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FBI: More than 300,000 could lose Web access by Julyupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 12:25:00

In the wake of a multi-million-dollar online scam, more than 300,000 computer users worldwide could find themselves without Web access this summer.

Online piracy bill debateupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 09:52:00

Declan McCullagh of CNET discusses how an online piracy bill could affect the internet.

White House blasts Internet piracy billsupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 09:52:00

The Obama administration said over the weekend that it would not support legislation mandating changes to Internet infrastructure to fight online copyright and trademark infringement.

Keepers of the Internet face their greatest challenges everupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 09:28:00

The Internet doesn't have a flag or a national anthem, but it does have a government.

Scramble for 'dot africa' internet domain name updated: Tue Dec 13 2011 12:53:00

A proposed new ".africa" internet domain name will provide a stronger brand identity than current little known country domains, while preventing registration revenues flowing abroad, say backers.

Opinion: XXX domains an obvious failureupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 07:46:00

Is it just me or is the ICANN plan to corral online porn going terribly wrong? We already have reports that universities are snapping up XXX domains in an effort to get ahead of porn pranksters who want to besmirch a few good online names with smut.

On Tuesday, porn sites set to go .XXXupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 09:21:00

It's either a new, safer era for adult content on the Web or the first step in creating a digital porn ghetto, depending upon who you ask.

E-mail typos result in 20GB of stolen dataupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 08:17:00

Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains to mimic legitimate domains belonging to Fortune 500 companies say they managed to vacuum up 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail over six months.

How the hottest startups got their namesupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 08:10:00

There are no rules to naming a startup. And most entrepreneurs do assume that the name they choose will change before their businesses really start to gain momentum.

Explaining the Internet's new domain endingsupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 21:34:00

On Monday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to allow a new array of Internet domain endings.

CNNMoney: Forget .com, here's .cokeupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 10:53:00

The trusty old Internet addresses we know and love -- the .coms, .nets, .orgs -- are about to get some new competition.

Porn finds an online homeupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 07:13:00

CNN's Phil Han explains how the domain name, .xxx, has finally been approved for porn sites after a ten year fight.

New web naming rules to change Internet browsingupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 07:13:00

Coming soon to a website near you: dot-anything

CNNMoney: Online poker players get their cash backupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:55:00

Online poker players will be able to withdraw money from accounts at two of the three Internet poker companies recently indicted for bank fraud and money laundering.

CNNMoney: ICANN approves .xxx for adult sitesupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 18:44:00

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers said Friday it approved the .xxx domain for adult web sites after years of nixing the idea.

CNNMoney: Why Libya can't shut down bit.lyupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 15:19:00

Libya intermittently shut off some Internet access to its citizens over the weekend, leading some to believe that link-shortening sites like, which uses the Libyan ".ly" suffix, would be affected.

The internet has (kind of) run out of spaceupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 13:36:00

On Thursday, the internet as we know it ran out of space.

CNNMoney: Super Bowl ad: Is $3 million worth it?updated: Thu Feb 03 2011 13:24:00

Is a $3 million, 30-second Super Bowl ad really worth it?

WikiLeaks back online after being dropped by U.S. domain name providerupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 11:14:00

A U.S.-based domain name provider shut down WikiLeaks early Friday, but the controversial website announced hours later that it had employed a company in Switzerland and was back up.

Where is Julian Assange?updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 11:14:00

Authorities search for the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

Are all the good tech-company names taken?updated: Tue Oct 05 2010 08:10:00

Bebo, Etsy and Kijiji sound more like baby's first words than the names of tech companies.

Fight for Senate antipiracy bill ragesupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 07:34:00

Killing legislation that would enable the government to shut down websites accused of piracy was a top priority for many technology trade groups Wednesday.

We're running out of internet addressesupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:44:00

Don't panic, but we're running out of internet addresses.

Porn sites get their own domain: '.xxx'updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:42:00

It's a big day for the porn industry.

CNNMoney: Porn sites could soon get their ".xxx"updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 12:59:00

Porn sites could soon be swapping their .com for the sexier .xxx.

How to pick the perfect name for your blog or startupupdated: Mon May 31 2010 10:30:00

Anyone who has sat stymied with their cursor blinking in a "username" field knows that coming up with a name is harder than you'd think.

