Every 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.
This Week’s Video Interview
VIDEO: Stop Parking Domains and Build a Real Business – With Adam Dicker
With domain parking revenue dying or dead, how can a domain name investor take their best asset and turn it into a lead-generation business?
Listen in as Adam Dicker, a recent inductee into the Domain Hall of Fame, shares his tactics for spotting opportunities and how he purchased a portfolio of cord blood bank domain names and built a lead-generation business on top of it.
This Week’s News in Review
Lawsuit Gives Domain Managers a XXX Headache
The group that manages the Internet’s address system is facing a new headache over its efforts to expand the number of new domain names available to the public. The latest setback for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers relates to the .xxx domain, the controversial address it approved in March for adult-oriented websites.
CADNA Supports the NTIA’s Open Bidding for IANA Contract
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) applauds the decision by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce to hold an open bid for the new Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract.
Oversee.net: We Don’t Owe Monte Cahn Anything for $13M Management Incentive Plan
It’s been a busy week full of filings in the case of Monte Cahn v. Oversee.net. Monte is suing his former employer on a number of counts, including alleging that he’s owed money under a $13 million Management Incentive Plan (MIP). The most notable filing is Oversee.net’s request yesterday for summary judgment on Monte’s claim of breach of contract under the $13 million plan.
EU Adopts Resolution Against US Domain Seizures
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which criticizes domain name seizures of “infringing” websites by US authorities. According to the resolution these measures need to be countered as they endanger “the integrity of the global internet and freedom of communication.” With this stance the European Parliament joins an ever-growing list of opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act.
EuroDNS Announces Launch of Premium Domain Marketplace Through Afternic DLS
EuroDNS today announced the deployment of Afternic’s unique “Instant Transfer” technology for domain sales. Effective immediately EuroDNS’ website allows its customers to purchase a secondary market domain name directly from the Domain Listing Service (DLS) of Afternic. The integration also means that domain name owners registered at EuroDNS wishing to sell their domains benefit from direct access to more than 50 million prospective buyers that access Afternic’s DLS each month.
How Much Would You Pay for Your Next .com? (ReadWriteWeb)
The days of speculating on Internet domain names have been with us almost as long as when one could first purchase a .COM back in the middle 1990s. But is there any way to really quantify things to figure out whether you are better off with a particular suffix? Given that the gTLD space (as these are called) is about to widen considerably, it is a good time to ask this question.
New Flap Over SOPA Copyright Bill: Anti-web Security? (CNET)
Republican head of House cybersecurity panel warns that Stop Online Piracy Act could imperil efforts to make domain names more secure.
Twitter is After Twittter.com and Twittr.com Domain Names – Alltwitter
Twitter is getting serious about its branding. According to reports from TechCrunch, the company is hunting down a handful of domains that threaten its good name.
Overstock Learns That .com is Still King
During the internet boom of the late 1990s, companies flush with investor cash regularly spent big bucks acquiring generic .com domain names.
Domain Registrar EuroDNS Appoints Several New Senior Executives
Domain registrar EuroDNS announced on Wednesday that it has named Xavier Buck president and chairman of the board and Lutz Berneke has taken over as CEO.
Protrada Brings The Domain Aftermarket to iPhones
Available immediately from the Apple iTunes App Store the new Protrada iPhone App gives members access to the most popular features.
Will Google Search Replace Domain Names?
The growing notion among big advertising agencies and brand marketers is that, as search engines find answers instantly, there’s no real need to enter a domain name in the browser and, therefore, domain names are far less important.
Coalition Seeks to Postpone Registration of Unlimited Top-level Domains
An alliance of 87 business groups and companies has formed to protest next January’s planned expansion of the 22 generic top-level domain names, such as .com and .org, to an almost limitless number. The resulting organization is called the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight.
What’s in a Domain Name? Twitter Wants Twittter.com, Twittr.com (TechCrunch)
Twitter was recently successful in obtaining the domain name Twiter.com after filing a dispute with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and has apparently grown an appetite for more.
60 Days to Renew Your Domains Before Price Hikes
.Com prices jump 7% in January. Time is running out if you want to save money (or not spend more) on your .com and .net domain name renewals.
Overstock.com is O.co Loco (Motley Fool)
Months of marketing campaigns, changing the name of its sporting coliseum in Oakland, and actively pushing its O.co domain as a shortcut to Overstock.com isn’t working as well as the e-tailer would like. There are way too many people that confuse O.co with O.com — which hasn’t been made available, even to Oprah Winfrey — and it’s also not easy to rebrand a company.
