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Displaying archives for the month of "July 2014"

  • Google registering “MusicKey” domain names for music subscription business?

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
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    Google registering MusicKey ccTLDs. Is this the name of its new music service?

    Usually, when I see a company registering a bunch of similar domain names, I can track it down to a new product announcement.

    I’m a bit unclear about recent Google domain name registrations for “MusicKey” domain names, but I suspect it might be for YouTube’s new subscription music service.

    On Monday, the company registered It has registered MusicKey in many other ccTLDs including, .de, .fr, .at and .jp.

    Yet the company hasn’t apparently made a play at MusicKey in many gTLDs. .Com, .net and .org are all registered by other parties. .Biz and .info aren’t registered.

    I’ve googled around to find out what MusicKey might represent to Google. A big key is that the company also registered, which makes me think it is for the company’s new subscription music service.

    Any other guesses?

  • A look inside today’s virtual domain name tradeshow

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Domain Services
    3. 2 Comments

    Virtual tradeshow is clunky but presents a good opportunity to chat with domain name companies.


    I remember going to a virtual tradeshow about a decade ago. It was clunky and hard to use.

    Apparently that’s the case in 2014 as well.

    I just attended Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow featuring a bunch of domain name companies.

    The process of registering, downloading software, and navigating the show floor was rather cumbersome. (Once you figure out how to chat with companies, you’ll find many of them aren’t available.)

    Nonetheless, it’s worth checking out if you want to chat one-on-one with representatives of domain name companies.

    Perhaps instead of a graphic-heavy virtual tradeshow, chat forum sessions with various companies would be more valuable. It would certainly be easier.

  • Interesting .CEO comments started by Paul Kedrosky

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
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    3. 1 Comment

    Last night venture capitalist Paul Kedrosky discovered .CEO and tweeted his thoughts on it to his 275,000 followers:


    Conversation obviously followed.

    One person noted:


    Kedrosky responded “Exactly.”

    Another comment:


    To which Kedrosky responded “And that exact thought had already crossed my mind.”

    There are some other colorful comments. Not every commenter was a detractor of .CEO. One person kinda liked it.

    In addition to the insurmountable silliness of anyone using a .CEO domain, the backers fumbled the marketing right out of the gate. These have combined to result in only 1,430 .ceo registrations.

  • Google and Vint Cerf explain the NTIA transition (video)

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 1 Comment

    Simple video explains what’s going on with the U.S. government’s role in the internet.

    Vint Cerf, the “father of internet” and former Chairman of ICANN, now works for Google. Cerf has narrated a new Google video about the history of internet governance, ICANN and the role of the U.S. government. (See video embedded below.)

    It’s a pretty clever way to sum up the proposed change in role of the U.S. government in a simple, sub-three-minute video.

    In other words, more people are likely to watch this than are to read Larry Strickling’s detailed speech to the American Enterprise Institute this week. The video was published yesterday and already has 35,000 views.

    One interesting thing about the video is that it states that the government plans to “end its contractual oversight and hand that responsibility over to ICANN.” Although that is certainly where this is headed, many groups (OK, governments) would like another group to maintain this oversight.

    The video is part of Google’s “Take Action” site, which asks citizens to take action on a number of internet access and governmental issues.

  • Neustar reports earnings, and revenue bump from .Co

    1. BY - Jul 23, 2014
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    Revenue was up 8% in the quarter, some of which is attributed to the company’s acquisition of .Co.

    NeustarNeustar reported second quarter earnings after the bell today.

    Revenue was up 8% and adjusted net income was up 1% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

    The company’s Security Services segment reported 28% growth, 12% of which it attributed to the acquisition of .Co. It’s not entirely clear if this represents a full quarter of .Co revenue, but .Co appears to be adding better than $1 million a month in top line revenue. [Update: .Co contribued $3.3 million top line. The acquisition was close to the beginning of the quarter, so this might not be for a full quarter. Neustar expects .Co to contribute $7M revenue in the second half of the year.]

    Neustar is also the registry for .biz and .us as well as the back end technology provider for many new top level domain names.

    The company continues to look for ways to grow its revenue base as its contract to run the number portability system in North America is up for grabs.