CNNMoney: Google blames China's 'great firewall' for outageupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 17:19:00

Google's search engine was down in China on Tuesday -- a glitch the company initially said was due to its own technical tweaks, but now claims was caused by the Chinese government's Internet filtering.

CNNMoney: Go Daddy shuns China, tooupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 12:23:00

It turns out that Google isn't the only U.S. tech company that's fed up with China.

CNNMoney: auction takes a cold showerupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 14:39:00

Buyers lusting after one of the most lucrative domain names in the world,, will have to wait for their chance to bid on the coveted Internet property.

Dot-com marks 25th anniversaryupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 07:09:00

These days, when everyone seems to have a Facebook friend, is LinkedIn or can Google themselves, it's hard to remember the old days, before the dot-com revolution.

CNNMoney: domain goes up for grabsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 11:59:00, one of the most valuable Internet domain names, will go up for auction next week after the previous owner defaulted on its debts.

DDoS attack hobbles sites, including Amazonupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 14:00:00

An attack directed at the DNS provider for some of the Internet's larger e-commerce companies -- including Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Expedia -- took several Internet shopping sites offline Wednesday evening, two days before Christmas.

China cracks down on personal Web sitesupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 02:27:00

China has banned individuals from registering internet domain names and launched a review of millions of existing personal websites in the toughest government censorship drive so far on the internet.

Domain names open upupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 08:13:00

CNN's Pauline Chiou asks attorney Martin Schwimmer about the upside of internationalizing domain names.

Internet domain names set to appear in non-Latin scriptsupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 08:13:00

The group that controls top-level domain codes for Internet addresses is poised to permit non-Latin language codes for the first time in its history.

Conficker updateupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 20:45:00's John Sutter explains whether the Conficker virus threat is real.

No problems so far as April Fools' computer worm awakensupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 20:45:00

An April Fool's Day computer worm was launched on Wednesday but so far has not caused problems for the millions of computers that are believed to be infected.

Fortune: A telecom 'plumber' tries to expandupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 11:41:00

Cisco CEO John Chambers likes to talk about his company as the Internet's "plumber" - the company that provides the gear and services on which the world's data services run. China Limits Use of Olympians' Names Onlineupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 11:25:00

China has banned the use of its Olympic gold medalists' names as Internet addresses by anyone but the athletes themselves Major Internet Security Flaw Also Affects E-Mail updated: Thu Aug 07 2008 14:00:00

A newly discovered flaw in the Internet's core infrastructure not only permits hackers to force people to visit Web sites they didn't want to, it also allows them to intercept e-mail messages

Red Cross emblem misused?updated: Fri Jul 18 2008 10:57:00

Did Colombia's hostage rescuers use the Red Cross sign to dupe rebels? CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

Hostage ruse's fake Web site irks group with similar nameupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 10:57:00

Colombian military intelligence apparently set up a Web site for a fake humanitarian group as part of a ruse to dupe leftist rebels into giving up 15 hostages this month.

Opening the domain frontierupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 15:27:00

The Internet is set to expand, as CNN's Jim Boulden reports.

Group votes to relax Web naming rulesupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 15:27:00

A group charged with overseeing the development of the Internet voted Thursday to relax the rules on Web site naming conventions -- potentially triggering a virtual domain name gold rush to rival the dotcom boom of the late 1990s. Internet Agency Eases Domain Rulesupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 14:00:00

The Internet's key oversight agency relaxed rules Thursday to permit the introduction of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of new Internet domain names to join ".com"

Group considers relaxing Internet naming rulesupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 06:15:00

The group controlling Internet domain names may soon decide whether to relax naming rules and potentially open up a virtual domain name gold rush. Report: Some Web Domains Unsafeupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 13:00:00

When surfing the Internet for safe Web sites, not all domains are equal Despite Dissolution, USSR Domains For Saleupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 16:00:00

The Soviet Union may be in the dustbin of history, but there's one place the socialist utopia lives on: cyberspace.

Mix of Internet, politics ripe for abuse, experts sayupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 16:57:00

The increasing use of the Internet by political campaigns presents hackers and spammers with growing opportunities for abuse, according to two Internet experts.

