YouTube co-founders working on a magazine service called Zeen [UPDATED]

It looks like you'll soon be able to discover and create "beautiful" magazines online.  In the last 24 hours, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who now run AVOS, posted a "Coming Soon" page on the website Zeen (a take on the word zine, which commonly refers to a narrowly focused … [Read more...]

Microsoft files trademark for “People Powered Stories”, more Google bashing?

Since Google announced changes to its privacy policies, it has come under an onslaught of criticism from all directions including rivals.  Microsoft has already taken aim at Google with its "Putting People First" advertising campaign and a YouTube video called "Gmail Man". Now it looks like … [Read more...]

Google wins dispute over YouTube typo domains, names ordered transferred

In a no-brainer, a single-member Panel with the National Arbitration Forum has ordered several YouTube typo domain names be transferred to Google. The domain names disputed in the case were: youtbe.com, youtub.com, youtue.com, youube.com, and yutube.com. The respondent, who filed no response … [Read more...]

Top 10 Stories of 2011: #4 Google buys YouTube.xxx adult domain name

Until today, I'd only written two stories focused on .XXX domains, one in 2011 and one in 2012.  The most recent story I wrote was published early New Year's Day and discussed the first .XXX dispute filed over the domain markafoni.xxx. Though the internet has been flooded with details on .XXX … [Read more...]

Google buys YouTube XXX domain name

General availability of .XXX domain names began on December 6, 2011, following the sunrise and landrush periods.  The names are now up for grabs on a first come, first served basis.  Many of the world's largest companies have secured their trademarks, including Google Inc. who is now the owner of … [Read more...]

Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams

Google is going after several popular typos of the web address YouTube.com, all owned by the same person.  Each typo domain leads unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official YouTube site (as shown in the picture above of YouTub.com - minus the 'e').  Instead of … [Read more...]

Sean Parker’s biggest contribution to domain names: Drop the “The”

TechCrunch has posted an article about the parody video on YouTube titled Drop The The (The Social Network Song) that was produced by Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez of Single Serving Films.  Dressed up like Justin Timberlake and surrounded by bling, the fake Sean Parker raps about dropping the … [Read more...]