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Domain Name News Archive - May 2000

  • British E-commerce Company Rejects $7 Million American Offer For Its Domain Name
    Second highest ever offer for a domain name. London - A UK-based businessman has turned down a $7 million (£4.7 million) offer to buy his Internet domain name, associated trademarks and other geographic domains. Half of the money would have been in cash and half in stocks in Los Angeles, CA-based Ebuy, Inc.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions’ Chinese strategy
    Network Solutions said Wednesday it was giving away 300 domain names and discounting several thousand others for the Chinese government’s use, in one of the first corporate overtures toward the world’s most populous nation since last week’s House vote in favor of normalizing trade relations.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Domain-name Disputes Getting Personal
    A procedure designed to speedily resolve disputes over the rights to Internet domains names is starting to get personal, with its first-ever ruling on an address named for a living celebrity adopting a broad definition of the concept of trademarks.
    .... full story

  • How much is your domain name really worth?, Europe's self-styled biggest domain name broker, has launched an online valuation service. It's free.
    .... full story


  • owner rejects £4.7m offer for domain name
    A Surrey businessman has rebuffed an offer of £4.7 million, half of it in cash, for the domain name
    .... full story

  • Internet domain name rules tested by tiny Ontario boat lines
    A fight over a Web site name between two Ontario cruise boat lines has given new resonance to the term "Internet piracy" and raised questions about the efficacy of a system set up last fall to resolve such disputes.
    .... full story

  • Prank puts @Home page on DSL rival's domain
    For a few disorienting days, Excite@Home and Pacific Bell--arch rivals in the market for high-speed Net access--have been living together under the same virtual roof.
    .... full story


  • Asians Launch Multilingual Domain Names Organization
    Asian countries will launch an organization to promote use of multilingual Internet domain names.
    .... full story

  • Domain dispute
    Matt Borrelli is probably a cyber-squatter, but some can't help rooting for him in his domain name dispute with SFX Entertainment.
    .... full story


  • Oscar Takes Aim At "Academy Awards" Domains
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS) is mustering its legal forces for another major strike at those who might speculate on Internet domain names related to the organization's famed Academy Awards, and its golden "Oscar" statue.
    .... full story


  •'s launch set for June
    The launch comes months after eCompanies named former Wall Street Journal Los Angeles bureau chief Peter Gumbel as editor in chief of, which first gained notoriety in November when the start-up incubator said it paid $7.5 million for the domain name.
    .... full story

  • Jeanette Winterson wins back kidnapped domain name
    Novelist Jeanette Winterson has won back her dotcom after it was "kidnapped" by a Cambridge academic.
    .... full story


  • Canadians go to court over domain name
    A cyber-clash looms in an Edmonton court with two men ready to battle over the ownership of a Web address.
    .... full story


  • in domain name rights fight
    In the latest spat over domain name rights, start-up venture capital firm has sued a start-up incubator that uses a similar Net name.
    .... full story


  • Well done, Baby Blair cybersquatter
    The Register tips its beak to Diana George for her barefaced cheek and outright opportunism for being the first to register the domain of Britain's most famous newborn.
    .... full story


  • Telecoms' power blocks wireless domain rush
    Australian Graham Saywell had an idea last year that seemed like a sure-fire winner: With Net access via mobile phones gaining in popularity, why not register a slew of domain names that could serve as shortcuts to the wireless Web and sell them to the highest bidder?
    .... full story


  • dotTV Announces ".TV" Domain Names now Available
    The arrival of new top level domains (TLDs) has continued with the launch Monday of the new ".TV" TLD.
    .... full story


  • Cybersquatters Seeking Domain Address Related to NK Theme
    With the historic South-North summit meeting just around the corner, domestic cybersquatters haven gone on a binge to snatch Web addresses related to North Korea.
    .... full story

  • Media firms log on to ".TV" domain
    Several media firms are buying new, more descriptive suffixes to tack on to the end of their Web addresses--something other than the generic ".com."
    .... full story

  • ICANN Approves Fourth Domain Name Arbiter
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution to resolve domain name disputes.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Nominating Process Draws Flak
    The powerful and controversial organization charged with managing the Internet's vital addressing system is drawing fresh criticism for the latest step it has taken toward establishing a board of directors that is more representative of the Internet community as a whole.
    .... full story


  • "Digital Divas" take on MSN
    A "Diva & Goliath" battle has broken out between Microsoft and a women's technology group that says the software giant is upstaging its act.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Appoints Election, Nominating Committees
    The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers this week took the first step in selecting the At Large Directors with the appointment of its election and nominating committees.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions help owners resell Web domain names
    Network Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: NSOL), the No. 1 Internet domain name registrar, said on Wednesday it will now help its Web domain name registrants transfer their "virtual real estate" to another owner.
    .... full story


    The Internet is built on "faulty foundations," that could adversely affect services, according to a domain health survey published by an Icelandic company that has launched a "spring-cleaning" campaign to eliminate "mis-configured zones".
    .... full story


  • ICANN Kicks Off Search for New CEO, President
    The nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced yesterday that it is embarking in earnest on a worldwide hunt for a new CEO and president.
    .... full story


  • Businesses change names to match domains
    What comes first, the dot or the com? In corporate America, the answer better be both.
    .... full story

    COMPUTER fan John Pepin tried to sell the Internet address — but ended up GIVING it to the Great Train Robber.
    .... full story


  • Scotland entering new domain
    Talks are under way over plans to create what is described as a distinctly Scottish internet address.
    .... full story


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