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AT&T announced Sunday its board approved a $48.5 billion deal to buy DirecTV, including a plan to sell its $6 billion stake in regional phone giant América Móvil to avoid regulatory conflicts. Also on Sunday, AT&T relaunched the Cricket Wireless brand, which kills off its Aio Wireless prepaid service that launched last year.
AstraZeneca rejects Pfizer's latest $117 billion bid.
YouTube reportedly is acquiring Twitch for about $1 billion.
Johnson Controls divests auto interiors business to SAIC, China's biggest automaker.
Apple is expected to announce this week its $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics.
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Amazon loses ICANN bid for .amazon gTLD.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 15, 2014 02:27 PM
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the first “sunrise” phase of the roll-out of the .nyc domain name prior to a full-scale public launch in October 2014.
Part of a new class of generic top-level domains (gTLDs — although in this case they're also called geoTLDs) from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Big Apple is the first city in the U.S. with a top-level domain catering to local businesses, organizations and residents.
“The launch of the .nyc domain is one of the most anticipated arrivals for the city and the Internet at large,” stated Hizzoner. “There is no shortage of New Yorkers ready to claim their exclusive .nyc identities online, and this is their chance to reserve their piece of this city’s valuable digital real estate.”
Jessie Pressman, CEO of tech education startup Bite Size Learning, was one of those New Yorkers who seized the opportunity.
“Acquiring a .nyc domain is a chance to align Bite Size Learning's brand with NYC,” Pressman, recently featured in Crain's New York, told brandchannel. “As an emerging start-up the .nyc domain will lend credibility to our site while at the same time promoting our belief in supporting local business.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 10, 2014 09:12 AM
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masters of their domains
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 24, 2013 12:41 PM
ICANN has announced four new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) designed to help organize the expansive internet. The four new non-Latin strings—in Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic—signify ICANN's move towards globalizing the web.
The new URL suffixes: Arabic for "web/network"; Cyrillic for "online"; Cyrillic for "site"; and Chinese for "game(s)" are just some of the estimated 1,400 new gTLDs that the organization plans to add to some of the Web's most common suffixes, including .com, .org and .net.
"In the weeks and months ahead, we will see new domain names coming online from all corners of the world, bringing people, communities and businesses together in ways we never imagined. It's this type of innovation that will continue to drive our global society," Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Generic Domains Division, said in a press release.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 8, 2013 11:52 AM
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar, will head-off the commercial marketing for the .la TLD to Los Angeles businesses and locals looking to geographically tag their website, the Los Angeles Times reports.
GoDaddy, which will sell the .la TLD for the first time after striking a deal with CentralNic, the company that handles the database for .la Web addresses, will launch a city-wide marketing campaign including billboards and online ads to promote the .la suffix—which also happens to be the Web suffix for the country of Laos.
The suffix joins a growing list of city-specific TLDs under ICANN's new web naming push. New York has previously announced that its bid for the .nyc domain was approved by ICANN and will be available for purchase later this year.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 26, 2013 03:33 PM
ICANN just launched a brand database for trademarks, Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), allowing businesses to register their brands ahead of the release of the next wave of 2,000 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to be introduced later this year, part of a larger effort to quell concerns about cyber-squatting and trademark infringement as seen in this introductory video:
Suffixes such as .bet, .web, .news, .app, .home, .inc, and .gay will become available in May as alternatives to the current and familiar .com, .org and .net. Some 1,200 gTLDs are expected to be approved—up from the current 280.
"So, for example, if someone applies for the suffix Apple, Apple will be able to see what the website is selling—whether it is a local orchard or someone selling fake Apple computers," said Jonathan Robinson, a consultant on the project. "New top-level domain names present a land of opportunity, but there are also threats. Prior to this there has been no universal protection available to brand owners. This goes a long way to mitigating the threat."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 20, 2013 11:14 AM
ICANN has been moving full-steam ahead under new CEO Fadi Cherhade, announcing that April 23rd will be the approval date for the first TLDs for delegation.
Once recommended for delegation, an applicant must pass a technical test and sign a Registry agreement with ICANN, which takes between five to six months, before a registry launch—which can take up to a year after they have been approved for delegation.
There is no “sunrise” period for branded TLDs (Top Level Domains), but generic terms or open registries require a sunrise period of 30 days for trademark holders, followed by a 60-day landrush period, after which public domain sales could start.
About 1,900 applications for new gTLDs are currently pending; 40 percent are for brand names and another slice is for “generic” words like .app, .insurance, .search and .book. “If allowed to register as closed domains, a single player could control the entire domain string related to a “generic” word – and prevent others from registering within it,” notes an article by InfoLawGroup.
Many have already voiced concern about “closed generic” domains and ICANN has asked the public for comment by March 7, 2013.
Meanwhile, the American Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has asked ICANN to slow the process down “to set up a defensive mechanism so trademark holders can prevent registration of their exact trademarks across all the registries for a single reasonable fee.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 14, 2012 09:01 AM
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Amazon and Google rush to wrap up new gTLD domain-name suffixes with ICANN.
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