Archive for March, 2014


The .SUCKS New gTLD Stick-Up of Trademark Owners Already Begun

Posted March 13th, 2014

From Today’s General Counsel

The worst fears of those who opposed the massive expansion of available generic top level domain (gTLD) names seem to be summed up in the controversy brewing around one domain name, which hasn’t even been awarded yet: .sucks. Though three companies are currently in competition for the .sucks domain – Donuts Inc., Momentous Corporation, and Top Level Spectrum Inc. – Vox Populi Registry, backed by Momentous, has already begun collecting fees from trademark owners who would rather not see their brand name come before the derogatory domain name. If they win the domain, Vox Populi has already stated they plan to charge companies $25,000 annually to keep the .sucks site off-line.

See the full story HERE.

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New gTLDs Pass 200,000 Registrations

Posted March 6th, 2014


The number of domain names in new gTLDs passed 200,000 last night, according to zone files.

The exact number, according to the DI PRO database, is 201,184.

It’s based on incremental organic growth over the last week since the last batch of new gTLDs went into general availability, rather than any big launch events or surges.

Here are the top 10 zones, all of which belong to Donuts.

.guru 41,161
.photography 25,308
.today 12,157
.tips 11,444
.technology 9,066
.clothing 8,270
.bike 8,232
.directory 8,194
.land 7,569
.gallery 7,383

What the 200,000 count does not reflect is the first day of general availability for Google’s first-to-launch gTLD, .みんな (Japanese for “everyone”), which I’m expecting to start showing numbers tomorrow.

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Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof

Posted March 5th, 2014

From MIT Technology Review

Decentralized networks are naturally robust against certain types of attack. Now one mathematician says advanced geometry shows how to make them even more robust.

One of the common myths about the internet is that it was originally designed during the Cold War to survive nuclear attack. Historians of the internet are quick to point out that this was not at all one of the design goals of the early network, although the decentralized nature of the system turns out to make it much more robust than any kind of centralized network.

See the rest of the story HERE.

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Cybersquatters Rush To Claim Brands In The New GTLD Territories

Posted March 4th, 2014


On Jan. 29, Donuts Inc. launched the first seven of what will be some 1,000 new generic top-level domains or GTLDs, rivals to the familiar .com, .com and .edu endings that now populate most of the known Internet.

Six days later, at 2:04 a.m., Venura de Zoysa of Kingston in New South Wales, Australia, used to register the domain name Adidas .clothing. The following day Erwin Strobel of nearby Wagga Wagga registered The next day in Texas, a fellow named Farris Nawas, claiming to live in Austin, registered at 5:07 a.m. A few hours later Farris Nawas, now in Houston, registered And about the same time another person with the same name and address as a wallpaper hanger  in the Houston suburb of Pasadena registered

What do these nobodies scattered around the globe have to do with the famous brand names they registered? Not much, probably.

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