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JOBS Act Brings Washington DC Together to Provide More Funding to More Startups


When Republicans and Democrats get along it can be like catching your parents making out. It makes you uneasy–what’s going on behind the scenes? What will this behavior mean for me? Today’s lovefest may actually beget something other than trepidation. The Republican House passed a bill that President Obama was eager to sign. It’s his JOBS Act, which stands for Jumpstart Our Business Startups, and it clears the way for more people to invest in more companies.

Word is that most tech people are pretty happy about it. One is Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, who looked like he was going to leap onto the shoulders of the president during the signing. (I wonder if he lobbied by sending the White House unsolicited piles of CD ROMs?)

President Obama signs Jobs act

AOL's co-founder Steve Case (in green tie) happy to be with the POT...

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Shedding Some Light During the Blackout (SOPA & PIPA)


Isn’t it Ironic
“Ironic” is a term that gets overused and even misused a lot, but I think we’ve got a solid case of Irony here: the freedom and innovation inspired by the openness of the Internet is the very thing that clobbered the bill that would have stifled the freedom and innovation of the Internet.

It’s true, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been shelved. SOPA was authored with hopes to curb online piracy by preventing the likes of Google and Yahoo from sending users to sites distributing stolen materials. It would also allow for litigation if copyright was being infringed. It’s a concept backed by the likes of cable giant Comcast as well as the Motion Picture Association of America...

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Sometimes Innovation Precedes the Need: A Take on the New gTLDs


As many of you know, Brad White the Director of Global Media Affairs for ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) flew out last week to help spread awareness around the new gTLD program. Here’s a quick background in case you’re not familiar with the new program: gTLD stands for generic top-level domain such as com, net, org (to the right of the dot). The new program will allow anyone to apply to own and operate their own extension (more info here.) I’ll try to be casual here but this is undoubtedly the largest change to the Internet since its inception’85! If you don’t know, now you knowww (Biggie reference there, anyone?) Anyway, introducing new gTLDs to the Internet landscape has been a hot topic with much controversy and debate as many have asked, “Why are you doing t...

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ICANN Rep Coming to Denver to Discuss Controversial Change to the Internet


Name.com to Host Denver Press Club Conference Friday, January 6, 2011 at 10 a.m.

On January 12, one of the biggest changes in the history of the Internet will begin to unfold, one that will change the way 2-billion Internet users think of online addresses’85and the way that some Colorado organizations and businesses will brand and identify themselves in cyberspace.

On that date, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit charged with coordinating the global Internet addressing system, will begin taking applications for new Internet address endings. Currently there are 22 generic top-level domains, like the familiar .COM, .NET, .GOV, etc...

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hello world


We are about to do three things that should make you happy:

1- Make the site much, much easier to use. We’re systematically going through the site page by page, click by click, and making it simpler. You deserve that.

2- Give our current customers lots of new friends, so they can look back and say that all the new guys are just “jumping on the bandwagon” and that “we were customers of Name.com before everyone knew about them.” Hey, it’s cool to be first. We’re going to help make sure the whole world knows how cool you are.

3- Help you. We work hard to make sure we have what you need, but this year we’re taking it to the next level...

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It ain't about the transfer: Stopping SOPA and Giving Back


Yes, we’d love for you to transfer your domains to Name.com. But that’s not what this is about. The issue at hand is the ‘Net. The great wide open for new ideas, for visionaries, and thought so free it could spread its wings and lift us all off the ground. Yes, I just said that, but it’s easy to get sappy about the importance of the Internet. Why not? Look what it has done for communication, for innovation and for personal freedom around the world. Now everyone has a megaphone that’s as big as they want to make it.

Here’s how we’re going to use the Internet to turn up the volume on SOPA.

You can help remind Congress just how bad SOPA is AND support organizations that love the Internet the way it is. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to this page: http://www.name.com/Help-Stop-SOPA
Step 2: Share our ...

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GoDaddy, SOPA, Promo Codes, and some Transfer Tips


Now you know how powerful you are. GoDaddy has changed their position on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). They were for it, and now, after you transferred your domains and voiced your opinion, they’re against it.

Danny Luksa put together this simple and probably Not-Safe-For-Work illustration of what went down.

Illustrations and jokes aside, what’s important here is that a flawed piece of legislation has lost a major backer. So we’re not going to kick GoDaddy while they’re down. We’re moving forward (with your help, thank you) with our effort to get politicians to back away from this giant, stinking pustule of freedom-pinching poo. Our new promo code is ‘STOPSOPA’.

For those of you determined to transfer, now through the end of the year use the promo code, “STOPSOPA” for 10% off transfer ins

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Getting on our SOPA Box (and saving you money)


So it’s a little freaky to stand on a SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) box and proclaim one thing or another. However, there are two things we know:

1) No one likes piracy, but even more so

2) People love their FREEDOM!

Oh, and there’s a third thing:

3) How to Transfer from GoDaddy.

Now through the end of the year use the promo code, “NODADDY” for 10% off transfer ins (COM, NET, ORG, TV, INFO, IN, US, CO, ME & TEL) and also receive 40% off any of our hosting plans!

That’s what we know. You may think we don’t know counting, but we do. We know we can count on you to make the right decision. OK, that was cheesy. We also know BS and call it when we see it.

Name.com’s official stance: Name...

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Project #FreeDavidWalshDotName = SUCCESS!


What happened with David Walsh? His domain was stolen and we got it back. Sounds pretty mundane, but it’s such a crazy story it deserves its own promo code. As a matter of fact, it even made the evening news:

It’s true. We’re not making anything on these transfers but we’re just so darn excited. Use Promo Code “DAVIDWALSH” and transfer in any COM/NET for $7.25! Transfer in any .NAME for just $6.99! AND THAT INCLUDES A YEAR REGISTRATION! You also get all the cool freebies, the domain forwarding, the social URL forwarding and, most importantly, the free VIP Security to keep your domains safe.

THIS JUST IN…MORE INFORMATION: We’ve just received details from behind the scenes. When a domain is stolen, this is how the Name Ninja team handles the situation:

The David Walsh Incident

~ Zero Hour ...

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sopa opera: An abuse of power or a money-saving Pirate destroyer?


What is SOPA? It’s the Stop Online Piracy Act, and it’s heralded as way to curb online piracy (I hope you didn’t come here for in-depth coverage.) The bigger story is that it’s Justin Beiber against SOPAticked off Justin Bieber and inspired AOL, Mozilla, eBay, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Twitter, Yahoo! and Zynga to sign a letter stating, in part, that:

“We cannot support these bills as written and ask that you consider more targeted ways to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites dedicated to copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting, while preserving the innovation and dynamism that has made the Internet such an important driver of economic growth and job creation.”

See why Boulder-based VC Brad Feld says NO to SOPA.

See why the MPAA thinks Brad is wrong.

Now back to Bieber. When he was informed about SOPA he s...

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