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06 Mar 2015

Sign of the times: Apple in the Dow, at&t out
Bloomberg (and everyone else) are reporting that Apple has finally been added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. No surprise about that, it was inevitable once their stock split last year, but I was somewhat surprised to see that they kicked out at&t to make room for it.

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01 Mar 2015

The DNS still isn't a directory ICANN
Back in the mid 1990s, before ICANN was invented, a lot of people assumed that the way you would find stuff on the Internet would be through the Domain Name System. It wasn't a ridiculous idea at the time. The most popular way to look for stuff was through manually managed directories like Yahoo's, but they couldn't keep up with the rapidly growing World Wide Web. Search engines had been around since 1994, but they were either underpowered and missed a lot of stuff, or else produced a blizzard of marginally relevant results. (Brin and Page wouldn't publish their billion dollar PageRank idea until 1998.) Moreover, web browsers had started to do domain guessing, so if you entered, say, pickles in your browser's address bar, it would take you to http://pickles.com.

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27 Feb 2015

With .APP, ICANN's auction piggy bank just got even bigger ICANN
ICANN
reports that Google paid over $25 million for .APP in the February 25 domain auction. They were willing to bid $30M, but it's a second bid auction so that was just enough to beat out whoever the second highest bidder was. The auction proceeds piggy bank just nearly doubled from $34M to about $59M dollars, and ICANN still has no idea what to do with it. Since there are still a lot more domain conflicts yet to be resolved, some for likely high bid names like .SEARCH and .WEB, it still seems possible that the final haul could be as much as $100M.

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24 Jan 2015

A busy week for Bitcoin Money
The Silk Road trial got under way, with the defense trying to argue that defendant Ross Ulbricht wasn't really the Dread Pirate Roberts, but instead it was Mark Karpeles, of MtGox fame. That approach
didn't go so well, but it certainly provided a lot of amusement to reporters and spectators.

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13 Jan 2015

When DNSBLs go bad Email
I have often remarked that any fool can run a DNSBL and many fools do so. Since approximately nobody uses the incompetently run BLs, they don't matter. Unfortunately, using a DNSBL requires equally little expertise, which becomes a problem when an operator wants to shut down a list.

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