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
Caller Name Announcer - Talker boldly and loudly announces anyone who calls or texts you, but the delivery isn't as exciting as you'd expect. The app only comes with one built-in voice and it's very robotic. Still, this app can help you out in a big way if you're waiting for a call while your hands are busy or want to know who messaged you before getting up to check your phone.
In addition to announcing the name of any caller, this app can tell you who has texted you and call out any event reminders … 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
Apps like Luxogram, Instaframe, and Webstagram had better watch out. Instagram is hunting down those companies that use words and logos that resemble its app and politely asking them to cease and desist.
The photo-sharing social network recently updated its brand guidelines with a revised list of dos and don'ts. Some dos include "name your product something that is unique and original to you" and "design your own app icon that represents your brand."
The don'ts list gets more specific. It includes don't "use 'Instagram,' 'IG,' 'Insta' or 'Gram' in your app … Read more
Name This Tune is a music- matching and guessing game for your iTunes library, reminiscent of the music-matching games that used to come with iPods in the pre-App Store days. This particular app is fairly rudimentary with few options, no graphics in the interface, and only a set number of options for connecting with your iTunes library; but the game works well and is fun for those that enjoy testing their music knowledge.
The app downloads as a runnable file, so you can use it right out of the box without any additional installation required; but because it is delivered … Read more
It appears a new domain landgrab has begun, kicking off with New York City becoming the first place in the U.S. to get its own top-level domain: .nyc.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the news Tuesday, saying this new URL will greatly help residents and businesses establish themselves as true New Yorkers.
"Having our own unique, top-level domain -- .nyc -- puts New York City at the forefront of the digital landscape and creates new opportunities for our small businesses," Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. "They'll now be able to identify themselves … Read more
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is shifting around some key executives, the organization said in a blog posted Thursday.
Starting July 1, Akram Atallah, currently chief operating officer, will transition to a new role as president of the Generic Domains Division. Focusing on generic domain operations, the new division is considered necessary as ICANN's new gTLD (generic top-level domain) program will take on much greater responsibility moving forward, according to ICANN president and CEO Fadi Chehade.
ICANN's new gTLD program will expand the types of Internet extensions that are available -- such as .com, .… Read more
Gmail's addressing scheme has created a new, potentially dangerous twist on the old telephone party line. Not only could some people with common names receive the personal messages of like-named strangers, but a Gmail alias of their account name could be used to sign them up for an unsavory service.
Since establishing the "firstname.lastname@example.org" account in April 2004, I have received hundreds of e-mails intended for other "D. O'Reilly"s. The misdirected messages include receipts for computers, vacation rentals, and various services, complete with addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information.
My … Read more