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What Is the Business Case for 5G?

Domain industry news - Fri, 2019-05-03 18:29

There is much hype around 5G, but none of it is new. We saw the same propaganda — fueled by the manufacturers — in the run-up to the launch of the 3G and 4G versions of the mobile technology.

Driverless cars and a range of other IoT applications can indeed potentially open new revenue streams. The reality, however, is that these markets might not eventuate until somewhere between 2025 and 2030. The reason for this is that many of these developments have little to do with technology. They depend far more on radical changes in society and the economy. This means that it is more likely we will see any large-scale implementation of such services over decades rather than years.

Obviously, there will be some low-hanging fruit when the 5G network is rolled out and starts covering larger parts of the country, but also this development will take many years.

Take, for example, autonomous cars and consider this. For that technology to work a very large part of the road infrastructure will need to be covered by 5G. This would require a 5G antenna every 200 meters along those roads. In Europe, the telecoms operators have argued that if this is to happen car manufacturers will have to assist in such an investment. To date, there has been little or no interest from them in co-funding such infrastructure.

Apart from those logistics, the 5G technology would have to be extended with mm-wave technology, and that would require new spectrum that has not yet been allocated. There are also questions regarding health safety that still haven't been answered.

So what is in it for the operators in the meantime? Basically, greater network efficiencies and extra capacity, at incremental costs. So no new revenues but lower costs. It will also provide more backhaul capacity. This makes the operators less dependent on the fixed copper networks for their backhaul requirements.

In the heavily concentrated telecoms market in the USA, we also might see that carriers such as Verizon and AT&T will force users of the fixed copper network onto their 5G mobile networks. This most likely at higher costs to the users and at lower costs to the operators. By doing so, they will hope to avoid rolling out fiber networks deeper into the market. Without any serious competition and regulatory oversight, they might well be able to get away with this. With competition in general in decline, it will be tempting for operators in other countries to replicate such strategies.

It is however interesting to contemplate 5G as an infrastructure technology being applied by fiber network operators (FTT-5G). Rather than bringing fiber all the way to the home, can it be used to provide customers access for the last few hundred meters to this through 5G? If this is a reality (bringing fiber to every 5G cell/tower) then we could see massive cost savings on the consumer access end of the network.

In countries with poor network quality, we could see the lower end of the broadband market moving to mobile-only solutions. Of course this only works in areas where 5G will be made available. However, bear in mind that a full rollout could take 5 to 10 years. Unfortunately, those in already poor fixed broadband parts of regional and rural areas are not going to get 5G anytime soon. The reality being that initial networks will be predominantly rolled out in metro and urban areas.

Another observation here is that there is a ban in place on Huawei 5G equipment in the USA and Australia. These two countries will be at a disadvantage, as this Chinese company is the global leader in 5G, both in relation to innovation and price/performance. This will give all those 5G operators in countries that don't have the Huawei ban a great advantage over those in America and Australia. The political ban could hamper innovations specifically in the area of IoT.

This could be seriously detrimental to technical innovation in the USA, as this country no longer has its own national telecoms infrastructure manufacturing industry. It might be less relevant to Australia as this country is not a technology leader, just a follower. The lack of innovation in Australia was recently lamented by David Thodey, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs NSW and former CEO of Telstra & IBM ANZ.

5G equipment itself is only part of the overall costs of the 5G rollout. The fact that the other manufacturers are roughly one-third more expensive than Huawei will also affect the actual price that consumers will have to pay.

So don't expect 5G miracles to happen any time soon. Initially, it will be a network efficiency play mainly about network efficiency, and very few users will notice much change. As far as exciting new services are concerned, nothing significant is going to happen in the next few years. Nevertheless, over the longer term, 5G will be an exciting new technology that will most certainly lead to a broad range of innovations and new developments in the telecoms market.

Written by Paul Budde, Managing Director of Paul Budde Communication

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Someone is trying to phish domain name registrars

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2019-05-03 14:46

Criminal is spoofing ICANN.

Hacking individual domain name registrar accounts is so old-school. Why not gain access to an entire registrar or registry?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued an alert that someone is running a phishing scam impersonating ICANN. The emails (so far) come from sales (at) icann.org. The perpetrator is sending them to contracted parties.

ICANN recently sent an email to some contracted parties from accounting (at) erp.icann.org, which it says is a valid email.

