Apple iPhone Doesn’t Recognize New gTLD Domain Names

I’ve written before about how Twitter, Facebook, and even recently how Google’s Gmail were or were not recognizing the new gTLD domain names as real domain names. Now today I have discovered that Apple’s iPhone email does not recognize the new gTLDs, as well. But it’s actually even worse with Apple: they don’t recognize .biz, .info, and .tv as real domain names, either!

When I refer to these companies or their apps (or sites) not recognizing the new gTLDs, I am referring to the fact that when one of these domain names (e.g., billhartzer.expert) is listed in a post, a tweet, or in an email, the domain is (or isn’t) turned into a clickable link. I know this is a technicality, but these are real domain names, and if someone is going to buy one of these domain names and use it for their website, you have a right to expect that most apps and websites will recognize them as being “real”, just like .com or .net or .org. [Read more...]

Gmail Not Recognizing New gTLD Domain Names

As you know, I am a pretty big fan of the new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that are out, and even ones that have not been released to the general public yet. There are quite a few that I like, but then again there are some that I just don’t understand. So far, there has been a good response to them, and there have been some issues. For example, Twitter at first didn’t recognize the new gTLDs, but they later fixed that. What is concerning me, though, is that Gmail, so far, is NOT recognizing any of the new gTLDs that are out. Google Plus does recognize them, though. [Read more...]

Google Cookie Choices Domain Name: Response to EU Ruling About Right to Be Forgotten?

In what looks to me like a possible response to the European Union’s ruling this week about the right to be forgotten, Google has just registered the domain name CookieChoices.org. I am going out on a limb here and speculating, but Google could use this website to inform the public about how to delete cookies and their private personal information.

Here’s the domain name whois for the CookieChoices.org domain name that Google has just registered:

cookiechoices-org-google-domain [Read more...]

AOL Security Breach: Emails Accounts Compromised

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AOL is reporting a serious security breach with their email service, which I believe is a wake-up call for a lot of us. This latest email security breach involved people trying to make email appear that they’re from people you recognize: to get you to click on a link. This has happened countless times with other services, including Yahoo! email accounts. [Read more...]

How to Host Your Domain Name with Bing.com For Free

Tired of having to pay for web hosting and don’t want to park your domain name with a domain name parking company? Well, you can (temporarily) host your domain name with Bing.com for free. Yes, that’s right, all you have to do is set your domain’s name servers to Microsoft’s name servers and your domain name, when typed into a web browser, will automatically redirect to a keyword search at Bing.com. [Read more...]

Did Microsoft Just Buy Vericen.com, a Typo Domain of Verizon?

Did Microsoft just register a domain name that is a typo (a typo domain) of Verizon? I know this might be a stretch, but I am really curious about one of the domain names that was just registered, and was set up on Microsoft’s name servers:

vericen.com

Well, most likely it was NOT Microsoft that registered this domain name. Here’s why. [Read more...]

Microsoft Fails to Renew Engyro Domain Name

Microsoft failed to renew the domain name Engyro.com recently when it came up for renewal. Engyro was a company that Microsoft acquired in 2007, was based in Cincinnati, and made the Product Connector Suite which helped enterprises with event sharing and synchronization between Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and other management tools.

Based on archive.org, the Engyro.com domain name was redirecting to a Bing.coms search result for “engyro” back in December 2013:

engyro-archive-org-dec13-2013

The Engyro Connectors Solution Center, however, is still live on the Microsoft Support site:

engyro-solutions-connection-center

However, clicking on the first link, “Engyro Product Connectors”, on that page, brings you to a page on Engryo.com, whose domain name wasn’t been renewed. The domain name doesn’t currently resolve (at least not for me).

One of the whois services that I checked this morning (which obviously wasn’t updated) shows that the domain name expired on March 27, 2013:

engyro-expires-mar2013

If that’s the case, then it appears that Mark Monitor still held the domain until just recently, when it was apparently then deleted on April 7, 2014. However, it looks like it was just recently renewed. A whois check a few minutes ago appears to show that the domain name was, in fact, renewed, since it shows a registration expiration date of March 27, 2015:

engyri-domain-whois

Microsoft may have realized their mistake and they may have now renewed the domain name.

Here are other domain names that Microsoft did not renew on April 7, 2014:

diagram.biz
diagrams.biz
engyro.com
fmexpense.biz
greatplainscomposite.biz
greatplainsdynamics.biz
greatplainseenterprise.biz
greatplainsenterprisereporting.biz
hailstorm.biz
onlineadvertisingworkshops.com
onlineadvertisingworkshops.net
onlineadvertisingworkshops.org
pss.biz
whale.biz

I especially like these domain names, which I am surprised that Microsoft failed to renews. I could see someone else (another company, perhaps) providing online advertising workshops:

onlineadvertisingworkshops.com
onlineadvertisingworkshops.net
onlineadvertisingworkshops.org

Updated: GoDaddy Domain Name Auctions Are Down

GoDaddy, the domain name registrar, not only is a place where you can register domain names, but they also sell domain names on the aftermarket. So, that means that when someone doesn’t renew their domain name, GoDaddy will frequently sell it at auction and add an additional year on the renewal for the top bidder. GoDaddy’s domain name auctions are pretty popular, and apparently the site is down. [Read more...]

Google To Make Not Provided Keywords Exclusively Available to .Google Domain Names

Google soon will revoke access to all websites’ Not Provided keyword data normally viewed via Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics, and Google AdWords, and offer 100 percent of the keyword data exclusively to site owners who move their websites to the new .Google gTLD and make their websites secure. According to an unnamed Google source, this is one of the marketing tactics that Google is using to encourage website owners to move their websites from a .COM, .NET, or .Org TLD to the new .Google Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).

According to my sources at Google, the company’s overall goal is to get as many website owners to move their website to the new .Google gTLD. Google intends to woo site owners into making the change by using incentives such as providing unprecedented access to keyword referral data, as well as advanced access to Google Analytics and Google AdWords features and free secure server certificates for the first year of domain registration. [Read more...]