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ICANN Starts Accepting Applications For gTLDs ICANN Starts Accepting Applications For gTLDs
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ICANN began accepting applications for the new generic top-level domains (gtLDs) today. Applicants are directed to use the TLD Application System (TAS) to submit their application. With the TAS, applicants will have to answer 50 questions, as detailed in the …

Wolfram Proposes .data TLD Wolfram Proposes .data TLD
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Stephen Wolfram, the scientist behind Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, says he’s been involved with the worldwide data community in coordinating the creation of a .data top-level Internet domain, which would highlight the exposure of data across the Internet, “and providing …

Righthaven Domain Sold In Auction Righthaven Domain Sold In Auction

We recently reported that Righthaven.com was up for auction on Snapnames, and it has now sold. And not for much. It ended up going for $3,300. That’s unfortunate for Righthaven, seeing as how they’ve been ordered to pay about $60,000 …

Righthaven Domain Now Being Auctioned Righthaven Domain Now Being Auctioned

Righthaven, which is commonly referred to as a “copyright troll,” is now having its domain name RightHaven.com auctioned off by domain auction site SnapNames, as pictured above. If you’re not familiar with the story, the irony here is that RightHaven …

GoDaddy Tries To Reverse The SOPA Exodus GoDaddy Tries To Reverse The SOPA Exodus
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After dealing with backlash of the worst kind — the kind that makes you lose customers, fast — GoDaddy withdrew their support for SOPA with press releases and Twitter announcements. But was that enough? Not for one ex-GoDaddy customer, who …

GoDaddy Experiences Massive SOPA Backlash GoDaddy Experiences Massive SOPA Backlash
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So, what’s worse? Bad PR due to the perhaps unnecessary killing of a wild elephant or a mass exodus due to supporting one of the most combative pieces of legislation to address the Internet, perhaps ever? News of GoDaddy’s support …

GoDadddy Hits 50 Million Domain Milestone GoDadddy Hits 50 Million Domain Milestone
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Remember all of that controversy this year around GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant? There was a lot of talk about sites jumping ship and moving over to GoDaddy competitors. In fact, competitors were capitalizing on the controversy, offering …

PETA Discusses Upcoming Porn Site PETA Discusses Upcoming Porn Site

Who knew the “P” in PETA doesn’t stand for people? Apparently, it stand for “pornography,” which is always a winning combination in regards to Internet dwellers, but in this case, will PETA’s upcoming pornography site, one that aims to use …

Tea Party Domain Could Bring Millions For Canadian Band
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The American political group The Tea Party have www.teaparty.org. Various branches of the group also have www.teapartypatriots.org and www.teapartyexpress.org – all of which rank high in Google search. But the most coveted domain name, the one that many will stumble …

ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom to Step Down At End of Term ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom to Step Down At End of Term

Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that he will leave at the end of his term. “I am incredibly proud of ICANN’s achievements throughout my tenure,” said Beckstrom. “In two …

XXX Porn Site On The Way For PETA? XXX Porn Site On The Way For PETA?
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In the upcoming months, you’re going to start seeing a much greater variety of domains names appear on your url bar. This year, Internet domain name overlords ICANN have made two important votes – first, they decided to lift almost …

ICANN Domain Plan: Brands Headed for Disaster? ICANN Domain Plan: Brands Headed for Disaster?
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The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is speaking out against ICANN’s decision to open the domain name floodgates by lifting restrictions on generic top-level domains. Are the new domains a good idea? Tell us what you think. ICANN is to start …

GoDaddy Wants to “Do the Right Thing” with Former White House Advisor GoDaddy Wants to “Do the Right Thing” with Former White House Advisor

Go Daddy announced today that it has added former White House Advisor Andrew Kline as its new Deputy General Counsel for Global Policy. In fact, Go Daddy says he’s joining to help join the company’s “fight to do the right …

GoDaddy Looks Unscathed By Bob Parsons Elephant Killing GoDaddy Looks Unscathed By Bob Parsons Elephant Killing
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If you want to boost sales for your business, kill an elephant. No, seriously – take a video of yourself shooting an elephant in the dark as well as the subsequent slaughtering and throw it up on YouTube. Then, advertise …

New .XXX Porn Sites To Get Their Own Search Engine New .XXX Porn Sites To Get Their Own Search Engine
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A few months ago, before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to allow people to register any domain they like, they made news by approving the .XXX top-level domain. In a split vote, the ICANN voted …

GoDaddy May Get Purchased for $2.5 Billion GoDaddy May Get Purchased for $2.5 Billion
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GoDaddy might be transferring ownership soon. The Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing “people familiar with the matter,” that private equity firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, along with Technology Crossover Ventures (as a minority investor) are looking …

ICANN Votes to Open the Domain Name Floodgates ICANN Votes to Open the Domain Name Floodgates
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Internet domain name overlords ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have voted on and approved today to open up the world of domain endings to include just about anything a person’s heart desires. The margin was 13-1 with …

Google to Encourage Americans to Get Online Google to Encourage Americans to Get Online
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As you may or may not know, I usually monitor the domain name purchases of some of the major online retailers and web properties. Certain domain name purchases catch my eye, and I try to post about it when something …

Online Poker Site DoylesRoom, Others Seized Online Poker Site DoylesRoom, Others Seized
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If you visit popular online poker site DoylesRoom.com, you will see a graphic not unlike the ones we saw on Black Friday, when PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker were taken down by the federal government. The site has been …

GoDaddy Takes Down Righthaven Domain GoDaddy Takes Down Righthaven Domain
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Righthaven is the subject of a bit of irony as it has had its domain taken down by registrar GoDaddy. If you go to Righthaven.com, you will see the message from the image above. If you’re unfamiliar with Righthaven, it …

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Sparks “NoDaddy” Promotion From Venovix GoDaddy Elephant Killing Sparks “NoDaddy” Promotion From Venovix
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GoDaddy’s PR misstep, otherwise known as CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant, has led to its competitors stepping up to scoop up the angry customers who are leaving the domain registrar behind. NameCheap was able to get some great PR …