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08|29|2012 05:19 pm EDT

US Government Returns Seized RojaDirecta Domain Names

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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As reported by Wired today the US Government has returned the seized domain names of Spanish forum RojaDirecta.com/org domains after the government dropped their claim on Wednesday – 19 months after the domains were originally seized.

The seizing of the domains happened as part of the “Operation in our Sites” together with eight other sites that were accused of being connected to broadcasting pirated video streams of professional sports.

The government, which seized the domain names for simply including links to copyrighted content, dropped the Rojadirecta claim, seemingly due to a recent ruling by Judge Richard Posner. Posner, one of the nation’s most respected judges, knocked down charges that a video bookmarking site was infringing copyright law, just because its users linked to copyrighted videos.

The operator of the site, Puerto 80, said the site that has 865,000 registered users has not committed any copyright infringement. As a discussion board about sports, politics and other topics some of the users may have linked to pirated streams. The group had been trying to negotiate with the US government, but were told that they would only receive control over their domain names again if the site would prohibit its users from linking to any US content.

It looks like the domains are currently though, the site is not back online yet. Interestingly it also looks like the “last updated” date in the registry has not been changed when the domain was seized or returned.

08|28|2012 11:29 am EDT

Snapnames Releases iPhone and iPad bidding App

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Tools

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SnapNames®, a KeyDrive S. A. company and leading domain name online marketplace for already registered, expiring and deleting domain names announced today the release of their domain name auction bidding app for iPhone and iPod touch. With over twenty-five million domains to choose from annually, SnapNames.com users can now easily bid on a wide selection of domain names while on-the-go thus preventing missing out on domain names while away from a computer.

The SnapNames.com mobile app features include:

  • A real-time dashboard with a snapshot of active auctions and history
  • Streamlined bidding for auctions in users’ accounts
  • Instant tracking of bidding activity, number of bidders, time remaining and high bidder status – Display of historical auction activity and closing status of transactions

The newly released auction app has been made available free of charge.
“With the release of a mobile bidding application for SnapNames.com auctions, we are providing users (both businesses and individuals) a more convenient way to acquire the domains they want, when they want them,” said Craig Snyder, CEO of Moniker and SnapNames. “Furthermore, by extending our proven auction technology to the iPhone, we are accelerating access and domain inventory selection options to an expanded audience across the globe. “

[via Press Release]

08|27|2012 03:38 pm EDT

Cambridge Man supports Paul Ryan by buying domain names

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Headlines

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As reported by The Daily Jeffersonian, Matt McKnight from Cambridge has registered a number of domain names in order to protect vice-president candidate Paul Ryan. The article calls him the “domain-ator” mentions that his main site is at JannaRyan.com, which is the name of the candidate’s wife. As Dan Davis writes,  McKnight purchased the domains “[…] to keep Democrats from accessing some Paul Ryan domains,[…]”.

[McKnight] transferred one Paul Ryan domain to the vice presidential candidate’s campaign.

“The campaign actually contacted me about using ‘paulryanvp.com’ which I then transferred over to them,” McKnight said. “I’m not sure if they’re going to make that his official website. This has been just a few days ago.”

McKnight refused cash for the domain.

According to DomainsTools he owns 17 other domains. Do you think this is a viable way to support “your” candidate in elections? As a candidate how would you feel about a fan-site about your wife? Would you try to place the names under your control?

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08|27|2012 09:51 am EDT

Targeted TRAFFIC Awards Voting – only today

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

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Voting for the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Industry awards is only open today. Vote for your choices and send them to trafficawards@earthlink.net by 9PM EDT today. As per a prior announcement you must be a list subscriber to vote.

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTIONS

(Vote for one)

__BankAds.com

__DomainNameSales.com

__DomainPower.com

__InternetTraffic.com

__JuiceCow.com

__ParkLogic.com

__Protrada.com

__Rook Media

__The Parking Place

__Voodoo.com

 

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION

(vote for one)

 

__Aftermarket

__Afternic

__Domain Holdings

__DomainNameSales.com

__InternetTraffic.com

__JuiceCow.com

__ParkLogic.com

__Protrada.com

__Sedo.com

 

BEST DOMAIN BLOG

(vote for one)

 

__DNJournal.com (Jackson)

__Domaingang.com (Acro)

__DomainIncite.com (Murphy)

__DomainNameWire.com (Alleman)

__DomainShane.com (Cultra)

__DomainSherpa.com (Cyger)

__ElliotsBlog.com (Silver)

__HybridDomainer.com (Hackney)

__MorganLinton.com (Linton)

__TheDomains.com (Berkens)

__TNTNames.com (Eccles)

__WhizBangsBlog.com (Gilmour)

 

