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Crypto and Blockchain are registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-02-20 17:53

Want to register a new TLD with one of these suddenly hot terms? You’re going to deal with the TMCH.

Remember the Trademark Clearinghouse for new top level domain names?

By getting a mark filed with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a company can get first rights to a domain matching the mark when a new TLD goes through sunrise. Also, people that try to register a domain matching the mark get a warning during the start of general availability. This triggers a notification to the trademark holder, too.

I’ve documented how some companies tried to game the system. But with new TLDs coming out with lackluster interest, the concept of premium domains with premium pricing, and new TLDs rolling out slowly now, you don’t hear about it much more.

So you might be surprised to see that Blockchain and Crypto are in the TMCH database.

I might give the crypto trademark owners a break. There are three marks in the database, apparently from two different companies using Swiss trademarks. Their websites are bordotek.com and crypto.ch. I’ll cut them some slack because they are in the crypto-security space, not cryptocurrencies.

But blockchain? A French technology company called Athanor has registered its mark in the TMCH database. Hmm.

There are no registrations for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency.


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Botnets Shift Focus to Credential Abuse, Says Latest Akamai Report

Domain industry news - Tue, 2018-02-20 17:49

Akamai's Fourth Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet, was released today in which it states that the analysis of more than 7.3 trillion bot requests per month has found a sharp increase in the threat of credential abuse, with more than 40 percent of login attempts being malicious. Additionally, the report warns DDoS attacks remain a consistent threat and the Mirai botnet is still capable of strong bursts of activity.

14% Increase in DDoS: "Akamai's findings also confirmed that the total number of DDoS attacks last quarter (Q4 2017) increased 14 percent from the same time last year (Q4 2016). While previous reports from this year showed the intensity of the Mirai botnet fading, Akamai saw a spike of nearly 1 million unique IP addresses from the botnet scanning the Internet in late November, showing that it is still capable of explosive growth."

Cybercriminals are increasingly leveraging bot activity for malicious use: "Many of the botnets traditionally responsible for DDoS attacks are being used to abuse stolen login credentials. Of the 17 billion login requests tracked through the Akamai platform in November and December, almost half (43 percent) were used for credential abuse."

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Domain investor trio acquires DNForum

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-02-20 13:37

Three domain investors will be the next to try to restore DNForum to prominence.

Domain name forum DNForum has been sold to three domain name investors who will operate the site and hope to restore it to its former glory. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

I asked the new owners for a quick overview of who they are. One of the promising things about this trio is its geographic distribution. This gives them more timezone coverage as well as an multinational perspective.

Here are the new owners:

Oliver Hoger
Oliver has been an active trader of high-quality domain names the past 10 years, both as a buyer and seller of domain names and also as a broker for many high-profile clients. Oliver is a well know trader amongst the regulars of the high-end domain aftermarket. Oliver is based in the Euro time zone.

John Nguyen
John has been in the IT consulting business for the past 34 years. 15 years of those in the domain name business as a well-known short name investor. John also has a long and valued history at DNForum.com both as an active member but also as a moderator and administrator. John is based in the US.

Lars Lima
Lars been in the domain name industry for the past 13 years as an independent investor and broker of short domain names at www.DNand.com. He carries an MSc in International business management and has a history in sales and marketing. Lars is based in Denmark.


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US Congress Considering Legislation to Authorize Faster Access to International Electronic Data

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-02-19 20:15

A legislation called, Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or Cloud Act, was introduced on Monday by Congress aimed at creating a clearer framework for law enforcement to access data stored in cloud computing systems. Ali Breland reporting in The Hill: "[The] bill is aimed at making it easier for U.S. officials to create bilateral data sharing agreements that allow them to access data stored overseas and also for foreign law enforcement to access data stored on U.S. firms' servers. ... Federal law currently doesn't specify whether the government can demand that U.S. companies give it data they have stored abroad. The CLOUD Act would amend this, likely impacting Microsoft's pending Supreme Court case over data it has stored in Ireland."

