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XXX Domain Out, SIN Domain In

It was announced this past week that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has once again shelved plans for adding the .xxx domain to the internet. However, it appears that the organization has in fact decided to make a home for pornography related websites, and that home is .sin.

Apparently, ICANN has decided to make the new .sin domain a place for not only pornography related sites, but also gambling, gaming, homosexual, atheist, and vegetarian websites. ICANN is most likely hoping to appease supporters of creating a separate domain for pornography, while also being able to advertise their disapproval over the content itself.

"We acknowledge the need for a separate and safe reserve for certain types of sites," a spokesman for ICANN said yesterday. "The choice in the domain name was completely random and should not be taken as anything other than random letters connected together."

The denial of the motivation behind the choice in domain doesn't seem to be bothering adult website owners though. An anonymous adult web master replied saying "we're just excited that we will finally have our very own place on the web to run our businesses. With adult websites being as popular as they are, it was only a matter of time."

There is no official date set for when the new domain will become available. One thing is certain, the domain squatters will be out in full force trying to buy up as many popular domains as possible.

[tags]xxx, adult websites, pornography, ICANN[/tags]

Slashdot Sued for Slashdotting

Slashdot, the popular nerd news site, has always been notorious for its ability to "slashdot" sites by linking to them causing massive amounts of traffic to hit the linked site. Slashdotting has usually been considered a positive occurrence since websites are given large amounts of free traffic, which is generally a big goal for sites. However, some recent receivers of slashdots have started a class action lawsuit against Slashdot for this very thing.

The "victims" are claiming "undue stress and monetary drain in the form of intentional harm caused by the increased cost, unexpected website downtime, and excessive amounts of unwarranted, unnatural visits at inopportune times - all resulting from being linked to in news posts on the Slashdot website."

The amount being pursued by the lawsuit has not been disclosed, though many speculate the figure to be around the half million mark. There is little chance the suit would stand a chance in court, though Slashdot may want to settle for a smaller amount if possible to keep it from dragging out through the court system.

No representatives from Slashdot were available for comment.

[tags]Slashdot, class action lawsuit[/tags]

Web 4.0 Coming to an Internet Near You

Some of the founding web engineers behind web 2.0 have let it slip that they've begun work on a batch of web 4.0 websites that will "absolutely blow visitors away".

I interviewed one of these great minds. He asked to remain anonymous, since some web 2.0 developers are quite upset that web 4.0 is coming out much too early.

Q: So, what exactly is web 4.0?
"It's everything you've come to love about web 2.0, but more advanced and more visitor oriented. AJAX was a key technology used with web 2.0 projects. Well, we've developed our own new technology that will take AJAX type user experiences to the next level. Imagine Google Maps on crack."

Q: What are some projects you know of that are currently in development for web 4.0?
"Due to competitive reasons and the simple fact that like you said, they are in development, I can't divulge many details about specific projects that are going to capitalize on the web 4.0 standards. I will say new and improved versions of everybody's favorite web 2.0 sites are in the works. This includes a Google Maps type project, a Digg clone, and a Flickr / MySpace combo."

Q: Some believe it's much too early to start developing web 4.0 websites when web 2.0 has just started getting off the ground. What is your take on that concern?
"It's never too early to make advancements in any field. If somebody out there decides to start work on a new food that could feed the world's hungry, should we tell that person it's too early to work on such a thing?"

Q: When are you expecting web 4.0 to be officially announced and/or unveiled?
Well, it's hard to say. We are waiting for a bit more input on web 2.0 before we lock in a few new standards for web 4.0. We want to make sure every new feature is a step forward and not a step back.

Q: What happened to web 3.0?
"To be honest, nobody noticed that web 2.0 was no different from web 1.0, so we figured we may as well skip up a version since it really doesn't matter."

Q: So what you're saying is the whole web "versioning" wave that's hit the internet is a facade?
"No, well, not really. I just mean, if nobody notices the differences, it doesn't mean the differences don't exist right?"

Q: Do you even know what web 2.0 is?

So there you have it, a concrete interview with an expert in the field confirming the existence of web 4.0.

[tags]web 2.0, AJAX[/tags]

Company Sues Google Over Textbox Patent

WHLOP: We Have Lots of Patents
The U.S. patent system is generally regarded as a failure when it comes to technology. Evidence of this can be found in cases such as RIM's Blackberry vs NTP, Sony's Dual Shock vs Immersion, and eBay's Buy it Now vs MercExchange LLC.

Well, if you thought any of those patent disputes were absurd, you'll really love this. Apparently a company called WHLOP, which stands for "We Have Lots of Patents", has just sued Google for their patent on "Using a textbox on a web page to enter data, which then can be used for a variety of purposes such as storing for later use, searching, and logins."

A Google rep has said "We will fight this rediculous suit with as much force as necessary. It should be evident to the populace that such lawsuits can cripple advancements in technology." WHLOP has yet to comment on the suit.

WHLOP has other web based patents including; "highlighting text on a web page", "using a button to submit data", and "having images be clickable by hyperlinking them."

WHLOP has only attacked Google for now, but if their case against Google wins, expect to see many more lawsuits hit the web.

[tags]patents, blackberry, dual shock, Google, Sony, RIM, NTP[/tags] Forced to Change Name

The "Sexist Police" are at it again, this time attacking eCommerce giant Many womens activist groups are banding together in a suit against saying that the name "Amazon" is gender intolerant. Amazon is claiming the name originates from the place and is not a reference to the woman warriors made famous by Greek mythology.

Though claims "We are confident that the courts will see through this mockery of a suit," the company has come up with a list of names to switch to in case of defeat. Below is a partial list of the names being considered:






A spokesman for admits the lack of good names to choose from, claiming that all decent related domain names have been squatted by others. No word yet on what name is the frontrunner, or how many other names are being considered.


eBay Auctions Itself on Itself

eBay Auctions Itself
In a random eBay search, I came upon a very alarming item up for sale... Yes, you read that right. eBay is selling its website on its website! Click the thumbnail on the left to view a larger screenshot.

As you can see from the image, the price was just over $30 million last time I checked. There is no "Buy It Now" option so the price is likely to continue to rise until the auction ends in a few weeks.

There is much speculation over why eBay would be selling its site. A key thing to remember is that eBay isn't selling its company, only its auction website. Yes, eBay the company is mostly, but it has many employees and other ventures that it's working on. Pay Pal is a large part of the company as is its relatively new eCommerce site hosting. eBay is likely looking to raise some capitol for a new venture or to help fortify current projects.

There is also the fact that the online auction market has much more competition these days. Maybe eBay is backing out of the online auctions due to pressure from Craigslist or the new Google Base.

There is little in the way of concrete information coming directly from eBay, but I'm sure eBay has some kind of plan for the money raised from selling off its main source of income.

[tags]eBay, eCommerce, online auctions[/tags]