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Go Daddy Said to Be In Talks for KKR, Silver Lake Purchase – 24-Jun-11
Go Daddy Group Inc., an Internet domain-name and hosting company, is in talks to be bought by a group led by KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners for more than $2 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.
Scottish Domain Name Bid Launched – 24-Jun-11
Campaigners are to bid for Scotland’s own internet domain name after internet body Icann votes to allow new website domain suffixes.
KKR, Others Near Deal to Buy Go Daddy – 24-Jun-11
Private-equity firms KKR and Silver Lake, along with a third investor, are nearing a deal to buy GoDaddy Group, the closely-held company that registers Internet domain names.
The First Benelux City With Its Own Domain Name Extension Will Be Ghent – 23-Jun-11
The City of Ghentís Local Council has approved, this very morning, the application for the dot gent extension. This means that the City of Ghent has become the very first Benelux city to publicise its intention of using its own domain name extension. The use of dot gent will reinforce the direct links of the companies, organisations and citizens with the city and with the region. It will make them easier to locate on the Internet and will provide enhanced protection for on-line traffic to and from the Cityís website.
Five Reasons Not to Go Crazy With Domain Names – 23-Jun-11
ICANN’s upcoming new system may seem like an exciting opportunity, but small businesses should think carefully before they leap.
New Service Hopes to Make Seller-financed Domain Transactions Easier – 23-Jun-11
Service manages seller financed domain sales. A new service called Zenscrow hopes to bring more liquidity to the domain name market by making seller financed domain sales easier. Companies such as Escrow.com and Moniker already offer payment plan escrow services, but Zenscrow takes it a step further. There are two benefits I see to Zenscrow …
A First: Complainant Loses Case for .co Domain Name – 22-Jun-11
Champagne.co becomes first .co domain name case won by respondent. A complainant has finally lost a UDRP case for a .co domain name. Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne has lost the case it brought for the domain name Champagne.co. The decision text hasn’t been posted yet, but this is the first time a complainant has lost a .co …
ICANN Domain Name Move Would Lead to Massive Fraud Say Experts – 22-Jun-11
Analysts say if corporate houses would be required to contend with infinite variations of their names and trademarks on the internet as well, the confusion could well be imagined. According to experts, this may lead to revival of issues of patent and trademark with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the body governing internet domain names – allowing all kinds of net suffixes alongside the popular ones like .com and .net.
New Domain Parking Company Comes Onto The Scene – 22-Jun-11
Rook Media opens its doors to more domain owners. Rook Media is coming out from behind the shadows. The new domain parking service has been in a closed beta with very large domainers since February. But as of today, it’s open to the public. The company is backed by a number of former senior managers from Name Drive who left when the …
ICANN Preps Cybersecurity Facilities for Top-level Domains – 22-Jun-11
The organisation, which administers the internet’s addressing system, announced that the centres will be located in Singapore, Zurich, Switzerland and San Jose, California, and will provide digital signatures based on DNSSEC. All three premises are identical ó hardened facilities with five levels of physical security surrounding a set of cryptography keys held on behalf of 14 countries. The responsibility for physical and cryptographic security is divided between two teams.
Leahy Praises Administration Officials for Domain Seizures – 22-Jun-11
Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt. highlighted the Obama administration’s recent crackdown on digital piracy on Wednesday, crediting officials for seizing domains of sites trafficking in counterfeit goods.
ICANN to Open Up New Internet Domain Names: Who Benefits? – 22-Jun-11
For the first time, the Internet is unleveling the playing field a bit – small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs need not apply. And, as some observers point out, the new names may potentially be a great source of confusion and legal wrangling.
Real Estate Owner of .com Domain Sues for .co Domain Name – 22-Jun-11
Real estate firm sues owner of .co. The owner of a .com domain name has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to get the .co version of their domain name. This is the first such .co federal anticybersquatting lawsuit I’m aware of (although there have been plenty of UDRPs and I don’t think a complainant has lost yet). Real estate company Sibcy Cline filed…
Network Solutions Hit With DDOS Attack & Domain Names Become Inaccessible – 21-Jun-11
Network Solutions experienced a distributed denial of service attack Monday afternoon, June 20, 2011 and again on Tuesday morning, June 21, 2011. Our engineers worked quickly to mitigate the attacks and services are in the process of being restored. We continue to monitor this situation, as potential risk still exists for these attacks to recur.
Web Addresses Enter New.era – 21-Jun-11
The organization that regulates the world’s Internet domain names approved changes that will allow companies and individuals to potentially register any name they like in almost any language, a step that could change the way users navigate the Web.
Lawyer: Domain Name Rule Changes Will Cost Governments – 21-Jun-11
The rule changes set forth earlier this week by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that will allow new generic top-level domain (gTLD) names could end up costing governments quite a bit of money, whether they apply to own one of the extensions or not.
Afilias and Right of The Dot Announce Collaboration to Support Applications … – 21-Jun-11
Afilias Limited, a leading provider of Internet domain name registry and Domain Name System (DNS) services, and RIGHT OF THE DOT LLC, a consulting firm with expertise in domain name valuation, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to assist applicants in ICANN’s forthcoming program for new Top Level Domains (TLDs). Under the agreement, Afilias and RIGHT OF THE DOT will collaborate to help applicants with a wide variety of services needed to successfully apply for and launch a new TLD.
Esther Dyson Calls BS On New Top Level Domain Names – 20-Jun-11
Founding chair of ICANN’s board says new TLDs are a waste of money. On the way into work this morning I heard yet another report about new top level domain names, this time on NPR. The report interviewed Esther Dyson. Among her many experiences was being the founding chairwoman of ICANN. So what did she have to say about new top level …
GJB Partners, LLC to Begin Acquisition of the .jewelers Top Level Domain Name – 20-Jun-11
GJB Partners, LLC announced plans to secure, operate and market the top-level domain name “.Jewelers” based on the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registration system. The soft launch of the “.Jewelers” initiative in June at the Continental Buying Group (CBG) Show in Las Vegas drew amazing results and showed a big demand and huge potential for the new extension.
ICANN Opens The Floodgates On Top-level Domains – 20-Jun-11
Independent volunteer organization ICANN voted today to approve extending the number of available top-level domain extensions (TLDs), meaning companies and organizations are no longer restricted to using the 22 available extensions like .com, .edu, .org and others.
Get Ready for .vegas Domain Names – 20-Jun-11
The next time you surf the web, the .com that comes after websites could end from anything — .bank to even .vegas after the international organization that oversees the internet address system approv
ICANN’s Domain Name Plan Could Spell Trouble – 20-Jun-11
Companies next year will be able register their own top-level domains, but the price may be more intellectual property litigation and security problems.
Drama Finds International Domain Name Game – 20-Jun-11
LivingSocial.ie, would have been the ideal domain name for the daily deal company to start wooing Irish consumers with discount offers, but that “ie” ending spells trouble for the startup.
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