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Internet Out of IPv4 Addresses by 2012, the Consultancy Says

The growing popularity of smartphones, IPTV and other gadgets connecting to the Internet is eating up real estate on the net, and soon techies can expect cyberspace to run out of room, according to a Frost & Sullivan analyst briefing Thursday.

Experts say today's Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) also limits services of multimedia content and data communication, including mobile IP, P2P and video calls. With new mobile IPv6, telecommunication providers can easily roll out custom services from movies to ring tones to television. more

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Yahoo for Typosquatting

A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed Monday against Yahoo! Inc. and group of unnamed third-parties accuses the company of engaging in "syndication fraud" against advertisers who pay Yahoo to display their ads on search results and on the Web pages of partner Web sites. The suit claims that Yahoo displayed these advertisers' online ads via spyware and adware products and on so-called "typosquatter" Web sites that capitalize on misspellings of popular trademarks or company names.

Potentially more explosive is the plaintiff's claim that Yahoo regularly uses its relationship with adware and typosquatting sites to gin up extra revenue around earnings time, alleging that the company is conspiring to boost revenue by partnering with some of the Internet's seamier characters. more

Net Neutrality Bill Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

After failing last week to add a provision to a telecommunications reform bill, four Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced a free-standing bill aimed at preventing broadband carriers from discriminating against competing Web content or services.

The bill, sponsored by Representatives Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jay Inslee of Washington state, Anna Eshoo of California and Rick Boucher of Virginia, would create a net neutrality law banning phone and cable companies from charging Web sites for faster data transmission, or blocking their online competitors' content and services. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, has introduced a similar bill in the Senate.  more

Leading Domain Name Registrar Purchased by Demand Media, Expanding on Advertising Opportunities

eNom, one of the largest Internet domain name registrars, announced that it has been acquired by Demand Media, Inc., a new company headed by former MySpace.com chairman, and former CEO of Intermix Media, Richard Rosenblatt. Los Angeles-based Demand Media will broaden eNom's offerings by developing proprietary content tools and technologies, as well as new online advertising opportunities for eNom's clients.

The purchase of eNom was briefly mentioned yesterday in the Wall Street Journal prior to this formal announcement.  more

WSJ on Domain Name Portfolio Development by Large Investors

The web site www.flashgames.com has no staff, spends no money on marketing and despite its name, offers no games. All it offers is a list of links to other game sites. Yet it earns revenue of more than $150,000 a year selling online ads...

These sites' ability to make lots of money for little investment is now attracting attention from big players. A group of investors led by former MySpace.com chairman Richard Rosenblatt is expected to announce today that it has raised $120 million from investors to build a new company, Demand Media Inc., centered on generic domain names like these. The venture has already acquired 150,000 domain names -- including flashgames.com -- and plans to aggressively acquire more. But, conscious of the limitations of these bare-bones sites, it plans to add some low-cost content in hopes of making the business even stronger. more

Web's Million-Dollar Domain Name Typo in Controversy

Google Inc., which runs the largest ad network on the Internet, is making millions of dollars a year by filling otherwise unused Web sites with ads. In many instances, these ad-filled pages appear when users mistype an Internet address, such as "BistBuy.com."

This new form of advertising is turning into a booming business that some say is cluttering the Internet and could be violating trademark rules. It also has sparked a speculative frenzy of investment in domain names, pushing the value of some beyond the $1 million mark. more

VoIP Used in New Phishing Scam

Small businesses and consumers aren't the only ones enjoying the cost savings of switching to VoIP. According to messaging-security company Cloudmark, phishers have begun using the technology to steal personal and financial information over the phone.

Earlier this month, Cloudmark trapped an email phishing attack in its security filters that appeared to come from a small bank in a big city and directed recipients to verify their account information by dialing the included number. (The Cloudmark user who received the email and alerted the company knew it was a phishing scam, because he's not a customer at this bank.)  more

Internet Domain Names as Ubiqutous as Social Security Numbers

Jim Croce's famous song "I got A Name" may one day need to be changed to "I got A Domain" if current Internet growth rates remain the same. Today there over 70 million registered Internet domain names across the globe, according to Dotster, Inc., a leading provider of Internet domain name and hosting services...

