ICANN President and CEO to Leave Office

March 3, 2009

ICANN President and CEO Paul Twomey announced at the 34th International meetings in Mexico City that he would be stepping down at the end of 2009.

“Last year, I told the Board that I did not want to renew my contract as President and CEO for another 3 year term,” said Twomey. “While I am deeply and personally committed to ICANN and its success, I think this is the right time for me to move on to another leadership position in the private or international sectors.”

Twomey has served as the President and CEO of ICANN since 2003. Prior to that, Twomey served as Chairman of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

During Twomey’s tenure with ICANN the organization witnessed tremendous growth and has initiated many new measures to further expansion (new gTLDs and Internationalized TLDs).

Twomey will continue to be involved with ICANN even after relinquishing his position.

“The Board has asked me to stay on after it appoints a successor to have a period of handover with the new appointee. During this transition period I shall be appointed to the new position of Senior President,” said Twomey.

ICANN’s Press Release regarding Paul Twomey’s announcement can be found here.

Paul Twomey’s biography can be found here.

Ask Sponsored Listings Announces Acquisition Of Sendori

January 23, 2009

Oakland, CA – January 22nd, 2009

Ask Sponsored Listings, a division of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today announced the acquisition of Sendori – the next generation exchange for direct navigation search.

Sendori sends qualified visitors from undeveloped web domains directly to advertiser websites. The acquisition provides Ask Sponsored Listings with expanded access to millions of unique users who arrive at websites by typing domains into their web browser. Sendori will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of IAC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2006, Sendori developed the patent pending technology PureLeads™ to enable search advertisers and domain owners to mutually benefit from typed-in domain traffic. The Sendori model dramatically improves the direct navigation user experience delivering content pages from national and local advertisers instead of generic pages populated with sponsored links.

The Sendori exchange has grown quickly as domain parking companies diversify their monetization strategies to better serve their clients and performance advertising networks seek additional quality distribution. The exchange provides more than 130,000 advertisers with access to 33 million unique visitors each month. Sendori’s PureLeads™ technology is instrumental in every brokered transaction, ensuring the highest degree of integrity for visitors delivered to an advertiser’s website.

“This acquisition comes as interest in targeted performance advertising vehicles has increased,” said James Speer, President of Advertising Networks. “Our goal is to deliver the strongest ROI to advertisers by controlling the sourcing and qualification of their leads, and Sendori’s PureLeads™ technology strengthens the overall value we provide to advertisers.”

About Ask Sponsored Listings:

Ask Sponsored Listings (ASL) provides keyword targeted advertising. ASL operates a distribution network of 100 premium online properties and services, including Ask.com, and reaches over 73 million unique users (comScore, December 2008). ASL is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). Please visit: http://sponsoredlistings.ask.com

About IAC:

IAC operates more than 35 leading and diversified Internet businesses across 40 countries … our mission is to harness the power of interactivity to make daily life easier and more productive for people all over the world. To view a full list of the companies of IAC please visit our website at: http://www.iac.com

About Sendori:

Sendori is the next generation exchange for direct navigation search. The company sends qualified visitors from undeveloped web domains to advertiser websites. Sendori’s patent pending PureLeads™ technology ensures the highest degree of integrity for visitors delivered to advertiser websites. The Sendori exchange provides more than 130 thousand advertisers with access to 33 million unique visitors each month. Sendori is based in California. Please visit: http://www.sendori.com

World’s Second Richest Man Ousts Cybersquatter

January 15, 2009

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu has won a legal dispute with a cybersquatter who held his name for ransom on the web.

The UN intellectual property agency says current owner Ahmad Rusli of Indonesia was wrong to register the web address http://www.carlosslimhelu.com and demand up to $US55 million to hand it over.

Don’t miss the photo of the guy they’re calling “Slim”.

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GoDaddy’s TDNAM.com Now Called GoDaddy Auctions

January 14, 2009

by Ron Jackson

GoDaddy’s TDNAM.com aftermarket auction site has undergone a name change. The domain sales platform is now called GoDaddy Auctions. Those who type in the old address, TDNAM.com, or the new name, GoDaddyAuctions.com, will be redirected to a redesigned site operating from a subdomain at Auctions.GoDaddy.com. The move makes a lot of sense. Everyone knows the GoDaddy name, but TDNAM draws blank stares when you mention the name to anyone outside the industry.

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Ex-eBay Head Whitman Aims To Claim Domain Names

January 9, 2009

By W. David Gardner
InformationWeek

Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a Republican, hasn’t officially thrown her hat in the ring for the California governor’s race and she’s already embroiled in a nasty fight with a Democrat over Internet domain names.

