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.CHAT is perfect for podcasts, forums, and chat rooms

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To the casual observer, chat rooms are likely a thing of the past. A relic of the early internet where people discussed big topics, sometimes took on bizarre identities, and quickly discovered how connected we could all be. But while term "chat room" has largely been removed from our vernacular, countless people are still chatting away online, making .CHAT the perfect TLD for your next great forum, podcast, or chat room (they still exist!).

.CHAT for forums

As far as TLDs go, forums don't really have a go-to namespace. Some use .COM, as it's the most popular TLD. Some use .ORG and .NET, as forums are, by nature, networks and organizations. But with the .CHAT TLD, forums have a unique namespace that is relatively free from naming competition, informally describes what's going on, and is familiar to those of us who began their web lives in the 90's. Sure, it's not as direct as .FORUM, but .CHAT clearly has a place.

.CHAT for podcasts

These days, podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. Some feature investigative stories, some feature very specific advice—but some are just people talking to each other. It's clear that a formal conversation would probably use something a little less loose than .CHAT, but any show featuring casual conversations would work perfectly. Think morning.CHAT, work.CHAT, or chrisandtimo.CHAT.

.CHAT definitely still works for chat rooms

Backtracking a bit, just because chat rooms are less popular today than they once were doesn't mean they don't exist. Surprisingly, using Google Keyword Planner, the term "chat room" still gets 246,000 searches a month, and if you do a simple search for "chat room" you'll find a huge collection of chat rooms waiting to be discovered. So if you're looking to start a chat room anytime soon, there's clearly still a demand (or maybe there's just a large legacy supply... do your research)—and .CHAT is as perfect a TLD as you'll ever find (maybe we'll even chime in if you go on to create domain.CHAT).

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Top 10 Odd Locations domainers might sell domains via Domain Name Sales

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Phishing in the New gTLDs

CircleID CircleID: The new Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Global Phishing Survey has just been released. Written by myself and Rod Rasmussen of IID, the report is the "who, what, where, when, and why" look at phishing, examining the second half of 2014. The report has many findings, but here I'll concentrate on the new gTLDs.

The second half of 2014 was when an appreciable number of new gTLDs entered general availability and started to gain market share. Phishing in the new gTLDs started slowly and is rising. We expect to see phishing levels in them rise further, and predict that a small number of these new TLDs will attract significant numbers of malicious registrations.

Phishing can be on domain names registered by phishers, and can be on compromised (hacked) domains, where the phishers broke into the web servers. As of December 2014, the new gTLDs had less phishing relative to the legacy gTLDs and ccTLDs. But this was to be expected, since the new gTLDs are very young and didn't have a lot of web sites that can be compromised by phishers. As they mature and garner more adoption, more new gTLDs will inevitably see more of their domains compromised for phishing, and phishing levels in the new gTLDs as a group may approach levels see in ccTLDs and the legacy gTLDs.

From 1 July to 31 December 2014:

About 295 new gTLDs opened for registration by the public. Phishing occurred in 56 of those new gTLDs.
A total of 454 new gTLD domain names were used for phishing.
Almost two-thirds of the phishing in the new gTLDs — 288 domains — was concentrated in the .XYZ registry. (Of the 335 maliciously registered domains, 274 were in .XYZ.) This is the first example of malicious registrations clustering in a new gTLD, and we are seeing more examples in 2015.
The expansion of the TLD space is creating new locations where phishing occurs in the DNS. Cyber-criminals have always moved from TLD to TLD over time, especially when they find low prices or vulnerable registries. What it means is that monitoring and mitigation efforts by registries and registrars matter, and all new gTLD operators need to remain vigilant about phishing.

Two important notes:

Into 2014, cybercriminals were able to get cheaper domain names in legacy TLDs. But the TLD market is now more crowded and competitive than at any time in history, and some registries are competing aggressively on price. Some new gTLDs are dropping their prices lower than .COM and other generally available TLDs, and that will attract phishing and other kinds of abuse.
Tens of thousands of domains in the new gTLDs are being consumed by spammers, and are being blocklisted. So while relatively few new gTLD domains have been used for phishing, the total number of them being used maliciously is much higher.
The new report contains statistics for all TLDs, including number of domains used, uptimes, and more.
Written by Greg Aaron, President, Illumintel Inc. and Co-Chair of the APWG's Internet Policy CommitteeFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Cybercrime, Domain Names, Security, Top-Level Domains

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Fadi Chehadé Announces His Departure – What’s Next for Businesses at ICANN?

CircleID CircleID: Last week, the CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, announced his intention to leave his position in March 2016, after almost four years as head of the organization. He plans to take a position in private industry, outside of the domain name space. Although the impact to the business community is unclear at this point, Chehadé's departure throws a spotlight on how important ICANN leadership can be in ensuring that business and brand interests maintain their voice in the Internet governance sphere.

The announcement was surprising to many, as Chehadé has spent his tenure intensely focused on long term goals, including shepherding ICANN through the lengthy transition of the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) function from United States Government control to a multi-stakeholder organization. Chehadé has diligently worked toward making ICANN that organization, although not entirely without push back from Governments and other communities. Chehadé has been admired for his commitment to exploring, developing and implementing new Accountability standards for ICANN in advance of this transition.

