Tucows Announces Enhancements to Its Domain Parking Programs TORONTO, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Tucows Inc. , a leading provider of Internet services to web hosting companies and ISPs worldwide, today officially launched its domain parking programs that will share over $1 million in revenues with Tucows resellers over the next 12 months. The two programs, Parked Pages Program and Expired Domains Program, offer additional sources of revenue to resellers, including a slice of the growing domain name re-sale market through a share of Tucows Premium Domains service sales revenues. http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/TO22619112007- 1.htm Study Looks at Mistyped Domains & Typosquatters A new study by a major internet security company is taking aim at typosquatting, the practice of buying a misspelled domain name in the hopes that someone will mistype the name and land on that site. If someone then clicks on an text ad on the site the domain owner and the parking company will make money. While the internet security company is trying to point out the problem of typosquatting, a problem that I do not necessarily agree with, they seem to be implying that the domain parking companies are part of the problem. http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/11/20/study-looks-at-mistyped- domain-names-typosquatters Lapsed domain names 'bought in seconds' Website owners have been warned to keep their registration up to date because lapsed domain names are being snapped up within 10 seconds of becoming available. Re-registration, which has to be done every two years, can cost as little as £5 but you can pay ten times as much to get an address back - and sometimes far more. Names are regularly sold for more than £100,000, and some for as much as £1m. http://www.pcw.co.uk/personal-computer-world/news/2204115/laosed-dommain- names-bought Domain Name System still at risk The Domain Name System (DNS) is still growing strongly, indicating the internet's expansion in terms of infrastructure, users, traffic and applications. But the annual survey of domain name servers on the public internet by Infoblox suggests that the global DNS is as vulnerable as ever. DNS servers map domain names to their specific IP address, directing internet inquiries to the appropriate location. Domain name resolution conducted by these servers is required to perform any internet-related request http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2203785/dns-survey-reveals-systems Oil Prices Aren’t the Only Commodity Worth Bargaining For - Domain Names are Too! Whether you are rebranding, branching out with a new product, department or service or just starting out, you might be thinking about a web address for your company website. For many businesses their first stop is to search for names that are available; if you’re lucky the name you want won’t be taken by another company. Often you might find that you have to pay a high price for catchy Internet real estate as web domains become an increasingly valuable commodity. That’s just what Exceed, Performance Improvement Consultants, found. However through creative thinking their journey led them to a charity donation in return for their place on the World Wide Web. Over six million domain names have been registered in the UK according to Nominet – so the competition is fierce. http://www.allmediascotland.com/media_releases/1935/oil_prices_aren%92t_the _only_commodity_worth_bargaining_for_-_domain_names_are_too Domain names can falsely lure users The type of domain name that a website uses is not necessarily authorised anymore, it has been claimed, and can be attained by almost anyone. Record sales of certain domain names with popular key words highlight the importance of the name of site, yet communications supplier Pipex Hosting has stated that these names are often not actually what they describe. http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.15949 Use Of .eu Domain Names Up 23% During Third Quarter Sweden, Nov 19, 2007 - (Hugin via ABN Newswire) - Registrations and renewals demonstrate strength of .eu domain Brussels, 19 November 2007 - EURid, the European registry for .eu, is pleased to announce that registrations for the .eu top-level Internet domain continued to grow during the third quarter of this year. New registrations stayed strong, with an average of 2760 new .eu domain names registered each business day during the month of September. Third-quarter renewal rates stayed above 80 percent. Actual use of .eu domains increased by 23 percent between the second and third quarters, according to DNS queries. The use of .eu domains for email and websites rose as well. The number of registered domain names grew by 4.7 percent compared to the second quarter. http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/44967/Use.html DNS security improves as firms tool up to tackle spam Domain name servers on the net are still often vulnerable to attacks despite some marked improvements, according to a new survey. Many organisations are making efforts to install the most recent versions of BIND and eliminate Microsoft DNS for external servers. But most still leave their systems open to denial of service and pharming attacks by allowing recursion and zone transfers in response to arbitrary requests from unauthenticated parties.The third annual survey of domain name servers on the internet by network appliance firm Infoblox also found evidence of growing attempts to tackle spam. Infoblox's survey is based on a sample of five per cent of the IPv4 address space of nearly 80m addresses. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/20/dns_security_survey/ Numeric names coming to Singapore SGNIC, the registry for .SG, is introducing numbers-only domain names. A Sunrise is already underway. A bidding period follows starting January 18. Full launch is planned from March 27, 2008 http://www.domainesinfo.fr/english/128/numeric-names-coming-to-singapore.php Misspelled Children's Web Sites Lead to Porn Children's Web sites are frequent targets of typo-squatting, a growing category of online fraud which lures unsuspecting Web surfers to malicious sites when they misspell the URL. Some typo-squatters lure children to pornographic Web sites." More than 60 of the "most squatted" sites are designed to appeal to minors, McAfee found in new research that quantifies the problem of typo-squatting. Domain names that are commonly targeted include webkinz.com, clubpenguin.com and neopets.com, McAfee says. http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,139828-c,sites/article.html Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace For business, the Internet age means sales without borders and a worldwide market of billions of customers. The same aspects of the Internet that are so attractive to business, however, can also be a source of sleepless nights and deep concern for legal counsel charged with corporate brand protection. Brand protection online is now crucial for all businesses. A poorly policed cyber reputation may cost your company dearly in lost profits, customer goodwill and corporate image. In cyberspace, your reputation is your most valuable commodity -- it determines your visibility and it can dramatically affect consumer confidence in your company. http://www.law.com/jsp/legaltechnology/pubArticleLT.jsp?id=1195466653399 Bizarre politics of the Google-DoubleClick deal PALO ALTO, Calif.--There is something unusual, and perhaps a little worrisome, in the arguments a band of special-interest groups has invoked against Google's purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm. The arguments can be found in a series of three letters (PDF) sent to the Federal Trade Commission starting in April. The letters ask, in part, that the FTC "use its authority to review mergers to halt Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick." It's true, of course, that the FTC shares responsibility for reviewing mergers with the Department of Justice. What's odd is the letters say that this particular merger should be nixed not because of specific antitrust or competitiveness concerns--but because of privacy worries. (Neither the word "competitiveness" nor "antitrust" appears in the letter that kicked off the process in April.) http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9821768-38.html?tag=cd.blog Google Adwords: WordScam? Dallas, TX: Marc McKinney and his sunglass company bought into Google's adwords when it was fairly new, back in July of 2005. "We only had a small budget—we stuck our big toe in," says McKinney. "We had success for about three weeks, then something unusual happened..." McKinney's company got involved in Google adwords on the advice of their webmaster. "Our budget was only $10 per day but we were doing well," says McKinney. "However, after the initial 3 weeks, we got click-throughs to the site but no sales and our $10 a day was burnt up in the first half of the month. That may sound strange but our webmaster explained that one of our competitors could be burning up our budget in the first two weeks of every month. http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/01612/google-wordscam.html Warning: Number one malicous threat for 2008, Web threats AVG’s global security strategist sounded his horn during his visit to Sydney this week warning Australians about the growth of web-based threats - the cybercriminal activity of embedding invisible executable malware on popular websites. Larry Bridwell, global security strategist for AVG said when he first came into this industry in the mid 90s everybody knew that if they went to a site which downloaded cracked software there was a possibility of getting something bad. http://www.securecomputing.net.au/news/65655,warning-number-one-malicous- threat-for-2008-web-threats.aspx comScore Releases October U.S. Search Engine Rankings RESTON, Va., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace. Among core search engines in October 2007, Google Sites remained the top search property with more than 6.1 billion core searches conducted, representing a 58.5 percent share of the search market. October was a strong month for overall search activity, as each of the five core search engines achieved at least 5 percent growth in the number of searches conducted. http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/AQW062211120 