Microsoft is up to something. I’m not sure what, but I am really curious as to why Microsoft recently registered 26 domain names at once: all related to the word contosoyams. From my research so far, I have not been able to find any references anywhere to contosoyams, and can only determine that this is a fictitious word made up by someone at Microsoft. [Read more…]
Apparently there will be no more mobile innovation at Microsoft. Well, at least that’s the impression you get if you look at the domain names that Microsoft did not renew. Microsoft, obviously on purpose, has chosen not to renew this group of domain names, as they will soon be available for anyone to register: [Read more…]
Larry Page and Google recently announced the formation of a new company, called Calico. The new company will “will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.” According to the news release, Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, will be Chief Executive Officer and a founding investor. [Read more…]
Update: This post has been updated and will be updated as situation warrants. Updates at bottom of post. The title of the post has been updated, as well.
A friend of mine pointed out the Twitter whois record. Apparently it looks like the Admin record is Sea Sea and het email address for Twitter is now something [email protected] There is a political situation going on right now in Syria, and there is unrest there. [Read more…]
If you own a domain name, and you don’t currently have a live website on that domain, then one option is to park that domain name and potentially earn revenue from it. Keep in mind, though, that if you park a domain name, and plan on eventually using it as a live website with real content on it, you may want to think twice before you park the domain. [Read more…]
If you buy a domain name in the future, you will be required to verify ownership through receipt of a PIN number or unique code by email or by phone–or the newly registered domain name will be suspended by the registrar. Newly ICANN regulations, approved by the ICANN board on June 27, 2013, include these new requirements: and registrars must comply or face suspension themselves. [Read more…]
Do domain names make good investments? Well, in short, yes, they do. Domain names are the real estate of the internet. There is only a finite number of dictionary words, and a dictionary-word dot com leads the pack when it comes to investment value. In fact, with millions of people getting online, the value of a domain name can only go up. [Read more…]
Yes, I know the title of this post sounds harsh: should you use a dash or a hyphen in a domain name? But to be honest with you, that is my conclusion now that I have seen this. It’s solid proof that the right keyword rich domain name will out-rank a hyphenated domain name in the search results every time. Don’t use a Hyphen in Domain Name, here’s proof of that. [Read more…]
This has to be what I would personally call the most bizarre domain name sales pitch I have ever seen. The owner of a bunch of Cherokee Letter domain names is recommending that you buy his domain names–and use them in a Google AdWords campaign to commit what I would call outright fraud and deception. [Read more…]
If you haven’t heard, there is a new domain name system in place to quickly takedown or suspend domain names that clearly infringe trademark rights. This new domain name suspension system, called the “Uniform Rapid Suspension System“, or simply URS, is very similar to the Uniform Domain Dispute Policy, commonly referred to as the UDRP. The National Arbitration Forum is the first officially ICANN-approved provider of the URS. [Read more…]
UPDATED Jan 14, 2013
Someone made a mistake recently and did not renew a high-end, premium domain name, Publication.com. But instead of Publication.com going through the normal domain name drop process, at the 11th hour, the domain name did not become available as it should have–and was suddenly renewed. This should not have happened, according to the domain name drop process. Domain names that are in Pending Delete status cannot be renewed by their former owner–it must become available to the public. [Read more…]
Twitter and Facebook, as well as many other social media networks such as Pinterest, both encourage and endorse reverse social media hijacking. The current trademark policies of these social media networks allow (and encourage) trademark holders to take over social media IDs, whether that ID was originally register in bad faith or not. What is disturbing to me is that the current policies of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks are the complete reverse of the established domain name policies of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) that address Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. [Read more…]
LucasFilm brought us Darth Vader in 1977. Now, Darth Vader (as in the domain name DarthVader.com) is now owned by its rightful owner, LucasFilm. Tucows Domain Portfolio Vice President Bill Sweetman commandeered the domain name when it was not renewed by its current owner–and promptly arranged for the domain name to be given to LucasFilm. [Read more…]
Reverse Domain Name Hijacking is “a disgusting practice…”, according to Rick Schwartz (aka the Domain King), and co-founder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C.. “I always think about the mom and pop with one domain and their entire lives wrapped up in it. Along comes a bully and they are out of business. Robbing these folks of their dreams and livelihoods. It’s sickening when you look at it like that. That’s what really lights my fuse. I can handle a loss, they can’t. That’s why laws need to be written. Not to protect domainers, but to protect the masses.” Mr. Schwartz is not alone. According to my research, many in the domain name industry, as well as those outside the industry, feel the same way about Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. [Read more…]
A representative of the SEO firm mentioned in this post sent a threat to me via email–so I removed this post.