Chehadé has traveled and spoken extensively about ICANN's progress in ensuring accountability to the community, including many business and brand protection sectors. At the beginning of the year, Chehadé assured representatives from the Business and Intellectual Property Constituencies at the ICANN intercessional meeting that he would help to ensure that our interests were not marginalized in the transition process. With the proposed accountability mechanisms and the proposed transition framework taking shape (and currently out for community comment), will Chehadé's departure throw the process into turmoil? Will the business and brand communities have to start from scratch to assert the necessity of our voice and place at the table?

While the ICANN Board (which will continue to be led by Dr. Stephen Crocker) has assured the community that the effects of Chehadé's transition will be minimal, all eyes are now on the process to choose Chehadé's successor. The business and brand communities hope to see another CEO with a strong and diverse background who will be able to effectively balance the many (sometimes competing) interests at ICANN and who will champion the multi-stakeholder process in much the same way that Chehadé has in the past years. Chehadé is expected to be available to train and transition his replacement, and to act as a consultant even after his departure.
Written by Kiran Malancharuvil, Internet Policy Counselor at MarkMonitorFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: ICANN

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What Fadi Chehadé should do in his last year as ICANN’s CEO

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Here’s what companies and people want to see ICANN’s outgoing CEO accomplish before he leaves the post. ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé made the surprise announcement last week that he would step down from his role as CEO of the organization next March. I reached out to a number of companies and people in the ICANN […]

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15 end user domain name purchases

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: An accessories company, law firm and trade publisher bought domain names last week. Sedo had 598 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1.1 million. Two likely end user sales aren’t on this list because they have whois privacy or are still in transfer: MyFood.com at $33,500 and FBet.com at €50,000. Neither domain […]

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Announcing the newest addition to the MorganLinton.com editorial team

Morgan Linton Morgan Linton: I originally started MorganLinton.com back in October of 2007 as a way to take what I was doing with domain names, and share it with the world. Fast-forward almost eight years later (which definitely makes me feel old!) and I couldn’t be more proud of how my blog has grown and developed over the years. […]

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Krueger removed as chair as M+M finally starts seeing some revenue

DomainIncite DomainIncite: Minds + Machines co-founder Fred Krueger has been kicked out of his job as executive chairman of the company. The news came as the new gTLD registry reported its first full year of results as a proper, revenue-generating company. The company reported revenue of $1.9 million for 2014, compared to $56,000 in 2013. Its report […]

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DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Domain Shane Domain Shane: It’s been fun to watch all the names getting bids over at Sedo.  They are seeing a resurgence in push to auctions because the LLLL.com and CCC.com markets are so hot.  Its obvious people are searching through the database and putting out bids and hitting Buy it Nows.  All leading to more sales and more auctions.  A lot of the initial bids are high enough that I think the seller should have just taken the bid instead of sending it to auction but then as soon as I say it, someone bids it higher.  The domain No8.com got a $30K bid.  That I don’t see moving higher.  Here are today’s names Talco.com   A lot of business and things already have this name.  And a lot of people REALLY want this domain.  18 years old LiveWild.com   LYVE or LIV.  Either way I love it.  But I like to Liv wild.  Once I stayed up until 10 pm EUS.net  Has one bid at $450.  Or at least did when I wrote this RGPP.com  Opening bid of $375 hasn’t been hit.  I think its worth that or more TrekEverest.com  No bidders.  Surprised an expedition company hasn’t swiped this one.  $12 is 1/5 of the cost of an air canister. GreaterYou.com  Self help names have done extremely well this year.  This one is doing pretty well itself BigOtter.com  No bidders Great brand for $12.  Bound to be something named this …or at least it should be CleanYourOffice.com   Not much value but I get the hint.  And now that I think of it, a great name for an office cleaning company.  No bidders  WJFX.com  All the “bad” letters together.  So therefore it’s worth a lot VMSE.com  E, ooooohhhh a vowel.  Nobody likes vowels any more.  But I buy what others don’t like.  I go left when everyone is going right. 70378.com   8s no fours and the price will sour AgedDomains.com  I figured you would like this one XKKV.com   Double K used to be rough.  Now its good VERIFIED GODADDY COUPON CODE: $1.99 New Registration Godaddy art199 Die.com   Whether or not you think it’s a positive word or not you have to agree its memorable.  And that’s all you need to build a great brand.  Could easily hit 6 figures Refinancing.info   The kind of .info you want to own.  A term that pays well and that lots of people are searching for ImageSharing.com  The generic for the billion dollar companies that do.   The current price is a little less than a billion RecreationalPotShops.com  Reserve met. Comes with a portfolio of marijuana domains and a website that gets 50,000 page views LK5.com  I love seeing the price this one has reached Rosey.com  Great name but from Brannans and all Brannans names are great but have high reserves NameCake.com  Was a website and now name is for sale.  Nobody wants it LYS.com  Met reserve and it’s cheap IMO 3000.net   Got a $4000 bid and I think its actually a good buy Tier.io    We all know the tech .io names have been doing well.  This qualifies as an LLLL and could be tech.  Met reserve at $10 SEDO’s Live Auctions Going on Now EXX.com  Last chance to buy this one.   Not going to be cheap but most nice things aren’t ChangingClimate.com  Pending delete.   Pretty much all we talk about right now For more great names make sure to check out CAX.com Have a name at auction and need more exposure? Send me an email. We may be able to help. If you have an auction you want to promote, email us for details. *All names chosen by me, Shane . (ie you click through and purchase a name you like) or an occasional paid listing. Everything I say is based on my own research or is opinion. Do your own due diligence. That means look it up yourself if you don’t think the stats or my opinion is corrects
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