FSB: Help, a competitor bought my Web domain!updated: Mon Feb 18 2008 23:07:00

Editor's note: This story was originally published Feb. 12, and is being republished to add additional reporting. Dear FSB: Both the name and URL of my company's website were registered with a domain name registration company. After more than five years they have sold the URL for my company's name to another person who now runs it in competition to mine. Do I have copyright to this name and URL?

Latest 'Net gold may rest in Asia's domainupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 01:33:00

A land rush is happening in Hong Kong, but it doesn't involve the high-rise properties for which the city is famous. Instead, it's the epicenter of a brand new patch of cyber real estate soon to go on the global market.

Internet name frontier may rest in another languageupdated: Sun Nov 11 2007 23:04:00

Suppose that the Internet had been invented in Thailand, and that every Web address ended with three letters in the Thai alphabet that you needed to type out.

FSB: Print for lessupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 12:42:00

Modern ink jet printers are both cheap and fabulous - how often do you see that combination? Canon's Pixma iP6700D lists for a measly $179 and essentially puts a fully functioning photo lab on your desk. And the HP Photosmart C7180 delivers a wireless printer, scanner and fax for just $399.

Business 2.0: The Web's local mogulupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 01:52:00

The two Web multimillionaires had never crossed paths, but when Russell C. Horowitz and Frank Schilling finally met to talk business three years ago, the summit began in style - sipping soft drinks poolside at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and chatting about private jets.

Many parents now get domain names for kids too young to typeupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 02:19:00

Besides leaving the hospital with a birth certificate and a clean bill of health, baby Mila Belle Howells got something she won't likely use herself for several years: her very own Internet domain name. Domain Names: 21st Century Real Estateupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 17:00:00

These are boom times in an estimated $2 billion industry that involves the buying and selling of domain names

Business 2.0: The man who owns the Internetupdated: Tue May 22 2007 14:18:00

Kevin Ham leans forward, sits up tall, closes his eyes, and begins to type -- into the air. He's seated along the rear wall of a packed ballroom in Las Vegas's Venetian Hotel. Up front, an auctione...

CNNMoney: Porn domain '.xxx' rejected by agencyupdated: Fri Mar 30 2007 12:54:00

An international agency tasked with the responsibility of setting guidelines for the creation of Internet domain names voted Friday to reject a company's proposal to create an ".xxx" domain for adult Web sites.

Business 2.0: Who's Your Go Daddy?updated: Wed Feb 28 2007 18:42:00

To get a sense of how Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons leads his life, just ask for a ride in Mad Max. That's the vehicle he keeps at his office, deep in a nondescript business park amid the sprawl that is...

Business 2.0: Who's Your Go Daddy?updated: Mon Dec 18 2006 16:21:00

To get a sense of how Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons leads his life, just ask for a ride in Mad Max. That's the vehicle he keeps at his office, deep in a nondescript business park amid the sprawl that is Scottsdale, Ariz. Max, as Parsons affectionately calls it, is a customized Jeep Rubicon Unlimited: Quarter-inch armor lining makes brushes with boulders a nonissue. A steel bar on Max's front end prevents somersaulting on steep drops. Fifty-degree inclines? Bring 'em on.

Fortune: Dot-tv gets a second chance at lifeupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 19:49:00

What makes new media so damn entertaining is that yesterday's heroes all too often become today's goats. Yahoo and eBay could do no wrong two years ago. Today, not so much.

Web reaches new milestone: 100 million sitesupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 09:19:00

Are your Web surfing fingers getting tired?

CNNMoney: No fury for Hell.comupdated: Sat Oct 28 2006 14:19:00

The Internet domain name failed to be bought via a live auction Friday, which organizers had hoped would bring bids of more than $1 million.

CNNMoney: Web domain hath no takersupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 08:56:00

The Internet domain name failed to be bought via a live auction Friday, which organizers had hoped would bring bids of more than $1 million.

Business 2.0: Mobile browsing gets a '.mobi' fixupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 16:20:00

Tried surfing the Web lately from a mobile phone? Then you know what a pain it is. Websites can take an excruciatingly long time to load and the pages eventually appear are often so jumbled they're unreadable.

The insider's guide to Dot Mobiupdated: Wed Sep 27 2006 03:49:00

(CNN) -- Everything you needed know about Internet domain suffix Dot Mobi.

The insider's guide to dotmobiupdated: Tue Sep 26 2006 09:08:00

(CNN) -- Everything you needed know about Internet domain suffix dotmobi.

