1st Day Totals For New gTLD’s: .Reisen 2,262; .University 1,340; .Toys 1,320; .Town 590

Several new gTLD’s went into its first day of general availability GA) yesterday and according to ntldstats.com,here are the number of registrations after the first day of GA which include all Sunrise applications and those domains registered in the Early Access Program (EAP)

Once again the total for this weeks new gTLD are less than impressive:

.Reisen 2,262;

.University 1,340

.Toys 1,320

.Town 590

Reisen is the German word for Travel.

There are now over 1.75 million new gTLD’s registered with .XYZ representing 24% of all new gTD registrations now topping 425,000 registrations.

Since last we recapped .Club passed 90,000 registrations.

.Wang passed .photography to become the 5 more registered new gTLD with over 42,000 registrations.

Owner Of UGN.com Forced to Defend UDRP Against Someone With No Trademark & No Proof

Talk about a waste of money.

The owner of the domain name UGN.com just successfully defended a UDRP against UGN, Inc which was represented by Laura Petrolino of Arment Dietrich, Inc., Illinois

The owner of the domain has owned it since at least 2001.

Complainant had a trademark for the term UGN SOUND SOLUTIONS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY but not for one for UGN.

The one member panelist Sandra J. Franklin, made short work of the decision, throwing the case out since the Complainant failed to “submitted any arguments or proof that is has rights in UGN as a mark, but merely states that UGN, Inc. is its brand name.”

“The Panel finds that Complainant has not met its burden of proof under Policy ¶ 4(a)(i) and, therefore denies the Complaint.

Considering that all three elements of the Policy must be met and that the Complainant has failed to satisfy the very first element, the Panel declines to analyze the other two elements of the Policy.”

So the domain holder had to spend money and time to defend this UDRP that had no basis for a claim.

Stephen Colbert Grabs Sarah Palin Domain Name

Stephen Colbert scoops up Sarah Palin Domain

Time magazine wrote about Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central registering TheSarahPalinChannel.com, the channel will parody the new SarahPalinChannel.com. The Sarah Palin channel will cost you $9.95/month or $99.95 for a one year subscription, the parody site of course will be free.

Dan Kemey of Time Magazine wrote:

Two competing Sarah Palin websites have launched in recent days. The first is called “Sarah Palin Channel,” and it offers subscribers a 24-hour newsfeed of pure, unmediated Palin for $99.95 a year. The second is called “The Sarah Palin Channel” (emphasis ours), and it promises to be “The only Sarah Palin Channel on the internet with a definite article in the address!” (emphasis theirs).

The website also happens to be a parody concocted by Stephen Colbert, who announced on Tuesday night’s episode of the Colbert Report that he had exclusive rights to TheSarahPalinChannel.com. Unlike its rival, the Colbert version will offer all of its content free of charge.

 

Sarah Buhr of TechCrunch did an article yesterday on Cable TV going away with the title “I want my Internet TV.” They gave mention to the new Palin channel in the opening. They went on to quote cable tv statistics.

From the article:

Research firm GfK says 19% of American households currently live without cable. According to Bloomberg, about 28.7 million Americans currently subscribe to HBO. More than 30 million of those of us in the U.S. have a Netflix account.

Netflix, by the way, accounts for about a third of Internet traffic on any given evening in North America.

Now throw Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video in the mix. Nielsen research carves out about 18% of Americans as Hulu subscribers and 13% viewership on Amazon Prime.

Read the full article here

Interlink Co., Ltd. Wins Community Priority Evaluation For The New gTLD .Osaka

Interlink Co., Ltd. Application for The New gTLD .Osaka just won its Community Priority Evaluation

.Osaka has prevailed with its Community Priority Evaluation application getting 15 of the maximum 16 points.

This means that GMO’s application for .Osaka will not move forward.

Here is part of the decision:
“Thank you for your participation in the New gTLD Program. After careful consideration and extensive review of the information provided in your application, including documents of support, the Community Priority Evaluation panel determined that the application met the requirements specified in the Applicant Guidebook. Your application prevailed in Community Priority Evaluation”

“Members of the community are defined as those who are within the Osaka geographical area as well as those who self identify as having a tie to Osaka, or the culture of Osaka. Major participants of the community include, but are not limited to the following:

• Legal entities
• Citizens
• Governments and public sectors
• Entities, including natural persons who have a legitimate purpose in addressing the community.

This community definition shows a clear and straightforward membership. The community is clearly defined because membership is dependent on having a clear connection to a defined geographic area.

In addition, the community as defined in the application has awareness and recognition among its members.

This is because of the clear association with the Osaka geographical area, as according to the applicant, the Osaka Community is largely defined by its prefectural borders.

The Community Priority Evaluation panel determined that the community as defined in the application satisfies both the conditions to fulfill the requirements for delineation.

The Osaka community has been in existence for thousands of years, and is known as Japan’s oldest capital. Osaka has been an economic and cultural center of the Japan for over a long span of time, though formally, the geographic area that defines the community, Osaka Prefecture, was formally established in 1868.

The Community Priority Evaluation panel determined that the community as defined in the application fulfills the requirements for preexistence.

How Much Would You Spend For a 30M Meeting WIth Eric Schmidt of Google? Bidding Is At $8K

Bidding is now opened for a what is described as having “Coffee with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, at Google in New York City.”

“Sit down to coffee with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, for 30 minutes at Google in New York City.”

Bidding is underway at CharityBuzz.com, where there are currently 4 bidders with a high bid of $8,000.

There are 15 days left in the auction closes on Thursday, August 14th,  2014 at 3 PM EDT. 

The auction listing has an “Estimated Value” of $50,000. The winning bidder will be allowed to bring a guest with them.

A few more of the fine print:

 

  • Travel and accommodations are not included.
  • Winning bidder and guest(s) subject to security screening.
  • Every effort will be made to schedule this experience at the earliest possible date convenient to both parties, but please note it may take up to 1 year to schedule based on availability.
  • We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.

Here is more information on Mr. Schmidt from the CharityBuzz listing:

“Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In May 2012, Eric became a member of Khan Academy’s board of directors and in 2013 he joined the board of The Economist.”