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Porn sites will finally get .XXX domain, says ICANN

ICANN, the organization that controls top-level domain names, is reportedly ready to approve the controversial .XXX domain, intended for use by porn sites. It's an interesting decision that comes after years of debate. Both porn businesses and anti-porn crusaders have opposed .XXX. On the porn end of things, there are worries that it will segregate adult sites and ruin their SEO. On the...

Canon aims to register the .canon domain. Will others follow suit?

In the ever-shifting maze of domain names, ICANN, and approved registrars, companies often behave as if their valuable intellectual property is in the crosshairs of evil domain-name squatters. The new gTLD system, slated to kick off in 2011, only makes the universe of possible domain-name fights even bigger. Canon is already battening down the hatches for the day when you'll be able to register...

Pick a clever domain name with Domainr

In the past, you might have used one site to come up with a slick web address that uses a fancy top-level domain, and then another one to see whether your new creation is available. Domainr condenses the whole process into one step. Put in a word, and it will return possible domain names and tell you whether they're available. Basically, it handles everything but the registration. Domainr also...

Stuck For a Domain Name? Dot-o-mator to the Rescue!

You've got enough to worry about with your new Web 2.0 startup without having to come up with a clever name - never mind a matching domain name that's actually available. Well, why not take advantage of Dot-o-mator, a crafty little web app that reaches deep into its dictionary and outputs a list of possible domains that would make Dr. Seuss proud. Of course, coming up with a combination is...

.XXX back on the drawing board as ICANN plans big domain name changes

A far reaching transformation of domain names could be in store as Internet guardians, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meets to discuss changes to top level domain names. According to a report from the BBC, ICANN has plans to deregulate top level domain names to allow any string of letters to be used as a top level domain, paving the way for long proposed domains...

Name that top-level! Domains and their prices

Ever wondered where in the world .to or ..tv is located? (Tonga, and Tuvalu) How about how much it costs to get a domain in Sweeden or Lithuania? Polish web developer Julek Fruda put together a pretty comprehensive list that answers all those questions and a few more. The most expensive domains on the list? Antigua and Barbuda, at $300 a pop for names in the .ag space -- there's got to be a joke...

Microsoft suing cybersquatters

Ever mis-type a domain name and end up somewhere you weren't expecting? Owning domain names which are intentionally close to the domain names of popular companies is a well known, although ethically questionable practice. The kids in Redmond have had it up to their skinny tie laced necks with the practice and, their putting their legal team where their mouth is. They've announced a campaign of...

WordPress.com does domains

WordPress.com has finally unveiled a feature that a lot of people have been waiting for for a long time: domain registration and mapping. Until now, your WordPress.com blog could only have an address like example.wordpress.com, but today you can set up your own domain name like example.com and have your WordPress.com blog show up there, which previously was only possible using lame tricks like...

Domjax: Another Ajax domain search tool

Ajax domain search has been done before, but nevertheless I'm fond of Domjax's shiny interface. Like other services, it pulls up domain information as you type, but presents rather more information in a nice, clean interface. In addition to telling you if the domain name you enter is available with any TLD and giving you three registrar options, Domjax also shows SEO tools like Google and Yahoo!...

The 510 domain names of Google

If you asked me to name all the Google domain names I know off the top of my head, I could probably give you 10 or so. According to this site, however, the real number of domain names owned by Google is at least 510. Google apparently owns at least one domain name starting with every letter of the alphabet, plus a few that start with numbers. Many of them are pretty obvious, but there are some...

Instant Domain Search

Ah, Ajax. How fond I am of thee. Instant Domain Search is what it sounds like: As you type in the entry field, it shows you in real time whether the .com, .net, and .org domain names are available. If the domain is available it presents you with a number of registrar options (I wish it showed prices next to each), and if it's not available it gives you options for back-ordering, Alexa query, and...

Tools of the trade for finding a great domain name

Marcus Vorwaller has a blog called Best Tool for the Job, and his most recent post does the name proud: In How to Find a Great Domain Name, Marcus has assembled a list of a half-dozen sites that will help you find--wait for it--a great domain name for your new business, blog, or heinous shock site. My favorite is JustDropped, which lets you search domain names that have expired in the last week,...