Domain Name News: September 30 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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Don’t Mess With Texas’ Domain Names – 29-Sep-11
Texas Department of Transportation wins domain name dispute over DontMessWithTexas.com. The Texas Department of Transportation has a message for domain name owners: Don’t Mess with Texas. The organization just won a National Arbitration Forum case over the domain name DontMessWithTexas.com. The owner of the domain name didn’t respond to the …
Google to Take On Woopra and Chartbeat – 29-Sep-11
Google Analytics goes real-time. Web analytics companies already know they need to quickly adapt to survive. Remember when Google acquired Urchin and then offered its suite for free as Google Analytics? Yeah, that shook things up. Today Google announced real-time functionality in Google Analytics. This is a blow to two popular real time …
Amazon’s Silky Web Browser May Go PC, Android – Say Domain Names – 29-Sep-11
A recent batch of domain names purchased by Amazon hints to a possible Silk release on the PC, Android and Mac.
Dot Brand Versus Dot Com: Internet Domains Go Head to Head – 29-Sep-11
Applications for the new internet domains open soon and companies need to get their skates on if they want to apply.
Al Gore Gives Way to Mikhail Gorbachev for Control of .ECO Domain – 28-Sep-11
A bid by an Al Gore-backed consortium to control a major new “green” web domain has been dropped, paving the way for a rival pitch by an organisation supported by Mikhail Gorbachev.
Brands Missing Out On Sales As Consumers Led Astray Online – 28-Sep-11
Companies owning a .brand domain can offer short memorable Web addresses, so customers can easily navigate to their favorite brands vs. relying on sea
Truste and Tucows Partner to Deliver Privacy Policy and Certification Services – 27-Sep-11
TRUSTe, the leading online privacy solutions provider, and Tucows Inc., a global provider of domain names, email and other Internet services, today announced a partnership to distribute TRUSTe privacy policy and certification services to more than 12,000 web hosts, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and other resellers worldwide through Tucows’ wholesale Internet services group OpenSRS. The partnership with TRUSTe gives the OpenSRS network of resellers the ability to provide even more value to their small business customers through affordable privacy solutions and access to the TRUSTe Privacy Seal, recognized by 82% of people online and considered the de facto standard for online privacy.
1- and 2-letter .ORG Domain Names May Be On The Way – 27-Sep-11
Public Interest Registry asks for permission to allocate one and two character .org domain names. .Org domain name registry Public Interest Registry is asking (pdf) ICANN to allow it to allocate certain one and two character .org domain names. PIR’s contract with ICANN currently prohibits registering these short .org domain names. PIR wants …
Will New .brand Domains Supercharge Your Search Ranking? – 27-Sep-11
Google is in the business of using all available information to offer the most accurate relevancy possible in its results.
A Brief History of Hichina: The Chinese ‘Go Daddy’ – 27-Sep-11
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said it plans to spin off HiChina (www.net.cn), its domain- name service subsidinary, for an IPO in the U.S. Although didnít disclose the financing amount of HiChina, an earlier report said the company may raise between US$200 million and US$300 million. Dow Jones reported on Sunday that the company could be valued at around US$500 million, citing an anonymous source.
Education Industry Leading Domain Name for Sale – 27-Sep-11
DomainAdvisors, a leading domain and business brokerage firm, announced that Languages.com has been listed exclusively for sale with their company. Category defining domain names like Languages.com have positive branding associations and help position companies as market leaders. Companies like Merriam Webster (Word.com),Toys R Us (Toys.com) and Barnes & Noble (Books.com) have benefited from this model for years.
Huntingmoon, Avn/Gfy Webmaster Access Domain Auction Kicks Into Overdrive – 27-Sep-11
In what is being called the best collection of adult names ever in one domain name auction, the GFY community has pooled 888 amazing domain names for the auction, including five .xxx domains.
Microsoft Kills Off a Botnet, Shuts Down 21 Internet Domains – 27-Sep-11
Microsoft used the same technique that worked in its earlier takedowns of the Rustock and Waledac botnets, asking a U.S. court to order Verisign to shut down 21 Internet domains associated with the command-and-control servers that form the brains of the Kelihos botnet.
AUSregistry International to Support .jewelers New Top-level Domain – 27-Sep-11
GJB Partners, a US leader in business and brand management, today appointed AusRegistry International as the Domain Name Registry Services provider for its bid to operate the .jewelers new Top-Level Domain to provide Jewelers within North America with a distinct and authoritative home on the Internet.
50MM Go Daddy Domain Names: Historic Internet Milestone – 26-Sep-11
Go Daddy is celebrating its mark on Internet history … surpassing the 50 million domain name milestone over the weekend. Go Daddy is the only registrar organization in the history of the Internet to manage this many domain names. The 50 millionth domain name is DBAkit.com, registered by Kranthi Kumar Kukkala of India.
Verisign Names Controller As Interim CFO – 26-Sep-11
VeriSign Inc. (VRSN) said it appointed its controller and vice president, John Calys, as its interim chief financial officer. Earlier this month, Brian Robins resigned as CFO.
Web Host Go Daddy Surpasses 50 Million Domain Name Milestone – 26-Sep-11
Go Daddy is celebrating its mark on Internet history … surpassing the 50 million domain name milestone over the weekend. Go Daddy is the only registrar organization in the history of the Internet to manage this many domain names.
Local Domain Names to Widen Internet Reach – 26-Sep-11
IDNs would significantly enhance user experience and may make it possible for more people to access the internet with greater ease. With IDNs, people all over the world would be able to type domain names in the languages they are familiar with.
Group Wants to Commercialize .NA But is Getting Ahead of Itself – 26-Sep-11
Premature press release discusses re-launch of .na. Could the African country of Namibia be the next to capitalize on a commercialized TLD, a la .tv or .co? A consortium within the country would like to, but it may be getting ahead of itself. I received a press release from Groot Group this morning that announces: In an effort to help …
London and Scotland Want to Join Dots – 26-Sep-11
The Internet is gearing up to accept bids for new domain names to add to .com and other suffixes. Parts of the U.K. are preparing their pitches.
EuroDNS Welcomes Germany’s New Domain .COM.DE – 25-Sep-11
After 25 years of the strong presence of .DE it is an extremely exciting event to take place in the world of domain names. With two of the world’s favorite domain names side by side adding a .COM.DE to an internet presence gives one’s website one of the highest search engine rankings across the world.
London and Scotland Want Their Own Domain Names – 25-Sep-11
ondon and Scotland are petitioning for their own top level domain name suffixes in a bid to distinguish themselves from, well, other places.
A Match Made in Heaven: ooBible Buys eBible.com – 24-Sep-11
ooBible creator Colin Wong is solving the double vowel branding issue with the purchase of eBible.com.
Calls for .scot Internet Domain – 24-Sep-11
The Scottish government seeks fresh backing for the creation of an internet domain for Scotland in next year’s round of applications.
Government Violates Free Speech Rights With Domain Name Seizure – 23-Sep-11
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal appeals court in an amicus brief to order the return of two domain names seized by the U.S. government in violation of the First Amendment.
Go Daddy Attack Started With Spear-phishing – 23-Sep-11
Last week’s attack on Websites hosted by GoDaddy likely originated with a spear-phishing attack to steal user credentials. Trustwave researchers said it could have been worse.

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