Domain Name News: October 7 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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Upcoming .me Domain Auction is The Place to Be – 06-Oct-11
Millions of people are online every day, searching for their favorite topics… including golf scores, lottery numbers, even real estate. That’s why online entrepreneurs will be interested in domain names like Golf.Me, Baseball.Me, RealEstate.Me or Lottery.Me, all available in the upcoming Sedo .ME domain auction. These memorable domain names are just a few of the more than 170 names available when the auction launches on Oct. 27.

Gay.xxx Domain Name Sells for $500,000 – 06-Oct-11
The internet domain name gay.xxx has been sold for half a million dollars. Although the .xxx extension is not yet open for public registration, the gay.xxx address was bought by Corbin Fisher, one of the worldís biggest gay porn producers.

Will Wales Net Its Own Top Level Domain Name? – 06-Oct-11
One of world’s leading internet registries is looking to create a domain name for Wales, which if approved would see it establishing an office in Wales.

What New Top-level Web Domains Will Succeeed? – 06-Oct-11
Written by Brian Cute Brian Cute is CEO of Public Interest Registry, which administers the .org top level domain. In about three months, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will open up the application process for new top-level domains (TLDs), allowing companies and other organizations alike to apply to…

Auschwitz Museum Loses Case for Domain Name – 06-Oct-11
Museum can’t have Auschwitz.org. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, a memorial and museum including the site of former German concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, has failed to get the domain name Auschwitz.org through an arbitration proceeding. The museum filed the case with National Arbitration Forum. The owner owner …

Porn Sites Could Hijack Company Names – 06-Oct-11
Technology experts are warning companies with websites to protect their domain names from being hijacked by pornography businesses when the website suffix .xxx becomes available starting next year.

Donald Trump Gets Domain Name That Was Showing Gay Porn – 05-Oct-11
The Donald gets name of his poker championship but still needs to change the nameservers. Donald Trump has gotten control of the domain name UnitedStatesPokerChampionship.com, which corresponds to the name of a poker championship he founded. The domain name had been showing explicit porn, which is certainly one of the reasons he wanted to get …

New James Bond Film to be Titled Skyfall? Domain Names Privately Registered – 05-Oct-11
It appears the name controversy over next the James Bond film slated to release in November 2012 by MGM and Sony Pictures is now settled.

Motorola Continues Buying Up Razr Domain Names – 05-Oct-11
Need any more proof that the Motorola RAZR is making a comeback?

The Pirate Bay Adds Domain Name to Bypass Court Order – 05-Oct-11
Showing how futile Internet censorship can be, The Pirate Bay has registered a new domain name – depiraatbaai.be – to allow Belgian users to access the site and bypass a recent court order. For just a few dollars, The Pirate Bay should now be fully accessible in the future, and the site has already started redirecting Belgian users to their new home.

NameMedia Pulls Listings From Sedo – 05-Oct-11
Company removes listings from Sedo but it may be only temporary. Notice anything missing from Sedo lately? NameMedia, which operates BuyDomains and Afternic, has yanked all of its domains from Sedo. The company previously listed its owned and operated domain names on Sedo’s marketplace. Sedo changed its commission rate and terms and …

Afilias to Sponsor Columbia Business School Webinar On ICANN New gTLD Program – 05-Oct-11
Afilias Limited, a leading provider of Internet domain name registry and Domain Name System (DNS) services, today announced that it is the Diamond sponsor of a free global webinar entitled, Who Should Invest in a dot Brand? Evaluating the Business Case for a Top-Level Domain Name.

Domain Registration Tipped Off GrouponGoods.com – 05-Oct-11
Groupon Goods launch foreshadowed by domain registration. In August I wrote about Groupon’s registration of GrouponGoods.com. At the time I asked if it was for a merchandise site or charity. Today I got my first Groupon Goods email. According to the company: Groupon Goods features really good deals on great products. To get airspace on …

AUSregistry Rebrands, Sets Up Registry Infrastructure in The US – 04-Oct-11
Company drops the Australia reference in name and offers two locations for registry services. Are U.S. companies more comfortable with a registry services provider in their home country? It appears so. AusRegistry International has changed its name to ARI Registry Services and is setting up registry infrastructure for its new TLD offerings…

Big Brands Recognizing The Value of New gTLDs – 04-Oct-11
Successful companies already understand the importance and impact of brand control in domain names. No company would ever consider using hotmail.com or gmail.com email addresses for official business. A decade ago, did companies invest in Geocities or Tripod URLs, or did they promote their own domain names? Today, if a company hosts its blog with WordPress.com, do they take the default brand.wordpress.com Web address, or do they upgrade to their own branded second-level domain name?

Ebay and PayPal Relaunch X.com – 03-Oct-11
Single letter domain name finally put to good use. It’s a shame to see a single letter .com domain name languish. So it’s good news that PayPal is finally putting its rare single letter domain name X.com back to use. The company, along with parent eBay, launched x.commerce at the domain name last month. The goal is to get developers to create …

Nominet Raises Pittance From Short Domains – 03-Oct-11
Nominet, the non-profit body that oversees UK domain naming, recently auctioned off its remaining one- and two-letter domain names, such as x.co.uk and pr.co.uk. It’s said to have raised £3 million for charity. However, many of the auctions were won by domain-squatting speculators. On the one hand, well done, Nominet, for raising money for …

Internet Overseer Should Review Ethics Policy, Ad Group Says – 03-Oct-11
The organization that manages the Internetís domain-name system should conduct a systematic review of its ethics policies, according to a group representing large corporations and advertisers.

Single-letter Domain Names Fetch Average of £39000 – 02-Oct-11
Internet investors and speculators have spent tens of thousands of pounds to buy just one or two letters in online addresses, after a new set of UK domain names went under the hammer. Twelve single-letter domains ñ including x.co.uk and 0.co.uk…

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