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Avoiding Issues With the New .XXX Domain

Recently, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved .xxx to join the elite ranks of .edu, .org, and, of course, .com as the next domain extension. As the name implies, .xxx will effectively try to create a voluntary Internet red light district for pornographic websites. It’s not hard to imagine why .xxx would be controversial, but why is .xxx necessary? The reasoning is that it will be far easier for search engines, employers, and schools to block any domains ending in .xxx. While this is good news for schools that want to protect against adult content, it…

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Claim Your Domains: The Cheapest, Easiest Way to Prevent Domain Name Issues

This is a common tip that I give to all of my clients, but I can’t say it often enough: register common alternatives to your domain name. Don’t zone out on me, this is a big deal. Let’s say you own MyBurrito.com. It’s easy to think of the common variations that your customers might type in when they’re searching for your page: My-Burrito.com MyBurritos.com MyBurrito.net MyBurito.com (not everyone is a world-class speller or typist) Now go back over that list and come up with all the other reasonable variations (My-Burito.net?). Register those domains and have them point back to your…

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NBA Websites Locked Out of Player Photos

Many fans are wondering why NBA.com and their favorite NBA teams’ websites no longer have pictures of current players. The Philadelphia 76ers website currently features an image of the late Armen Gilliam – a fitting tribute, but what most fans are expecting is images of today’s stars. The answer stems from the current lockout between the National Basketball Association and the corresponding players’ association. As a quirk of the lockout, teams can no longer show images of current players on official websites. A typical team website contains roughly 1,000 individual pages, which means that on the eve of July 1,…

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Budweiser’s New 619 Beer?

Macrobrewer Anheuser-Busch InBev recently applied with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register 619 (a San Diego area code) as a trademark for beer, along with similar applications for thirteen other U.S. area codes, including 314 (St. Louis), 305 (Miami), 202 (Washington, D.C.), 602 (Phoenix), 412 (Pittsburgh), 704 (Charlotte), 702 (Las Vegas), 214 (Dallas), 415 (San Francisco), 216 (Cleveland), 303 (Denver), 615 (Nashville), and 713 (Houston). Anheuser-Busch’s application for 619, if successful, would allow A-B to prevent other competitors in the beer market from using that area code as a brand identifier. It’s also possible that their umbrella of…

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