I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Year: 2004

DNS and ICANN,

Auctions for deleting domain names

Steven Forrest’s Free2Innovate speculates [ http://free2innovate.net/archives/000399.html ] on the reasons for SnapNames move to an auction based model for the sale of deleting domain names. He points out that I am a director of SnapNames and as such may be able to throw some light on things. A couple of points. As a director I really can’t talk publicly without Board and Management agreement. So sorry, no insight on this from me. However, I guess it’s OK to talk about the general area. Ross Raider and Elliot Noss from Tucows – http://byte.org – posted an article [ http://www.byte.org/blog/_archives/2004/9/3/135064.html ] on

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Internet

CYBERIA

It’s 10 years since I co-founded CYBERIA, the world’s first Internet Cafe. Eva Pascoe, Gené McPherson (now Gené Teare, my wife) and David Rowe (my co-founder at EasyNet) were the 4 founders. Here’s an NYT article (need to be a subscriber to see it – but it’s free to subscribe): http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/06/technology/06cafe.html Eva, seems like you forgot to mention the rest of us

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DNS and ICANN,

SiteFinder reprise

I have been attending the Icann conference in Malaysia this week. One of the key events was the submission of the report – ssac-report-09jul04.pdf – from the Security & Stability Advisory Committee regarding SiteFinder. In reading the committee’s report I discovered what I believe is an incredible breakdown in logic and as a consequence, a very mistaken, or at least confused, set of conclusions. So, why do I say that? VeriSign’s SiteFinder service effectively took a large number of non-existent domain names and “turned them on” through the use of a wildcard in the .com and .net root zones. Instead

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DNS and ICANN,

ICANN Verbatim minutes re SiteFinder

Steve Crocker presented his report to ICANN in Malaysia: >>STEPHEN CROCKER: THANK YOU AND YOU ECHO VENI’S CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH HER FROM THE BEGINNING OF MY TENURE AND IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH SHE TAKES CARE OF BEHIND THE SCENES. I CHAIR THE SECURITY AND STABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. IN THE PAST I’VE TRIED TO GIVE SORT OF A BROAD PICTURE OF WHAT WE DO. TODAY I’M GOING TO FOCUS ON SPECIFIC TOPICS, AND THERE’S A LITTLE BIT MORE THAT GOES ON, BUT THIS HAS BEEN A PERIOD THAT HAS BEEN PUNCTUATED BY A

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Microsoft/RealNames, realnames

Google rips off RealNames idea!

Thanks for the pointer Dave. The new Google toolbar clearly rips off the RealNames idea. I’m flattered. Shame they didn’t give credit, after all I am one of the inventors of this patent. Maybe I’ll go and start a search engine Microsoft’s own version of the RealNames idea is overwritten by the Google toolbar. With Microsoft’s version you always went to an MSN search results page from a Keyword entered into the address bar. With Google you often go right to the page – as you should. So at least Google has done it right.

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Internet

Video Island lands Tesco deal

My good friend Saul Klein has been running Video Island since the beginning. He is one of the best marketers I have ever worked with. Video Island (UK based Netflix competitor) has now landed a deal with supermarket chain Tesco. A great win. Congrats Saul. The story – from The Register – is here. Video Island is here.

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