Founder Of Oversee Launched RTB.com (Real Time Bidding)

According to Mediapost.com, the co-founder of Oversee.net,  Fred Hsu, new company officially launched RTB.com today which stands for Real Time Bidding.

The domain name appears have been acquired last year from Telepathy, Inc for what I would guess was a six figure sale.

Hsu, RTB.com founder told MediaPost the focus of the company “now turns toward building out hyper-targeting capabilities by pulling in billions of transactions daily. The world of mobile RTB remains static, mostly revolving around simple rules-based systems, and that’s an opportunity to improve on machine learning techniques through data”.

“U.S. advertisers will spend more than $3.36 billion on real-time bidding this year — including mobile, up from just under $2 billion in 2012 and less than $1 billion in 2011, eMarketer estimates.”

“Demonstrating the uptick in mobile RTB, Hsu said today the company’s hit a monthly run rate of more than $1 million, up from tens of thousands in September last year. In fact, it generated more revenue in April than it did for the entire year in 2012. The company’s pushing an “eight-figure run rate” and expects to triple that during the next six months.”

“We buy on CPM and sell through CPI, but we’re trying to automate it more than Turn and Rocketfuel,” he said. “The platform monitors the RTB stream, billions daily, and when we see a user on a specific device, knowing their location, we’ll determine the user’s worth, maybe a fraction of a penny, before making a bid.”

He said the company doesn’t pull in personally identifiable information, but rather generic identifiers that build a profile over time from data, based on site visits and behavior, rather than Facebook IDs or email addresses. There’s also an opt-out process.”

UltimatePoker.com: “America’s First Legal Online Poker Site”

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According to ctvnews.ca, UltimatePoker.com has become the “America’s first legal, real-money online poker site  and it was launched in Las Vegas”

“There was black Friday, and now we’re going to have ‘trusting Tuesday,”‘ said Ultimate Gaming CEO Tobin Prior. “Players won’t have to worry if their money is safe. They are going to be able to play with people they can trust and know the highest regulatory standards have been applied.”

“It’s an opportunity to show the world how to properly run online poker,” Ultimate Gaming chairman Tom Breitling said.

 

“Earlier this year, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval approved legislation that gives him the ability to sign deals with other governors to facilitate interstate Internet gambling.”

 

 

 

“The company will have to pay 6.75 per cent of its revenue in Nevada state taxes.”

 

For those holding poker and gambling domains this is certainly good news as it seems that there is an movement by by states to legalize online poker and possibly online gambling which should make those types of domains more valuable than ever.

 

Godaddy.com Girl Danica Patrick Is Back On the Market As She Files For Divorce

According ESPN.com, the public face of Godaddy.com, the worlds largest domain name registrar and Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick filed for divorce on Jan. 3 in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County  citing “irretrievably broken” from Paul Hospenthal.

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“My marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation,” Patrick said in the filing that she signed on Dec. 31.

According to the documents, Patrick and Hospenthal entered into a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage in 2005 that defined property interest. She stated no alimony will be necessary.

“My spouse and I did acquire community property during our marriage, and it will be divided as indicated on a Settlement Agreement which will be submitted to the court at a later date,” Patrick said in the filing.

The documents cited there have been no incidents of domestic violence and there are no children.

According to the ESPN report her only public mention of the divorce came on Facebook.

“I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage,” she wrote. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”

Bandit Foundation Update: TriCountry Gets The Love & The Bandit Rescue Van Has Already Helped Save Over 70 Dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its been almost a year since we lost our little Boy Bandit Berkens.

With the help of Jenna Wehner and John Ferber Microgiving.com set up a fund and friends, domainers and readers of thedomains.com generously contributed over $6,000 to the Bandit Share the Love Foundation.

The money was donated to he TriCounty Humane Society,  a No-kill shelter located in Boca Raton, Florida.

TriCountry rescue animals mainly around the Tri County area of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties, however they have also rescued animals as far as Georgia Alabama and Tennessee.

There mission is simple: “To place our rescued dogs and cats into loving forever homes”.

It was back in April that we heard that their van which they used to rescue animals broke down and was inoperable.

Without their van a lot of animals would not be able to be saved.

We found that over $10K was going to be needed for them to purchase a new van.

Judi and myself  personally added to the funds you contributed and gave Tricounty the money they needed to purchase the van and we are happy to report that the Bandit Rescue Van has already been used to rescue over 70 dogs.

Most recently the van was used to rescue 55 Chihuahuas from a warehouse in Hialeah which transported the dogs back to their facility.

Above is a picture of the van.

Yes we know Bandit’s last name is spelled wrong, but that’s not important.

