Every character counts: Google secures new URL shortener domain, YT.be - The Next Web: "If Google switches from youtu.be to yt.be, it would theoretically be cutting the number of characters needed per day to tweet links to YouTube videos down by about 3 million daily, if Twitter weren’t using a t.co wrapper to shorten all Web addresses (using 22 reserved characters). Of course, Twitter’s not the only player on the field, so it might still make sense for Google to use the shortest brandable domain name available."
Domain Name Industry Data from VRSN - Zacks.com: "We believe that increasing domain name registration, the renewal of the .com contract and the price hike in .net domain name will boost VeriSign’s top-line growth in the near term. Additionally, VeriSign has significant growth opportunities from its network security products as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to grow. However, the negative impact of search engine adjustments on domain monetization and increasing operating expenses related to the .com contract renewal remain the primary headwinds in the near term."
Worldwide Domain Names Top 252 Million
More than six million names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total number worldwide to a whopping 252 million-plus top-level domains (TLDs), according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. The .coms ...(read more at link above)
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