Domain Name News: September 23 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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London Could Get Its Own Internet Domain Name – 22-Sep-11
London & Partners, the official promotional agency for the capital, has said it is interested in applying for a 10-year license for the .london suffix.

Brits Registering .UK Domains Mostly Get First Choice – 22-Sep-11
Most Brits think it’s easy to find a .uk address for their websites, but almost half admit to having settled on a domain that was not their first choice, according to a new survey. The report, commissioned by .uk manager Nominet, may add fuel to the debate over whether the plan from global internet policy overseer ICANN to dramatically increase the number of top-level domains on the internet meets a market need.

XXX Hits The Spot for Adult Industry Innovator – 22-Sep-11
Joan Irvine, who has spent nearly a decade advocating a responsible side to a controversial industry, runs IFFOR (the International Foundation For Online Responsibility), the organisation that makes the policy for the soon-to-be-launched .xxx internet domain.

Go Daddy Poised to Hit 50 Million Domain Milestone Next Week – 22-Sep-11
A big milestone for the biggest domain name registrar. The Go Daddy Group, which includes domain name registrar GoDaddy.com, is likely to cross the 50 million domain milestone next week. The company hit 45 million domains registered just nine months ago in December. The 50 million domains number represents the total number registered at a …

Market Leader Buys RealEstate.com For $8.25 Million – 21-Sep-11
Market Leader, a NASDAQ-listed provider of online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, this morning announced the acquisition of RealEstate.com. The agreement includes the RealEstate.com domain name and website, as well as a network of more than 250 participating brokerage companies and ìhundreds of other real estate domainsî.

Rahm-for-President Domain Names are Going, Going Ö – 21-Sep-11
Rahm Emanuel is heading to Iowa later this fall, ostensibly to rally Democrats to support President Obamaís reelection efforts. Rahm Emanuel is heading to Iowa later this fall, ostensibly to rally Democrats to support President Obamaís reelection efforts.

Mike Berkens Invests Six Figures in .XXX Domains – 21-Sep-11
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Frank Schilling’s 7 figure investment in .XXX domain names as part of the ICM Registry’s Founders Program. I learned that another

End User Domain Buys From Washington Post and Entrepreneur – 20-Sep-11
Two large publishers buy domain names. The Washington Post Company and Entrepreneur Media both bought domain names this week. Here’s a look at these and a handful of other end user sales at Afternic over the past week. The Washington Post bought expressnow.com for $1,188. After buying FullBeauty.com for $4,290 two months ago, Redcats USA …

O.co (aka Overstock.com) Acquires O.info Domain for New Consumer Portal – 20-Sep-11
O.co (also known as Overstock.com, Inc., NASDAQ: OSTK), today announced the acquisition of the domain name O.info for a new consumer information website. The company acquired the domain name from Afilias Limited, the official .info domain registry. The O.info site is scheduled to launch in March 2012.

Facebook Insights for Domains ñ Measuring Social Media Success – 20-Sep-11
When social media marketers ran Facebook campaigns that were aimed at driving traffic toward their websites, they had to resort to tools such as Google Analytics in order to measure success or failure of their Facebook campaigns. However, a nifty new addition to the Facebook arsenal is the ëinsights for domainsí feature which has been introduced with minimum fanfare by Facebook. I strongly believe that if you run Facebook campaigns for your website then this is a ëmust haveí tool in order to monitor and optimise your Facebook content consumption.

DotBrand Solutions Launches in The Middle East – 20-Sep-11
DotBrand Solutions MENA has launched in the Middle East to empower Arab companies in protecting their trademarks in the era of new top-level domain names, acquiring and operating their own in TLDs…

ICANN Issues Applicant Guidelines for New Generic Top-level Domains – 20-Sep-11
International internet regulation group ICANN (www.icann.org) announced on Monday it has launched a micro website (http://icann.org/newgtlds) for new generic Top-Level Domains, which offers information about the program in the form of the ICAAN-approved Applicant Guidebook, and access to the TLD Application System.

Why Your Brand Should Invest in a Category Defining Domain Name – 20-Sep-11
Category-defining domain names can be great digital assets to marketers and brand owners, whether they use them to augment their existing brands or to launch new brands. The downside (or the upside if you are one of the lucky ones to own one) is that there is a limit to the number of valuable category-defining domains that exist in the current domain name space.

TRA Opens Special Arabic Domain Name Registrations – 19-Sep-11
The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has opened registrations for special Arabic domain names and registration is open until 3rd October, and can be done through accredited registrars.

Austin-based Deal Company Vertive Continues Expansion With Domain Name Purchase – Austin American – 19-Sep-11
After pursuing the Internet domain name CouponCodes.com for the past three years, Austin-based Vertive LLC, which runs online coupon websites, has purchased it. Vertive acquired CouponCodes.com, which wasn’t an active website, for an undisclosed price. Today , Vertive will launch the site with coupon codes and other discounts from 2,500 merchants. Users type in the name of a store, such Kohl’s or Home Depot, and up pops a list of online coupon codes, such as free shipping or 15 percent off a purchase.

PETA to Launch Porn Site With .xxx Domain – 19-Sep-11
The animal-rights activist group continues to push the envelope in spreading its message, again runs afoul of women’s rights advocates and other critics.

Domain Name Drives 78% of FreeConferenceCall.com Signups – 19-Sep-11
Descriptive domain name drives 78% of business for FreeConferenceCall.com. Most Domain Name Wire readers understand the power of a descriptive domain name. Here’s more proof: the founder of FreeConferenceCall.com says his domain name drives 78% of his signups. David Erickson explained this to the L.A. times: With not much cash to start …

Firms Race to Block Misuse of Name On .xxx Domain – 17-Sep-11
In the normal course, when a new Internet domain opens up, companies rush to register. In this case, the race is to stay out. Net4India says 38 companies have approached it over the last ten days seeking to ìblockî their trademark on the newly-opened .XXX domain, to prevent any misuse of their brand-name by others.

Soci.al Domain Hack Sells for $50,000 – 17-Sep-11
Soci.al sells to Mark Monitor client. The domain name hack Soci.al has sold for $50,000 according to host.al, which provided a screenshot of the Escrow.com transaction to Domain Name Wire as proof. The Albania country code domain name now sits on brand protection company Mark Monitor’s name servers, although it does not resolve. Moniker …

Barnes & Noble Acquires Borders Domain Names, Other Intellectual Property – 16-Sep-11
The Web address www.borders.com soon may take Web browsers to www.barnesandnoble.com. New York City-based Barnes & Noble Inc. has acquired the customer information, Internet addresses and a range of other unidentified intellectual property assets in a…

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