ICANN Could Postpone ICANN 52 Meeting In Marrakech, Morocco

icannICANN issued a statement regarding the ICANN 52 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. Following Morocco’s recent request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament because of possible African travel restrictions, ICANN is in active and ongoing discussions with our ICANN 52 Marrakech hosts.

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NamesCon Adds Premium Domain Auction Conducted by Right of the Dot

NamesConNamesCon announced the addition of a live domain auction to its Conference being held January 11-14th 2015 in Las Vegas that will be conducted by Right of the Dot.

The Auction will include a mixture of premium .com domain names and select premium names from new gTLDs with a range of price reserves.

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ICANN 51 Tuesday Recap (videos) And Main Sessions On Wednesday

icann Day three of ICANN51 witnessed the 2186th participant check-in to the Los Angeles meeting. This makes ICANN51 the third most attended event in the past two years. Yesterday’s sessions included ICANN Board meetings with various stakeholders, the Public Safety workshop and the Language Services Focus Group.

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ICANN 51 Monday Recap (videos) And Main Sessions On Tuesday

icannOn Monday, ICANN 51 participants packed the Los Angeles Room to hear U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s speech regarding the IANA Transition. Board Chair Steve Crocker and President and CEO Fadi Chehade took to the stage to share their visions for the future of ICANN. Jonathan Robinson also was presented with the ICANN Leadership Award. Videos of these speeches are available below.

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INOC to Sponsor ICANN 51 Happy Hour

icannINOC today announced its sponsorship of ICANN 51, taking place October 12-16, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. INOC is the proud sponsor and host of a happy hour at X bar located inside the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The INOC happy hour is open to all registered ICANN attendees.

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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Will Have A “Rick Schwartz Roast” (Price Goes Up On Friday)

The 10th anniversary T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show will feature the Opening Cocktail Party, the networking event that launched an industry back in 2004 to the Masquerade Ball and dinner to the Industry Awards Ceremony, special guest speakers and the “Rick Schwartz Roast” that Rick promises that will be talked about for years.
Prices for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. go up on October 1, however they are extending the $1295 price until Friday. at 6PM. Hotel Room rates will also be going up significantly.
And as a special bonus if you sign up before Friday T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will give you a link to watch and listen to Howard Lefkowitz of Vegas.com fame at the TRAFFIC Las Vegas show last spring.
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DOMAINX 2014 Domain Name Conference Starts Today In India

domainxThe DOMAINX 2014 domain name conference starts today, the 7th of September, in India. The conference that is being held for the first time is hosted by the Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre in Hyderabad.

Speakers in the conference include Vinit Goenka, Michael Castello, Adam Dicker, Ron Jackson, Michael Gilmour and Morgan Linton among others. Some will speak remotely.

DomainX is powered by the Domain Name Owners Association of India(DNOAi). “DNOAi is the first (in India) privately held association of similar minded domain name owners who have joined hands in order to bring investment, monetization and general awareness towards the domain name sector as well as web development industry.”

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A Few Thoughts On The TRAFFIC Awards Nominations

trafficT.R.A.F.F.I.C. announced the Nominees for the 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS today.

Here a few thoughts I had after I read the nominations list:

  1. People seem to be tired of awards. Not a lot of votes were sent. And just 2 months back the Domainers Choice Awards were given out. Especially in a small industry like the domain name one anything more than 1 award ceremony per year is too much.
  2. Maybe it was that the nominations had a small time window to be submitted (just 3 days) and a lot of people are on vacations at this time of the year.
  3. I forgot to vote. I admit it. I am on vacations so I have some small excuse. It was Saturday when I realized it.
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2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Award Nominations Announced

trafficT.R.A.F.F.I.C. announced the Nominees for the 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. AWARDS.  Each of these Nominees received nominations from at least 3 individuals.

While nominations are open industry wide, voting is not. You MUST be on the TRAFFIC mailing list to vote and have your vote counted. If you received this ballot, you are on the list. If not, you are NOT on the list. Subscribe to nominations@targetedtraffic.com by Friday September 12th to be eligible to vote.

Escrow.com will be counting and certifying all votes. Voting dates and specific rules will be announced soon. Voting will be over a 2 day period for the first time.

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World Domain Day Auction On Snapnames: Journalists.com, OKU.com, Babysitters.org

wwd2014The first World Domain Day conference started on Sunday the 24th August at the Avasa Hotel, High Tech City, Hyderbad, India and ends today but Snapnames auction is under way and ends tomorrow.

WDD (World Domain Day) is an international event for the promotion of domain names and to educate people on building successful online businesses.

In conjunction with the event WDD is holding an online auction for premium domains. This auction is hosted at SnapNames.com. Please find below the list of domains in the auction. The list was published on the WWD website but some of the domains are not present in the Snapnames website. The auction ends on Wednesday. So far 4 domains have bids but only one domain has met the reserve.

Section 1: .COM & Older gTLDs: Continue reading