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The .ME Top Level Domain Hits a Quarter Million Milestone
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The fastest growing country code top-level domain is .ME. The .ME Registry just announced that the extension has hit a quarter million domains registered.

"This is the kind of reaction we always knew we would elicit with dot-ME," says Predrag Lesic, executive director of the .ME Registry. "Dot-ME has become an Internet phenomenon."

Domains Sell for Big Money at Live Auction
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It’s always interesting to see what domains are sold for big money. The other day, the domain Ad.com was sold for $1.4 million at a live auction.

This was by far the most money spent on a domain at the event, which saw 91 domains sold for a total of $2,133,350. The average selling price per domain was $23,443. Here is a list of the top sellers and how much they sold for:

Ad.com – $1,400,000
BottledWater.com – $45,000
Athletic.com – $40,000
Vixen.com – $32,500
Shutter.com – $25,000

Compete Looks at Homepage vs Domain Visits for Top Sites
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Compete has shared some interesting data looking at homepage visitors at the top publisher sites. Here is the top 12 in terms of domain visitors. Look at how the homepage visitors compare to the percentage of site visitors who visit the homepage.

The Most Important Domains and Pages on the Web
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SEOmoz has a couple of very interesting charts showing the top 500 domains and the top 500 pages being linked to from different places. This paints a pretty good picture of what sites are held in the highest regards by content producers.

Internationalizing Without Duplicate Content Worries
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Priyank GargThe SMX Confernece was in Sydney Australia last week, and one topic discussed by representatives of both Google and Yahoo was that of duplicate content filtering across international domains. Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz notes that while the subject has been discussed in the past, many people including experts in the field have been in the dark.

Domain Auction.com For Sale
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The domain "auction.com" has been put up for auction itself on SitePoint.com. The seller explains in his auction post that he already has a bid of $2.5 million and is under a 2 day time limit to accept the offer, or it will be rescinded. The seller states:

Travelzoo Talks $1.8 Million Acquisition of Fly.com Domain
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Last Friday, travel site Travelzoo announced that it had purchased the domain Fly.com for $1.8 million. Not a lot of details were released about the transaction, so I contacted Travelzoo to find out a bit more.  Mindy Joyce, Travelzoo’s senior marketing director got back to me and answered a few questions.

ICANN Sets Limits On Domain Refunds
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ICANN has put the final nail in the coffin of domain tasting by imposing limits on the number of domains registrars can return within the five-day grace period.

Registrars will only be able to return ten percent of registered domains or fifty, whichever is greater, per month within the five day grace period for a full refund. A registrar purchasing 1,000 domains at $6 a piece, then, would only be allowed to return 100 of them in a month and would receive a maximum $600 refund.

Google: Domain Thefts Not Caused By Gmail Vulnerability
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It’s not unusual for companies to take a "move along, nothing to see here" approach to discussing problems; PR departments don’t want people to dwell on such things.  Only in this case, Google seems to be making honest use of the sentiment as it’s busted a rumor about a Gmail vulnerability and domain theft.

How Many Sites Are On the Internet?
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If there is any accuracy to data released by Netcraft, then the Internet has about 182,226,259 sites.  That’s 948,000 more than a month ago.

Netcraft looks at the number of sites hosted on the different top servers. The following graph represents market share for top servers across all domains from August 1995 to October 2008:

ICANN Delays Shuttering Of Spam Registrar
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced it will delay shutting down EstDomains, an Internet registrar accused of having ties with spammers.

ICANN Delays Shuttering Of Spam Registrar

ICANN sent a letter to EstDomains saying it would pull the company’s accreditation on November 12 and transfer the 281,000 domains under its management to another registrar.

Joetheplumber.com Gets Big Offers
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I ran into Joe the Plumber this morning. He said he and Joe Six Pack plan to celebrate their newfound fame tonight by gettin’ lit and layin’ pipe.

Those guys!

Another Joe the Plumber, this one in Amarillo, Texas, is about to score big time with his joetheplumber.com domain.
Joetheplumber.com Gets Big Offers

Kentucky Judge Rules: Forfeit Gambling Domains
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 WebProNews has just received the 44-page order and opinion from Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate regarding the seizure of 141 online gambling domain names.

Like China, Kentucky is now trampling on the freedoms of the citizens of the Commonwealth by blocking domains that are legal in most parts of the world.

Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate

The Private Domain Registration & Google Dilemma

The Search Engine Roundtable scoop has drawn our attention towards the fix situation that is faced by the majority of online marketers regarding the registration process of their domain names.

ICANN Domain Names Attacked

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says that it has been the recent target of online attacks.

ICANN is the organization that regulates the use of domain names. The organization says the domain names icann.com and iana.com were briefly taken over allowing the hackers to direct those Web sites to other locations.

GoDaddy Auction VP Gets Slashdot Treatment
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There’s nothing improper about the VP of aftermarket domain auctions bidding up domain prices, says GoDaddy, but they’ve banned employees from participating in the future anyway, just to make everybody happy.

And likely, to make the all the dirty looks go away.

What looked like an idle comment in NamePros.com’s domain forum stirred up the hornets nest a bit. The comment from a senior forum member going by Stevie read this way:

Domain sales get cheesy in France

Some of the domains available for an upcoming auction during the EuroDNS Domainer Meeting in Paris include a selection of cheese-related dot-coms, and a couple of other intriguing domains.

Narnia Estate Chronicles Lawsuit Over Domain
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CS Lewis’ estate is furious over the registration of narnia.mobi by an individual in Scotland and wants the domain reassigned.

Hong Kong Sites Called Riskiest

When it comes to dangerous domains Hong Kong is the leader according to a new report from McAfee, "Mapping the Mal Web Revisited."

The report found that 19.2 percent of all Web sites ending in the .hk domain pose some kind of security threat to Internet users. China (.cn) took the second spot with 11 percent.

Price Increase for .org Domains
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This year brings bad news for .org domain owners. Public Internet Registry (PIR), the company that operates the .org domains, is raising its rates by 10% or $.60.

Is Harmony.com Worth $5 Million?
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Shortly after Fund.com raked in $10 million, reportedly a record-breaker for a straight domain price, Jay Westerdal, the 30-year-old CEO of Name Intelligence, Inc., put up Harmony.com at the starting bid of $5 million, a sale that went live officially today.