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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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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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The impact of counterfeiting on Italian liqueurs

The liqueur industry in Italy is lucrative, and the industry is suffering at the hands of counterfeiters as a result. Counterfeit food and drink is a growing problem worldwide, but for Italian alcohol producers the issue becomes even more complex as their products are protected under intellectual property laws.

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité – Vive la dotFR!

La Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian prison, on 14th July 1789, during the reign of King Louis XVI, and the locking-in of the French Revolution, which transformed France into a land of equality and democracy after centuries of archaic rule.

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How do you get Pikachu on a train?

Like many parents, I breathed a big sigh of relief when my child’s Pokémon obsession was finally laid to rest in a playroom cupboard a number of years ago. As with most crazes, it quickly took hold and took over every waking hour of our lives, with pester power slowly eating away until we spent fortunes on the little Japanese monsters who appeared to have no use.

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Staying on trend in the digital world

The ugly side of the world we live in has reared its head again. Following the atrocious terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels last year, we’ve seen further events hit the headlines in Istanbul and Dhaka in the past few days. Words cannot express enough sorrow for the victims of these attacks, but it seems that there are people out there whose natural reaction to such events is to register domain names.

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There’s no place for dotRome

Whilst registration numbers for dotLondon, dotParis and dotNYC continue to grow, one major European city that’s on the outside looking in is Rome. It isn’t that nobody thought of applying, it’s more that nobody could agree whether to support it or not.

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“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984

George Orwell’s most famous work, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, uses themes from life in the Soviet Union and wartime Britain. The main character, Winston Smith, describes his daily life in the fictitious continent of Oceania, under the control of Big Brother. One of the government ministries that rule everyday life in the story is the Ministry of Plenty, which controls Oceania’s planned economy. It oversees public access to food, supplies and, ultimately, rationing. Such are the meagre rations that Smith is forced to buy and consume synthetic products, such as fake chocolate.

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Is Apple trying to spoil the party?

Watch any concert or sporting event today and you can’t help but notice the number of people who aren’t really watching but are using their phones to record the event instead. Technology today has meant we have the ability to capture crystal clear video and high resolution photos on devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hand.

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New gTLD review – June 2016

After a couple of months of steady growth, the new gTLD program exploded into June. Over 3.6m new domain names were added in the first three days of the month, compared to 1.1m registrations over the whole of May. The reason behind this unprecedented growth was a number of promotions that saw some TLDs being offered for just a few pence. For example, to celebrate its second birthday, dotXYZ offered a price promotion through a number of key registrars that saw its base grow from 2.9m names as of the end of May to over 6m by 4th June.

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Online brand protection in Asia

Why is it important for brand owners to monitor internet content? What services do your company provide to monitor the sale of counterfeit goods and how does your system work? What happens after an infringement is spotted? Can you tell me any notable anti-counterfeit action your company has engaged in? It is no denying that the e-commerce platforms in China are rife with counterfeit goods. How does your company cater for brand owners' need to protect their assets online in China?

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Social Media Day

In 2010, Mashable launched the inaugural Social Media Day, and tomorrow 30th June sees its sixth anniversary. The landscape has moved on in the intervening years; today, more than ever, social media is fully intertwined with our everyday lives.

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To new gTLD or not to new gTLD…

In the past two years, more than 20 million new gTLDs have been registered. We’ve seen the launch of domains that have the potential to be great, and others that just make you want to cringe. Before the new gTLD program, brand owners were urged to protect all of their digital assets in the newest TLD regardless of its relevancy to the brand; now that there are thousands of domains, that advice is sheer lunacy.

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DotBrexit

In the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the world's economies have reacted strongly. Stocks went into initial free fall, the pound dropped to its weakest position against most major currencies in decades and the prime minister has announced his departure. ‘Experts’ on every subject are coming out of the woodwork, telling us what the future will hold for us on every subject from our beach holiday to watching our favorite team playing on a Saturday afternoon.

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With or without EU

In the next 48 hours, the population of the United Kingdom will find out whether the consensus is to stay in or leave the European Union. Modern day politics has left most of the UK’s citizens apathetic in terms of their political views; the fact that we essentially have three main political parties that have all tried to travel down the middle of the road for the past 20 years says a lot about the notion that’s it’s about people not policies, individuals not issues, and media exposure rather than manifesto promises.

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Getting into second round thinking mode

The momentum for a second round of the new gTLD program is slowly building. Whilst ICANN’s view may be that it needs to complete such due diligence as the Security and Stability Review or the audit of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) service, it doesn’t determine the agenda. The whole foundation of the governance for the Internet is a multi-stakeholder model, meaning the domain name community at large is essentially setting the pace.

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma says fakes are better than originals

They say a leopard can’t change its spots, and it seems that neither can Jack Ma! Despite making regular promises to support brand owners in helping them police the sale of counterfeit items on marketplace sites such as TaoBao, Alibaba’s Ma has now claimed that many counterfeit goods are better than the real deal. “The problem is the fake products today are of better quality and better price than the real names. They are exactly the [same] factories, exactly the same raw materials but they do not use the names.”

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