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U.S. Lawmakers Moving to Consider New Rules Imposing Stricter Federal Oversight on Cryptocurrencies

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-02-19 20:00

Reuters reports today that several top lawmakers have revealed a "bipartisan momentum is growing in the Senate and House of Representatives for action to address the risks posed by virtual currencies to investors and the financial system." David Morgan
reports: "Even free-market Republican conservatives, normally wary of government red tape, said regulation could be needed if cryptocurrencies threaten the U.S. economy. ... Much of the concern on Capitol Hill is focused on speculative trading and investing in cryptocurrencies, leading some lawmakers to push for digital assets to be regulated as securities and subject to the SEC’s investor protection rules."

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Insurance giant AXA loses fight for AXA.org

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-02-19 17:51

Company provides the evidence that panel used to dismiss the dispute.

Insurance company AXA has lost a cybersquatting complaint it brought against the domain name axa.org.

The owner of the domain name did not respond to the complaint, yet AXA itself provided the evidence necessary for the panel to reject the claim.

AXA provided evidence that a group called Advocates Across America previously used the domain name. AXA argued that the group was dissolved in 2016 after failing to file annual reports with the State of Arizona.

But to win a cybersquatting case under the UDRP, a complainant has to show the domain was registered in bad faith, not just used in bad faith. The evidence AXA submitted showed that the domain was almost certainly registered in good faith by an organization using AXA to mean “Advocates Across America”, not to take advantage of the insurance giant.

AXA made the argument that AXA wasn’t an acronym for the group despite the common use of ‘x’ to mean across. It also argued that the domain was registered to take advantage of the insurance company. I can’t imagine a reason that a group that advocates for people with learning disabilities would want to trade off the goodwill of an insurance company.

In fact, you could make a good argument that this is a case of reverse domain name hijacking:

1. AXA knew the domain was registered in good faith.
2. It made a bad claim about how AXA is not a reasonable acronym for Advocates Across America
3. It waited over 20 years to bring its claim against the domain, ostensibly because the organization recently dissolved


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Christa Taylor talks domains – DNW Podcast #173

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:30

An in-depth discussion on the state of new top level domains.

What makes for a good top level domain name? Well, it starts with the ABIC test. Christa Taylor of dotTBA has helped many companies apply for, plan for and/or launch top level domain names. This puts her in a unique position of seeing new domains at many stages and monitoring different strategies. On today’s show, we discuss what has happened with new top level domains so far as well as what she expects will happen in years to come. We also discuss the challenges of domain names in the Middle East. You’ll also hear about Christa’s ABIC test for determining if a new top level domain name is good. You can actually apply ABIC to other things, too. Also: Much ado about ado.com, Donuts goes travelling, Google Chrome and Verisign’s missing news.

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Kitchens To Go tries to reverse domain name hijack KTG.com

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-02-16 22:42

Broker offered domain name for sale, which Kitchens To Go used as an opening to get domain below market value.

Kitchens To Go, LLC has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for a cybersquatting complaint it brought against the domain name KTG.com.

The owner of KTG.com died and left the domain names to his sister. His sister then hired a domain broker to try to sell the domain names, and the broker contacted Kitchens To Go to see if it wanted to buy the domain. Kitchens To Go uses the domain name KitchensToGo.com but also owns K-T-G.com.

A World Intellectual Property Organization panel determined that Kitchens To Go did not meet any of the three elements necessary to win the case. The panel neatly summarized Kitchens To Go’s actions:

The facts point clearly towards the Complainant, having taken no steps in respect of the disputed domain name since it was first registered in 2001, taking the opportunistic view that, once it had been offered the disputed domain name for sale for a sum greater than the likely costs of registration, it could force the Respondent to sell it for a sum which was less than its market value. Failing that, that it could try to apply further pressure by bringing an unmeritorious claim under the Policy which made exaggerated accounts of rights and sweeping and unsupported assertions of bad faith against the Respondent.

