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12|30|2010 03:07 pm EDT

Domain Roundtable Opens Registration

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Domain Roundtable Conference Website

Thought Convergence has just opened the registration for their conference, Domain Roundtable, which will be held from March 1st to 4th, 2011 at The Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The first 100 registrants will receive a free pass for one Atlantis activity during the afternoon of the first day of the event. The registration rates are:

  • $695 Early Bird (before Jan 12th)
  • $795 Conference Rate (before Feb 2nd)
  • $895 Late Conference Rate (before March 1st)
  • $995 On-Site Registration

The activities the first 100 registrants can choose from are:

  • Atlantis’ Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tour
  • Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure
  • Cigar and Rum Tasting
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Nassau Shopping Shuttle

The event will also feature a live auction, run by the Aftermarket.com division. Submissions are being accepted until the 21st of January 2011.

12|30|2010 02:55 pm EDT

.NG Registry Registers 2nd Level Domain

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

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ThisDay.NG URL ScreenShotDespite the limitation of registrations to the 3rd level, it appears that the ccTLD registry (NIRA – Nigeria Internet Registration Association) for the Nigerian .NG TLD has made an exception and allowed for the registration of ThisDay.ng by the publisher of the local newspaper that has used ThisDayOnline.info to date. The site states under the new domain states that it will be launched on January 3rd, 2011.

[via OoTheNigerian]

12|27|2010 01:35 pm EDT

GoDaddy Passes 45 million Domain Registrations

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars, Up to the Minute

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According to a note sent by GoDaddy staff to press, yesterday at 6:02pm M.T., The Go Daddy Group, led by flagship registrar GoDaddy.com, now manages more than 45 million domain names on the Internet. GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar and employs nearly 2,900 people.

Currently, Go Daddy is registering, renewing or transferring a domain name every eight-tenths of a second. The company is larger than eight of its closest competitors combined.

12|23|2010 04:49 pm EDT

Patrick Rudell Purchases ScienceFiction.com For $175,000 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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ScienceFiction.com Website

Domain Industry blogger and broker at Domain Name firm Moniker, Patrick Rudell, also known as Chef Patrick, has launched a new website at ScienceFiction.com. He purchased the domain name after previous lease owner defaulted for $175,000 USD. The whois still currently shows Domain Capital. Rudell partnered with two sci-fi geek friends, one of which has a journalism degree and has been writing for 20+ years.

[as reported by TechCrunch and the Facebook Domain Name Network]

12|23|2010 02:27 pm EDT

Demand Media IPO Stalled

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As we had reported earlier this year, Demand Media, parent company of numerous registrars, websites and a domain parking company, was planning to file for an IPO in 2010. According to an article by CNNMoney, the IPO has now stalled due to the regulator’s questions regarding Demand Media’s accounting practices.

The company’s CEO, Richard Rosenblatt has always insisted that the company was profitable, but the IPO filing revealed a different story, showing that the company is in the red for at least for $6 million USD for 2010. One of the reasons the filings are being investigated is that Demand Media expenses the cost of content creation over the course of five years, stating that the average time period this content will generate revenue for is 5.4 years.

[via CNNMoney]

12|20|2010 01:37 pm EDT

Nominet passes 9 Million Domain Mark

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

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Nominet .UK Registry Website

This week the .uk register passed nine million registrations. The 9 millionth domain name, active2011.co.uk, was registered by the Nirvana Spa and Pulse 8 Health & Fitness Club based in Wokingham. 2010 has the .uk registry operator, has seen a net increase of one million domains registered in the last year.

12|17|2010 12:24 pm EDT

Dutch Anti-Piracy Group Takes Down Download Sites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After US authorities seized domain names twice earlier this year, a Dutch Anti-Piracy group  (BREIN) has now been able to follow suit and shut down 29 additional sites by working with the MPAA and the sites’ hosting providers; in this case the domain names itself were apparently not seized. The last set of seized domain names by US Immigration and Customs were taken over by ordering the registry operator, Verisign to change the nameserves and lock the seized domain names at the registry level.

As TechDirt reports, BREIN has apparently shut down 29 sites, but has refused to provide a list of the sites according to TorrentFreak, so it is not known if the sites were actually directly offering downloads or merely acted as pointers to peer 2 peer downloads. The sites were shut down without informing the owners and at least one of them (hd-united.com) was temporarily redirected to BREIN’s website. Considering the shut-down happened at the hosting level, the owners of the domain names will be able to repoint them to another hosting company. Currently hd-united.com is no longer resolving.

[via TechDirt]

12|17|2010 11:03 am EDT

Afternic DLS Enables New Partners for Premium Promotion Level

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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AfterNIC DLS Partners

What some Afternic members may have already noticed yesterday, when they logged into their interfaces and were prompted to enable some domains registered at the newly supported registrars for the highest promotion level, has become official today: Moniker and eNom can now fully integrated, meaning that you can now list domains registered there on the DLS Premium level and can be instantly transferred to the buyer.

12|13|2010 04:01 pm EDT

InternetBrandAuction to Hold Live Domain Auction in Los Angeles

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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InternetBrandAuction is holding a live domain auction in Los Angeles tomorrow in the Downtown LA Ritz Carlton, starting at 9am PST (12 noon EST). The auction, which is scheduled for a total time frame of 2 hours with 31 domains. The auction features a broad range of domain names covering a large span of prices – starting at no reserve prices ($1) for domains such as  CaliforniaRedWines.com, casa.net or XmasGift.com and going up to $33 Million USD for TheBestPrice.com. You do not have to be present at the auction, as you can also place your bids online.

See the full list of the domains after the jump.

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12|10|2010 01:27 pm EDT

NamePros.com Gets Outed In Browser History Sniffing Fiasco

by Adam Strong in Categories: News

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In a story on ZDNet this week, adult website YouPorn.com is being sued for “browser history sniffing”.  ZDNet points to a study conducted by University of California, San Diego of the global to 50,000 sites on the internet. In the study the researchers claim to have “confirmed that 46 websites used browser (history) sniffing to see which sites users visited before they arrived, and noted 326 sites they deemed “suspicious” in history tracking practices.”  Of the 46 sites mentioned, Namepros.com was one that the researches found to be engaging in this ‘suspicious’ browser history sniffing and “actually doing history hijacking”.

Browser history sniffing typically uses javascript to allow the site operator to gain access to information about site users.  Much of the information can be used to improve user experience. Typically online aggregators, social bookmarking services and ad networks use code that sniffs browser histories.

The UCSD report also mentions other sites such as Youtube and Microsoft were also performing some covert behavioral sniffing of site visitors.  Many more sites are likely involved in browser history sniffing or some form of behavior tracking, some may not even be aware that they are doing so.   Ad networks, browser tools and other services provided by companies like Interclick and Meaningtool reportedly are the source of most of these “suspicious activities”.

The plaintiffs in the case claim YouPorn is violating the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as California computer laws as well as deceptive and unfair business practices and competition. We suspect that NamePros was using scripts from an ad network Feedjit, as owner Ron James points out in our comments section, and was caught up in what looks like a privacy-witch-hunt.  We’ve emailed NamePros.com owner Ron James about this story and have not heard back from him yet.

If you want to protect yourself from browser history sniffing, there are some things you can do . According to an article on About.com , you can delete your browser history cache frequently or change the way that your browser handles visited links.  If you click on a link in most browsers it changes color. The sniffers compare your cache to see what links in your cache you have clicked, if you set your “visited link” color to the same color as a “non-clicked” link this may block the sniffer from know where you visited.  DNN provides no guarantee that this will protect you from browser history sniffing.