THE “WE GET IT” AWARD

(vote for one)

 

__Afternic.com

__Amazon.com

__Brown Shoe Co. (Shoes.com)

__Cat5 Commerce

__Donuts.co

__Facebook.com

__London Olympics

__L’Oreal

__ParkingCrew.com

__Peter Niederman

__Quidsi (Soap.com, Diapers.com an Amazon Company)

__Quinstreet.com

__SalesForce.com

__TABcom (formerly Pets United, LLC)

 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Lance Block (Swells LLC)

__Michael Cyger

__Alan Dunn

__Mathias Hennig (Sedo)

__Roy Hooper

__Bill Karamouzis

__Morgan Linton

__Fred Mercaldo (Geoplatforms)

__MediaGuys.com

__Braden Pollock

__Protrada

__Danny Pryor

__Dan Warner

__Tia Wood

 

BROKER OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Toby Clements

__DomainAdvisors

__Dave Evanson (Sedo.com)

__Kevin Faler

__Alan Hack

__Evan Horowitz (Hunting Moon)

__Vern Jurovich

__Brian Kleiner (NameMedia.com)

__Mike Mann

__Bob Olea

__Mike Robertson (DomainGuardians.com)

__Andrew Rosener (Media Options)

__Joe Uddeme (Domain Holdings)

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Afternic.com

__Domain Holdings

__Dot CO

__Escrow.com

__Fabulous.com

__GoDaddy

__InternetTraffic.com

__InterNet X

__NameCheap

__ParkLogic

__Protrada

__Sedo

__Thought Convergence

__Voodoo.com

 

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Roy Barrett

__Steve Cheatham

__Michael Cyger

__Larry Fischer

__Michael Gilmour

__Rob Grant

__Ron Jackson

__Corey Lamay

__Donna Mahoney

__Mike Mann

__Braden Pollock

__Frank Schilling

__Elliot Silver

__Paul Stahura

__Adam Strong

__David Wieland

 

DOMAIN HALL OF FAME

(vote for TWO)

 

__Gary Chernoff

__Nat Cohen

__Phil Corwin

__Paul Cotton

__Larry Fischer

__Chad Folkenning

__Michael Gilmour

__Rob Grant

__Kevin Ham

__Steve Jobs (dec’d)

__Vern Juravich [sic]

__Igal Lichtman

__Morgan Linton

__Mike Mann

__Gregg McNair

__Brian Null

__Braden Pollock

__Tim Schumacher

__Elliot Silver

__Adam Strong

 

08|24|2012 11:29 am EDT

Sedo.com and Sedo.co.uk Hit with Malware Warnings

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Users of Sedo.com and Sedo.co.uk were greeted today with a Google malware warning when accessing the popular domain name parking and aftermarket site.  The warning details are below.

DNN was able to see the warnings in some Chrome and Safari but not Firefox, and upon reloading later this morning the warning had disappeared on Safari. Other users we have spoken to are reporting similar experiences with the warnings still tehre.  See graphic below for more details of the malware.

[Update] A Sedo spokesperson has provided DNN witht he following comment:

Sedo has been made aware that visitors attempting to access the Sedo.com or Sedo.co.uk websites using either the Firefox or Chrome web browsers have been receiving security alerts preventing entry. While the Sedo website is still accessible without warning on both Internet Explorer and Safari, we immediately began investigating the root cause of these warnings to ensure there was in fact no risk to our users or visitors to the site. At this time we can report that no threats have been detected and our technical teams are currently working with Google and others to ensure these false warnings are immediately removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08|21|2012 02:50 pm EDT

Freshbooks becomes Cloud Accounting, forgets to buy domain?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Editorial

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Freshbooks just sent out an announcement from their CEO Mike McDerment to their clients – which include my own company (DomainCocoon). The company will become “Cloud Accounting” – there’s just one little snag. The domain CloudAccounting.com is already owned by an accountant in London. Of course he noticed the name change as well.

So here’s the news: from this day forward, FreshBooks is Cloud Accounting. We’ve taken notice of what you are saying and we’re changing the way we talk about ourselves so it is more consistent with how you talk about FreshBooks. We’ve also taken notice of how your needs have changed. And while we have a culture of “show, not tell” at FreshBooks, I will share that our transition to “cloud” will deliver against some of your emerging needs and reinforce the “accounting” component of our evolution.

