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Verizon iPhone Domain Name Suffers Same Fate as WikiLeaks.com at Go Daddy

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As news spreads of a presumed iPhone announcement from Verizon Wireless tomorrow, commentators have been discussing some related domain names that are now owned by Verizon. For instance, iPhoneForVerizon.com now appears to be owned by Verizon. The company fiercely defends it's trademarks, so this is no surprise to me.

Perhaps the best iPhone / Verizon domain name would be VerizoniPhone.com, which does not appear to be owned by either Apple or Verizon Wireless. Instead, it appears to be registered to a California resident and registered with Go Daddy.

According to a historical snapshot available on DomainTools, the domain name appears to have previously had a standard Godaddy landing page, which generally contains pay per click links.

However, the landing page seems to have suffered the same fate as that of the WikiLeaks.com domain name. Instead of a PPC-filed lander, there is a graphic that says, "Sorry! This site is not currently available." I don't know if there is a way to tell if Go Daddy intentionally isn't → Read More


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Google Launches Nexus One Sans Domain Name

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As you probably know by now, Google launched their version of a mobile phone today called the "Nexus One."  Unfortunately for Google, they don't own NexusOne.com, since it was originally registered in 1998. At the moment, NexusOne.com is owned by Peter Villanueva, and the domain name forwards to several different websites depending on when you visit.

I would imagine the owner is probably sending traffic to other (non-phone related websites)  because of the significant traffic its servers are receiving. Should he try to monetize the traffic, Google could potentially have a claim that the owner is infringing on its rights. Of course I am no lawyer, but I do know the domain name is worth a significant amount of money now, and it wouldn't be worth the risk of losing it to make short term revenue.

Back when it was revealed that Apple was coming out with their iPhone, they had intense negotiations with Mike Kovatch, which resulted in the sale of iPhone.com just prior to the launch. It would behoove Google to find Peter and make → Read More


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TicketStub.com Launches iPhone Application

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TicketStub.com, a privately held company founded and operated by Internet entrepreneur Ira Zoot, has made it simple to view information about concerts, sporting events, and shows using your iPhone. You can even place orders for your tickets easily from your iPhone.

Check out their new app at http://tinyurl.com/ticketstub

Congrats to Ira and the team at TicketStub.com! → Read More


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