Kitchens To Go was represented by Tressler LLP, which doesn’t appear to have specific experience with IP or domain name disputes.

The domain owner was represented by Zak Muscovitch of Muscovitch Law P.C.


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SpaceX Launching Two Experimental Internet Satellites This Weekend

Domain industry news - Fri, 2018-02-16 21:10

On Saturday, SpaceX will be launching two experimental mini-satellites that will pave the path for the first batch of what is planned to be a 4,000-satellite constellation providing low-cost internet around the earth. George Dvorsky reporting in Gizmodo: "Announced back in 2015, Starlink is designed to be a massive, space-based telecommunications network consisting of thousands of interlinked satellites and several geographically dispersed ground stations. ... The plan is to have a global internet service in place by the mid-2020s, and get a leg-up on potential competitors. ... Two prototypes, named Microsat 2a and 2b, are now packed and ready for launch atop a Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket."

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A Brooklyn Bitcoin Mining Operation is Causing Interference to T-Mobile's Broadband Network

Domain industry news - Fri, 2018-02-16 18:53

AntMiner S5 Bitcoin Miner by Bitmain released in 2014. S5 has since been surpassed by newer models.The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday sent a letter to an individual in Brooklyn, New York, alleging that a device in the individual's residence used to mine Bitcoin is generating spurious radiofrequency emissions, causing interference to a portion of T-Mobile's mobile telephone and broadband network. The letter states the FCC received a complaint from T-Mobile concerning interference to its 700 MHz LTE network in Brooklyn, New York. In response to the complaint, agents from the Enforcement Bureau's New York Office confirmed by using direction finding techniques that radio emissions in the 700 MHz band were, in fact, emanating from the user's residence in Brooklyn. "When the interfering device was turned off the interference ceased. ... The device was generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobile's broadband network and causing harmful interference." FCC's warning letter further states that user's "Antminer s5 Bitcoin Miner" operation constitutes a violation of the Federal laws and could subject the operator to severe penalties including substantial monetary fines and arrest.

Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner, in a tweet said: "Okay, this @FCC letter has it all: #bitcoin mining, computing power needed for #blockchain computation and #wireless #broadband interference. It all seems so very 2018."

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Hackers Earned Over $100K in 20 Days Through Hack the Air Force 2.0

Domain industry news - Fri, 2018-02-16 15:47

The participating U.S. Airmen and hackers at the conclusion of h1-212 in New York City on Dec 9, 2017

HackerOne has announced the results of the second Hack the Air Force bug bounty challenge which invited trusted hackers from all over the world to participate in its second bug bounty challenge in less than a year. The 20-day bug bounty challenge was the most inclusive government program to-date, with 26 countries invited to participate. From the report: "Hack the Air Force 2.0 is part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Hack the Pentagon crowd-sourced security initiative. Twenty-seven trusted hackers successfully participated in the Hack the Air Force bug bounty challenge — reporting 106 valid vulnerabilities and earning $103,883. Hackers from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, and Latvia participated in the challenge. The Air Force awarded hackers the highest single bounty award of any Federal program to-date, $12,500."

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Video: Talking Domains

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-02-16 15:11

Joe Styler interviewed me about the domain name business. Here’s what I had to say.

Last year at NamesCon I sat down with Joe Styler of GoDaddy to do a video in conjunction with NamePros. It took NamePros a year to edit and publish the video, but I think it turned out well. Thankfully, I didn’t make bad predictions about what would happen in 2017, and I think it’s still relevant.