Of course, if someone can spoof the sales address then they can probably spoof the other one or typos of it.

ICANN.org has a DMARC record but not a published DMARC quarantine/reject policy.

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GoDaddy disappoints Wall Street in Q1

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2019-05-03 14:31

Numbers fall short of Wall Street’s expectations.

GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) reported earnings after the bell yesterday.

The company’s revenue was up 12.1% year-over-year to $710.0 million. That’s the midpoint of GoDaddy’s expectations for the quarter but fell below consensus analyst estimates. Profit also fell below Wall Street’s expectations, causing shares to drop after hours yesterday and this morning.

Bookings hit $870.5 million, up 11.2% year-over-year.

Domains revenue was $319.6 million, up 9.6% year-over-year. It was $314.3 million in Q4 of 2018.

GoDaddy had 78.2 million domains under management as of the end of the quarter. About two-thirds of the domains are .com. The company credits aftermarket growth for some of the gains.

The company expects Q2 revenue of $730 million – $740 million. Full year revenue guidance is unchanged at $2.97 billion – $3.0 billion.

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No GDPR Action Against Any Big Tech Firms Since Law Imposed Last Year, Doubts Escalate Over Enforcer

Domain industry news - Thu, 2019-05-02 22:54

Last year Europe imposed GDPR, arguably the world's toughest standard for data privacy and now, a year later, there has yet to be any enforcement action against a big tech firm. Data-privacy experts and regulators are pointing their fingers at Ireland — the designated lead enforcer. In a Politico investigative report, Nicholas Vinocur writes: "Despite its vows to beef up its threadbare regulatory apparatus, Ireland has a long history of catering to the very companies it is supposed to oversee, having wooed top Silicon Valley firms to the Emerald Isle with promises of low taxes, open access to top officials, and help securing funds to build glittering new headquarters." Loopholes? Almost a year later, privacy experts, data watchdogs, academics and regulators in other countries are increasingly concerned that GDPR has significant loopholes.

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April’s Top Stories

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-05-02 18:31

Here’s what happened in domain names last month.

These are the top five stories on Domain Name Wire last month ranked by pageviews.

1. Clothing company tries to reverse hijack domain name – A European clothing brand filed a “factually misleading” cybersquatting case.

2. When you buy a dead person’s domain name – This group had to change its domain name after the founder died and the domain expired.

3. Time is running out to reject unlimited .Org (and other) prices – You’re out of time to comment on .info and .org but .biz is still open.

4. Sheryl Sandberg loses cybersquatting claim over LeanIn.com domain name – Her foundation uses the domain name LeanIn.org and wanted to get LeanIn.com.

5. The .App “junk drop” is coming – The first year anniversary for .app has arrived and you can expect a lot of domain names to expire.

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#231 (listen) – Hear why Trevor Mauch spent $600,000 on Carrot.com.
#230 (listen) – Learn Joshua Schoen’s domain acquisition strategy.

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F**K Intuit, says Intuit

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:40

Tax prep company registers derogatory domains as the public dials up the heat.

Millions of Americans just finished filing their taxes. Many of them used Intuit’s TurboTax to figure out how much they owed and file their return.

Over the past month, it surfaced that Intuit and other tax preparation companies lobbied Congress in an effort to get a new bill preventing the IRS from providing free software to calculate taxes. They also hid their free file page from search engines. People don’t like Intuit.

So it might not come as a surprise that Intuit is going on a defensive domain name registration binge. Here are some of the domain names the company just registered:

  • F*ckSasanGodarzi.com (Intuit’s CEO is Sasan Godarzi)
  • HateIntuit.com
  • ScrewTurboTax.com

Registering domain names to keep them out of the hands of haters is an age-old practice. But it’s impossible to register all variations of disparaging terms, especially with hundreds of top level domains to choose from.

