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Domain Name News: Mar. 25 Week in Review

Domain Name Week in ReviewEvery Friday, provides you with a hand-selected, editorially based review of the week. 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 Articles in Review

This Week’s News in Review

Facebook Disputes 21 Squatter Domain Names – 25-Mar-11
Facebook is trying to buy 21 domain names currently held by Domain Asset Holdings, a known domain squatter based in Potomac, Maryland. The full list of domains is available on Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) Search website (UDRPSearch) under case number D2011-0516. Here are all 21 of them, 14 of which start with the word Facebook:,…
Facebook Tries to Squash 21 Squatted Domain Names – 24-Mar-11
Facebook is trying to gain ownership over 21 domain names that include the term ‘facebook’, including, and The domain names are all currently owned by a company called Domain Asset Holdings, a known domain squatter based in Potomac, Maryland. Indeed, when you visit those URLs, they are all listed for sale – some even feature the reserve price ( is priced $4,000 and even double that).
Microsoft Just Bought 600000 Internet Addresses for $11 Each – 24-Mar-11
As reported by The Register, Microsoft just spent $7.5 million to buy a block of 666,624 IPv4 addresses from Nortel in bankruptcy court. That works out to about $11.25 apiece. Was Acquired for $350000 (The Domain Name, That Is) – 24-Mar-11
By now, everyone and their dog have been able to form and voice their opinions about the $41 million in early-stage funding raised by mobile photo sharing app developer Color. In the interest of feeding those that see the financing round as one of the most apparent signs of a major bubble in technology, consider this: the company spent more money acquiring the domain name than most startups will raise in their lifetime.
Demand Media Applies Content Strategy to Enom – 23-Mar-11
Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the Internet content publishing company run by Richard Rosenblatt, is applying its crowdsourced content model to eNom, the domain name registrar it owns. According to eNom, it has put up a new content po
Domain Madness 3 Releases Auction Catalog – 23-Mar-11
Will Domain Madness be as *mad* as last year? Domain Madness has just released the catalog for its third annual domain auction. The auction will start on March 29 with a live auction finale April 5 at 4pm CDT. The auction starts all domains out at their reserve price, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $200,000.
Godaddy: We’re Ready to Secure .com Names With Dnssec – 23-Mar-11
With more than 47 million domain names under management, GoDaddy has a huge DNS infrastructure that it has upgraded to support the emerging Internet security standard known as DNSSEC for DNS Security Extensions.
Go Daddy Wants Patents for Announcing Domain Registrations On Facebook – 22-Mar-11
Domain name registrar files two patent applications for promoting newly registered domain names. The Go Daddy Group, parent company of domain name registrar GoDaddy, has filed a pair of patent applications related to announcing a new domain registration on social networking sites such as Facebook.
Sedo Holding Revenue Drops, Value of Domain Portfolio Falls – 22-Mar-11
Company reports preliminary numbers for 2010. Sedo Holding, parent company of domain parking and sales company Sedo, saw its revenue drop significantly in the 2010 financial year. It also took an earnings hit thanks to a devaluation of its own domain portfolio. Revenue fell from EUR 135.3 to EUR 116.1 million in FY 2010.
WIPO Results: Typos Vs. .CO – 21-Mar-11
I want to point out two UDRP filings that were based on the same primary domain name but had different results. The first case involves a .CO domain name that matches an established .com website, and the second case involves several .com typos of the same .com domain name as the first case.
.xxx Adult Domain Names Approved By ICANN – 19-Mar-11
Now you have to think long and hard about saying that you accidentally reached an adult website The ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has made a final decision to allow adult websites to attach the .XXX domain name to their sites.
Coming Soon to a Computer Near You: Dot-xxx – 18-Mar-11
After 10 years of debate, the Calif. nonprofit that oversees Internet addresses gave the green light to the virtual red light district.
Adult Entertainment Domain Name .XXX Gets The Go Ahead – 18-Mar-11
The .XXX top level domain name (TLD) was today given final approval by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The approval grants ICM Registry’s .XXX web suffix with the same rights as .com, .net, and other TLDs. The only difference being that as a sponsored TLD, .XXX domain names will only be available to the adult entertainment industry. The contract will require anyone registering a .XXX domain to complete an application process endorsed and overseen by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). Name Could Fetch Oracle $1 to $2 million – 18-Mar-11
Last year, when Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems, it got a wealth of customers, technologies and personnel for its $7.4 billion. It also obtained one of the choicest domain names on the Internet, The domain name could be worth between $1 and $2 million, estimated Jeff Kupietzky, CEO of, a broker of much sought-after domain names.
Openregistry to Provide Technical Backend for .sx Domain Names – 18-Mar-11
At ICANN’s 40th meeting, OpenRegistry and SX Registry SA announce they have entered into an exclusive agreement with the government of the autonomous territory of Sint Maarten to manage and operate its .SX country code Top Level Domain (“ccTLD”).
On Mandated Content Blocking in The Domain Name System – 18-Mar-11
COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) is a legislative bill introduced in the United States Senate during 2010 that has been the topic of considerable debate. After my name was mentioned during some testimony before a Senate committee last year I dug into the details and I am alarmed. I wrote recently about interactions between DNS blocking and Secure DNS and in this article I will expand on the reasons why COICA as proposed last year should not be pursued further in any similar form.

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9 Responses to “Domain Name News: Mar. 25 Week in Review”

  1. adam says:

    Facebook Wants to Buy 21 Squatter Domain Names . . . ummm not quite right here. Buy ? How about facebook goes after 21 domains in udrp. . .far from buying

    1. Agreed. It appears ZDNet did too, as they changed the headline of their article. I’ve updated the DomainSherpa news summary and news section to match their updated headline. Thanks for the catch, Adam.

  2. Hello Michael,

    We think your Blog is a refreshing example in our industry. Pay no attention to detractors ,some think they know it all, when really they have no clue. The weekly recap will be emulated by others someday. Keep up the creative work.

    Gratefully Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

    1. Thanks, Jeff. I appreciate your comments.

  3. BullS says:

    DomainSherpa staff–who are they?

    Reviews are old news-I want to know what going to happen next week or tomorrow.

    Life too short to know what already happened. I live at the MOMENT

    The only thing interesting last week was 2 chunky boys from Florida fighting over some silly privacy issues at Monikor–more like ego issues.

    Anyway-thanks for the good work.

    Maybe you can give up what you will be covering next week on this monkey BS domain industy–if WE ARE STILL ALIVE!!!

    Time for my smoke ..BullS aka

    Passing the smoke pipe to you…

    1. Thanks, Chris.

      Funny. :) You did give me with a good idea. In our weekly wrap-up, I’ll tell you what’s on tap for next week. For example, I have an hour plus in-depth interview with Ron Jackson of DN Journal talking about his extensive dot US domain portfolio and how he’s given up on parking. I found it very interesting.

      Have a good weekend.

      1. BullS says:

        I always give good ideas to others except for myself. Yea, can’t wait what he has to say about his dot us domains.

        BullS aka MarijuanaGuy

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