We discuss:

* What I like more about investing in domains than in stocks
* How new top level domains can become more popular
* Why large companies sometimes have limited budgets for domains

Enjoy:


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Latest Verisign Industry Brief Shows .Coms & ccTLDs Outperforming Market But New gTLDs Plunge

DN Journal - Thu, 2018-02-15 22:41
Verisign's latest quarterly Domain Name Industry Brief covering the 4th quarter of 2017 is out with a combination of good news and bad.
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WHOIS Inaccuracy Could Mean Noncompliance with GDPR

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-02-15 20:41

The European Commission recently released technical input on ICANN's proposed GDPR-compliant WHOIS models that underscores the GDPR's "Accuracy" principle — making clear that reasonable steps should be taken to ensure the accuracy of any personal data obtained for WHOIS databases and that ICANN should be sure to incorporate this requirement in whatever model it adopts. Contracted parties concerned with GDPR compliance should take note.

According to Article 5 of the regulation, personal data shall be "accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay." This standard is critical for maintaining properly functioning WHOIS databases and would be a significant improvement over today's insufficient standard of WHOIS accuracy. Indeed, European Union-based country code TLDs require rigorous validation and verification, much more in line with GDPR requirements — a standard to strive for.

The stage is set for an upgrade to WHOIS accuracy: ICANN's current approach to WHOIS accuracy simply does not comply with GDPR. Any model selected by ICANN to comply with GDPR must be accompanied by new processes to validate and verify the contact information contained in the WHOIS database. Unfortunately, the current Registrar Accreditation Agreement, which includes detailed provisions requiring registrars to validate and verify registrant data, does not go far enough to meet these requirements.

At a minimum, ICANN should expedite the implementation of cross-field validation as required by the 2013 RAA, but to date has not been enforced. These activities should be supplemented by examining other forms of validation, building on ICANN's experience in developing the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS), which examines accuracy of contact information from the perspective of syntactical and operational validity. Also, validation and accuracy of WHOIS data has been a long-discussed matter within the ICANN community — with the 2014 Final Report from the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services: A Next-Generation Registration Directory Service (RDS) devoting an entire chapter to "Improving Data Quality" with a recommendation for more robust validation of registrant data. And, not insignificantly, ICANN already has investigated and deployed validation systems in its operations, including those in use by its Compliance department to investigate accuracy complaints.

Despite its significance to the protection and usefulness of WHOIS data, the accuracy principle is surprisingly absent from the three WHOIS models presented by ICANN for discussion among relevant stakeholders. Regardless of which model is ultimately selected, the accuracy principle must be applied to any WHOIS data processing activity in a manner that addresses GDPR compliance — both at inception, when a domain is registered, and later, when data is out of date.

All stakeholders can agree that WHOIS data is a valuable resource for industry, public services, researchers, and individual Internet users. Aside from the GDPR "Accuracy" principle, taking steps to protect the confidentiality of this resource would be meaningless if the data itself were not accurate or complete.

Written by Fabricio Vayra, Partner at Perkins Coie LLP

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Domain names Amazon and other end users bought

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-02-15 18:24

Huge companies buy domain names along with cryptocurrency companies.

Two very large companies made domain name purchases at Sedo over the past week. Amazon.com bought a generic and Statoil, a $74 billion market cap energy company, bought a domain corresponding to one of its projects.

Of course, there were lots of cryptocurrency related purchases as well, led by Bitkey.com for $25,000.

Here are a baker’s dozen end user sales from Sedo:

(You can view previous lists like this here.)

Bitkey.com $25,000 – The domain is in escrow but I can’t imagine it being anyone other than the owner of Bitkey.io.

Potpourri.com $22,500 – What a deal for Potpourri Group, Inc., a direct-to-consumer merchandiser. It upgraded from PotpourriGroup.com to Potpourri.com for a low price.

HiChat.com $16,800 – It looks like this will be used for a chatting app, but the buyer’s identity is unclear.

UOTC.com $5,299 – A “coming soon” page says it will be a cryptocurrency trading platform.

DoggerBank.com €3,450 – Energy giant Statoil acquired the domain name for one of its offshore wind farm investments.