It looks like Sedo.com and Sedo.co.uk, the search engine for domain names, has been hacked, and apparently is hosting malware on their web site. These messages started appearing to visitors of both Sedo.com and Sedo.co.uk within the past 24 hours, and I have verified that users are still getting these messages. [Read more…]
Godaddy, the domain name registrar, has apparently been caught registering domain names after someone has looked up the availability of a domain name. This guy claims that he looked up a domain name to see if that domain name was available. The domain name was available, but apparently he did not register the domain name that day. He came back a few days later to find that the domain name had been registered by, low and behold: Godaddy themselves. [Read more…]
Microsoft recently launched Outlook.com as a new online email service, to rival Google’s Gmail. Hotmail.com will be replaced by Outlook.com. On the same day that Microsoft rebooted Outlook.com, they registered a whole slew of similar domain names–in a move that looks like it’s mainly to protect the Outlook brand. [Read more…]
Thomson Reuters has signed an agreement to purchase MarkMonitor. This acquisition of MarkMonitor, based in San Francisco, California, is said to “strengthen the broad portfolio of intellectual property solutions from Thomson Reuters”. The completion of the acquisition is, of course, subject to standard regulatory approvals, and the actual terms of the transaction were not disclosed publicly. [Read more…]
There is what I would call an intellectual property domain name scam that companies are still falling for–and the individuals behind the scam have been successfully running it for over 10 years now. If you are a domain name owner (and most likely you do own a domain name), then you may at some point receive an email from someone in China telling you that someone is trying to register a domain name that is similar to your intellectual property. They want you to reply to them, so you can then pay them ridiculous fees to register useless domain names. [Read more…]
Update: LeadRefs no longer exists and has been taken down.
For those who like to do affiliate marketing, buying domains is a familiar subject. You never know what set of keywords will be the next big thing, so you buy several domains with several different combinations of keywords. Many affiliate marketers buy tons, and tons of these types of domains, and work to get those domains ranked in the search engines. Oftentimes, the domains can be used for highly targeted niche sites, and some can even be flipped for a profit. But then there are times when you own a domain that you can’t figure out anything useful for it, and you don’t have an immediate buyer for. This is the kind of problem that LeadRefs.com can help solve. [Read more…]
Google has decided to retire the “hosted domains” product that they have through the Google AdSense program. According to an email directly from the Google AdSense team, they have evaluated the benefits of their partner network and decided to retire the Hosted Domains program with Google AdSense. [Read more…]
As Danny Sullivan reported a while back, Microsoft has been testing and playing around with a new brand, called Kumo. As he reported, when you went to Kumo.com there used to be an actual search engine there, that looked a lot like today’s Bing.com. However, what I find very interesting to note: You can no longer search at Kumo.com. In fact, when you go to Kumo.com now, it redirects to Bing.com. [Read more…]
Most likely a result of Facebook having sued a whole lot of cyber-squatters recently, Facebook has recovered 44 domain names that are typos of the Facebook brand. As you might recall, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I previously reported about Facebook suing a group of domain name cyber squatters, people who owned typos of the Facebook.com domain name. [Read more…]
On a regular basis, I watch the domain names that Google registers, as sometimes it is an indication of things to come–sometimes the registration of a domain name may indicate a future project. It is interesting to note that Google today registered a lot of typo domain names related to Google Analytics, their web analytics service. [Read more…]
Networks Solutions, a popular domain name registrar, is revealing the real identity of the domain name owner even though the domain name owner has opted-in and paid for their domain name privacy service. When a domain name is registered, buyers have the option of paying $9.99 per year extra to keep their domain name ownership private. But a loophole in Network Solutions’ own domain name management system reveals the real owner of any domain name, even those who wish to keep their names private. [Read more…]
After a few years of collecting, using, developing and parking domain names, I have decided to auction more domain names this week using Godaddy’s aftermarket domain name auctions. There are a few pharmacy-related domain names, including DallasPharmacies.com, AirportPharmacies.com, and even AustraliaPharmacies.com. [Read more…]