What is important is that Bandit continues to do one of his favorite things, take a ride, this time traveling the highways of Florida, saving lives in the process.

As you can see from the banner on the left we are still collecting money for Bandit’s Foundation and will continue to find organizations who do great work in rescuing animals and finding homes for them, feel free to contribute if you can.

Here are a few stories about Tricounty:

Reported by wptv.com

Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From A Sarasota Puppy Mill & Given A Second Chance At Life

“”About 263 dogs were rescued by Sarasota County Animal Services, pulled from a home in Venice last week. Some of the animals are not in good condition, according to investigators. They were still being treated Sunday night.

Investigators said the owners of the dogs were cooperative with authorities. The Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton is one of many facilities where the dogs are being treated.

“Pending medical evaluation and clearance, the animals will be put up for adoption.”

“It’s just going to be a long road to recovery for these guys because they are so scared,” said Tri-County Director of Operations Kim Spencer. “They don’t know what a human touch is, and that’s what breaks my heart.”

Many have worms, ticks, fleas, infections and eye problems. Two of the dogs rescued by Tri-County were rushed to emergency veterinary care.

“The most horrific conditions I think I’ve ever seen in my rescue,” said Tri-County Director Suzi Goldsmith. “They have had the worst quality of life and I would say they’ve had no quality of life.”

Chihuahuas Rescued From Warehouse:

“55 dogs at Tri-County Humane Society looking for new home after rescue from ‘deplorable conditions’

“We’re told that they were found in a warehouse living with bite wounds and health problems.”

The Tri-County Humane Society says they plan to have nearly all the animals they rescued this week ready to be adopted within ten days.

Rescued Tennessee Dogs Arrive In South Florida For Adoption

“”An assembly line of Federal Express workers marched out of the company’s offices at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Wednesday carrying precious cargo; 47 dogs rescued from filthy conditions in Tennessee.

The dogs arrived at Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton Wednesday night, where they will be placed up for adoption later this week.

The animals were part of a group of 141 dogs that investigators say they found in Tennessee in the back of a U-Haul moving truck on a cross country journey. Investigators say it appeared the dogs hadn’t been fed or walked in days and were living in filth. The woman who was driving the U-Haul and a female companion are now charged with felony animal cruelty case. If convicted, each faces up to two years in prison.”

You can visit the shelter at at 21287 Boca Rio Road Boca Raton Florida:

Tricountyhumane.org

Facebook.com/TriCountyHumane

If you looking for a dog or cat to adopt they are opened 6 days a week.

Apple: Is The Boom Period Over?

Although admitted not much to do with domain names, the domain industry is closely aligned with the overall tech sector and we could help but notice a few negative stories out this morning on Apple, a company which you typically can’t find one negative story.

Sales of the iPhone 5 came in at a disappointing 5 Million this weekend, 1 million higher than the iPhone 4s but well under expectations of 6 Million- 10 Million.

Over the weekend about 2,000 workers rioted at the notorious FoxCom plant in China where the iPhone (along with a lot of other products) are manufactured closing the plant.

According to reports over 40 people were injured, “About 5,000 police were dispatched and the rioting was brought under control by around 3 a.m. Monday morning. The facility was closed for the day and was expected to be back online Tuesday”

As part of the OS update Apple released last week they replaced Google Maps with their own mapping system.

The reviews are in and certainly for Apple shockingly negative.

I’ve read a lot of reviews and articles about Apple Maps and story for story, Apple Maps are getting ripped in comparison to Google Maps leading Tech publication Gizmodo.com, review speaks for itself:

“Apple Maps on iOS 6 is really bad when compared to Google Maps on iOS 5. It has misled people aplenty, the magic flyby is a horror show, and even Apple had to acknowledge it sucks.”

Finally Samsung started running some television ads in heavy rotation lampooning those waiting in the iPhone line when they say their Galaxy S3 has most of the new features of the iPhone 5 plus more.

The ads which seem to run 2 minutes, try to make the iPhone line look especially geeky or older, where as the cooler people are shown to be on the Galaxy.

Its one of the first attack commercials I can ever remember seeing where another company is calling Apple out for its product as being not “ahead of the curve” and maybe worse, not the choice of the cool people.

I especially like the part of the commercial when we find out that the cool young person in line is only holding the spot for their parents.

Even its new Passbook app is getting some mixed reviews.

Apple has been on a 10+ year run as the most inventive producer of consumer electronics, the company everyone loves to become the most valuable company in the world without seeming to miss a step.

Today shares of Apple are down just over 2% at $685 a share.

What do you think are the cracks showing?

(Disclaimer: we per-ordered our iPhone 5 already & own shares of Apple)