With more than 100 million .com domains already registered, finding something that doesn’t sound absolutely ridiculous is getting much harder than it used to be. One might simply assume that more people are joining the virtual land rush, and while that’s probably true, you can also blame a small handful of domain speculators such as Mike Mann pictured to the right. CNET profiled Mann as part of a larger story on domain hoarders, and considering that he snatched up 14,962 domain names over a 24 hour period, I would say he certainly falls into that category.
VeriSign manages the .com domain (amongst others), but it doesn’t really OWN it. There’s a whole host of ICANN regulations in the way that keeps VeriSign from being able to take down any website it wants, anytime it wants. It’s looking for relief for some of those restraints in an appeal to ICANN that is first and foremost about responding to governmental takedown requests – at least on the surface – but contains slippery verbiage that could cause headaches for website owners around the world.
If you’re the owner of a Furry fetish page and sick of receiving concerned emails sent by dog-loving (just not that kind of loving) grannies who inadvertently stumble across your site, today’s your day: the .xxx domain is officially kinda open for registration. Porn and adult sites who aren’t ashamed of having those scarlet letters branded into their webpage URL can now call dibs with ICM Registry, the owner of the .xxx domain. It’s the first step in the Web’s cautious move to create a virtual red light district.
Reports from all over the Web are saying the GoDaddy.com just changed hands for billions of dollars. According to GoDaddy's official statement, however, this isn't a sale, but a "strategic investment" and partnership with KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures, a trio of investment firms.