Facebook, the social network, has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California, claiming trademark infringement. The case, “Facebook, Inc. v. Cyber2Media, Inc. et al”, involves a lot of domain names, which are essentially “typos” and other names that closely related to the Facebook.com domain name. [Read more…]
Google, in an effort to protect their interests in their new Google+ Plus social network, has recently acquired the International Domain Name (IDN) +.com, also known as xn--dra.com. The problem here is that xn--dra.com (+.com) is an illegal domain name–the domain name violates IDNA2008, as published by IETF. [Read more…]
I have a predication. In fact, it is a prediction about the future of weather forecasts. No, I am not a weather man–although I like to think that I am sometimes am more accurate than some of the weather forecasters in my area. So, what’s my prediction? Your weather, or how you get your weather, is going to become more social in nature (no pun intended). Why? The Weather Channel looks to be planning some sort of push towards making how we get our weather more social. [Read more…]
Domainers, those who buy and sell domain names for a living, are not all evil. There are plenty of domainers that are smart business people, and then there are those who have a heart–like Bob Olea, who recently bought the domain name JeffBezos.com at an aftermarket domain auction and returned it to its rightful owner: Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. [Read more…]
As you may or may not know, I usually monitor the domain name purchases of some of the major online retailers and web properties. Certain domain name purchases catch my eye, and I try to post about it when something noteworthy is in the works. Usually, when someone has plans for something, they will purchase the domain name related to the new product or service–and companies planning big campaigns or products and services are no different. [Read more…]
UPDATE: June 16, 2011 Looks like I was wrong with my prediction of Engadget and AOL Tech Guru. Anyhow, you can’t be right all of the time. AOL has launched their AOL Tech Guru service at www.AOLTechGuru.com, where they are providing technical support. According to the site, AOL TechGuru offers remote technical support you can trust, anytime and anywhere, 24×7. Let our U.S. and Canada-based techs get your PC back on track today!” The following is the original blog post, where I speculated about the AOL Tech Guru domain name purchases: [Read more…]
Last month I first discovered that Microsoft had secretly acquired 47 domain names related to a brand called “Synsup Labs”. Those domain names had previously been pointed to the Bing.com search results for a keyword search for SynsupLabs. Now, about a month later, the total count of domain names related to Synsup Labs that Microsoft owns is an even 50, and each of those domain names have been set to resolve to their own name server. [Read more…]
Microsoft has purchased eight domain names related to search engine optimization (SEO). I am not quite sure about the reasoning behind this move by Microsoft, the owner of the Bing.com search engine. There could be a few reasons, the most logical being brand and trademark protection, as I do not suspect that Microsoft is going to go into the search engine optimization business anytime soon. [Read more…]
In an interesting move that might indicate an upcoming acquisition or a major project in the works, Microsoft has acquired 47 domain names related to Synsup Labs. I have done some initial research, but am unable to come up with anything even remotely related to Microsoft and Synsup Labs or even Synsuplabs, so I am convinced that this most likely is related to an upcoming major project over at Microsoft.
Here is the list of domain names related to Synsuplabs that Microsoft has quietly acquired today:
There are several companies on my radar whose domain name acquisitions always pique my interest, for a few reasons. Microsoft’s domain acquisitions are rather interesting based on their history of domain name acquisitions: Microsoft does not usually acquire domain names and point them to their main nameserver, msft.net. Today was an exception, though, as Microsoft as acquired a whopping 47 domain names.
Currently, these domain names resolve to actual search queries at the Bing.com search engine.
Today, the internet gambling industry just got turned on its head. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Janice Fedarcyk, Assistant-Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), unsealed an indictment charging the founders of the three largest Internet poker companies doing business in the United States with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling offenses. Others were charged, as well. [Read more…]