Domain Name News: March 2 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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Dot-brand Explosion Will Shell-shock Lazy Coders, Says ICANN – 29-Feb-12
For example, if you type http://example.com during a Skype instant message conversation, the software will automatically render it as a clickable link. If, however, you type http://example.xxx, it will render as plain text. For several months last year some Twitter applications did not recognise .xxx as a domain.

Yoga.com Domain Name Exclusively for Sale With Domainadvisors – 29-Feb-12
On the heels of World Yoga Day, DomainAdvisors, a leading broker of ultra premium domain names, announced that it has been engaged to privately broker the sale of the extremely valuable online property Yoga.com.

Reading The Domain Name Tea Leaves – 29-Feb-12
One of the first thing you do if you’re considering a run for office is to register an appropriate domain name. In the political gold rush that has ensued since Olympia Snowe announced the end of her re-election campaign last night, the shifting landscape of URLs gives us some ideas which candidates are staking their claims. Since many candidates…

Brain.com Domain and Trademark Exclusively for Sale With DomainAdvisors.com – 29-Feb-12
Unique opportunity for a company treating neurological disorders, creating educational games or providing eLearning software – Brain.com available for sale via DomainAdvisors Brain.com characterizes several major areas of growth in today’s market: the treatment of neurological disorders, educational games, and the exploding eLearning industry. According to B2B Media, In the U.S. alone, companies spend more than $125B annually on learning and development with eLearning representing as much as 30% of training hours delivered to professional audiences, and that number is expected to rise exponentially in the upcoming years.

ICANN Plays The Name Game With Domain Names – 29-Feb-12
The group that manages the Internet’s domain-name system is facing a real test of confidence. The Commerce Department is weighing whether to renew…

HP Buys Cloudfolders.com for $3790 (And 18 Other Domain Sales) – 28-Feb-12
HP buys domain for cloud offering and a look at 18 other end user domain purchases this past week. HP is the biggest name on this week’s end user domain

Yahoo! Scared! Of! Dot! Brand! Squatters! – 28-Feb-12
Yahoo is worried about unscrupulous domain name registrars trying to cybersquat on its brands. In an exasperated letter to ICANN this week, the web firm said it is still not convinced that the organisation’s new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) programme provides enough safeguards against squatters holding so-called “dot-brand” domains hostage.

Idiot Hitman Uses ‘hitmanforhire’ Domain Name – 28-Feb-12
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the site you’re on is legit. But if you stumbled on HitManForHire.net, what would you think? A joke, right? Turns out…

Overstock.com Rolls Out O.info – 28-Feb-12
Overstock.com Inc. has added to its stable of brands and web domains O.info, a site that highlights consumer-generated product reviews. The site also provides information on product details and shipping policies, along with links to make a purchase on Overstock.com.

University .xxx Domains: The Aftermath – 28-Feb-12
The introduction of .xxx domains caused concern in academia — but have fears been realized?

Eurodns Offers Unique Limited Time Promotion On .fr Domain Name Extension – 28-Feb-12
EuroDNS announces special limited time offer on the .FR domain name extensions now at an exclusive price of just € 4.99 valid for new registrations and transfers. Daniel Eisenhut, Chief Sales Officer, EuroDNS said, ‘‘we are back with yet another exciting promotion for our customers offering a fantastic discount on the .FR domain extension.’’

China Sees Rise in Trademark, Domain Name Speculations – 27-Feb-12
There have been several high profile trademark disputes in China recently – over the use of famous names like iPad, Michael Jordan and Jeremy Lin.

Bodog.com Domain Seized By US Authorities – 27-Feb-12
The Department of Homeland Security in the United States fired another shot in its war against online poker, by seizing the Bodog.com domain name.

Local Africans Urged to Compete in Domain Name Registration – 27-Feb-12
entrepreneurs should wake up and start registering domain names of famous landmarks like Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Zanzibar which foreigners have usurped and registered under international domain dealers.

Malware Authors Expand Use of Domain Generation Algorithms to Evade Detection – 27-Feb-12
Malware authors are increasingly adopting flexible domain generation algorithms (DGAs) in order to evade detection and prevent their botnets from being shut down…

Sellers Asking Big Bucks for Gingrich Domain Names – 27-Feb-12
Analysts might not be sold on Newt Gingrich winning the Republican presidential nomination, but website addresses that predict a Gingrich-versus-President Obama matchup are asking for big bucks. Analysts might not be sold on Newt Gingrich winning the Republican presidential nomination, but website addresses that predict a Gingrich-versus-President Obama matchup are asking for big bucks.

Domain Parking Revenue Still Dropping, Less Than $10 Rpm – 26-Feb-12
That sinking feeling. Domain investors continue to report falling domain parking revenue, and most people report earning less than a $10 RPM.

ICANN Plans Second Round of Domain Name Expansion – 26-Feb-12
The second round of expansion of the Internet top-level domain name regime is on the anvil. The domain name is the concluding part of the web address that follows the dot, like .com or .org. The first round, initiated in January, is in progress now.

Mississippi House Proposes Bill to Legalize Gambling & to Seize Domains – 23-Feb-12
The Mississippi House Legislature just proposed a bill that would legalize gambling and as part of the bill give the state the power to seize domain names. The Bill entitled the “MISSISSIPPI LAWFUL INTERNET GAMING ACT”.

Schools Snagging .xxx Domain Names – 23-Feb-12
Florida schools and universities are paying to reserve domain names ending in .xxx, with one dropping $3,600 to scoop up several names.

Spanish Firm Mints Money On Nyerere Domain Name – 23-Feb-12
A Spanish based firm, Itnet Consulting Business SL, is selling Nyerere domain name at 5,900 Euros (over 12m/-) with clients given options to lease or rent monthly. Julius Kambarage Nyerere is the country’s founding President.

Branson Wins Control of Porn Domain Name – 23-Feb-12
Sir Richard Branson has won control of the domain name richardbranson.xxx from an Australian man who created it as a home for pornography.

Mike Mann’s Domain Asset Holdings Loses The Domain Name Lifetimeassistance.com – 23-Feb-12
Mike Mann’s company, Domain Asset Holdings, LLC of Potomac, Maryland, USA. just lost what we think its a generic domain name Lifetimeassistance.com in a one person UDRP panel decision.

Bank Domain Names Open to Misuse, Fraud, European Regulator Says – 23-Feb-12
Plans to grant banks the use of new domain names such as .fin and .bank will make it harder for regulators to stop fraud, Europe’s top banking authority told the group in charge of the Internet’s address system.

Bank Domain Names Open to Misuse, Fraud, European Regulator Says – 23-Feb-12
Plans to grant banks the use of new domain names such as .fin and .bank will make it harder for regulators to stop fraud, Europe’s top banking authority told the group in charge of the Internet’s address system.

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