Here’s a full list of the domains that Intuit just registered:

f*ckbradsmith.com (former CEO)
f*ckintuit.com
f*ckquickbooks.com
f*cksasangoodarzi.com
f*ckturbotax.com
f*ckuintuit.com
hateintuit.com
ihateintuit.com
sasangoodarzisucks.com
screwturbotax.com
turbotaxexposed.com
turbotaxreport.com
turbotaxreporting.com
turbotaxreports.com
turbotaxscam.com
intuitexpose.com
intuitexposed.com
intuitinside.com
intuitinsider.com
intuitsucks.com

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Vladimir Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law to Further Tighten Government Control of the Internet

Domain industry news - Thu, 2019-05-02 04:05

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed an "internet sovereignty" bill into law that further expands government's control of the Internet. The new law is planned to go into effect on November 1st and will require internet service providers in Russia to filter all traffic through designated nodes controlled by Roscomnadzor, the Kremlin's internet censor. In addition, the law will seek "to create an alternative domain name system (DNS) to protect the Russian-language section of the internet in case it is disconnected from the World Wide Web," reports the Moscow Times.

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A One-Word .COM & Year's Biggest ccTLD Sale to Date Headline This Week's Domain Sales Chart

DN Journal - Thu, 2019-05-02 01:18
It would be fair to call this week's #1 reported domain sale a monumental sale. We also saw the biggest ccTLD sale of 2019 to date.
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SiteLock sues GoDaddy over troubled partnership

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-05-01 20:03

Security company claims GoDaddy didn’t pay what it owes.

Website security company SiteLock has sued domain name registrar and hosting company GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) for breach of contract and trademark claims.

The two companies signed a reseller agreement in 2013 under which GoDaddy could sell SiteLock’s website security services. SiteLock charged per subscription and GoDaddy could mark up the price however much it wanted so long as it met a minimum retail price. For example, SiteLock charged GoDaddy $5 per customer for a basic annual site scan service. GoDaddy could sell it for $12 or more per year and keep the difference.

SiteLock claims that GoDaddy only paid it when a customer paid for and activated the service but did not pay if a customer paid for the service but did not activate it. It argues that GoDaddy should have paid even when a customer failed to activate the service. It also alleges that GoDaddy did not provide required reporting in an effort to obscure this.

The relationship soured further after GoDaddy bought SiteLock competitor Sucuri in 2017. GoDaddy transitioned customers to Securi and forwarded pages on its site that used to be for SiteLock products to pages promoting Securi. According to the lawsuit, links on GoDaddy for people to sign up for SiteLock instead forwarded to pages about Securi.

SiteLock is owned by Abry Partners, the same private equity company that owns top level domain company Donuts.

The full lawsuit is here.

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UK Government Planning on New Laws for IoT Devices Including a Mandatory Security Labelling Scheme

Domain industry news - Wed, 2019-05-01 17:52

The UK government on Wednesday announced plans to introduce new laws for internet connected devices to better enforce the inclusion of basic cybersecurity features into IoT devices. Measures will include labeling requirements — from the press release: "The Government will be consulting on options including a mandatory new labeling scheme. The label would tell consumers how secure their products such as 'smart' TVs, toys and appliances are. The move means retailers will only be able to sell items with an Internet of Things (IoT) security label."

The government has narrowed its plans to three security requirement: 1) IoT device passwords must be unique and not resettable to any universal factory setting; 2) Manufacturers of IoT products provide a public point of contact as part of a vulnerability disclosure policy; 3)
Manufacturers explicitly state the minimum length of time for which the device will receive security updates through an end of life policy.

Mandating retailers: Also considered is mandating retailers "to not sell any products that do not adhere to the top three security requirements of the Code."

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Greater Caribbean Cooperation Needed to Combat Cyber Crimes

Domain industry news - Wed, 2019-05-01 15:38

The Caribbean is under virtual siege as incidents of cyber attacks and cyber crimes surge across the region.

"The sophisticated use of technology by highly incentivised criminal organisations has created unprecedented opportunities for transnational crime elements that no one region, country or entity can fight on its own. More inter-regional cooperation and collaboration are needed to develop and implement smart and integrated approaches to fight new and emerging cyber threats."

That's the recommendation proposed by Ambassador Anthony Phillips-Spencer, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organisation of American States (OAS), and chair of the OAS committee on hemispheric security. Failure to treat with rapidly escalating vulnerabilities will allow large areas of the hemisphere to remain exposed to increasing levels of cyber threat.

"Inter-regional stakeholders must work together to safeguard the cyber landscape of our hemisphere. There can be no effective regional response to modern transnational criminal activity without a current understanding among law enforcement and justice sector officials of how technology is being used to facilitate these activities," Phillips-Spencer said.