Tom Hall, a Santa Monica man who says he collects domain names as a hobby, has registered several domain names based on Whitman’s name. Whitman, who has been preparing for a run for the governor’s seat, has detailed attorneys to fight the latest batch of domain names in a lawsuit filed recently in Federal District Court in San Jose.

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Why Online Ads Are Weathering the Recession

January 7, 2009

by Jeffrey F. Rayport

It hardly matters what sector of the economy you’re in—it’s none too soon for 2008 to be over. In the advertising business, the pain has proved especially acute, compounded by the latest estimates of where ad budgets are heading in 2009.

Just last week, Barclays Capital (BCS) lowered its projections for U.S. ad spending to a negative 10% next year and a positive 1% in 2010. Every one of the traditional media platforms is getting hit, with newspapers (no surprise) taking the brunt of the pressure, with a drop of 17%, followed by TV (minus 15.5%), magazines (minus 15%), and radio (minus 13%). While other researchers aren’t offering prophesies quite so dire, one thing is clear: This is already no typical ad recession. In 1991, ad spending dropped a mere 1.9% from the prior year, while in 2001 it fell only 6.2%.

The only bright spot this time is online advertising, which, despite a series of downward revisions, is still expected to grow between 6% and 10% next year over 2008 levels.

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Verizon’s Cybersquatter Based in China

January 6, 2009

by Richard Adhikari

OnlineNIC, the cybersquatter against which telecommunications giant Verizon was awarded a record $33.15 million judgment recently, is one of the largest domain name registrars in China, InternetNews.com has learned.

According to the records of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the assignment of domain names and IP addresses for the Internet, OnlineNIC, headquartered in Xiamen, China, was accredited by ICANN on October 21, 1999.

The documents show that OnlineNIC has registered more than 300,000 domain names. ICANN did not return calls for comment by press time.

However, Verizon may not be able to collect on the judgment because it has not been able to locate any of OnlineNIC’s U.S. offices, although the company is registered in San Francisco.

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He’s King of His Domain, But All Aren’t The Same

January 5, 2009

by Terence Brennan

Q. I own the copyright to a name for a news and information Web site. I own the .net domain, but someone else — using my copyrighted name — owns the .com domain. The owner of the .com is not using his domain and simply has it “parked.”

I asked the Web-hosting service to negotiate a sale for me, but the owner said he was not interested in selling. I have considered either billing the current owner for use or demanding the release of the domain.

Do I have any recourse, and, if so, would it be very expensive?

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Court Awards Verizon Largest-Ever Judgment In a Cybersquatting Case

December 24, 2008

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – In the largest cybersquatting judgment ever, a federal court in the Northern District of California has awarded Verizon $33.15 million in a case in which an Internet domain registration company tried to take advantage of Verizon and Verizon customers by using Internet names chosen to be easily confused with legitimate Verizon names.

The default ruling came in a case filed by Verizon against OnlineNIC, a company based in San Francisco that had unlawfully registered at least 663 domain names that were either identical to or confusingly similar to Verizon trademarks. The court concluded that OnlineNIC’s bad-faith registrations of Verizon-related domain names were designed to attract web users who were seeking to access Verizon’s legitimate websites and calculated an award based on $50,000 per domain name. Neither OnlineNIC nor counsel representing the company appeared in court in OnlineNIC’s defense.

“This case should send a clear message and serve to deter cybersquatters who continue to run businesses for the primary purpose of misleading consumers,” said Sarah Deutsch, Verizon vice president and associate general counsel. “Verizon intends to continue to take all steps necessary to protect our brand and consumers from Internet frauds and abuses.”

Verizon has won a string of similar cases. In three earlier cybersquatting cases, courts granted contested preliminary injunctions against three different violators. Verizon has increased its vigilance in trademark cases as part of its broader effort to protect its brand and put its intellectual property innovations to work.

Verizon’s intellectual property legal group was named one of the five best in the world by the International Law Office, with the support of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The organizations named Verizon a winner in their Global Counsel Awards for 2008, based on an “in-depth analysis of in-house lawyers and legal departments worldwide.”

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 71 million customers nationwide. Verizon’s Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

Media Contact:
Eric Rabe, 908-559-3500

US Department of Commerce Expresses New TLD Concerns To ICANN

December 20, 2008

by Adam Strong

The US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration sent a letter to ICANN expressing concern over the plans to introduce new TLDs.

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