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ICANN Green-Lights .XXX Domain for Porn Sites

ICANN, the governing body that oversees top-level domain names, gave a thumbs up to the controversial .xxx suffix on Friday, finally bringing a heated and lengthy debate to a close. The ICM Registry says it will reserve the domain for sites that are "officially in the adult entertainment industry," though it remains unclear how that will be measured. ICM also agreed to devote money to initiatives ...

With Libya Crumbling, bit.ly's Future Looks Uncertain. Also, People Are Dying.

As chaos continues to roll across Libya, most observers and media outlets have been busy trying to make sense of the country's horrific violence and escalating death tolls. Web developer Jerry Brito, on the other hand, seems more concerned about another potential casualty of Libya's civil discord: bit.ly, and its link-shortening brethren. As it turns out, the ".ly" suffix is a top-level doma...

ICE Wrongfully Shutters 84,000 Sites for Child Porn

Last week, the U.S. Government triumphantly shut down several domain names linked to counterfeit goods and child pornography. But it also shut down about 84,000 other sites that, it turns out, were completely legal. As part of its ongoing 'Operation Save Our Children' campaign, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security's ICE office recently obtained a seizure warrant from a District Cour...

Guilty Plea Entered in Landmark Domain Theft Case

In 2005, New Jersey resident Daniel Goncalves allegedly hacked into the e-mail account of domain name squatter investor Albert Angel, and used the information he found to transfer ownership of the domain P2P.com to his GoDaddy account. Shortly thereafter, Goncalves flipped the domain on eBay for $111,000 to NBA star Mark Madsen, who was unaware that the domain had been stolen. Goncalves attempted...

Sex.com Domain Name Sold for $13 Million

Share According to documents filed in a California court this week, Escom LLC, the former owner of the website sex.com, has reached an agreement to hand over the domain's keys (and handcuffs) to Clover Holdings Ltd. -- a mysterious company based in the Caribbean. The final price? $13 million. This isn't the first time, of course, that the domain name has changed hands. Match.com founder Gary K...

FaceMash.com, Facebook Forerunner, Is for Sale

Young Web entrepreneurs looking to follow in Mark Zuckerberg's footsteps can now own the very same domain name that the Facebook CEO used to launch his career. As All Facebook reports, Zuckerberg has apparently allowed the domain name for FaceMash.com to expire, opening the door for a domain squatter to quickly snatch it up on Flippa. The site, which debuted at Harvard, was essentially a prede...

High School and Porn Site Have Similar Web Addresses

A Florida high school is having serious problems with its Web presence, and it has nothing to do with viruses, spam, or hackers. Both PaceHighSchool.net and PaceHighSchool.com are working perfectly fine; unfortunately, one address is for a public Florida high school and the other is for a hardcore porno site. Pace High School shares a domain name with a site owned by PimpRoll, the only differ...

New Web Addresses Could Cost Businesses Millions

Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to relax rules governing the assignment of top level domains (TLD) (the endings of Web addresses, such as ".com". The new rules would open up the possibility for custom domain suffixes, so that, instead of being stuck with ".com" or ".net," companies and individuals could purchase domain names that ended in ".cere...

10 Most Expensive Domain Names

What's the most expensive domain name on the Internet? It's not 'Porn.com,' which comes in a close second, but 'Fund.com,' at nearly $10 million. Using data from the Domain Name Journal, ABC News put together this list of top 10 most expensive URLs on the Web: 1. Fund.com, $9.99 million 2. Porn.com, $9.5 million 3. Diamonds.com, $7.5 million 4. Toys.com, $5.1 million 5. Vodka.com, $3 million 6....

Rules on Web Addresses Relaxed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to ease regulations regarding the creation of top level domains (TLD) such as .com, .edu, and .org. The new rules will allow for new TLD that could be anything from category names like .Music, to vanity domains like .Jones. The ICANN has to work out some final technical details but expects it could be reviewing applications fo...