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New York registered CarPlay.com domain name in 2000.
Nearly 14 years ago New Yorker Thomas Fitzgibbon registered the domain name CarPlay.com.
“I just thought cars are going to be automated in the future, and we’re getting to the point where that’s happening today,” he explained to Domain Name Wire. “I figured people would be playing games in and around their cars.”
Fitzgibbon was surprised to wake up to the news last week that Apple was launching a new product called CarPlay. Apple CarPlay integrates the iPhone in the car’s built-in display.
Fitzgibbon isn’t a domain investor, but his company develops websites for clients. He has registered a handful of domain names over the years with plans for future use.
Will Apple’s use of the CarPlay name allow Fitzgibbon to cash in? He may be holding a winning lottery ticket, but Apple isn’t always willing to pay an unlimited amount for domain names. While it did acquire the iPhone.com domain name, it still doesn’t own iPad.com.
Obama discusses top level domain names in humor video.
As of this morning Barrack Obama’s appearance on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis has been viewed a whopping 12 million times. Obama’s appearance on the show was designed to boost awareness of his healthcare act among younger people, and it may be working.
If you haven’t seen the video yet (embedded below), you may get a kick out of a brief mention of top level domain names. Here’s what transpired:
Galifianakis: So do you go to any websites that are dot coms or dot nets, or do you mainly just stick to dot govs?
Obama: No, actually we go to dot govs…have you heard of Healthcare.gov?
While Obama may just go to .gov domain names, many confused people have landed on Healthcare.com. I almost wonder if this segue to discussing Healthcare.gov was designed to emphasize that it wasn’t Healthcare.com.
Important software still not recognizing new domain names.
Registrants of second level domain names under new TLDs such as .photography and .tattoo are learning firsthand about the issue of Universal Acceptance.
The term refers to systems not recognizing new top level domain names for what they are, and thus not being compatible with domain names ending in new monikers such as .holdings.
And while the issue is toughest on non-Latin top level domains, it still affects all new domains.
Twitter recently started recognizing some new domain names and automatically converting such web addresses to links.
Yet hurdles remain. Apple’s Safari browser still doesn’t recognize sites like nic.sexy as web addresses when typed in the address bar, at least on many devices. It appears they are only recognized if you type in http:// first.
If you click a link to a new domain it will work (since links have http://) but otherwise it takes you to a search results page.
The same goes for my Android device. The browser doesn’t recognize these domains unless I type http:// before the domain name.
These issues will slowly be resolved, but it places users of these new domains at a disadvantage for now.
Covering the domain name industry since 2005.
Domain Name Wire celebrated its ninth anniversary over the weekend.
I’d like to take this occasion to thank all of Domain Name Wire’s loyal readers. Publishing a blog is only fun when there’s an engaged audience. Many of you take the time to comment and interact with posts. Many others tell me personal stories about how DNW has helped them grow their business, sell a domain name or clarify their strategy. Whether you comment regularly or just read the content, I appreciate your continued readership.
None of this would be possible without the support of sponsors. I’d like to thank every company that has advertised on Domain Name Wire throughout the past nine years. I was just looking through the Screenshots.com archive and saw that many of today’s advertisers have been with the site for many, many years. Sedo has been a continuous advertiser for 8 years, for example. Thanks to all of you.
If I can ask just one favor on this ninth birthday of Domain Name Wire, it would be that you take 5 minutes to complete the 9th annual Domain Name Wire survey. Your opinions about what’s going on in the domain name industry matter, and it will help shape what I write about in the year to come.
Here are photos from Domain.com’s party in Austin Saturday night and the .CO HQ.
Domain.com threw a party in conjunction with Public Interest Registry (PIR) Saturday night in Austin at the SXSW festival.
A steady cold rain didn’t keep people away. In fact, it may have drawn them to the relative comfort and warmth of dancing in a tent.
For the second year in a row the party featured 80s cover band The Spazmatics. Drinks included “The Domain Fire” and the “Refresh-ORG”.
On the other side of downtown, .CO had a continuously packed house at its pop-up HQ in a storefront attached to the W Hotel. The .CO HQ was open from Friday through Sunday and featured visits by John Battelle, Gary Vaynerchuk, and .co users Backplane and DJ Skee.
Here are some pictures from the .CO HQ: