Yahoo has been doing some housecleaning and stumbled across some dusty and musty domain names it had registered for forgotten reasons long ago. Wisely, Yahoo has decided it doesn't need to keep jockeys.com in its back pocket for a rainy day.
Want to get ahead of the queue for the Web address craziness that is the generic top-level domain expansion? Web registrar GoDaddy has begun letting people preregister addresses ending in .uno, .menu, .build, and .luxury.
Trademark owners have groused about the hassles of defending their brand names across a vast new swath of cyberspace. The four new domain names that will go live early in 2014 may not sound like much, but hundreds more will arrive, too -- and the worries are moving from hypothetical to real.
For companies like GoDaddy, though, the GTLD expansion could be big business, and … Read more
I caught up with my old friend, mastering and recording engineer Bob Katz at the Audio Engineering Society convention held last week in NYC. He was there to proclaim an end to the "Loudness Wars," which refers to the overuse of dynamic range compression to flatten the soft-to-loud volume changes that naturally occur in music. Katz was way ahead of the pack in decrying the overzealous use of compression in mastering recordings, he has been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for more than 20 years.
Think .biz and .mobi are a little weird to see at the end of an Internet address? You ain't seen nothing yet.
Because on Wednesday, the first 4 of a planned 1,400 new Net-address suffixes -- called generic top-level domains, or GTLDs -- were built into the fabric of the Internet. The first four new GTLDs, taking advantage of the newer ability to extend beyond Latin character sets, are the Chinese word for game, the Arabic word for Web, and the Russian words for online and site.
"In addition to facilitating competition and innovation through the New … Read more
Pinterest didn't only become $7.2 million richer on Monday -- it now also owns 100 domain names that bear a resemblance to Pinterest.com.
The social network won a judgment against alleged serial Chinese cybersquatter Qian Jin in US District Court in San Francisco today. Judge Richard Seeborg awarded Pinterest $7.2 million in damages and legal fees, while also issuing an injunction against Jin to hand over the domain names he'd been sitting on, including pintesrest.com, pinterests.com, pimterest.com, and pinterest.es.
"This is a good outcome for the people who use Pinterest,&… Read more
Contrary to popular thinking, Google doesn't always get its way when it comes to all things Internet -- at least, not if the latest pronouncement from ICANN is any indication.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses, ruled this week that it's passed a resolution prohibiting so-called dotless domain names, essentially putting the kibosh on Google's plans for a dotless "http://search" domain.
Google outlined its interest in the dotless search domain in a letter it sent to the ICANN board in April. … Read more
Amazon.com, which earlier this week lost its bid to control the domain extension .amazon, has been handed a victory over another top-level domain: .pin.
The loser in this battle: social-networking site Pinterest, which, not surprisingly, didn't want Amazon controlling .pin. In March, Pinterest filed an objection with the World Intellectual Property Organization, arguing in part that domain names on .pin -- clothes.pin, say, or whatever Amazon has in mind -- would cause confusion around the term "pin."
But WIPO was unpersuaded, ruling that .pin is a generic term:
Pinterest has failed to prove that it … Read more
ICANN, the organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet addresses, said it has signed agreements that will bring Chinese, Russian, and Arabic domain names to the Net.
At its 47th meeting this week, in Durban, South Africa, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that three companies signed registry agreements that will enable them to operate four generic top-level domains (GTLDs). The approval is a step in the controversial expansion of the Internet's addressing, from a small number of well-known, top-level domains -- such as .com -- to many more. A total of 1,092 applications have passed … Read more
GoDaddy's Domain and Email Manager app allows you to take all of your domain names and e-mail accounts from GoDaddy on the go with you for instant access anywhere, and the result is generally very convenient. While GoDaddy's Web interface is notoriously convoluted, they have done a great job of condensing menu options and access to the most important components of your account into a mobile app that is at once easy to use and very useful.
GoDaddy is one of the largest domain registrars on the Internet and some users have dozens or even hundreds of domain … Read more