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07 Sep 2015

Bitcoin Ponzi spam? Money

I just got this most peculiar spam, sent from mostly email provider Sendgrid. It sure looks like a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme to me.

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04 Sep 2015

Why is ICANN tax exempt? ICANN
ICANN, as we all know, is a California non-profit that is tax exempt in the US as a charity, under section 501(c)(3) of the US tax code. But it's a rather unusual charity. Typical charities support the arts, or education, or sports, or relief for the poor. ICANN doesn't do anything like that. So what's the basis for its tax exemption? We don't have to guess, it's all in the application they filed in 1999.

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04 Aug 2015

ICANN wins a very weak TLD lawsuit ICANN

Back in the 1990s as the Internet was starting to become visible to the world, several people had the bright idea of setting up their own top level domains and selling names in competition with what was then the monopoly registrar Network Solutions (NSI). For these new TLDs to be usable, either the TLD operators had to persuade people to use their root servers rather than the IANA servers, or else get their TLDs into the IANA root.

Attempts to get people to use other roots never were very successful, particularly after Eugene Kashpureff, the operator of alternate root AlterNIC made an ill-advised attempt to use DNS cache poisoning to hijack web traffic from the InterNIC website and pled guilty to wire fraud.

Some of the alternate root TLDs are still around, with operators who are under the impression that they have a right to have their TLDs in the IANA root. One of them is

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24 Jul 2015

Dot SUCKS: the ultimate vanity domain ICANN

When last we wrote, trademark lawyers had written an outraged letter to ICANN about the $2500 price to preregister names, and ICANN, reliably panicking in the face of legal threats, wrote to the US Federal Trade Commission and Canadian Office of Consumer Affairs saying please tell us that's illegal so we can shut down this registry with whom we just signed a long-term contract. (The mysterious $1 surcharge turned out to be a weak attempt by ICANN to collect debts that affiliates of registry owner Momentous defaulted on long ago.)

Now they're back in the news, with a poorly researched Boston Globe article prompted by a billboard near Fenway Park. The FTC wrote back in May and the OCA wrote in June, the former expressing a total lack of sympathy at great length, the latter with a two paragraph form letter.

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18 Jul 2015

Are apps a passing phase? Internet
NetHui last week one of the most interesting sessions was Is there an app for that?. The issue was that while apps can be easy to use, they are little walled gardens within an app store which is another level of walled garden.

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