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

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
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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 MusicKey.co. It has registered MusicKey in many other ccTLDs including .co.uk, .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 YouTubeMusicKey.com, which makes me think it is for the company’s new subscription music service.

    Any other guesses?

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

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

  • Web.com and Endurance shares pummeled in wake of Google’s registrar play

    1. BY - Jun 24, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Web.com and Endurance get hit in wake of Google registrar announcement.

    Some publicly traded domain name registrars have seen their stock prices hammered this morning after Google announced its entry into the retail registrar market yesterday.

    Shares of Web.com (WWWW) are down about 18% with at least one analyst lowering its outlook for the stock due to Google’s move. Endurance International (EIGI), which is generally considered the second largest domain name registrar when you add up its many brands, is down about 10%.

    Shares of Demand Media (DMD), which owns eNom (#2 or #3 in registrations depending on how you slice it) is trading flat. Tucows (TCX), which is slotted right below eNom, is down 2%.

    GoDaddy isn’t yet public, but I suspect its stock would be trading down in wake of the news.

    The impact on shares of Web.com and Endurance might be an overreaction. Google’s dominance in retail domain registrations is by no means guaranteed.

  • Google appears to have sold Hello.com domain name

    1. BY - Apr 07, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 9 Comments

    Hello.com domain name transferred.

    Hello.comIt appears Google has sold the domain name Hello.com.

    The company used the domain name for a photo sharing service called “Hello” last decade. It later shut down the standalone service and eventually stopped using the domain name.

    Last Friday it looks like Google transferred the domain name. The Hello.com domain name whois record showed a change of registrant from Google to “John Murphy” on April 4. The contact email address changed from Google to jmurphy@hello.com as well.

    Over the weekend the domain name was transferred from brand protection company Mark Monitor to GoDaddy and the domain is now using whois privacy to hide the owner’s identity.

    This is definitely one to watch.

    (Photo from Screenshots.com.)

  • 55 new TLDs request exemption from Registry Code of Conduct

    1. BY - Mar 18, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 5 Comments

    55 .brand application owners request exemptions.

    Today ICANN posted 55 requests made by new TLD applicants for an exemption from the Registry Code of Conduct.

    The Registry Code of Conduct for new TLDs includes provisions related to showing preference to different registrars, registering domains in the registry’s own right, frontrunning, and control between an owned registry and registrar.

    The 55 requests were made by companies wishing to operate their domains as a brand. Operating a closed .brand would violate some provisions in the code of conduct.

    In order to qualify for an exemption no one other than the applicant or an affiliate of the applicant can register a second level registration under the TLD. As of right now an exemption won’t be granted for a “generic” term, either.

    The term “Affiliate” can extend broadly. .REALTOR applied for an exemption although any licensed REALTOR will be able to use the domain names.

    Google’s Charleston Road Registry filed the most requests so far with 15. It wants exemptions for .gmail, .google and .hangout, among others.