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  1. 1. Google Lets Advertisers Opt Out of Domain Parking SitesGoogle Adwords has added a new feature that allows advertisers to exclude adsfrom showing up on domain parking sites. This will affect parked domains on anyof Google’s ad feeds, regardless of whether it is the “search” feed or “content”feed. Examples of domain parking companies using Google includeDomainSponsor and Sedo.http://domainnamewire.com/2008/03/13/google-lets-advertisers-opt-out-of-domain-parking-sites/Stomping Out Click Fraud Critical to Industry SurvivalAustin, Texas based click fraud prevention company Click Forensics just pickedup a $10 million venture funding round, bringing its total raised to $15 million.Click fraud is a big problem, and I like Click Forensics’ two prong approach: helpadvertisers block (and get refunded) for fraudulant traffic, but also help publishersimprove traffic quality sent to advertisers.http://domainnamewire.com/2008/03/13/stomping-out-click-fraud-critical-to-industry-survival/Cease & Desist Sent to Domain Owner Based on Redirect ServiceAnyone who owns generic acronym domain names is well aware of thepossibility of receiving a cease & desist letter from someone claiming rights to it.This is particularly prevalent with three and four character domain names, forwhich any number of companies may hold a trademark or at least use theacronym.http://domainnamewire.com/2008/03/10/cease-desist-sent-to-domain-owner-based-on-redirect-service/
  2. 2. Killing Domain Names May Be Oppressive, But Completely LegalThe other day I received a rather interesting submission in my inbox, linking to anarticle that appears to be suspiciously similar to the recently-concludedWikiLeaks saga: Steve Marshall, a British national living in Spain who operates atravel agency specializing in trips to Cuba, found 80 of his business’ websitesforced suddenly offline due to U.S. Treasury Department interference.http://www.dailytech.com/Killing+Domain+Names+May+Be+Oppressive+But+Completely+Legal/article11040.htmRupert Murdoch out-foxed in domain name rowRupert Murdoch has been outfoxed!. He may own the Fox Business Network onAmerican TV (that of course is in addition to the New York Post and the WallStreet Journal) but he cant use the name online.An arbitration board has ruled that the Fox Business Network, launched sixmonths ago, does not have the rights to the domain name ofFoxBusinessNetwork.com. It belongs, it ruled, to Florida businessman DerekHodges who registered the name in February last year, just a few hours afterMurdoch first announced the launch of the Fox business channel.http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=40560&c=1EFF: Antiphishing bill may snag anonymous speech in driftnetYou do hate phishing, dont you? So does the federal government, but a new lawintended to crack down on the practice is also raising charges that it will stompon free speech and lead to increased corporate control of the Internet. Letsbreak down the bill known (fetchingly) as "APCPA."The Anti-Phishing Consumer Protection Act was introduced in the Senate latelast month by Olympia Snowe (R-ME) (and cosponsored by Bill Nelson [D-AK]and Ted "Series of Tubes" Stevens [R-AK]). No ones out to stand up for therights of the worlds phishermen, but several advocacy groups are concerned thatthe bills methods for dealing with phishings barbed hook arent appropriate.http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080312-eff-antiphishing-bill-may-snag-anonymous-speech-in-driftnet.html
  3. 3. EU paves way for rival to GoogleThe European Unions competition watchdog has appoved the use of €99m(£76m) of French state aid for a consortium attempting to build an internet searchengine to take on Google.The Quaero project is a coalition of 23 companies led by French technology giantThomson. A lack of funding has meant the project - which is Latin for "I seek" - isstill in the concept stage, but will now be able to get up and running thanks tosupport from France, which has championed the scheme. Following an "in-depthexamination," the European Commission decided that the Quaero project "bringspositive externalities for the community as a whole."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2008/03/15/dlqua115.xmlGoogle Unveils Ad Inventory Management ToolWith its acquisition of DoubleClick finally approved in the U.S. and Europe,Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is beginning the process of integrating and adjusting itsadvertising services.On Thursday, Google announced the first such move, the beta launch of GoogleAd Manager, an online ad inventory management tool for Web publishers."Directed at addressing the ad management and serving needs of publishers withsmaller sales teams, Google Ad Manager is a free, hosted ad and inventorymanagement tool that can help publishers sell, schedule, deliver, and measuretheir directly sold and network-based ad inventory," said Rohit Dhawan, a Googlesenior product manager, in a blog post. "It offers an intuitive and simple userexperience with Google speed and a tagging process so publishers can spendmore time working with their advertisers and less time on their ad managementsolution."http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206903500