Read the full announcement here on the Freshbooks blog.

Do you think Freshbooks should have attempted to buy the domain name first? At the moment it appears to be just a tagline (it was “online invoicing” before), but even then, should they not try to do the domain name? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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08|16|2012 02:44 pm EDT

VeriSign publishes new video promoting .TV

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) just published a new video yesterday promoting .TV domain names. Earlier this year Tuvalu had renewed the contract with the company until 2021.

08|03|2012 12:28 pm EDT

The 9th Annual Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Nomination List

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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As per an email from Rick “DomainKing” Schwartz, the following are the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. nominees for the 9th annual domain industry awards. Voting will open later this month.

Best new monetizing Solution

  • BanksAds.com
  • DomainNameSales.com
  • DomainPower.com
  • InternetTraffic.com
  • JuiceCow.com
  • Protrada.com
  • ParkLogic.com
  • Rook Media
  • The Parking Place
  • Voodoo.com

Best overall Domain Solution

  • Aftermarket
  • Afternic
  • Domain Holdings
  • DomainNameSales.com
  • InternetTraffic.com
  • JuiceCow.com
  • ParkLogic.com
  • Protrada.com
  • Sedo.com

Best Domain Blog

  • TheDomains.com (Berkens)
  • DNJournal.com (Jackson)
  • ElliotsBlog.com (Silver)
  • DomainNameWire.com (Alleman)
  • DomainShane.com (Cultura)
  • DomainGang.com (Acro)
  • DomainSherpa.com (Cyger)
  • MorganLinton.com (Linton)
  • HybridDomainer.com (Hackney)
  • WhizBangsBlog.com (Gilmour)
  • TNTNames.com (Eccles)

The “we get it” award

  • Quidsi (Soap.com, Diapers.com and Amazon Company)
  • Amazon.com
  • ParkingCrew.com
  • Quinstreet.com
  • SalesForce.com
  • L’Oreal
  • Peter Niederman
  • Cat5 Commerce
  • Facebook.com
  • TABcom (formerly Pets United, LLC)
  • Brown Shoe Co. (Shoes.com)
  • London Olympics
  • Donuts.co
  • Afternic.com

Developer of the year award

  • Lance Block (Swells LLC)
  • Michael Cyger
  • Alan Dunn
  • Mathias Hennig (Sedo)
  • Roy Hooper
  • Bill Karamouzis
  • Morgan Linton
  • Fred Mercaldo (Geoplatforms)
  • MediaGuys.com
  • Braden Pollock
  • Protrada
  • Danny Pryor
  • Dan Warner
  • Tia Wood

Broker of the year

  • Toby Clements
  • DomainAdvisors
  • Dave Evanson (Sedo.com)
  • Kevin Faler
  • Jeffrey Gabriel
  • Alan Hack
  • Evan Horowitz (Hunting Moon)
  • Vern Juravich [sic, Jurovich]
  • Brian Kleiner (NameMedia.com)
  • Mike Mann
  • Bob Olea
  • Mike Robertson (DomainGuardians.com)
  • Andrew Rosener (Media Options)
  • Joe Uddeme (Domain Holdings)

Sponsor of the year

  • Domain Holdings
  • Escrow.com
  • NameCheap
  • GoDaddy
  • Thought Convergence
  • InternetTraffic.com
  • Sedo
  • Protrada
  • Dot CO
  • Fabulous.com
  • Internet X
  • Voodoo.com
  • ParkLogic
  • Afternic

Domainer of the year

  • Roy Barrett
  • Steve Cheatham
  • Michael Cyger
  • Larry Fischer
  • Michael Gilmour
  • Rob Grant
  • Ron Jackson
  • Corey Lamay
  • Mike Mann
  • Donna Mahoney
  • Braden Pollock
  • Frank Schilling
  • Elliot Silver
  • Adam Strong
  • Paul Stahura
  • David Wieland

Domain Hall of Fame

  • Gary Chernoff
  • Nat Cohen
  • Phil Corwin
  • Paul Cotton
  • Larry Fischer
  • Chad Folkenning
  • Michael Gilmour
  • Rob Grant
  • Kevin Ham
  • Steve Jobs
  • Vern Juravich [sic, Jurovich]
  • Igal Lichtman
  • Morgan Linton
  • Mike Mann
  • Gregg McNair
  • Brian Null
  • Braden Pollock
  • Tim Schumacher
  • Elliot Silver
  • Adam Strong

Plus the Bandit Berkens “Goodwill Ambassador Award”