SBTP.com £2,800 – SBTP Group Ltd is a newly formed company in London. The domain doesn’t resolve yet.

BWYS.com $3,500 – Bluewater Yacht Sales bought its acronym.

LuisFer.com $3,500 – This is short for the personal name Luis Fernandez.

OneDayGroup.com $2,495 – OneDayGroup in China owns the domain name one-day.cn.

AudioLibri.it €8,600 – Amazon bought this descriptive domain which means “audio book”.

DrGrammer.org $8,540 – Stands4 LTD owns Abbreviations.com.

WANDX.com $3,000 – WANDX is a cryptocurrency exchange that uses the domain WANDX.co.

Cakewalk.co $2,000 – This service helps you find and book event space.


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Tutorial: Domain Availability Search Using GoDaddy API and PHP

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:18

Alvin Brown provides a tutorial on using GoDaddy’s API.

Grab a beverage, put your “coding” hat on for the for the journey ahead. Why? Today we’re tackling a simple coding tutorial.

That’s right, we’re coding a bit today as we aim to create a custom domain search feature with a bit of PHP, HTML, and GoDaddy’s Application Programming Interface (API).

Before diving into this tutorial, be sure you have the following:

  • A web host environment or localhost environment, preferably Linux hosting
  • A GoDaddy Developer account (sign up)
  • GoDaddy API Credentials (see here)
  • A text editor (Notepad++, Sublime, TextWrangler, Dreamweaver, Notepad)

If you encounter issues setting up or logging into your GoDaddy Developer account, then watch this video.

You’ll also need to become familiar with learning to use PHP curl to execute GoDaddy API calls.

NOTE: This tutorial is a “quick and dirty” approach that uses procedural programming and not object oriented programming (which I highly recommend).

I’m using procedural programming as this tutorial considers someone who does not come from nor have they ever had any experience with software development in general.

Once procuring the aforementioned items, then you’re ready to proceed with the tutorial.

Create Domain Search Form Using HTML and PHP
Open the text editor of your choice, naming and saving the following PHP file: dnsearch.php.

The first thing to do is to create a HTML5 form using a bit of HTML, inline CSS (I know it’s bad), and a bit of PHP.The code below is all the HTML you’ll need to create the domain search form (as shown in the image above).

Within the code, notice the following PHP variables echoed: $msg and $_POST[‘domain’].

The $msg variable is used to display success or failure text when executing a search.

The $_POST[‘domain’] variable is the name of the input field receiving input (the domain name to be searched) from the user when executing a search.

Notice the @ symbol proceeding the $_POST[‘domain’], which suppresses an errors, yet displays the domain name entered into the domain form field by the user upon form submission.

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Create Logic to Sanitize and Validate Domain Search Using PHP

NOTE: This tutorial is simply an example and not one I deem using for production-ready environment. This tutorial is only meant to show how you might use the GoDaddy API in conjuction with PHP.

Now that you have the domain search form created, you’re ready to add a bit of logic to search, check, sanitize and validate the domain’s availability using PHP.

One of the first things to do is define an empty $msg variable. The $msg variable, as mentioned in the previous section, is used to display success or failure text when executing a search.

Once the $msg variable is in place, then we’re ready to establish whether or not the submit button has been pressed and if its value equals “Search” using an if statement.

Within the if statement, assume and define an error message as the default message using the $msg.

Next, create a few string replace and trim functions for the $_POST[‘domain’] form field using PHP’s built-in str_replace and trim methods.

I’ve also include the use of filter_var to sanitize and validate the url (i.e., FILTER_SANITIZE_URL) or domain entered is valid.

As a side note, it’s ALWAYS good to check, sanitize, and validate user input as this reduces, if not eliminates, the risk of SQL injections and cross-scripting attacks. ????

At this point, the goal is to only use and display the domain and the top-level domain (TLD) (e.g. alvinbrown.com instead of http://www.alvinbrown.com or www.alvinbrown.com).

