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05|29|2009 10:59 pm EDT

Updates for 2009-05-29

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05|29|2009 09:00 pm EDT

Weekly Updates for 2009-05-29

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05|29|2009 05:56 pm EDT

NETCOM.cm Preparing to Launch .CM TLD

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ccTLDs

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Mr Moustapha Saya Kaigama, the president of Netcom.cm which owns and operates Cameroon’s controversial ccTLD, will present details about the development of the .CM registry and its upcoming top level domain registration re-launch during the ccTLD TRAFFIC symposium in Amsterdam from June 1-4, 2009.

So why is this a big deal? Ask Kevin Ham.

.CM, as it turns out, is only a single typo away from being .COM, meaning anybody who owns a generic .CM domain name is bound to receive traffic from internet users who accidentally forget the “o” in their search for a website. For example, Google.cm, which redirects to an unaffiliated landing page, receives over 20,000 hits a day according to Alexa.com.

Unfortunately, this exciting opportunity for typosquatters and domainers alike has never been available since Cameroon, which used to control the .CM ccTLD, previously restricted registrations so it could capitalize on wildcarding the entire registry.

However, under the watch of Netcom.cm, .CM registrations are now going to be almost entirely unrestricted and open to anyone in the world.

Seven months ago Netcom.cm successfully launched the second level domain registry worldwide – including .com.cm, .net.cm, and .co.cm – and is now ready to take the next step.

The registry will start the sunrise period for the top level domain on June 15 at 9:00 UTC before the landrush takes place from July 15-31. Open registration will commence on August 1, 2009 at 0:00:01 UTC. At this point .CM domains can be registered on a first come, first serve basis through any Netcom.cm accredited registrar.

[via Register.cm]

Related Article: The .CM Story Revisited – posted July 26, 2007

05|29|2009 11:44 am EDT

Mogulus.com Spends $100K To Rebrand As Livestream.com

by Chad Kettner in Categories: News

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ls-logo-r03-300x75Mogulus, an innovative media company that allows people to create their own online television channels, has purchased Livestream.com for $100,000 via Sedo and re-branded its service with the new and improved name.

Since being founded in 2007, Mogulus has been used by more than 300,000 people worldwide to launch live video channels – and over 1000 producers and media companies have already started paying for the premium Livestream Pro service that was introduced only five months ago.

However, according to TechCrunch.com, the company decided it needed a new domain name “because it feels like the entire field of streaming live video on the web is on the verge of exploding in popularity, and it’d be hard to find a better name to take advantage of that.”

“Livestream is doing for live video streaming what YouTube did for on-demand video clips,” explained Max Haot, the CEO and Co-Founder of Livestream. “While we didn’t invent live streaming, we’re removing the barriers – making live video production and streaming easy and affordable for anybody to use and experience.”

On top of purchasing a new domain name and making an identity change, the company also revealed a re-designed website and introduced an updated Procaster tool. Livestream was used by SpaceFlight Now to broadcast the blast off of the Atlantis Space Shuttle earlier this month and has also been utilized by Aftermarket.com for their domain auction broadcasts.

[via Livestream Blog]

05|28|2009 10:06 pm EDT

Domain Roundtable To Hold Mini-Auction To Benefit The Internet Commerce Association

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) announced in a press release that Thought Convergence has graciously offered time during the Aftermarket.com premium domain auction at the Domain Roundtable conference to sell domain names donated to the ICA by members and other supporters of the non-profit advocacy group.

The Domain Roundtable conference will be taking place June 14-17 in Washington, DC, and the Aftermarket.com auction will be held on June 16 from 4pm-7pm Eastern Time.

“The ICA was founded to protect and defend the rights of domain owners and developers. By participating in our first live auction event, each domain professional has the chance to directly affect the level of protection and pull that they have in Washington,” said Jeremiah Johnston, president of the ICA. “With the support of the Domain Roundtable organizers and those in the domain community who contribute, the ICA board is confident that a successful auction will help strengthen our resources and further our political progress.”

The ICA is encouraging others in the industry to donate domain names for this important auction event. Applicants can submit their names to the ICA by email at info_ica@internetcommerce.org.

All of the proceeds from the auction will be used to support upcoming ICA initiatives including lobbying for domain owner rights in Washington and with ICANN. Donors will also receive a personal “thank you” on the ICA website and an email confirming the sale price for tax purposes.

[via ICA]

05|28|2009 10:02 pm EDT

Registrar Sued Because of Cybersquatter Using Whois Privacy Service

by Adam Strong in Categories: Featured

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Court documents denying a motion to dismiss(pdf), reveal that hosting company Solid Host, NL is suing domain name registration company NameCheap.com over cybersquatting claims for a domain name registered under the NameCheap whois privacy services WhoisGuard.

Solid Host’s domain name had reportedly been stolen by a “hacker” who used NameCheap’s privacy service.  Namecheap would not initially reveal the owner of the domain name to Solid Host because it believed it was merely in the middle of a two-party dispute.  The court’s ruling clarifies this and rules NameCheap was responsible and liable for contributory cybersquatting. (more…)

05|27|2009 10:59 pm EDT

Updates for 2009-05-27

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05|27|2009 02:59 pm EDT

AfternicDLS Reports $550,000 of Weekly Domain Sales

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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AfternicDLS has reported $550,000 worth of domain sales this week including BBI.net for $11,800, Requirements.com for $10,000, and ApartmentsNow.com for $10,000.

Check out the full list – which includes over 350 domain names ranging from $60 to $11,800 – after the jump…

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05|27|2009 04:00 am EDT

NIC Mexico Adding A Bonus Year to .MX Pre-Registrations in May

by Chad Kettner in Categories: News

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NIC Mexico is offering a bonus year of coverage for anyody who registers a .MX domain name in May 2009 to compensate for a four-month Pre-Registration Period delay.

Since one of the rules of the .MX Reopening on the Pre-Registration Period is that all domains registered directly under .MX will not be activated until September 1, 2009, the registry decided to give away a free year to make up for the four months in which the domain names cannot be active because of that rule.

Although there are only a few days left to take advantage of this offer, it is definitely worth considering if you are interested in owning a .MX domain name.

The offer is only available for domains registered directly under .MX, not for the other extensions such as .com.mx, .org.mx, .edu.mx, .net.mx,  or .gob.mx.

[via NameAction]

05|26|2009 10:59 pm EDT

Updates for 2009-05-26

by DNN Tweets in Categories: Headlines

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