03 January 2013

FTC investigating ICANN's new gTLDs program

FTC Chairman Leibowitz said near the end of a press conference on January 3, 2013 (announcing the Google settlement), in answering a question, that the FTC is investigating ICANN and its new gTLD program – requiring companies to spend six figure sums for “mostly defensive purposes.”

2012 Domain Dunce: new TLD applicants
Domain Name Wire
Consider VeriSign, which messed up its transliteration of .com in Hebrew. According to IDN experts, the string VeriSign submitted would take 7 keystrokes instead of the intended 3. For one of the characters, you'd have to type a character, then switch ...

WIPO received record number of cybersquatting cases in 2012
Domain Name Wire
The cases covered a total of 5,081 domain names. That shouldn't ... 5. The base of registered second level domain names continues to climb. Compared to the total number of domain names registered, the number of cases filed is at or near all time lows.

Sedo holiday end user sales report
Domain Name Wire
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. A slow couple weeks but some good end user domain purchases.Domain sales typically slow during the holidays, and that's evident in Sedo's year end sales report. The company turned in $1.38 million in sales over two weeks.

PSA: Art.sy Is Down! Is its Syrian Domain Name to Blame?
In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)
Art.sy isn't having the best start to 2013. On Tuesday afternoon, the online image repository went, well, offline. Art.sy staff still aren't sure what caused the outage. By Wednesday, engineers had successfully transferred the website over the Artsy ...

In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)

SmartRecovery.com Lost In UDRP
Respondent has registered and is using the disputed domain name in bad faith and primarily for the purposes of intentionally attempting to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to Respondent's website, by creating a likelihood of confusion with ...

Zlatan fan lays down hilarious challenges in web war
Goal.com India
"An avid Zlatan Ibrahimovic who owns the Zlatan.fr domain name has laid down a hilarious option of challenges that the Paris Saint-Germain star must complete if he wants to own the URL...."

Goal.com India

InfoSec Institute Resources – Domain name parking of gTLDs
By Daniel Dimov
A cybersquatter is a person who registers a domain name with the intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter may also offer to sell the domain to another person or company who owns a ...
InfoSec Institute Resources

Domain Name Flipping & Investing: Revenue Opportunities for 2013
By Jamie Simmerman
Is there money in online business? Some say no. But a recent Business Insider article listed the top-selling domain name sales for 2012, with Investing.com.

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