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  • Carman's Fine Foods is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker

    February 11, 2016 @ 10:59 AM

    Australian company nailed for abusing cybersquatting dispute policy proceedings. An Australian seller of cereals and granola has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in a .au Dispute Resolution Policy dispute. Carman’s Fine Foods went after the owner of Carmans.com, whose name is Ross Wayne Carman. Mr. Carmen used the domain name…
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  • Two Interesting GoDaddy Patent Applications

    February 11, 2016 @ 9:52 AM

    Applications describe system for recommending different domain names for a website, and making it easy to transition. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published two interesting patent applications from GoDaddy related to search engine optimization and localization. Applications number 14/453415 and 14/453418 (pdf) are for “Optimized domain names and websites based on incoming traffic”…
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  • DotMusic Fails The "Not Gay Enough" Community Test

    February 11, 2016 @ 3:06 AM

    DotMusic’s Community Priority Evaluation for the .music gTLD has failed, after the CPE panel decided the company was just trying to exploit ICANN rules to get its hands on a valuable string. In a decision (pdf) published last night, the company score 10 of the available 16 points, four points shy of a passing score…

  • .music Domain Name Applicant Fails in Community Bid

    February 10, 2016 @ 5:47 PM

    A second applicant fails to get community status for .music top level domain name. DotMusic Limited, an applicant for the .music top level domain name, has failed to pass its Community Priority Evaluation. Had it passed, the group would have automatically been awarded .music. Now an auction will be held to determine who gets to…
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  • Verisign Files Opening Brief in Appeal Against .xyz

    February 10, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

    David v. Goliath battle continues in appeals court. Verisign has filed its opening brief (pdf) with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in its dispute with new top level domain name company XYZ. In October 2015, a federal district judge dismissed Verisign’s lawsuit against the operator of the .xyz domain name. Verisign subsequently appealed…
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  • FundMe.com and GoFundMe.com in Trademark Spat

    February 10, 2016 @ 10:43 AM

    Two similarly-named companies are on a collision course. The owner of FundMe.com has filed a lawsuit against personal fundraising site GoFundMe.com over the similarity of their names and trademarks, and a bit of nuance around types of crowfunding. FundMe.com has a trademark related to business funding. GoFundMe is a site for personal or charitable crowdfnding…
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  • Mobile Phone Service Continues to Lift Tucows

    February 10, 2016 @ 9:06 AM

    Domain names are the base, but mobile phone service contributes the most gross margin. Tucows, one of the largest domain name registrars, released fourth quarter and full year financial results yesterday. Fourth quarter revenue hit $45 million, with annual revenue of $173 million, up 17% from the prior year. While the company’s domain name business…
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  • China Dominates New .com Registration Trends

    February 10, 2016 @ 8:01 AM

    Chinese names are a big hit in .com. Verisign has released its monthly trending keywords report, and words tied to China dominated last month. The list considers which keywords made the biggest jump in registrations from one month to the next. Here are the top ten for last month: 1. Jin 2. Fang 3. Yun…
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  • Tucows Announces $40 Million Stock Buyback Program & is Up Over 8% to $20 a Share

    February 10, 2016 @ 7:58 AM

    Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC) announced after the market closed yesterday “that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program to repurchase from time to time up to $40 million of its common stock in the open market.” “The new $40 million buyback program will commence February 10, 2016 and will terminate on or…
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  • New gTLD Utilization Report (.brands, "Suspicious" New gTLDs & .bank)

    February 9, 2016 @ 12:52 PM

    The latest edition of CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report shows .brand launches continuing to pick up speed, more new gTLDs climbing up the Alexa rankings and some interesting examples of new gTLDs in use. They also take a closer look…

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