Nominees for Domainer’s Choice Awards – Dana Point, California – June 28, 2014

Kevin Allen is helping set up for the 2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards

The Domainer’s Choice Awards are taking place this evening, here in Dana Point, California, at the Dana Point Yacht Club. I had the wonderful opportunity today to help set up for this evening’s event, and plan on live blogging the event. I’ll be posting an update either during the event or right after the event (depending on internet/wifi access availability). I will also post the final results of the awards as soon as they’re available.

First, though, I’d like to thank the Domainer’s Choice Awards sponsors:

VIP Sponsors:

Allegheny Internet
Parking Crew
Campbell Graphix
Domain Agents
Rook Media
Golden Knight Media

The nominees for Domainer’s Choice Awards are listed here.

At the 2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards, Charlotte Gilbert, Kevin Allen, and Irene McKim are helping set up today.

Microsoft Doesn’t Play By The New Rules Anymore

When it comes to playing by the new rules, Microsoft apparently has thrown in the towel. There apparently aren’t any new rules anymore. And Microsoft has decided, for whatever reason, that they don’t want to play by the new rules anymore. At least when it comes to domain names.

Play by the new rules

Of the 19 domain names that Microsoft has failed to renew in the past 24 hours, there are three that apparently Microsoft doesn’t want anymore. They haven’t renewed these names, meaning that you soon can “play by the new rules”: [Read more…]

Google’s CookieChoices.Org Search Engine Now 404

Well, I didn’t expect that. Or maybe I did?, the search engine (a version of Google) that Google registered and then put live for a few days is now gone.


Back in mid May, right after the European ruling came down related to the “right to remove” your details from Google, a mysterious domain name called was registered. The whois record showed that it was, in fact, owned by Google and pointed to their name servers. [Read more…]

Reports of Websites Going Down for Lack of ICANN Email Verification

There are reports that ICANN is now taking websites offline because of failures to verify ones’ email address. A popular website,, was recently taken offline because they failed to verify the site’s email address as listed in the whois record.

According to, their website was offline for nearly 30 minutes, and showed the following:

icann email verification notice website offline [Read more…]

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., 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 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 domain name that Google has just registered:

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