There’s been lots of interesting news in the domain name world recently. We went a bit quiet here last week (sorry about that), so instead of covering each story individually, here’s a summary of some of the big things that have caught my eye lately:

  • It’s been an eventful couple of weeks in the world of banking, and as the BBC reports, even domain name speculators have been getting in on the act, registering domains like lloydstsbhbos.com in anticipation of the Halifax’s acquisition by Lloyds TSB.
  • In the same vein, over at Domain Name Wire they reckon that domain names might be a good investment if stock markets keep falling. They explain in another article that “whereas the stock market seems to swing wildly each day, the domain market holds somewhat stable.” At the very least, it’s an interesting way to look at spreading your investment risk.
  • Some domain names have been changing hands for big money too. The topical financialaid.com went for $800,000 and LifeInsurancePolicies.com went for $15,000. Oh, and according to the Domainers Gazette, someone paid $69 for possibly the worst domain name ever.
  • The city of Portland in Oregon wants to create a .pdx domain extension for local businesses. I don’t know if the dotPDX campaign has teamed up with the people behind Keep Portland Weird (which promotes local businesses in the city), but they should definitely hook up. How long before we see an avalanche of cities in the UK (and across the world) mounting similar campaigns?
  • Vint Cerf, often called the ‘father of the internet’, visited Nominet’s Oxford offices. You can get the full story on the Nominet management blog.
  • The city of Chicago is bidding for the 2016 Olympics, and when not schmoozing delegates from the International Olympic Committee, is having a bit of difficulty persuading the current owner of Chicago2016.com to give them ownership of the domain. This story is to be continued, I guess.

What else have I missed? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  • theo levi

    The corrupt bastards! Of all the millions of dollars Chicago will spend (waste) to make their play, they pointedly neglected to offer to BUY the domain name for a couple of millions, as it surely is worth. And, being it’s Chicago, if I were the owner, I’d keep a low profile, finger on speed-dial to my most rabid lawyers to cover this, and MAKE THE CHICAGO OLYMPIC CLOWNS PAY FOR ALL OF IT! Maybe Barry O can spare some change & help his buddies at city hall.

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    October 9, 2008 at 6:01 am