Business 2.0: Staking a claim on domains beyond dot-comupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 10:14:00

Real estate prices might be falling in some areas - but that's for physical real estate. Virtual real estate, in the form of Internet domain names - the part after the "www" in a website's address - is on a tear and showing no signs of slowing down.

CNNMoney: A domain by any other name is not the sameupdated: Wed Aug 02 2006 06:40:00

These days, you really can't start a small business without getting on the Web, but it's also never been harder to score a snappy URL.

Media bidding war for miners storyupdated: Wed May 10 2006 23:59:00

Two Australian miners rescued after 14 days trapped underground were due to appear at a concert Thursday to raise money for their community, which faces an uncertain future while their damaged gold mine remains closed.

CNNMoney: Regulator votes against XXX domainupdated: Tue May 09 2006 21:52:00

NEW YORK ( - For the time being, there will be no red-light district on the Internet.

Business 2.0: As DSL slows, AT&T looks for alternativesupdated: Tue May 09 2006 11:51:00

As long-distance revenues plummet and customers disconnect phone lines in favor of cell phones and VOIP, DSL has provided burgeoning broadband revenues for local phone companies. But could DSL be slowing down? Business 2.0 senior writer Om Malik notes that, according to research by investment bank UBS, fewer households are signing up for DSL as a percentage of homes where the service is available. That has AT&T, for one, scrambling to provide other options, including satellite broadband, high-speed fixed wireless connections, and fiber-optic lines. The new initiatives could help AT&T serve another 11.5 million households, the company estimates.

Business 2.0: YouTube sees user rebellionupdated: Wed May 03 2006 15:03:00

Hypergrowth comes with hyper-growing pains -- just ask YouTube. The online video-sharing site is facing a rebellion among the formerly faithful. Yesterday, blogger and longtime YouTuber Miel Vanopstal lost his cool in a post titled "Screw YouTube." Vanopstal complains that YouTube's recent upgrades have made the site significantly slower, and that new efforts to enforce copyright and delete otherwise questionable material strike him as arbitrary. He is particularly galled that a single alert notice from a "puritanically minded" fellow user can result in a video being deleted. "I've had it with these random rejections," he writes.

Business 2.0: DVR users still watch commercialsupdated: Fri Apr 07 2006 15:05:00

With TV's upfront advertising sales set to start next month, the habits of TiVo owners and other digital video recorder users -- who comprise about 9 percent of the audience, a figure that's set to double by the end of 2006 -- are a hot issue. Two seemingly contradictory reports have come out. The first claims, unsurprisingly, that DVR viewers skip ads so much that they barely add anything to the TV ratings advertisers pay for. The second *argues* that even though viewers fast-forward through commercials, they still recall the ads just as well as viewers who watch in real time. The reason, a hopeful CBS executive tells MediaDailyNews, is that when fast-forwarding, a viewer's attention is necessarily fixed on the screen so that they don't miss their show. So they still see the advertiser's message, albeit speeded up and without sound. Regular TV viewers, on the other hand, are prone to such advertiser-unfriendly habits as getting snacks and going to the bathroom during commercial breaks.

CNNMoney: China: Your company name may not be yoursupdated: Tue Mar 07 2006 08:32:00

U.S. brands, beware!

Debate on Internet ownership continues updated: Fri Dec 02 2005 08:02:00

At the recent World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunisia's capital, delegates from the 174 participating countries met with the aim of bridging the "digital divide" that separates rich and poor nations.

Business 2.0: Masters of their Domainsupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 00:01:00

On a balmy night in late October, hundreds of partiers, most sporting red or blue Hawaiian shirts, pack the Delux nightclub in Delray Beach, Fla. It's a swank place--outdoor decks, two bars, plush,...

CNNMoney: Masters of their domainsupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 09:27:00

Remember those Internet bubble headlines about domain names fetching millions of dollars? Well, those days have returned -- with a vengeance.

CNNMoney: Charity scamsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2005 10:44:00

Even before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, scammers were hard at work trying to get your charity dollars.

The lingua franca of the Internetupdated: Wed Jun 22 2005 15:31:00

The rapid integration of the Internet and World Wide Web into daily life has added an array of new words, acronyms and even alternative forms of language to the human lexicon. Click on the words for definitions of some basic Internet jargon.

