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The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. My posts on Domain Magazine are intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various memes running around my brain, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.

E-Commerce Scam and Fraud Reports

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With the increase in scams on e-commerce websites and Instagram pages, the team at Domain Magazine has taken an initiative to investigate and call off such scams and frauds. If you have been a victim of such fraud, please post in the comments below and we will add them to the listing. 1. Soune.in // Certified FraudOur first report is about a website, Soune.in. This site is cheating Indian...

DropCatch Experiences Outage – Several Auctions Impacted

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Users are reporting that DropCatch experienced a major outage in the last hour. While the website was functional and users were able to login, the auctions itself weren’t accepting bids. We were able to confirm from several bidders who were unable to place bids on the auctions they had been watching. “The auction page went blank. I refreshed several times, but nothing. It was blank...

Startup domain expires after $30 Million Fundraise

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Plum District was a hyper-local daily deals site created ‘by Moms, for Moms’. It was founded in 2009 by Megan Gardner with an aim of making every mom a ‘momtrepreneur’. It raised a whopping $30 million in funding, with about $10 million in its Series A funding, and the remaining $20 million in December 2011. Off to a great start, it became a leading e-commerce destination with a community of moms...

How ICANN can easily prevent RDNH

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RDNH or Reverse Domain Name Hijacking when the owner of a trademark tries to secure a domain name by claiming a “cybersquatting” case against the owner of the domain. This usually happens when the owner of the domain is a smaller firm or an individual. Paragraph 15(e) of the UDRP Rules defines reverse domain name hijacking as the filing of a complaint in bad faith, resulting in the abuse of the...

Fox Files Trademark for “OK Boomer”

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So, Fox has filed a trademark for “Ok Boomer”. The television giant probably aims at developing a reality, comedy and/or game show called OK BOOMER. Many others have also filed a trademark on the name. Kevin Yen, a New Yorker, also filed for a brand of clothing. A Pittsburgh-based company filed for a brand of stickers and decals. William Grundfest also claimed the name for a series of live stage...

Microsoft to replace HTTPS with DNS in Windows 10

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The DoH (DNS over HTTPS) protocol has been one of the year’s hot topics. The DoH protocol means that when it is deployed in a browser then the browser can hide DNS requests and responses in an otherwise regular looking HTTPS traffic. Microsoft has also joined the bandwagon when it was announced that it is adding support for the privacy-focused DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocol in a future...

Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth

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Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth states that a user’s connection speed grows by 50% per year. The interesting law was presented by Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group. The law was presented in 1998 and was updated in 2008 and 2019, based on his own connection speed’s growth. In 1998, Nielsen observed that his connection speed grew by 53% and by 49% in 2008 and 2019. He then rounded off...

Another start-up moves from .com to shorter .co

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Playbuzz has moved from Playbuzz.com to Ex.co. Following on the footsteps of Supply.co which changed from GetSupply.com to Supply.co, Playbuzz also shifted from a.com domain to a .co. Playbuzz is storytelling platform that provides publishers & brands with interactive tools to craft engaging editorial & commercial content. The step is seen as an...

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Dot-Com Trademark Issue

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The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case that whether a generic name along with a generic TLD is applicable for a trademark protection. The Supreme Court took the matter under its purview after there were differences between Trademark institutions and lower courts regarding whether Booking.com is a trademark or not. It all began in 2012, when Booking.com applied to get stylized versions...

After Ok Boomer, Ok Domainer getting popular with CEOs

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Internet has yet to get over its obsession over “Ok Boomer” memes, when suddenly the domain name industry has toppled over “Ok Domainer. So, after 1946-1964 born, what is the new category that this news buzzword is aiming at? Apparently, this term is getting quite popular with CEOs. This term is used by them when some domainer is asking a price way more than what the CEO expects. The CEOs take...

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