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That’s all for checking, sanitizing, and validating user input. It’s now time to move forward with making GoDaddy API call to check the availability of submitted domain.

Execute Domain Search Logic Using GoDaddy API and PHP

Before executing and making GoDaddy API call using PHP, use an if statement to ensure a domain is still defined after sanitization and validation checking has been successfully performed.

Within the if statement, assume the domain has successfully been sanitized and validated, and is ready to be passed to GoDaddy API.

I won’t cover all the nitty-gritty details of executing a GoDaddy API call using PHP, but feel free to read up before moving ahead in this tutorial by reviewing Getting Started With GoDaddy API Using PHP.

In short, define $url and $header variables, setting each to its respective and expected values. The $url variable expects a full path GoDaddy web url while the $header variable expects the appropriate API credentials (see GoDaddy API documentation for more assistance).

Once both have been defined, then the GoDaddy API call can be executed using PHP’s built-in cURL method.

To capture the response data from the executed GoDaddy API call to check the availability of submitted domain, define a $response variable and set its value equal to PHP’s curl_exec method, closing the cURL call using PHP’s curl_close method.

After closing the GoDaddy API call, define a $dn variable to decode the JSON response received from the previously executed GoDaddy API.

To decode JSON, use PHP’s json_decode method, passing it the $result variable as the first argument and ‘true’ as the second argument.

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GoDaddy API Call Error Checking and Response Display

Before displaying the response data to the web browser received from making GoDaddy API call using PHP, apply simple error checking code using an additional if statement.

This if statement will check to see if the $dn variable has ‘code’ set as an object key. Said another way, has an error code been returned and encountered when making GoDaddy API call?

If $dn[‘code’] DOES exist, meaning there is an error code of some sort return, then prepare to display the error message wrapped in HTML H2 header tags.

Review GoDaddy’s API documentation to determine the respective error codes likely encountered when using the /v1/domains/available API service to check domain availability.

Else if $dn[‘code’] DOES NOT exist, meaning no error code returned, then prepare to execute yet another if statement to check whether the domain returned available or registered.

This if statement checks to verify that $dn[‘available’] exists and its value is equal to ‘true’, meaning that the submitted domain name is available for registration.

Within this if statement and because the domain is available, set the $msg variable to display a congratulatory message along with domain linked to GoDaddy to create a streamline purchase process.

With the else section of the same if statement, set the $msg variable to display a sorry message to indicate the domain is registered and NOT available for registration.

And that’s all there is to checking the availability of a domain making GoDaddy API using PHP!

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Time to Bring it Together and Test!

If this is your first coding experience as a domainer, then you’re head is likely spinning at this point in the tutorial. ????

But the good thing is you’ve endured to the end, and now it’s time to test your pseudo technical prowess. The code in its entirety should look like the dnsearch.php file contained in the dnsearch.zip file.

DOWNLOAD dnsearch.zip for GoDaddy API Domain Search Availability

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO ADD YOUR GODADDY API CREDENTIALS OR THIS TUTORIAL WILL NOT WORK!

Download, extract and save the dnsearch.php file to an accessible web directory. Open dnsearch.php via a web browser (just like how you would visit a web page).

Once file is opened and executed via a web browser, attempt to search for both a domain you know to be available and a domain you know to be registered.

The available domain should display a message similar to the following when submitted:The registered domain should display a message similar to the following when submitted:

Closing Thoughts

Congrats! You now have your very own domain availability search feature. This is the first of many GoDaddy API tutorials to come.

My hope is that each tutorial teaches you to become more effective and efficient in various aspects (i.e., development, integration, automation) of your domain investing experience.

Although simple in nature, the principles of this tutorial will and can unlock the door to solving tomorrow’s more complex technical challenges pertaining to domain investing.

For instance, I could see someone taking this code and automating it to periodically check a list of expiring domain auctions not won (hint, hint). ????

