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“Domain names are like real estate properties- once you buy one, the value just increases over the time, and the resell value is sometimes even million-fold.”
- Ernie Hansen, Internet Marketing Expert
It is true that domain names are some of the most unique assets in the virtual world. Once you’ve registered one, you possess a one-of-a-kind property that you can keep for yourself or use as an investment. Take for example the Toys.com domain. Having cost the original buyer only a couple of thousand bucks, it was purchase by leading American brand Toys R Us for 4 million dollars in 2009.
Google, Mozilla and Microsoft have recently had major concerns regarding a fraudulent digital certificate that could allow any online criminal to impersonate the Google domain. This issue was first detected over the 2012 Christmas holidays and while there were no major catastrophes, it is still an issue that needs to be addressed.
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Accents are marks that change the pronunciation of certain letters in Canadian French and other languages, such as é. The special characters that use these marks have often been excluded from web addresses, sometimes due to technical difficulties in supporting them or because of other concerns. Nations where accented letters are in use have found that this creates problems for them. One such nation is Canada.
A multilingual society, Canada has a large Canadian French-speaking population who have resented and protested their inability to register domain names in French using correctly-accented spellings.
There will be significant changes on the Internet once ICANN fully implements its new gTLDs program. Hundreds of domain name extensions have been proposed such as auto, .google, .docs, .love, and many more.
This is a new era of opportunity for domain resellers, small and medium enterprises, online publishers, and organizations of all kinds around the world.
“Thousands of applications for new gTLDs have been received, as organizations seek to cash in on ICANN’s decision to allow a flock of new top level domains tied to owners’ company names or whims,” said Simon Sharwood of The Register.
“Among the many applications are requests for .adult, .sexy, and even .afl for the Australian Football League.”
Domain names are assets to entrepreneurs, domain resellers, big companies and publishers. Internet users are accustomed to seeing common domain name extensions such as .com, .net and .org. However, thousands of new creative extensions are now available to public companies.
“It’s interesting to note that leading tech companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft are taking very divergent strategies about how to approach this new chapter in mapping out the web,” said Ingrid Lundenof TechCrunch.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based non-profit corporation charged with the principal responsibility of maintaining the Internet’s domain name system, has unveiled a policy last year that changed the landscape of domain name extensions, which is favorable for brand names, locations and generic words.
Most Internet users are accustomed to generic extensions (.com, .net and .org) and country codes (ca-Canada, ie-Ireland).
However, a new wave of domain name extensions including .coke and .nike, could eventually influence the way brands advertise their products and services.
The world’s most popular search engine has stealthily added the pirate bay domain names to its blacklist search phrase in Google instant and autocomplete. The Pirate Bay website is known for housing tons of torrent links and sources both legitimate and illegitimate torrents.
Google included the domain names of The Pirate Bay like thepiratebay.org, the piratebay.com, and thepiratebay.se in the censored search phrases within the last month. Although the search engine giant quietly removed the certain keywords, the pages from the websites are still indexed.
A new wave of public interest domains ending in .NGO and .ONG will soon become complementary siblings of the trusted .ORG extension, which currently serves nonprofit and non-governmental communities worldwide.
“[Our goal] is to ensure that the unique needs of the nonprofit and nongovernmental community continue to be addressed and to provide these organizations with complementary, trusted online venues to voice their missions and to better engage their audiences,” said Public Interest Registry (PIR), which oversees the .ORG domain name registries.
The above is welcome news as the .ORG domain has been performing well over the last few years for domain resellers.
The Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) has reported that search giant, Google, which earned $9.74 billion in profits in 2011, has met some resistance from Moscow Commercial Court with regard to its motion to speed up review of its complaint against WebLink Ltd which is using Google.Ru and Gugl.Ru domain names, and may potentially infringe Google’s trademark in terms of “likeness.”
The reason for this motion hinges on a current appraisal underway by a panel of experts which makes this request impossible.