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Don't get in a pickle this National Burger Day

The food labeling scandal of 2013 gave many of us in the UK a shock, knowing that meat bought from some of the most trusted brands may not have contained exactly what the label said. The incident led to a number of reforms, and new regulations governing the meat production industry, which should give us confidence that we’re eating what we think we’re eating on National Burger Day.

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Do we know what we are clicking on when it comes to search?

With the number of global Internet users rising every month as technology reaches even the most inaccessible areas of the world, the opportunity for organizations to reach new markets and new customers grows. It’s fair to say that access to the Internet will change the lives of the next generation, but at what cost?

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Happy world photo day

Today is World Photo Day; one of the new wave of special days that I fully buy into. I’ve always been a keen amateur photographer – especially now most smartphones have an integrated camera that’s far more powerful than those we could sensibly buy a decade or less ago. Armed with my iPhone and my matchbox-sized GoPro, I venture out on a daily basis looking to capture images that sum up the mood of the day or the random events and incidents that often pass us by.

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Squatters, trolls and other unwelcome threats hiding under the bridge

The subject for the next couple of blog posts came from a recent conversation with Alex Tame, the founder of Tame IP. We were discussing the multitudes of challenges faced when launching a new brand: how to secure the right domain names or social media handles; how to ensure that the new brand wasn’t going to create conflict with an existing brand or trademarked terms; that the concept or technology wasn’t going to fall foul of patent trolls and other entities wanting a slice of your success. I could carry on with the list, but I think you get my general drift that by the time you’re finished considering all of the potential pitfalls, you wonder why anyone would want to launch something new in the first place.

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Faster, higher, stronger

Following the opening ceremony last Friday, the games of the XXXI Olympiad are now well underway, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic Games are big business. The cost, in public money, of simply hosting the 2016 games (including the construction of the necessary infrastructure) has been estimated at around $12 billion[1,2], though the final overall level of profit or loss is yet to be determined. In terms of ticket sales alone, it is estimated that a total of 7.5 million tickets will be sold, with prices ranging from R$40 ($12 US) up to R$4,600 (approx $1,400) for the most expensive seats at the opening ceremony[3].

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Is there something I should know?

We like to celebrate the odd and unusual days around the world here at NetNames, but for those of us who lived through the eighties, today stands head and shoulders above the others. In our Ordinary World, as the title and lyrics above may suggest, today is National Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Whilst the rest of the world is focused on events in Rio, I’ll be thinking about the Careless Memories from 30 years ago inspired by those Wild Boys.

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I’m in Marketing; what’s in it for me?

I often get asked by marketers why they should be interested in the design, set-up and execution of their company’s corporate domain name and brand protection policies. My answer is simple: it affects everything you do in the digital channel – your budgets, your effectiveness, your reach and, ultimately, your success.

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New gTLD review – July 2016

After a couple of months of explosive new gTLD growth, July saw one of the slowest months of registrations in the past year, with only 248,000 domain names added to the total – less than 10% of the total registered in the previous month. With few price promotions, only a small number of new gTLDs launched, and the holiday season starting in earnest across the Northern Hemisphere, it seemed that those of us still working in the domain name world were few and far between.

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Crafty counterfeiters jumping on the rise in the love of beer

Next week will see the kick-off of one of the most popular events in London; well at least in my diary. Not only is it the start of the 2016/17 football season, but it’s also the start of the London Craft Beer Festival, taking place at The Oval. Gone are the days when ‘real ale’ drinkers were looked down upon by the drinking establishment. Today, the craft beer market has never been in better shape.

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Kylie Jenner lip kits sold out Ky-wateringly fast

On Instagram, Kylie Jenner has 57 million followers, making her the seventh most followed celebrity on the social media platform. She also has a mobile game, an app and a Snapchat with the most views ever. At age 18, she has a multi-million-dollar business: Kylie Cosmetics.

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The Silver Web

Today, 1st August, is World Wide Web Day – an annual occasion marking the ‘birth of the Internet’ at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland in 1990. This day also closely coincides with another significant anniversary in the development of the World Wide Web. Although some of the key technologies (a prototype web browser and the HTML language in which webpages are traditionally written) were created in 1990, it was not until the following year that a description of the project was released on a series of newsgroups. This information was published on 6th August 1991, meaning that 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Web as a publicly available service[1,2,3].

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Bdaily, Websites associated with the Olympic Games are unsafe

New research from NetNames released today has shown that 89% of websites currently offering travel services, such as tickets and hotel rooms, or live online streams, for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are not registered to the official Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic body, the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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IPPro The Internet, Rio 2016 prime target for online fraudsters

Almost 90 percent of websites offering services for the Rio 2016 Olympic games could put consumers at risk, new research from NetNames has found.

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Lipstick Day

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Friday 29th July marks International Lipstick Day, and so we’re once again delving in to the world of counterfeit lip products. Today, I went on eBay and I searched for a luxury brand lipstick. The first thing I did was to sort my search results from the lowest price to the highest. Why did I do this? I wanted something for a better deal than it’s normally sold at. You not only get a brand new item, but also the high when you exclaim that it was ‘only’ a certain price rather than admitting to the shame of having bought something at full price in this day and age.

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The TLD graveyard

What happens when no one loves a Top Level Domain anymore? Is there a special corner of the Internet where TLDs that have no further use go to retire gracefully? And when should registries make a decision to withdraw a particular domain suffix from registration?

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You are my sunshine

We go to extraordinary lengths to get a suntan when we’re on holiday. I base this statement on the fact that it's 8am on a Sunday here on the Costa Dorada on the east coast of Spain, and most of the sun loungers around the hotel pool are already taken with people sporting various shades of pink through to dirty brown. Tanning is a serious business here and in virtually every resort around the world. The sun has a positive impact on our wellbeing in most cases, so grabbing as much time in it as possible before we head back to our limp summer in the UK is a priority for most British holidaymakers.

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Forbes, Fighting Counterfeits Is Critical For Alibaba

Speciality Food is a monthly food magazine aimed at fine food industry professionals, delis, farm shops and top food halls.

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Will Rio miss the new gTLD race for the Olympics?

Four years ago, the new gTLD program was still in the conception phase. Whilst the results of the application phase had been known for well over a year, security concerns and contractual delays meant that no new gTLDs had yet been launched. The talk of the town back in the summer of 2012 was the London Olympic Games and the slick multi-billion-dollar marketing campaign that made it the first real digital games. The huge global TV audiences plus the hundreds of millions socially engaging would have been perfect for the marketers, but it was too much too early for them.

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Gotta catch something nasty

Since our previous blog posting on the subject[1], the official versions of the Pokémon Go mobile app have seen a phased release across many parts of the world[2]. From 13th to 16th July, they were made available in several European countries; Canada on 17th July; and Japan on 22nd July[3], following the original releases in Australia, New Zealand and the US on 6th July.

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Something fishy in the supply chain

July 18th marks National Caviar Day – one of a number of ‘awareness’ days dedicated to the knowledge and appreciation of a wide range of food and drink products.

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