Whether you’re technically-challenged or not, but I encourage you to take the dive in learning a new skill.

In closing, please do not hesitate to leave me questions, comments, or propose ideas for future tutorials using GoDaddy’s API.

Thanks and that’s all for now!


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Tucows’ CEO Elliot Noss on domains as an asset class

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-02-14 20:57

Elliot Noss explains how domain name portfolios can be treated as an asset class.

Tucows (NASDAQ:) held its investor conference call this morning to discuss Q4 and full year results.

During the call, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss referred to the deal the company did with GoDaddy (without mentioning GoDaddy) last quarter to sell some of its domain names. GoDaddy paid $2 million and acquired about 10% of Tucows’ portfolio excluding the surname portfolio.

An analyst asked about the deal and how big deals like this come about. Noss explained that domain names are an asset class:

So when it’s portfolios as opposed to individual names, then it does tend to be people looking to deploy capital. Domains are an asset class. They are an extremely obscure class with a small pool of investors, but it’s an asset class that performs like any other. You have people who sort of pay attention to different elements of the asset class and who deploy capital for different reasons. In our case, we’re very plugged in the industry. It’s known where we are when somebody wants to deploy capital or somebody wants something else from us, there may be some portfolio transactions that go along with that. So I think that — what would I describe it as, you close the seven-figure deals irregularly, but you discuss them constantly.

That “something else” Noss referred to was a deal for GoDaddy to resume selling Tucows’ expired domain name inventory.

(On a side note, Noss is recuperating from double hip-replacement surgery and I wish him a speedy recovery.)


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Who Will Crack Cloud Application Access SLAs?

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-02-14 20:14

The broadband industry doesn't have an agreed-upon unit of supply and demand that meaningfully "adds up". This is rather odd for a service that aspires to be a utility. It is also a barrier to a much-needed transformation from "bit pipes" to "digital supply chain management".

The chart below ought to be in every basic undergraduate textbook on packet networking and distributed computing. That it is absent says much about our technical maturity level as an industry. But before we look at what it means, let's go back to some basics.

When you deliver a utility service like water or gas, there's a unit for metering its supply. The electricity wattage consumed by a room is the sum of the wattage of the individual appliances. The house consumption is the sum of the rooms, the neighbourhood is the sum of the houses, and so on. Likewise, we can add up the demand for water, using litres.

These resource units "add up" in a meaningful way. We can express a service level agreement (SLA) for utility service delivery in that standard unit in an unambiguous way. This allows us to agree both the final end-user delivery, as well as to contract supply at any administrative or management boundaries in the delivery network.

What's really weird about the broadband industry is that we've not yet got a standard metric of supply and demand that "adds up." What's even more peculiar is that people don't even seem to be aware of its absence, or feel the urge to look for one. What's absolutely bizarre is that it's hard to get people interested even when you do finally find a really good one!

Picking the right "unit" is hard because telecoms is different to power and water in a crucial way. With these physical utilities, we want more of something valuable. Broadband is an information utility, where we want less of something unwanted: latency (and in extremis, loss). That is a tricky conceptual about-turn.

So we're selling the absence of something, not its presence. It's kind of asking "how much network latency mess-up can we deal with in order to deliver a tolerable level of application QoE screw-up”. Ideally, we'd like zero "mess-up" and "screw-up," but that's not on offer. And no, I don't expect ISPs to begin advertising "a bit less screwed-up than the competition" anytime soon to consumers!

The above chart breaks down the latency into its independent constituent parts. What it says is:

  • For any network (sub-)path, the latency comprises (G)eographic, packet (S)ize, and (V)ariable contention delay — the "vertical" (de)composition.
  • Along the "horizontal" path the "Gs", "Ss", and "Vs" all "add up". (They are probabilities, not simple scalars, but it's still just ordinary algebra.)
  • You can "add up" the complete end-to-end path "mess-up" by breaking each sub-path "mess-up" into G, S and V; then adding the Gs, Ss, and Vs "horizontally"; and then "vertically" recombining their "total mess-up" (again, all using probability functions to reflect we are dealing with randomness).

