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New Domains To Hit Web, Google/Amazon Vie For Similar Names

Google wants .lol

via: LA Times

Google hopes to inherit the Earth — or at least .earth. And Amazon wants to bring you .joy. It’s probably no surprise that they both want .you.

Those were among the 1,930 applications for new generic top-level domain names, replacing the ubiquitous .com that we see on most commercial websites in an online land-grab that could be the largest expansion of the Internet’s domain-name system.

Many of the applications are to be expected. Companies including ABC television, BMW and Yahoo staked their claim on their names. Interestingly, Nissan brought back its old brand in .datsun.

Now it’s no surprise that the company that already owns .XXX went for .adult and .porn.

Two companies in particular have a significant number of applications, and several that overlap. Amazon and Google (as Charleston Road Registry Inc.) went after .game, .movie, .wow for example.

Amazon seemed to focus on its core with .author, .book, .read and .buy.

Google selected some very interesting plays for specific career areas — .cpa, .esq, .phd and .prof among them. It’s also making a play for the family with .baby, .kids, .mom, .dad and .pet. It also went for .day but not .night, apparently.

Google is interested in the .here, and Amazon wants the .now. Amazon wants .zero and Google wants .zip.

Of the more curious ones Google applied for are .lol, .are, .boo, .foo and .rsvp. This may give some insight into what future forays it may have in mind.

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Wyden, Issa Call For Internet Bill Of Rights

Good.

via: The Hill

Speaking at a technology conference in New York on Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called for a “digital bill of rights” to protect Internet users from intrusive legislation.

The two lawmakers said the protections are necessary to prevent Congress from passing bills that stifle Internet freedom, pointing to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

The two lawmakers were leading opponents of the two tough anti-piracy bills. Entertainment companies argued the measures were necessary to curb copyright infringement, but Wyden, Issa and many technology companies warned the bills would restrict speech on the Internet.

Obama’s Watching You

Ever have one of those creepy, stalker ex-girlfriends?  Well you do now – sort of.  The Obama team has ramped up their Orwellian operations to include what’s now being called “data mining.”

via: Politico

CHICAGO — On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.

The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the president’s much-heralded 2008 social media juggernaut — which raised half billion dollars and revolutionized politics — look like cavemen with stone tablets.