|The George W. Bush Library Foundation has retrieved its domain name. A small Internet company had bought www.georgewbushlibrary.com for less than $10 after it expired and then sold it back it to the library for $35,000.
Christopher Beam, answering the question Is Cybersquatting Against the Law?
I thought for sure that cybersquatting was an old dot.com relic, but apparently it’s not. MarkMonitor, a company that specializes in helping companies protect their brands on the Internet, reports that there were 428,617 instances of cybersquatting in the second quarter of 2008. That’s a 38% increase from 2007.
In the largest cybersquatting judgment ever, a federal court in the Northern District of California awarded Verizon $33.15 million. It seems that OnlineNIC had registered 663 domain names that were either identical or similar to Verizon trademarks.
According to the NY Times: OnlineNic registered more than 900,000 domain names similar to some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Adidas, the News Corporation’s MySpace, Wal-Mart Stores and Yahoo, Verizon said in court papers. Verizon accused OnlineNic of using an automated process to register the addresses and employing “numerous means to conceal its true identity.”
|Novatel might be on to something with its MiFi device. It’s basically a rechargeable, portable wireless router that ingests mobile data signals and spits them back out as standard Wi-Fi. The company is calling the technology an “Intelligent Mobile Hotspot,” in case you were longing for some industry jargon.
Doug Aamoth, Novatel intros ‘MiFi’ mobile broadband router
A lot of the blog buzz about MiFi pitches the idea that with your handy-dandy portable router, you’ll be carrying around a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be shared between multiple users and Wi-Fi devices. I can see it being useful to share connectivity, but I’m a little pessimistic about how the pricing structure for service will pan out. The label “personal cloud” sounds pricey.
|Controlling electrons — and the “magnetic moment” their spin produces — offers the prospect of breaking away from the transistor, a 1948 invention that is still the main element of computers.
Corydon Ireland, Pioneer in spintronics celebrates birthday
|Fundamentally, we believe virtualization sprawl can be a much bigger problem than physical sprawl.
Thomas Bittman, as quoted in Virtual server sprawl kills cost savings, experts warns
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In case you weren’t one of the readers stampeding these stories, here’s are the most popular tales from across TechTarget’s five Australian sites in 2008:
1. SearchCIO readers could not get enough of this story comparing virtualisation wares from Microsoft and VMWare.
2. Career advice clearly appeals to networking professionals, who stampeded this piece about how certifications can improve your prospects at work.
3. Old-school is still big for security pros, who loved this piece about five command line tools to detect Windows hacks.
4. The blend of open source NAS and virtualisation proved the most popular mix for our storage-oriented readers.
5. Bluetooth for Business was the story of most interest to SearchVoIP ANZ readers in 2008.