He emphasised the need to develop hemispheric policies rather than national policies. A more broad-based approach is required to enable regional governments, policy makers, agencies and other stakeholders to address issues of transnational organised crime, including money laundering and terrorist financing, he said.

He also underscored that the region could no longer afford to be a mere receiver or consumer of Internet development policies emerging from extra-regional fora.

"As a collective, the time is now for the region to make its voice heard by participating in the global dialogue around cybersecurity and organised, transnational crime," he said.

Phillips-Spencer was speaking at the second regional meeting of the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Group of the Caribbean Forum of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN), held in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 10.

"Technology is now a global lever, shifting the trajectory of national, social and political systems. This lever can be manipulated by interests that seek the common good, as well as by those with less noble motivations. For vulnerable developing nations, such as exist in the Caribbean, the adoption of technology-enabled systems and services comes with a responsibility to secure them that cannot easily be fulfilled," said Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison for ARIN, and the organiser of the ARIN Caribbean Forum.

"There needs to be ongoing dialogue within law enforcement agencies in the Caribbean and with their international counterparts. This has to be built on a network of trusted relationships that safeguard the interests of the region and the global Internet," he added.

It seems that law enforcement and public safety agencies in the Caribbean are recognising the urgent need to mobilise differently, in order to effectively respond to the trends and threats enabled by the Internet.

The ARIN law enforcement and public safety group meeting were attended by more than 35 officials, representing organisations from Canada, the Caribbean, the European Union, Latin America, the United Kingdom and the United States. The meeting focused on how ARIN and other regional Internet registries can assist law enforcement and public safety agencies in detecting and responding to cybersecurity incidents. The theme for 2019 is "collaborating to strengthen national and regional Internet security in the Caribbean."

ARIN, a Washington-DC based non-profit organisation, manages Internet number resources in Canada, the United States and several Caribbean territories. The ARIN Caribbean Forum was launched in April 2018 to strengthen ties and deepen collaborations with public sector officials, law enforcement agencies and members of the Internet technical community in the Caribbean. The justice sector group of the ARIN Caribbean Forum is organised in collaboration with APEX, a Caribbean-based justice technology agency established by the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Written by Gerard Best, Development Journalist

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17 end user domain name sales up to €59,500

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-05-01 14:03

A German travel site, several property development companies and a bitcoin trading platform bought domain names last week.

The company that developed The Edge observation deck at Hudson Yards in NYC bought another domain name.

Sedo had a lot of good end user country code domain names over the past week including SeeReisen.de for €59,500.  Also, the company that developed The Edge observation deck at Hudson Yards in New York City bought another domain name.

Here’s the list of end user sales from the past week. You can view previous lists like this here.

SeeReisen.de €59,500 – This domains translates to “Sea cruises” from German and is the top overall sale from last week. It currently forwards to UrlaubsExperte.de which translates to “Travel expert”, a German travel booking site specializing in cruise ship travel.

EdgeNYC.com $10,000 – The Related Companies, a property development company that develops both commercial and residential properties. This is for an observation deck at Hudson Yards in NYC. It bought EdgeNY.com for $2,000 a couple of months ago.

NGJ.org $8,800 – Forwards to NoGreaterJoy.org for the No Greater Joy Ministries Inc. out of Memphis, Tennessee.

SelfStorage.info $6,999 – It looks like the buyer is setting up a self storage search site.

BitcoinFuture.com $5,960 – A bitcoin trading platform.

RowingBlazers.us $5,900 & RowingBlazers.se €5,000 – Both domains were purchased by Rowing Blazers for their clothing brand founded by Jack Carlson, a former member of the U.S. national rowing team. They currently use RowingBlazers.com as their main site.

Devise.nl €4,900 – Forwards to DeviseAnalytics.com, an analytics software platform catering to ambulance services, hospitals, general practitioners and umbrella organizations in health care. Their current site is in Dutch so it makes sense that they now own the shorter Netherlands ccTLD.

Immobilien.berlin €4,900- Forwards to www.strategis.eu, or “Strategy”, a company providing sales and management solutions within the real estate sector. Immobilien means real estate in German.

M-Tower.com €3,700 – A new high-rise building being developed in Yangon, Myanmar. It forwards to M-Tower.co. This domain was sold via SedoMLS.

MisPro.com $2,999 – Mispro Biotech but the shorter version of its MisProBiotech.com domain.

