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Aussie Government Mandates Internet Censorship Down Under


It looks like the Australian government is creating a firewall similar to the one that China has been using.

Australia says it means to restrict minors from accessing pornography and violence on the Internet, although it would give the government carte blanche over what typical Australian Web surfers are able to access on a day to day basis.

In late 2007 Stephen Conroy, Australia’s Telecommunications Minister, had said that Internet users will be able to opt out of being filtered. That said, it appears that the content filters will be mandatory for all Australian Internet users, and “opt out” could mean being added to what has been called a blacklist:

Australians will be unable to opt-out of the government’s pending Internet content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watere...

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Name.com Now Offers Fastest Way to Buy Recently Deleted Domains


We’ve been working on a lot of behind the scenes improvements so that we could roll out some cool products and services. One of the first ones to drop is our new Recently Deleted Domains Service.You can search through domain names which have recently been deleted using a variety of search parameters including time since it dropped, length, keyword, extension, etc. It’s a pretty powerful tool, especially for those of you who have had your eye on a domain name but haven’t wanted to back order it.

We took it a step further and we’re also offering a Recently Deleted Domains Keyword Subscription Service. Right now you’re limited to English dictionary words. You can enter a variety of your favorite keywords as well as any you wish to block...

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Oh the things in store!


Are you excited? I watch Obama’s acceptance speech last night in the presence of about one hundred strangers at a bar in my neighborhood. There was certainly anticipation in the room leading up to the speech. There was an lush quiet while he spoke. Then excitement. Regeneration. Hope. This, as they say, is a good thing.

When I came into the office today I realized that’s not very different from what’s been going on here at Name.com. We’ve been pretty quiet lately. Heads down and working hard to beef up our infrastructure to keep up with our phenomenal growth and prepare for even more.

The last several months have been really busy and we’re just starting to see some of the fruits of those labors. Most of those things are completely behind the scenes...

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AOL Offering Vanity Email on MCOM.com


This might not interest many of you, but if you remember Mosiac you might remember that mcom.com was their domain name back in the day. AOL has started offering some vanity email addresses of this and a few other domains. Some of which great like games.com, when.com and switched.com, others of which are – shall we say, “longtail” at best.

It’s puzzling to me that they would choose to use something like when.com for this service. There’s so much more that can be done with a short brandable generic like that. It’s a shame really. But I guess when you’re struggling and for sale you make some silly decisions.

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Name.com Heads to GeoDomain Expo in Chicago


Name.com is a proud sponsor of the 2008 GeoDomain Expo presented by Associated Cities. I’ll be hitting Chicago for the show. If you’d like to connect live and in person let me know. I’ll be there for the entire show.

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The ’93Now What?’94 Series Intro


One of the questions I get asked over and over again by people outside of the domain name industry is “why do I need a domain?” the second most often asked question is “What do I do with my domain name?” Over the next couple of days I’ll be sharing some short articles with you. Articles targeted to those very people: end-users. Individuals and companies looking to register a domain name for a new business, a new product or any number of other reasons want to know what the can and what they should do with their newly minted Internet real estate. I owe a debt of gratitude to a talented young content writer who is here helping us out this summer. If Kevin Crane comes knocking on your door looking for a job, he’s got my endorsement and I thank him for his leg work and efforts on this series...

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Bido.com Unwrapped


Recall Media’s one-name-per-day auction site, Bido.com bowed today with the inaugural auction of DiscountImages.com. Was is a success? Only the team over at Bido.com can say for sure. There were four bidders with a total of 20 bids on the name. That’s better than almost all of the low reserve/no reserve names at the last TRAFFIC auction in Orlando. The end result was a winning bid of $911US.

The appraisals for DiscountImages.com varied from lows of $500 to highs of $15k targeted at end-users. My own appraisal of $750-1500 was based on a variety of factors including past sales, recent offers on my own domains, industry trends and end-usage. I might have a couple of factors I’ll keep under my hat, but overall this isn’t rocket science. End-users are not the target for Bido...

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Name.com on the Road


While I’m enjoying the month of June here in sunny and arid Denver without any work related travel, you fine folks can catch up with Bill at DomainerMeeting and the ICANN meeting in Paris.

In July I’m back on the road with two trips to Chicago. We’re sponsoring the GeoDomainExpo so come find me at the W City Center July 10-12. If I see you wearing a Name.com hat on the show floor I’ll have a free gift for you. I’ll only have a couple of gifts with me, so you might want to try to find me before I run out.

Two weeks later I’ll be back in the windy city for HostingCon July 28-30 where I hope to catch up with some folks from my previous life in the hosting industry.

Will I see you there?

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.ORG Promo Time!


As promised, if a little late, I bring you a new promo code. This time around we’re offering 30% off new .org registrations. This is good for a limited number of domains so if you’re thinking about registering some .org domains now is the time to do it.

Thanks to TankRazr for poking me on this. If this one isn’t to your liking I’ll have another for you in a few weeks. Drop me a line and let me know what you’re in the market for and I’ll see what I can do. And folks? It’s probably not going to be a .com promo, ya know?

Enter “j08org” for your 30% on .org domain registrations.

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Busy Times At Name.com


First, let me apologize to the five people in the world who read this blog. I’ve been way lax in updating here but I have a really good reason. I’ve been supah busy actually doing things. It’s crazy I know, but it’s good. But that means that we needed help and we’ve been interviewing candidates for a variety of positions for a while and have recently added some folks to the team and wow’85 what a difference it can make. I’m planning to get back to writing semi-regularly.

I’ll have a new promo code for you later this week. Watch for it.

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