07-1.htm 123-Reg takes weekend off Pipex's hosting service 123-Reg suffered a weekend of downtime thanks to broken hardware.The Reg received emails from many of those hit. One said: "Nameservers have been down for 48+ hours this weekend, loosing [sic] me around £3k across my four more popular domain names. "No explanation on there [sic] website as to what caused the problems. Bloody ridiculous." One poster on a hosting bulletin board complained: "The most upsetting thing is that there is NO way to get hold of them... they make you wait an hour and dont answer the phone... they dont answer tickets." http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/19/web_hoster_downtime/ SportingGoods.com Bowls Over the Competition to Reach Top Spot on the Weekly Domain Sales Chart A huge wave of completed sales from last month's Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction were reported this week, prompting us to expand our Top 20 chart to 50 positions. SportingGoods.com fought its way through the crowded pack to reach the top spot at $450,000. That was one of 29 domains from the live/silent auction event that landed on the elite list. A pair of .co.uk domains (Great Britain's ccTLD) more than held their own against the auction onslaught. In fact #2 Recycle.co.uk, sold for £150,000 ($309,901) to venture capital company ASAP Ventures, is the highest .co.uk sale ever reported. #4 Mobile.co.uk gave the British extension another blockbuster sale, going for £120,000 ($247,921) at Sedo.com. http://www.dnjournal.com/domainsales.htm It's official: wonder years of growth in online advertising are over OFFICIAL figures indicating a slowdown in the growth of online advertising appear to have finally silenced the more bullish voices in the market. For now. Advertisers spent a record $347 million in the third quarter of the year, a rise of 32 per cent on the same period last year, the latest figures from PricewaterhouseCoopers show. The industry's peak body, the Internet Advertising Bureau, predicts the market to land at $1.4 billion for the full year, a rise of 39 per cent, some way short of previous years' heights. http://business.smh.com.au/its-official-wonder-years-of-growth-in-online- advertising-are-over/20071121-1c09.html Canadian online ad spending to pass CAD 3 bln by 2011- study Internet advertising and marketing accounted for little more than 5 percent of total advertising spending in Canada in 2006, according to a report from eMarketer. In 2006, spending on internet advertising in Canada rose by 80 percent and passed the CAD 1 billion mark for the first time. The country has one of the best broadband infrastructures in the world and higher household internet penetration than the United States, yet Canadian companies have generally been slow to advertise online. Three in five online homes used a broadband connection, at a time when internet users spent more than 13 hours online each week. EMarketer predicts that online advertising spending will pass CAD 3 billion by 2011, roughly tripling its value in 2006, due to quick change in the internet marketing in the coming years. http://www.telecom.paper.nl/news/article.aspx?id=193599&nr= AT&T Buys Pay-Per-Call Advertising Firm AT&T plans to buy online advertising company Ingenio for an undisclosed sum, in a move that puts the telephone company in competition with Google and other online advertisement leaders. Ingenio's technology measures the effectiveness of advertisements by tracking phone calls made to businesses based on phone numbers used in ads. The ads can be displayed online, on mobile phone Web sites and in print. The technology provisions the phone numbers and tracks the calls. Advertisers pay based on the volume of phone calls generated by the ads. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/139808/att_buys_paypercall_adv ertising_firm.html Online advertising tops magazines and radio A surge in spending on online advertising in the September 2007 quarter in Australia will see it leap ahead of radio and magazines to become the third biggest advertising platform, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report shows. Online advertising spending in the three months to September increased 6.8% to $347.8 million. That result should push the total online advertising spend for 2007 to $1.4 billion, a 40% increase on last year. http://www.smartcompany.com.au/Free-Articles/Trends/20071122-Online- advertising-tops-magazines-and-radio.html Typo-squatters make money from our mistakes SYDNEY - A slip of the fingers on the keyboard is helping a band of online entrepreneurs make money from our mistakes. A new report from security software company McAfee reveals the practice of "typo-squatting" - using common misspellings of popular brands, products and people in order to redirect consumers to alternative websites. The alternative website may consist of a page of click-thru ads designed to generate revenue for the typo-squatting owner, or could be designed to look like the original in an attempt to gather login and password information from a user. SYDNEY - A slip of the fingers on the keyboard is helping a band of online entrepreneurs make money from our mistakes.