AllCaps.eu €2,500 – Forwards to AllCaps.be with a message stating that they are “The platform for and by collectors of Champagne capsules” which are the foils covers for champagne/sparkling wine corks.

ShopSosie.com $2,640 – A women’s clothing online shop currently being developed.

ZDL.org €2,288 –  Center for Digital Lexicography of the German Language (ZDL). It forwards to DWDS.de, an online searchable digital dictionary of the German language supported by ZDL.

Führungskraft.de €2,500 – Forwards to FuehrungsKraft.com, a website in German offering workshops and training for executives.

NewMouth.com $2,000 – This was appropriately purchased by Dentistry Brands, LLC out of Orlando, FL.

Sport-Wear.com $2,000- Forwards to TexMarketSports.com, an Italian sportswear company that produces personalized team uniforms, exclusively for retailers.

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Endurance International falls 12% on lower forecast

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-05-01 12:59

Domain name and hosting company lowers outlook for 2019.

Shares of Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) fell nearly 12% in trading yesterday after the company lowered its 2019 forecast. Shares ended the day at $5.53.

  • GAAP revenue guidance lowered from $1.4 billion – $1.6 billion to $1.2 billion – $1.4 billion
  • Adjusted EBITDA forecast lowered from $310 million – $330 million to $300 million – $320 million
  • Free Cash Flow guidance lowered from $115 million – $125 million to $110 million – $120 million

Even the high end of the guidance for each of these numbers is below last year’s results. The company has been going through a reckoning as it digests all the assets it has rolled up.

Still, it had hoped for some leveling out in its numbers this year.

Endurance CEO Jeffrey Fox explained the lower expectations:

Our view incorporates updates to the plan related to timing of advancements in one of our hosting brands and delayed monetization related to certain initiatives in our email marketing and domain segments.

Endurance’s domain brands include BuyDomains, Reseller Club and Domain.com. Its hosting brands include BlueHost and HostGator.

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eCommerce.co & RealEstate.asia Sold for About the Same Price: Which One Was the Better Buy?

DN Journal - Tue, 2019-04-30 23:41
Name vs. Name is back for a 3rd round - one pitting a ccTLD against a non .com gTLD. Both have great keywords and sold for over 16K. Which would you take?
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Canada Says Facebook Has Refused to Address Serious Privacy Deficiencies Concerning Its Local Laws

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-04-30 19:20

APRIL 25, 2019 / Canada’s federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien in a news conference expressing dismay on Facebook's response to investigation findings.

The Canadian government released a statement saying "Facebook committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting the personal information of Canadians." Following Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal last year and despite its public acknowledgment of a "major breach of trust," Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada says Facebook disputes Canada's investigation findings and "refuses to implement recommendations to address deficiencies."

Sanctioning power: "Facebook's actions point to the need for giving provincial and federal privacy regulators stronger sanctioning power in order to protect the public's interests. ... The ability to levy meaningful fines would be an important starting point," says B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy.

How it all started: The complaint that initiated the Canadian investigations was the surfacing of reports revealing Facebook had allowed an organization to use an app to access users' personal information. The investigation found Facebook in violation of several federal and B.C. privacy laws.

See you in court, says Canada: "The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada plans to take the matter to Federal Court to seek an order to force the company to correct its privacy practices."

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Hackers in Possession of Over 312K Files, 516GB Financial Data of Some of World's Largest Companies

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-04-30 18:43

A report broke today revealing hackers have successfully breached a German internet infrastructure firm that provides services to several large companies, including Ericsson, Leica, Toshiba, UniCredit, British Telecom, Hugo Boss, NH Hotel Group, Oracle, Airbus, Porsche, and Volkswagen. Motherboard's Joseph Cox reports: "Citycomp, the impacted Germany-based firm, provides servers, storage, and other computer equipment to large companies… Michael Bartsch, executive director of Deutor Cyber Security Solutions, a firm Citycomp said was authorized to speak about the case, confirmed the breach to Motherboard in an email Tuesday." On a website believed to be created to distribute Citycomp client data, hackers claim possession of 312,570 files in 51,025 folders, over 516GBb data financial and private information on all clients.

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Missouri dentist tries to reverse hijack domain name

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-04-30 18:29

WIPO doesn’t admire dentist’s creative arguments.

A WIPO panel didn’t like what this dentist was offering.