"While more and more businesses are taking advantage of the innovation and power offered by the Internet by registering domains, an equal number of individual users are registering for domain names as well. In fact, with the Internet becoming such a ubiquitous part of everyday life and commerce, one can imagine a day when every individual and every corporation will have a domain name just as they do a social security number or corporate tax ID," says Kevin Kilroy, Chairman, Dotster, Inc. more

Net Neutrality Provision Rejected

Internet companies and consumer groups calling for a new U.S. law that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading some connections lost a major battle this week when a U.S. House of Representatives committee voted down such a provision.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, during debate on a telecommunications reform bill, rejected an amendment that would write so-called net neutrality provisions into U.S. law. Backers of a net neutrality law want Congress to prohibit U.S. broadband providers from blocking or slowing their customers' connections to Web sites or services that compete with services offered by the providers. more

Bugs Found in DNS Software, Not Considered High-Risk

A number of flaws in the software that is used to administer the Internet's DNS (domain name system) has been discovered by researchers at Finland's University of Oulu.

The vulnerabilities could be exploited to "cause a variety of outcomes," including crashing the DNS server or possibly providing attackers with a way to run unauthorized software, according to an advisory posted Wednesday by the U.K.'s National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Center. more

Market Watch, Biggest Domain Name Registrar Going Public

On the Internet, real estate is cheap, but there's a lot of it. Can you make money collecting a few dollars' rent from millions of tenants?

Investors may get a better sense of how the Internet real estate business works if GoDaddy.com, the Web's biggest landlord, decides to go public. The company, which declined to comment for this story, has reportedly hired Lehman Brothers to conduct an IPO. more

China Domain Name System Tampering Feared

Internet experts have warned that China is "manipulating" the domain name system in an attempt to censor its citizens' access to the web.

A high-level report prepared for by ICANN warns "politically motivated" domain name authorities could set up alternate root systems to filter out unwanted internet content. Report co-author and Melbourne IT chief technology officer Bruce Tonkin said China's attempts to use the domain name system to restrict access to content was a serious threat. more

Governments Need to Pass More Anti-Spam Laws, Says OECD

Governments need to pass more anti-spam laws, give law enforcement agencies more resources and work better across borders to combat unsolicited e-mail clogging up inboxes, an international economic group said Wednesday.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international forum of 30 countries established to promote economic growth and trade, also called on private industry to cooperate with government spam-fighting efforts and to help governments establish nationwide spam education campaigns. In addition, countries need to pass laws that provide "clear directions" on rules regarding bulk e-mail, the group said. more

Microsoft to Push Adoption of Sender ID at Email Summit

Microsoft Wednesday plans to promote adoption of the Sender ID email specification and introduce a new program for helping ISPs protect the integrity of email messages at the Email Authentication Summit in Chicago.

Citing research figures from MarkMonitor, Craig Spiezle, director of technology care and safety for Microsoft, said that Sender ID use among Fortune 500 companies has increased from 7% in July 2005 to 21%. About 32% of all e-mail sent is Sender ID compliant, added Spiezle, who plans to speak about the adoption of Sender ID at the summit.  more

High Court Declines Rev. Jerry Falwell's Appeal Against Fallwell.com Domain User

The justices on Monday declined without comment to take up the evangelical preacher's appeal, which challenged the operator of Fallwell.com, a site that aims to explain "why Rev. Falwell is completely wrong about people who are gay or lesbian." The televangelist had claimed the domain name's spelling was too close to that of his official Web presence and asked the courts to shut it down.

Christopher Lamparello, identified as a gay New York man in his 30s, registered the site in 1999 to air his distaste for Falwell's stance after seeing him profess antigay views during a television interview. more

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