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  • GoDaddy Rebrands Shortener Landing Page

    August 30, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

    In 2010, GoDaddy rolled out its popular X.CO url shortener. With just three letters and a period, X.CO was the shortest url available. During its first few years, I think it became one of the most popular single letter .CO domain names, along with T.CO (used by Twitter) and G.CO (used by Google). This morning, I noticed that GoDaddy is now forwarding X.CO to…

  • CentralNic Promises $30 Million .sk Will Only Ever Mean "slovakia"

    August 30, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

    CentralNic has committed that it will not repurpose Slovakian ccTLD .sk to mean anything other than “Slovakia”, following its purchase of SK-NIC this week. The acquisition of the Bratislava-based registry, which will cost between €21 million and €26 million ($25 million to $31 million) depending on performance, has been controversial in Slovakia, with many leading…

  • Uber (The Ride Hailing Company) is Causing a Headache for Uber (The It Company)

    August 30, 2017 @ 5:42 AM

    Healthcare IT company sues Uber for trademark infringement after being inundated with misdirected communication. A healthcare IT company in Florida called Uber Operations, LLC is suing ride hailing company Uber Technologies for trademark infringement after dealing with confusion between the two companies. The lawsuit (pdf) explains a number of headaches the company has experienced from…

  • Former MarkMonitor Execs Join New Brand Protection Registrar

    August 30, 2017 @ 4:59 AM

    Two former MarkMonitor executives have teamed up with a Fairwinds co-founder to launch a new “next generation” brand protection registrar. The new company is Brandsight. It was set up by CEO Phil Lodico, who left brand consultancy Fairwinds about a year ago, and was accredited by ICANN earlier this month. The first two hires are…

  • Five Million Indian Government Workers to Get IDN Email

    August 30, 2017 @ 12:13 AM

    The Indian government has announced plans to issue fully Hindi-script email addresses to some five million civil servants. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced the move, which will see each government employee given an @सरकार.भारत email address, in a statement this week. सरकार.भारत transliterates as “sarkar.bharat”, or “government.india”. The first stage of the…

  • Whoisology is Adding New Features

    August 29, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

    Whoisology is adding a few new features apart from continuing to update its domain name whois data. Whoisology now has over a billion domain name whois records. The biggest addition is the long-requested bulk whois report. They have also added filters, charts and a few other tricks to your search results. Bulk Whois lets you…

  • Privacy Laws Could Make Domain Investing More Difficult

    August 29, 2017 @ 12:34 PM

    Andrew Allemann wrote about the changing privacy laws that could mark the end of public Whois information. If Whois information is no longer available to the general public (domain investors), I think the business of domain name investing is going to become much more challenging. I acquire the majority of high value domain names…

  • Owner Information Will Not Show Up On .io, .ac and .sh Domain Name WHOIS

    August 29, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

    Owner information has stopped appearing on .io, .ac and .sh domain name whois and people have started complaining about this change. It all started in April 2017 when Afilias won the contract to run the backend registry services for a number of country code domain extensions: .io, .ac and .sh. The new contract meant that all…

  • Can .web Revive .wed ?

    August 29, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

    Jean Guillon argues that the similarity between .web and .wed might help the latter as companies register them defensively. We’re talking about two Registries: one which is live and the other which should be live sometime soon. Two Stories The .WED and .WEB new gTLDs are two very similar TLDs with two complete very different…

  • Amazon Registered These 28 Domains for Multi-room Echo Audio Launch

    August 29, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

    Amazon goes on defensive binge in conjunction with highly anticipated feature launch. Amazon announced this morning that it is now supporting multi-room audio on Amazon Echo devices. Companies that make speakers (or devices with speakers) that use Alexa Voice Services (AVS) can use a new SDK to integrate the feature as well. This is huge…

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