A Missouri dental practice run by dentist Brian Henningsen has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name AdmireYourSmile.com.

Admire Your Smile, P.C. started using the “Admire Your Smile” mark after a dentist in New Jersey registered the domain name. The Missouri dentist later tried to buy the domain name but didn’t get a response. He then threated to take legal action if he didn’t receive a response. He followed up by filing a UDRP cybersquatting complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization.

Of course, that complaint fell flat on its face. Admire Your Smile, represented by Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig P.L.L.C., tried to come up with creative arguments why the panel should make exceptions to the language of UDRP that requires a domain name be registered in bad faith, not merely used in bad faith. It even argued that the domain was renewed in bad faith.

Panelist W. Scott Blackmer wasn’t having any of it. In finding that the case was filed in bad faith, he wrote:

The Complaint argued disingenuously that the Respondent (a dentist in a distant state) was a “competitor” who registered the Domain Name “less than two years” before the Complainant began using its mark in commerce and then renewed the registration in 2017 to “disrupt” the Complainant’s business. There is no plausible evidence that the parties actually compete, and the Complainant provided no historical evidence of use of its mark beyond the unexamined claim of “first use in commerce” in its much later trademark application. The Panel found that the Complainant did not, for example, place the mark on its website until the end of 2014, seven years after the Respondent registered the Domain Name, and the Complainant did not possess a registered mark even at the time of the Respondent’s renewal of the Domain Name registration in December 2017…

…This case does seem to reflect an illegitimate domain name acquisition strategy. The Complainant adopted a business name without ascertaining that the corresponding “.com” domain name was already taken. Years later, the Complainant tried to purchase the Domain Name. Years after that, the Complainant obtained a trademark registration and threatened the Respondent. It may be telling that the Complainant did not act on that threat for more than a year. There are obvious gaps in the evidence and argumentation presented in the Complaint, as discussed above, despite signs that the Complainant’s counsel was aware that the third element, bad faith, would appear on its face to be impossible to establish.

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Is Fox gearing up for sports betting?

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-04-30 18:03

Domain names suggest some sort of sports betting is in the works.

Last year NBC Sports registered many domain names related to sports betting including NBCSportbook.com and NBCSportsSportsbook.com.

It appears that Fox might also be gearing up for sports betting. A company just registered these domain names:

foxbetaccumulator.com
foxbetdailyfantasy.com
foxbetdfs.com
foxbetfantasy.com
foxbetfantasygames.com
foxbetfavorite.com
foxbetmountairy.com
foxbetparlay.com
foxbetpools.com
foxbetpredictor.com
foxbetsdfs.com
foxbetspreads.com
foxbetsyndicate.com
foxbetvirtualhorseracing.com
foxbetvirtualsports.com
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Scams versus mistakes and why it’s important

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-04-30 14:12

Calling a mistake a scam belittles actual scams.

Some people have extreme reactions when something goes wrong at a domain name company: they say they were scammed.

Such was the case last week with the person who thought he’d won a GoDaddy auction, only to find out a network problem caused him to think he’d won when he was really outbid.

Yes, there’s a problem with how GoDaddy’s countdown timer is set up that can lead to this issue. But saying GoDaddy is trying to scam people is very different from what really happened.

Scam is not a word that should be used lightly. The word suggests that someone had malicious intent and purposefully did something. A programming issue is not a scam. It’s a mistake.

Companies should address these issues quickly. They should be held to task if they don’t. Yet, there are two problems with labeling things as scams that aren’t actually scams:

  1. It makes you look hysterical so people won’t pay much attention to the facts.
  2. It belittles actual scams — something we need to be on the lookout for.

 

 

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World's Growing Refugee Population Requires Access to Broadband to Mitigate Problems, Says Report

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-04-30 02:57

Many of the problems refugees and their host countries face can be mitigated and made easier to solve if internet connectivity gaps are closed, says a team of senior communications experts working with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The group released a document this week on its "Global Broadband Plan for Refugee Inclusion” that sets out a new goal of universal connectivity for refugees, stating: "UNHCR aims, through creative partnerships and smart investments, to ensure that all refugees, and the communities that host them, have access to available, affordable and usable mobile and internet connectivity in order to leverage these technologies for protection, communications, education, health, self-reliance, community empowerment, and durable solutions."

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