  4. 4. Yahoo! continues to wrestle with implications of Microsoft tie-up, industrysources sayThe regulatory risk associated with Microsoft’s overtures for Yahoo! continues tofactor into Yahoo!’s decision-making process, a source familiar with the situationtold dealReporter.Although the specter of a long investigation is not the driving factor of Yahoo’sreticence, it is definitely something that the board would have to consider, thesource specified. The increased regulatory risk that accompanies any Microsofttakeover would likely compound opposition Yahoo may already possess, headded. A second source described Microsoft as a “convicted monopolist.”http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/fa835438-f030-11dc-ba7c-0000779fd2ac,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.htmlBebo on Board: AOL Pays BigAnything you can do, I can do better. Thats the message AOL sent to itscompetitors on Mar. 13 after it forked over $850 million for California online socialnetwork Bebo, the third-largest such site in the U.S. behind Facebook andMySpace.The acquisition gives AOLs parent company, Time Warner (TWX), access toBebos predominantly teen audience, as well as providing a platform to competeagainst the other social networks in the battle for online advertising revenue. Bypaying top dollar for the comparatively small site, AOL—the once dominantInternet player—is gambling that Bebo can reinvigorate its online image, even asrumors abound that the company itself could become a takeover target. Web 2.0offerings such as social networks are growing faster than their better-establishedonline counterparts.http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/mar2008/tc20080313_479505.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_top+stories
  5. 5. Google-DoubleClick a done dealMarch 11, 2008 (Computerworld) Google Inc. today said it officially closed thedeal on acquiring online advertising company DoubleClick Inc. for $3.1 billionafter receiving approval from European regulators."Although its been nearly a year since we announced our intention to acquireDoubleClick last April, we are no less excited today about the benefits that thecombination of our two companies will bring to the online advertising market,"Eric Schmidt, Googles chairman and CEO, said in a blog post.http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=networking_and_internet&articleId=9067878&taxonomyId=16Go Daddy shuts down police-rating Web siteDomain hoster Go Daddy has shut down a Web site that lets people criticizeindividual police officers, saying it was using too much bandwidth. But the siteowner says he is being censored after police complained.Up until Tuesday, visitors to RateMyCop.com were able to post comments andratings on specific police officers. The site disclosed officer names and badgenumbers, which is public information.Late last week, KGO TV in San Francisco ran a news story saying that policeofficers wanted the site shut down, claiming it puts them at risk by revealing theirinformation.http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9892656-7.html?tag=newsmapThe Fable Of Front Running: ICANN Says ‘No Evidence’ But NetworkSolutions Is Sued In Class ActionIn November, we wrote that the Security and Stability Advisory Committee(SSAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)which administers domain names, had launched a probe into the practice "frontrunning". Front running involves monitoring checks of a domain name’savailability and then registering that domain name address yourself so you cansell it to another party (usually the party checking for availability) at a profit.http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=58130
  6. 6. Fund.com Changes Hands for $9,999,950 in the Largest Cash DealReported to DateWhen news reports started appearing today (including one at CNN.com) thatFund.com had been sold for the highest cash price ever reported ($9,999,950)there were elements to the story that had me wondering if it was legitimate. Ibrought those doubts up in a thread at the DomainState.com forum but amember there, investor George Kirikos, dug through the purchasers Jan. 15SEC filing and confirmed the transaction had been reported to the U.S.government at the stated amount. You dont make that kind of stuff up in SECfilings unless you have a fondness for jail cells.http://www.dnjournal.com/domainsales.htmBig dollars flow for saucy .asia domain namesThe battle is on to secure web addresses in the world’s newest domain, .asia –and sex oriented addresses are proving the most popular.iTWire reports that the organisation that administers .asia, DotAsia Organisation,has received more than 500,000 domain name applications in the lead up to thedomain going live on 26 March.Of the 50,000 odd domain names that received more than one application, 300contained some variation on the domain name “sex.asia”.http://www.smartcompany.com.au/Free-Articles/Trends/20080314-Big-dollars-flow-for-saucy-asia-domain-names-.htmlLand rush for .asia draws to a closeThe DotAsia Organisation received 473,633 domain registration applicationsduring the three-week land rush period.Concerns were raised when the land rush period opened in February that onlyaround 30,000 applications had been made. However, including sunrise and.asia pioneer domains, the number of applications now totals 505,838.The launch of the .asia domain has been staggered over several stages to helpavoid the problems experienced during the launch of the .eu domain.http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211956/asia-domain-land-rush-close
  7. 7. Yahoo makes semantic search shiftYahoo has announced its adoption of some of the key standards of the "semanticweb".The technology is widely seen as the next step for the world wide web and itinvolves a much richer understanding of the masses of data placed online.The company said it would start to include some semantic web identifiers whenindexing the web for Yahoo search.The move could mean a big boost for semantic web technologies which havestruggled to win a big audience.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7296056.stmThank you to these sources:http://domainnamewire.comhttp://arstechnica.comhttp://www.pressgazette.co.ukhttp://www.dailytech.comhttp://www.telegraph.co.ukhttp://www.informationweek.comhttp://www.ft.com/http://www.businessweek.comhttp://www.computerworld.comhttp://www.news.comhttp://www.mondaq.comhttp://www.dnjournal.comhttp://www.smartcompany.com.au
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