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Epik Completes Acquisition of IntrustDomains to Add Registar Management Platform – 15-Jul-11
The acquisition adds advanced domain management technology, integrated backorder capability, a significant customer base and a talented team with deep competency in the area of domain name asset management and registrar operations.
What is Cloud.com Worth? – 15-Jul-11
Citrix Systems this week bought Cloud.com, a 70 employee start-up that makes cloud infrastructure software. At the same time, it acquired what may be one of today’s most desirable tech domain names.
Domainmonster.com Awarded 1st .co Domain Accreditation for The UK – 15-Jul-11
Mesh Digital’s Domainmonster.com and Domainbox.com domain nameregistrar brands, today announced their accreditation as the1st .CO accredited registrar head quartered in the United Kingdom.
Warner Bros Wants Happyfeet2.com Domain Name for Its Upcoming Sequel – 15-Jul-11
Company files for arbitration to get domain name. Warner Bros is planning a sequel to its 2006 hit Happy Feet, and this time around it wants a good domain name for its movie web site. The company has filed a complaint with National Arbitration Forum against the owner of the HappyFeet2.com domain name. Domain arbitration cases usually take 1-2 …
Microsoft Registers Microsoft-Sony Websites, Confusing Lots of People – 14-Jul-11
Microsoft has been found quietly registering two rather intriguing domain names, microsoft-sony.com and sony-microsoft.com – so what could the two companies be planning?
Verisign Announces Increase in .com/.net Domain Name Fees – 14-Jul-11
VeriSign, Inc., the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, today announced, effective Jan. 15, 2012, an increase in registry domain name fees for .com and .net, per its agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Could Domain Names Predict The Next Recession? – 14-Jul-11
A new index suggests that even domain names can offer a window into the economy, just as stocks do.
Minds + Machines Partners With Right of The Dot for Premium Domain Names – 14-Jul-11
Under the non-exclusive arrangement, Minds + Machines will refer applicants for new top-level domains (TLDs) to Right of the Dot for high-value premium domain consulting services, and Right of the Dot will refer clients seeking top-level domain registry services to Minds + Machines.
DomainTools Unveils a Powerful and Extensive API Suite – 13-Jul-11
Application Programming Interface Gives Users the Ability to Bring their Ideas to Life via Rapid Access to Deep Data — DomainTools, the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring, today announced that users can now have direct access to the same data that drives the research and monitoring tools found on DomainTools.com, through DomainToolsí API suite.
Qatar-specific Internet Domain Names to Be Available Soon – 13-Jul-11
Daily Arabic newspaper published in Qatar
Apple Acquires iPhone4.com and WhiteiPhone.com Domain Names – 12-Jul-11
In our ongoing quest to keep track of which domain names Apple owns ñ and doesnít own ñ we picked this up over at Fusible: the Cupertino tech giant has apparently acquired the domains iPhone4.com and WhiteiPhone.com quite recently.
Template Wiki to Shake Up the New gTLD Market – 12-Jul-11
Applying for a new generic top-level domain could be about to get a whole lot cheaper. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of registry secret sauce is set to be released under a Creative Commons license on a new wiki, courtesy of the International Telecommunications Union.
Namejet to Offer Exclusive Premium Domain Names for Auction This Summer – 12-Jul-11
Domain name aftermarket auction company NameJet to offer premium domain names this summer, including GoCarts.com, Rex.com, AloeVera.com, Copy.com, and many more.
Cities Could Cash in On New Domain Extensions – 12-Jul-11
A new batch of generic top-level domains is coming soon. The rigorous process requires applicants to spend $185,000 to complete a lengthy form that will prevent cybersquatters and can take 18 months for approval. While some critics say switching to or adding on a corporate domain, such as .ibm or .mcdonalds, is unnecessary and probably unlikely for big-name brands, municipalities could reap marquee display and extra cash.
Feds Defend Internet Domain Seizure in Piracy Crackdown – 12-Jul-11
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge not to return the domain names of one of Spainís most popular websites, seized as part of a major U.S. crackdown on internet piracy. The legal filing over Rojadirecta.com represents the governmentís first legal response to a lawsuit challenging “Operation in Our Sites.”
Go Daddy Gets Gripe Site NoDaddy.com – 11-Jul-11
Go Daddy gets control of NoDaddy.com domain name. GoDaddy.com now owns NoDaddy.com, Kevin Murphy reports for The Register. NoDaddy.com was set up as a gripe site after the domain registrar suspended the registration of security mailing list SecLists.org. Since then it has been a gathering place for customers and ex-employees of the world’s largest registrar.
Amazon.com Buys CloudPlayer.com Domain Name – 11-Jul-11
Company gets domain name for its new music service. When Amazon.com announced its music-anywhere service and corresponding Cloud Player a few months ago, it was missing a key ingredient — the domain name CloudPlayer.com. It has belatedly fixed that problem. On July 11 the whois record for CloudPlayer.com transferred to Amazon.
News International Now Controls Sun On Sunday Domain Names – 11-Jul-11
Shortly after News International Chairman James Murdoch announced the abrupt closure of the News of the World in response to the ongoing phone-hacking scandal on Thursday, it was revealed that a company called Mediaspring had registered the domain names thesunonsunday.co.uk and sunonsunday.co.uk two days earlier. So speculation grew that a Sunday edition of the Sun could essentially replace News of the World, the best-selling Sunday paper in the U.K.
Stephen Crocker, Chairman of the ICANN Board, Will Open the Conference on New Top-Level Domains – 11-Jul-11
Internet pioneer Stephen Crocker will present the keynote speech at the “newdomains.org – The Munich Conference on new TLDs” on September 26th, 2011 in Munich. Stephen Crocker, one of the Internet’s founding architects and recently named Chairman of the Board of the international coordinating authority for domain names, ICANN, will present the keynote speech at the upcoming “newdomains.org – The Munich Conference on new TLDs” meeting. His speech on September 26th will mark the kick-off of the two-day international conference. The event, which will bring experts in the fields of technology, trademark law and business from around the world to Munich, will serve as a platform for discussions centering on ICANN\’s newly adopted program for the introduction of new top-level domain extensions.
DotAsia to Support Asian New gTLDs – 11-Jul-11
Following the approval from ICANN for the implementation of the new gTLD (Generic Top-Level Domain) program, DotAsia today announces its plans to support new gTLDs from Asia, including its own IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) TLDs and applications from other Asian new gTLD applicants. Priority Sunrise Registration Period Closes: July 25 2011. Open Landrush Registration Begins: August 2, 2011.
Google Search Blocks 11 Million .co.cc Websites to Fight Malware – 11-Jul-11
Google has blocked all .co.cc websites from its search results because the domain has been found to be too spammy. lands, and regular .cc websites are unaffected by Google’s changes, according to The Register.
News International Grabs SunOnSunday.co.uk Domain – 10-Jul-11
News International bought the sunonsunday.co.uk and thesunonsunday.co.uk domain names late last week, after they had originally been grabbed by unknown individuals as the phone-hacking scandal engulfed the News of the World Sunday tabloid.
Delhi HC Slams US Domain Firm for Humiliating Arun Jaitley – 09-Jul-11
Slamming two US-based networking/profiling companies for humiliating Indian leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha) Arun Jaitley, the Delhi high court on Tuesday permanently restrained them from advertising, using or auctioning his domain name www.arunjaitley.com.
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