Google registry : Dot .APP #domains losing steam

Google’s latest gTLD, dot .APP, had a strong start earlier this year, gaining more than 200,000 registrations in a matter of days. Application software developers, both corporate and private, along with a certain number of domain speculators, drove the momentum of dot .APP for several weeks. The gTLD has lost its steam, however, as George […]

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Crypto #domains : Blanket ban by #Google ends #ICO and #crypto era in advertising

Google unveiled in March that it’s terminating its relationship with the cryptocurrency industry, due to an increase in crypto scams. The blanket ban affects anything that relates to crypto, from ICO to currency news, to blockchain. The advertising ban means that even full legitimate companies will feel the sweep, not just the scammers. Sometime this […]

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#GDPR compliance : Google updates policies as a #domain registrar

Google has updated its privacy policy, all thanks to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in Europe. As a domain registrar and Registry, Google is making changes, which are outlined below: Dear Partner, Over the past year we’ve shared how we are preparing to meet the requirements of the GDPR, the new data […]

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#TokenFest 2018 begins : Google pulls the rug from under all #crypto advertising

Token Fest, the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology conference by domain investor and entrepreneur, Ryan Colby, is opening its gates tomorrow in San Francisco. For two days, more than 1,700 people, 150 speakers, 135 exhibitors and 65 sponsors will share news and information on the exciting new amalgam of ledger technology and digital currency. Another event […]

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No more “view image” option in #Google search

Domainers eager to snatch images from the Google search, will find it more difficult to do so. Google has announced that they are stopping providing a direct link to “view image” when searching for images. “Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the […]

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Google this : Trademark still strong, not a generic term, says the US Supreme Court

Google this, google that. The notion that “Google” is no longer a strong trademark, was disclaimed by the US Supreme Court this week. A lawsuit had claimed that “Google” had become synonymous with the term “search the Internet” and no longer worthy of a retaining its trademarked status. The US Supreme Court declined on Monday […]

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Trademark trouble : Has Google become a generic word?

Is “Google” a generic word, devoid of its trademark status? Two entrepreneurs are asking the Supreme Court to deliver a decision: Should Google lose its trademark due to the term being used as a verb? Lawyers for David Elliott and Chris Gillespie are urging the court to hear an appeal of a recent decision by […]

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RIP Google Instant Search : Google kills instant search results!

Google has ended the instant search results “as one types” – the feature was called Google Instant Search. Instead, only suggestions show up, and one has to select one of them or just finish up typing their query before getting any results back from Google. According to Search Engine Land, Google representatives said: “We launched […]

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Google bans pop-unders as the source of AdSense ads

Google has banned the serving of annoying pop-under ads as the originating source of AdSense ads. Pop-unders are web browser sessions that are displayed behind a visitor’s active window, and appear once that window closes, revealing ads or other content. Google now bans all AdSense content from being monetized, when served via pop-unders, or from […]

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Oingo sale : Play games or make millions? The choice is yours

Playing games can be a form of distraction from day to day duties and obligations. And it’s all cool. A game of “Defender,” however, cost its player millions of dollars, after he turned down a business offer, in 2000. Entrepreneur and author, James Altucher, explains how that happened: I was running a $125 million dollar […]

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Google acquires Russian email provider, Gmail.RU

Google has reportedly acquired the domain Gmail.RU, a Russian email provider established in 2003. The domain was previously owned by the Russian development company Sema.ru, since February 11, 2003. Thus, Gmail.ru began its operations earlier than Google rolled out its popular email service, Gmail.com. WHOIS information for Gmail.RU currently depicts Google and Markmonitor. The transfer […]

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Domainers seek to revive lawsuit against Google, claiming term is generic

Two men who registered hundreds of domains containing the “Google” keyword, asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their case that was dismissed at an earlier stage. The argument is that “Google” is so commonly used, that it has become a generic term, meaning “to search the Internet.” They are seeking to render the Google trademark […]

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