UAE, the .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) continues to implement the best international practices in protecting Intellectual Property Rights for its registrants. This comes in line with its mandate to enforce all policies related to the operation of the .ae country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) as well as overseeing the operation of the registry system. The Vatican's Domain Name Misunderstanding - 03-Jan-12 The Vatican says someone else bought Vatican.xxx when it was actually reserved by the registry. Catholics + Porn = headlines. Number of .IE Domain Names Up By 12.9% Last Year - 03-Jan-12 The total number of IE domain names grew by 12.9% last year according to figures released today. The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), which manages .ie registered websites, said that there were 39,398 new .ie websites registered last year, up 7.7% on the previous year. Godaddy Domain Names And Hosting Popularity Remain Strong After SOPA Boycott - 03-Jan-12 Godaddy.com’s original support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was reversed in light of the strong grass roots activity denouncing its stance on the bill. SOPA is facing a House of Representatives committee vote this month. While it is unclear exactly how much if any influence the boycott may have had on Godaddy’s revenue, traffic stats from Alexa indicate their dominance in the domain registration and hosting arena is still unmatched. Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan Can Keep Its Domain - 03-Jan-12 Local hotel can keep its domain name -- which may seem trivial given the day-to-day challenges of operating a business in Kabul. CU Among Schools Snapping Up .xxx Domain Names - 02-Jan-12 The University of Colorado has snapped up 27 .xxx domain names in an effort to prevent pornographers from exploiting the school's name and brands, but it failed in acquiring the Colorado. University of Hawaii .xxx Web Address Up for Auction - 02-Jan-12 Someone wants to sell a .xxx website address featuring the University of Hawaii for tens of thousands of dollars, in a case one Internet security expert calls cybersquatting. New .xxx Domain Name Rightly Isolates Adult Content On The Internet - 02-Jan-12 Vatican representatives were pleased recently to learn that the domain name Vatican.xxx was banned from public purchase and incapable of being fashioned into a porn site when the internet domain extension .xxx, became available for public purchase in early December. While rumors circulated that Vatican.xxx was purchased, and not by the Vatican, the domain name is permanently blocked from sale. Once this scandal subsided, a more positive buzz emerged, highlighting the benefits of the .xxx extension. Sedari Launches Guess The Numbers Game for New gTLD Program - 02-Jan-12 Sedari.com a consulting company in the new gTLD space launched today a “Guess the Numbers Games” contest, where you can place you guess on the number of new gTLD applications that will be received by ICANN, during the Application period which opens on January 12th for 3 months. Should We Forgive Go Daddy? - 30-Dec-11 SOPA has sure made a mess of things, hasn’t it? No company knows that better than GoDaddy. When the list of SOPA supporters came out, Internet users everywhere cried to users to boycott GoDaddy, moving hosting and domain name registration to other companies. A lot of people did. Last Friday, when this story was getting top billing on tech sites everywhere, over 21,000 domain names were moved to other companies. That hasn’t stopped people from registering thousands of new domain names. Lawsuit May Determine Who Owns A Twitter Account - 30-Dec-11 How much is a tweet worth? And how much does a Twitter follower cost? We may soon find out as Noah Kravitz’s former employer, Phonedog.com, is claiming ownership of the Twitter account he started at the company and is suing for damages. Godaddy Releases Statement About Spike in Domain Transfers Due to SOPA - 29-Dec-11 Company says outbound transfers are up due to prior support of controversial bill.