Will Google Search Replace Domain Names?
The growing notion among big advertising agencies and brand marketers is that as search engines find answers instantly, there’s no real need to enter a domain name in the browser and therefore domain names are far less important.
.CO Registry Responds to Overstock.com Announcement
The .Co registry just posted it response/thoughts on the Announcement made by Overstock.com yesterday through Adage.com, on its pull back of its re-branding from O.Co.
Citrix Assigns $18 Million Value to Cloud.com Domain Name
How much is the cloud.com domain name worth? According to Citrix’s accountants, it’s $18 million.
Domainer Colin Pape Files Complaint with FTC Over Google
ShopCity says that Google unfairly used its control of search results to damage ShopCity.com, according to Bloomberg. The company complains that Google pushed it down in search rankings and favored its own competing service.
Afilias Launches New Educational Materials On gTLD Innovation for New Top …
Afilias Limited, a global provider of technical registry services for Internet domains, today announced that it has launched the second phase of its education campaign to help companies, organizations and cities better understand the pros and cons of the ICANN New gTLD Program, which opens January 12, 2012.
IANA Contract Is up for Renewal, Only to U.S. Bidders
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is aiming to strengthen requirements for transparency, independence and accountability in its next contract for the creation of top-level domains. The contract, currently held by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), awards powers to create new top-level domains (such as dot.museum or dot.movie) and is due to expire in March 2012.
Never Lose That .UK Again: Decade-long Renewals Ok’d
Starting 1 May 2012, official registrars will be able to sell domain names for periods of between one and 10 years. This brings .uk into line with other top-level domains including .com and .org.
Iowa Hawkeyes Buy Adult Domain Names to Block Use
The Iowa athletic department is trying to purchase some Internet domains to block their usage by the adult entertainment industry.
US Could Claim Millions of Canadian Domain Names in Piracy Battle
Proposed U.S. legislation to stop online piracy has the effect of asserting jurisdiction over millions of Canadian registered IP addresses and domain names.
Go Daddy Reunites With Victory Junction for Possible $100000 Weekend
GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and net-new SSL Certificates, has partnered with Victory Junction for a second year to help provide life-changing experiences to children with chronic medical conditions and their families. Beginning Friday and through the weekend, five percent of GoDaddy.com’s online sales, up to $50,000, will be donated to Victory Junction. .ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR), will also be participating in the promotion by matching the funds donated by GoDaddy.com for a total donation of $100,000.
87 Major Assns. and Businesses Join with ANA to Form Coalition to Oppose ICANN’s TLD Expansion Program
Eighty-seven major national and international business associations and companies have joined forces with the ANA (Association of National Advertisers), forming the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO) to oppose the rollout of ICANN’s top-level domain expansion program. Among the many influential members of CRIDO are the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Society of Association Executives, the National Restaurant Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the American Council of Life Insurers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). The WFA represents a global network of 51 advertiser associations representing some 90 percent of global marketing communications spending, equivalent to $700 billion annually.
Protrada Enhancements Make Profiting From Domaining Even Easier
The world’s first aggregator of major domain auction houses, Protrada today confirmed new enhancements to make search, filtering and communications easier for members to sort and analyze over 6.4 million aftermarket domains from Protrada partners.
MU IT Department Purchases .xxx Domain Names to Avoid Mu-related Porn
Division of Information Technology Director Terry Robb is a leader in MU’s effort to prevent porn sites created under the MU name. The university has bought missouri.xxx, mizzou.xxx and missouritigers.xxx, which means adult entertainment enterprises cannot use those URLs.
New Coalition Forms to Fight Web Domain-name Plan
Eighty-seven companies and business association announced on Thursday that they have formed a coalition to fight a plan that would allow for new domain addresses. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), nonprofit organization that manages the Internet’s address system, approved a plan in June to allow for the registration of new top-level domains in addition to traditional domains such as…
Domain Companies Show Off Their Wares at Ad-Tech
Afilias and its dotMobi brand will be showing off the mobile internet and .mobi domain names at booth 1950. Sedo will evangelize the power of a great domain name at booth 2115. Affiliate.com and its TheParkingPlace solution are at booth 1213. And Media.net, which I will be representing, will show off its publisher advertising solution at booth 1406.
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