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“Spam Hits Lowest Levels Since 2008 (Did You Notice?)”

Posted June 30th, 2011


As reported by NyTimes.com, Dan Rowinski writes: “A new report of security company Symantec says that global spam is at its lowest levels since 2008. The geographic center of spammed accounts has also shifted from Russia to Saudi Arabia. Worldwide spam is now down to one in every 1.37 emails. In the United States, spam accounts for 73.7% of all emails.”

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“Why Writers Should Have Their Own Domains”

Posted June 30th, 2011


As reported on BoingBoing.com by Cory Doctorow: “Great, sage advice from John Scalzi about why a writer might want to pay to register a domain in the era of Facebook.”

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Social.com Final Sales Figure Has Come In At $2.6 Million, Is Top Selling Domain Name of 2011

Posted June 29th, 2011


This year’s record breaking domain sale of Social.com comes courtesy of Marksmen’s sales division, NameQuiver, in partnership  with Moniker and SnapNames.

The purchase of the domain for $2.6 million (previously reported as $2.5 million) by an undisclosed buyer was, according to the press release: “negotiated privately after an initial multi-million dollar offer.” The sale was co-brokered during DomainFest Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

Marksmen Inc CEO Ken Taylor  said of the sale: “We’re very pleased with our partnership and Moniker’s ability to attract a buyer for Social.com, culminating in this successful outcome. We look forward to continuing to use our unique position in the industry to connect premium domain names to our clients and other end-users via auctions and private brokering.”

The release also states that: “Brokers considered Social.com a category-defining domain name at a time when social media has become the single largest growth sector on the Internet.”

Congratulations to Marksmen, NameQuiver, Moniker, SnapNames and the Undisclosed Buyer on this exciting transaction.

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“ICM Registry Will Provide Free Malware Scanning For .XXX Domain Names”

Posted June 28th, 2011


As reported by DomainNews.com: “ICM Registry, the company behind .XXX, today announced a landmark partnership with one of the world’s largest security technology companies in a deal worth $8m. The deal means that for the first time, websites will be scanned for malware daily and this cost will be underwritten by the domain name registry. ”

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“Olympics Committee Issues Social Media Guidelines For London 2012, Including Domains”

Posted June 28th, 2011


As reported by David Goldstein: “There are not many organisations in the world that are as vociferous in their control of their trademarks as the International Olympic Committee. With the London Olympics scheduled for 2012, the IOC has issued social media guidelines for participants and other accredited persons.

The guidelines also refer to domain names that include “the word ‘Olympic’ or ‘Olympics’ or any similar words related thereto (or any foreign language equivalents thereof) are not allowed unless approved by the IOC beforehand.”

The IOC gives the example of[myname]olympic.com which would not be permitted while [myname].com/olympic would be allowed, but only during the period of the Olympic Games during which these Guidelines are applicable. The guidelines also note that “participants and other accredited persons may not create stand-alone Olympic-themed websites, application or any other feature to host coverage of the Olympic Games.”

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Google Dip A Toe In The Social Networking Hot Tub.

Posted June 28th, 2011


As reported by Steven Levy for Wired.com: “Google, the world’s largest search company, is formally making its pitch to become a major force in social networking. The product it announced Tuesday is called Google+, and observers might wonder whether it’s simply one more social effort by a company that’s had a lousy track record in that field to date.

Parts of it certainly seem to appear similar to what we’ve seen before. One significant component is a continuous scroll called “the stream” that’s an alternative to Facebook’s news feed — a hub of personalized content. It has a companion called “Sparks,” related to one’s specified interests. Together they are designed to be a primary attention-suck of Google users. Google hopes that eventually people will gravitate to the stream in the same way that members of Facebook or Twitter constantly check those continuous scrolls of personalized information.”

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ICANN Publishes Registrant Rights and Responsibilities Webpage

Posted June 27th, 2011


Better late than never…

As published to ICANN.com: “ICANN has published a document that identifies available registrant rights and responsibilities under the 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), on a webpage that summarizes available registrant rights and responsibilities including those that arise under ICANN Consensus Policies and specifications, as they are incorporated in the RAA:http://www.icann.org/en/registrars/registrant-rights-responsibilities-en.htm

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“Catching Spam Email with Project Honey Pot”

Posted June 26th, 2011


As posted to CircleID.com by Mike Dalley: “Since its launch in October, 2004 Project Honey Pot has made some interesting progress in their war against spam email. The project is a distributed system used to identify spammers and spambots operating across the Internet. To put it simply, Project Honey Pot lays millions of traps around the Internet (66,393,293 as of this writing) baited with specific email addresses that are configured to forward received emails to the Project Honey Pot system. Since these are not email addresses used by real individuals virtually every email received is positively identified as spam.”

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Call for Expressions of Interest for 2011-2012 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect

Posted June 26th, 2011


As posted to ICANN.com: “ICANN is immediately seeking expressions of interest for the 2011-2012 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Chair and Chair-Elect.

The NomCom Chairperson will be responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN Board members and individuals who will serve in key leadership positions within ICANN’s supporting organizations (SO) and advisory committees (AC) in accordance with ICANN’s Bylaws. The Chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN’s Board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN Annual General Meeting.”

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“How The US Shaped The New ICANN”

Posted June 26th, 2011


As reported by Kevin Murphy on DomainIncite.com: “A transcript of a December 2010 meeting between ICANN’s board and National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief Larry Strickling, published following a disclosure request by DomainIncite, outlines America’s “tough love” policy over ICANN.

It reveals that Strickling hauled ICANN over the coals over its opaque decision-making, its failure to adequately address its Affirmation of Commitments obligations, and its apparent lack of respect for its Governmental Advisory Committee.

The era of ICANN engaging maturely and in earnest with governments, witnessed over the last six months, arguably began in that meeting room in Cartagena, the evening of December 7, 2010.”

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