Archive for March, 2010


Adult Industry Association Doesn’t Want .XXX

Posted March 24th, 2010

From Domain Name Wire

In a letter to ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, Diane Duke of the adult industry trade association Free Speech Coalition asks ICANN to reject ICM Registry’s plans for a .xxx top level domain name.

Much of the adult industry opposed .xxx after governments started getting involved. Governments suggested that perhaps they could force all adult web sites to use the .xxx top level domain, moving them away from .com. That would, of course, be detreminental to the online adult entertainment business.

Dukes claims that ICM registry doesn’t have industry support, and so any claim by the registry that it is creating this TLD on behalf of the adult entertainment community is incorrect.

The religious right and porn stars don’t usually agree on something. But this is a case where they do.

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GoDaddy to Stop Offering .CN Domains

Posted March 24th, 2010 Inc., the world’s largest domain name registration company, plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that it will cease registering Web sites in China in response to intrusive new government rules that require applicants to provide extensive personal data, including photographs of themselves.

See the full story from The Washington Post HERE.

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Olympic Committee Seeks “Special Status” With ICANN

Posted March 23rd, 2010

A few high profile organizations have approached ICANN in regard to receiving special status in the new gTLD rollout. Apparently the International Olympic Committee is one of those organizations and they are persistent. As reported by Domain Name Wire: “The International Olympic Committee has sent another letter to ICANN requesting that it be given “holier-than-thou” trademark rights and special protections for the launch of new top level domain names.”

For the full story, click HERE.

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IDN ccTLD Requests Completes Fast Track String Evaluation

Posted March 23rd, 2010

From ICANN Announcements

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLDs. Announcements for the completion of each request are provided HERE.

The requesters may now initiate delegation of the IDN ccTLDs by following ICANN’s standard processes for TLD delegation, through the IANA function.

Also, included are two sets of synchronized IDN ccTLDs that are pending review in the evaluation for synchronized IDN ccTLDs. This process is currently posted for public comments and pending finalization.

See the rest of the announcement HERE.

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Disputed Domains Heard By WIPO Up in 2009

Posted March 23rd, 2010

In 2009, the number of disputed domain names arbitrated by WIPO jumped for the third consecutive year, jumping by 18.5% to 4,688 from 3,958 in 2008. This compares to an increase in domain registrations of 8% over the same period to 192 million from 177 million in 2008.

See the full story from HERE.

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China Strikes Back

Posted March 23rd, 2010

From the New York Times

As Google began redirecting tens of millions of Chinese users on Tuesday to its uncensored Web site in Hong Kong, the company’s remaining mainland operations came under pressure from its Chinese partners and from the government itself.

The Chinese government moved on Tuesday to block access to the Hong Kong site, the use of which Google had hoped would allow it to keep its pledge to end censorship while retaining a share of China’s fast-growing internet search market.

For the full story go HERE.

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Good-bye China, Hello Hong Kong: Google Moves On

Posted March 22nd, 2010

Google announced today that users visiting are now being redirected to in an effort to offer uncensored Chinese language search.

See the full story HERE.

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Mafia Hitman Caught Because of Facebook Chats

Posted March 19th, 2010


Memo to Mafia hitmen on the run: don’t chat with friends on Facebook while holed up in your secret hideout.

One of Italy’s most wanted mob fugitives, Pasqual Manfredi, was caught by police after they tracked him through his copious Facebook chatting. Manfredi, who goes by the name Scarface, is being charged with multiple counts of murder, Mafia associations and drug violations. One standout charge is the accusation that in 2002 he murdered a member of a rival Mafia family with a portable rocket launcher.

See the full story HERE.

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Posted March 18th, 2010

As reported by Domain Name Wire: “Companies claim owner in debt over $10 million.”

“Three creditors filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against owner Escom, LLC today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

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Mobile Apps Market to top $17 billion by 2012

Posted March 17th, 2010

The global mobile apps economy is set to be worth $17.5 billion by 2012, according to an independent report commissioned by GetJar, the world’s second largest app store. Mobile app downloads across all types of handsets are also expected to increase from over 7 billion downloads in 2009 to almost 50 billion in 2012 – a year on year growth rate of 92%.

This would mean that the value of apps sold would be greater than the value of CDs sold in 2012.

For the full story from BusinessWire, go HERE.

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