And that's it! We've now got a mathematics of latency which "adds up", just like wattage or litres. It's not proprietary, nobody holds a patent on it, everyone can use it. Any network equipment or monitoring enterprise with a standard level of competence can implement it as their network resource model. It's all documented in the open.

This may all seem a bit like science arcana, but it has real business implications. Adjust your retirement portfolio accordingly! Because it's really handy to have a collection of network SLAs that "add up" to a working telco service or SaaS application. In order to do that, you need to express them in a unit that "adds up".

In theory, big telcos are involved in a "digital transformation" from commodity "pipes" into cloud service integration companies. With the occasional honourable exception (you know who you are!), there doesn't seem to be much appetite for engaging with fundamental science and engineering. Most major telcos are technological husks that do vendor contract management, spectrum hoarding, and regulatory guerrilla warfare, with a bit of football marketing on the side.

In contrast, the giant cloud companies (like Amazon and Google) are thronged with PhDs thinking about flow efficiency, trade-offs and protocols, and how to globally optimise the whole data centre to user device system. They also commonly own the environment that delivers the user experience (smart TV, smartphone, tablet, etc.) Plus there's the hyper-distribution capability of app stores to reach all endpoints very quickly. So they are positioned well to drive an application-centric model.

There are big cost savings and quality of experience gains to be had by adopting "standard" metrics and "composable" SLAs. (Try delivering electricity or water without standardised units to see why!) For newer distributed applications, you can't deliver them at all without adopting "proper" engineering and rigorous science: a rocket isn't just a scaled-up firework. So whoever masters this very basic idea of a unit that "adds up" is in a better position to economically command the value chain.

The strategic questions are these:

  • Will telcos "get it" and take over the supply chain from the "inside, outwards"? Or will cloud companies "get it" and invade telecoms from the "outside, inwards"?
  • How will the profit pool get re-divided as a result? This is a bit like how things shifted between handsets and networks when power transitioned from Nokia to Apple.

My bet is that the answer is the "outside-in" case: whoever captures the end user experience using metrics that "add up" is in a position to then contract and command the rest of the supply chain to do its will. Telcos will not auto-transform; they will be forcibly transformed. The (enterprise and cloud) connectivity "buy side" has the incentives to tighten up the SLAs on offer; the "sell side" mostly seems pretty content with the status quo.

It is a bit like in the 1990s when there was a big debate about how best to deliver mobile coverage through building walls. In the battle between macrocells vs. microcells, "outside-in always wins." You don't try to cover outdoors from indoors; you do try to cover indoors from outdoors. Indeed, everything was configured to meet the most "outdoors" condition. We call them "mobile" networks for a reason!

So are "cloud SLA networks" the "new mobile networks"? We will find out! I think so. You can tell who really "gets it" by who adopts a "unit" of supply and demand that properly "adds up." This is the essential prerequisite for a new "digital supply chain management" industry to emerge. Because at the end of the day, if you can't "add up" your cloud application demand, and build a matching network supply SLA, then that's a big strategic minus.

Written by Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting Ltd

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Donuts Acquires .TRAVEL TLD

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-02-14 19:14

Donuts Inc. today announced it has acquired the .TRAVEL domain name from registry operator Tralliance Registry Management Company; the .TRAVEL domain becomes Donuts' 239th TLD. From the annoucement: "Since its launch in 2005, the .TRAVEL domain has been embraced by the travel industry. Domain names ending in .TRAVEL now identify tens of thousands of travel businesses and organizations on the Internet. The .TRAVEL domain is widely recognized as of the highest quality, and is used by leading travel businesses such as: visitloscabos.travel, adventures.travel, hongkongdisneyland.travel, goldman.travel, AARP.travel and tens of thousands of others."

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