It's come to our attention that Martin Shkreli, the dagger-faced pharma bro who won't leave the world alone, is buying up domains for the names of journalists who have written about him. He even targeted Gizmodo writers. Let's make sure this doesn't happen to you.
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Securing a decent domain name can be pretty difficult. Chances are someone has already secured the one you want, or is sitting on it to resell at a huge profit. Luckily, the .tech extension is new enough so that many domain names are still available. Right now, Gizmodo readers can grab a subscription to a Radix ‘.tech’ Domain and save a minimum of 80% off the retail price.
Popular microblogging social network Twitter operates from a single Web address, but has to be constantly aware of imitators or competitors using its trade marks to confuse or misdirect users. A man from Cessnock in New South Wales, who bought the Twitter.com.au domain just after Twitter's online debut, has lost the right to hold the URL he offered to sell to any interested party for $500,000.
The internet-naming powers that be (otherwise known as ICANN) have already blessed us with such distinguished, venerated domains as .WANG, .SEXY and .FISH. But now it's gearing up to grant us with every diligent #Brand's worst nightmare: Welcome to the .SUCKS era.
Boring old .com and .net just aren't cool any more. A huge range of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are available now, but they offer new potential for squatters and scammers to capitalise on the names of big companies. The most popular new gLTD, .xyz, has 80,000 new domains already, and in that list are some big tech trademarks — but they weren't registered by the companies themselves.
Apple owns a bunch of obscure, new and unused domain names, including iPhone.guru, retina.camera and facetime.photography. At least these domains sound like they have a purpose, but the Cupertino company is also doing something a lot weirder. Since March last year, Apple has been registering utterly random domain names and then cancelling them a few days later.
Android's free-wheeling, open ecosystem has a major app piracy problem, and the US government just got involved in a big way. Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that it had seized the domains of three popular destinations for illegal Android downloads. Applanet, Appbucket and Snappzmarket are now dead.
Today, animal rights advocacy group PETA, known for its provocative ad campaigns, finally launched the long-awaited peta.xxx adult website.
For months, the US Government has issued court orders in order to seize and shut down sites — even when the domain names are registered abroad. Now it has made its position on domains perfectly clear: if it ends in .com, .net, .cc, .tv and .name, we can seize it.