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08|24|2008 02:34 pm EDT

Political Domain Name History and The Obama-Biden Campaign

by Adam Strong in Categories: Featured

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Barack Obama announces his running-mate, Joe Biden

Barack Obama discusses why he chose Joe Biden as his running-mate.

With yesterday’s announcement of the Barack Obama and Joe Biden ticket, Domain Name News has launched into full election year campaign coverage. We were at the announcement at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, to see what the Senator from Illinois would tell us about his choice for a new domain name.

Obama refused to comment on why his campaign is not using .mobi *. He refused to comment on whether he’ll be bidding on the ebay auction for . . . . Well alright, he didn’t really refuse. He just couldn’t hear me shouting 25 feet away from him in a sea of his chanting supporters. :) Obviously, there wasn’t any chance I was going to do any talking to Obama, especially about domain names. In all seriousness though, if you are interested, I was actually at the event. Here’s my Obama-Biden campaign pictures.

Back to politics, domain names and Obama-Biden. CNN focused some attention to some of the more obvious choices for domain names for the newly announced Democratic Presidential ticket. would be the obvious choice for the campaign, but before we discuss the Obama-Biden campaign and their domain name strategy, we thought we’d give you a little domain name history from past Presidential winners and hopefuls, a little law tidbit and then a snippet of domain history behind the Barack Obama campaign. (more…)

05|23|2008 11:30 am EDT

The Domain Game Contest! Win a Copy of the Book

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The Domain Game bookWith the release of The Domain Game this week, we thought it might be fun to play our own Domain Game and give away a few copies of the book at the same time. Domain Name News will be giving away 1 signed hardback copy of the book every day for the next five days. We’ve already put in our order with directly with the author which means you might be one of the firsts to read it.

The game will be a simple trivia game with questions inspired by the book. You will probably be able to find some of the information online and some might only be available in the book, but could be guessed.

The question for today (Thursday) is : How much money did Frank Schilling use to begin his investment in domain names ? Submit your answer or best guesses and sign-up for our newsletter (not required) here.

(Hint : This is an easy one. It can be found on another popular domain blog.)

05|21|2008 01:00 pm EDT

The Domain Game: A Must Read

by Adam Strong in Categories: Featured

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The Domain Game cover art I was really excited when I received an advanced author’s copy of The Domain Game, How People Get Rich From Internet Domains on Tuesday evening last week. The book is by author and Wall Street Journal reporter David Kesmodel. I was done reading it by Wednesday. Obviously, The Domain Game was a book I couldn’t easily put down. I’m not a fast reader. I wouldn’t even really consider myself a book reader. I guess I read childrens books like my mom’s Where Do Angels Sleep to my toddler all the time, but I can’t recall the last actual business book I read. I skimmed The Search. I skimmed Built From Scratch. I did not skim The Domain Game. I will most likely have to read it a couple more times to let it all sink in. Keep reading for the details on the book, the author and my review of the book as a “must read”. (more…)

04|02|2008 12:12 am EDT

David Kesmodel – The “Where Are They Now” Files

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

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Back in 2006, Wall Street Journal reporter David Kesmodel began work on a book about the domain space. Kesmodel also released his own blog publishing news and insight into companies and players in the space.  Kesmodel announced he was shuttering the blog and heading back to  a reporting gig in Chicago.  So, what happened to the book ?  Domain Name News talked to Kesmodel about his book after seeing recent updates on his site about a spring release.

As it turns out, the original publisher threw a serious curve ball in 2007 by canceling the release of the already finished work.  Kesmodel decided to run with the book himself and has been editing and making revisions. The book will be published through within the coming months. Check out the description of the book on Kesmodel’s site.