CNNMoney: Papal problem: No BenedictXVI Web sitesupdated: Wed Apr 20 2005 14:22:00

Is nothing sacred?

CNNMoney: Tsunami Web site disputeupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 07:29:00

A woman who registered the domain name says she was conned to donate it by someone who then tried to sell the site name for $50,000 on eBay, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: Cheney directs surfers to anti-Bush siteupdated: Wed Oct 06 2004 17:13:00

Vice President Dick Cheney told viewers Tuesday night they could verify his claims from the vice-presidential debate at an independent Web site -- -- but visitors to the site found a searing anti-Bush message.

CNNMoney: Google plotting Explorer rival?updated: Fri Sep 24 2004 13:14:00

Move over, Bill Gates. Google Inc. may be working on a new Web browser to compete with Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.

Owner of says she was victim, too -- of privacy invasionupdated: Tue Jul 27 2004 14:28:00

When Katie Jones bought the domain name in 1996, she relished the opportunity to own a name-dot-com site at a time when such common names were being quickly swallowed up.

CNNMoney: For sale: kerryedwards.comupdated: Mon Jul 19 2004 16:01:00

Sometimes it's good to be Kerry Edwards.

Fortune: People Who (We Fervently Hope) Know What They're Doing Put away your leadership gurus and your office-politics visionaries. Someupdated: Mon Aug 11 2003 00:01:00

DAVID BLITZER It's up to Blitzer, 54, chairman of the Standard & Poor's Index Committee, to decide which companies go on and off S&P's benchmark 500-stock index. The committee adds or drops about 2...

Fortune: The Man Who Bought The Internet Stratton Sclavos increasingly runs the Web. His company, Verisign, has eupdated: Mon Jun 25 2001 00:01:00

A goofy, eight-minute animation on the Web depicts a certain businessman as the devil, hell-bent on taking over the Internet. No, it's not Bill Gates or Steve Case but somebody called Stratton Scla...

FSB: Master of His Domain Paul Garrin is fighting to keep his Internet registry firm alive and the Web from being updated: Sun Apr 01 2001 00:01:00

Paul Garrin, 42, is angry, verbose, self-important, annoying, a tad paranoid, and possibly brilliant. A video artist of some importance in the 1980s, Garrin is now making a name for himself running...

Fortune: No Ties Here...Superfund Woes...The Trademark Cops... The New Dot-Comsupdated: Mon Nov 13 2000 00:01:00

The Tie Police: Don't try wearing a necktie on South Padre Island, Texas. It is, as it turns out, illegal. A proclamation by Mayor Edmund Cyganiewicz requires the resort town's scissors-wielding ch...

FSB: McNews on Trademarking...Relief From Slotting...Sweepstakes Marketing...Luring Kid Customers...Extreme Business Casualupdated: Wed Nov 01 2000 00:01:00

Is McDonald's being McGreedy? Business owners like Barbara Staehelin think so. The burger giant, says Staehelin, almost made mincemeat of her small company, McWellness, an Internet-based medical se...

FSB: Who Needs Lawyers? Mediate Online With ADRupdated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

An order comes in from a buyer on a B2B exchange where you sell your surplus merchandise. The buyer later claims you shipped the wrong goods and stops payment. He's got your stuff; you have no mone...

Money Magazine: This Name Is My Name Staking a claim in cyberspaceupdated: Fri Sep 01 2000 00:01:00

It's the latest craze in our office: My co-workers are registering their names as Internet domains. One man even registered a site in the name of his baby twins. So I joined the party and became mi...

Fortune: A Good Name Is Priceless--Some of the Timeupdated: Mon Feb 07 2000 00:01:00

Fiction is only marginally stranger than truth when it comes to the bidding for Internet domain names. The recent $10 million fake bid for "" wasn't impossible to believe, coming as it ...

Fortune: My Short, Unhappy Life as an E-Tailer A FORTUNE writer aims to become an Internet mogul. Instead he ends up with $4.61 and a fewupdated: Mon Dec 06 1999 00:01:00

Before I was an Internet entrepreneur, back when I was an ordinary business writer, people would ask me whether covering business gave me moneymaking ideas of my own. Well, believe me, I've had my ...

Fortune: The Net Name Gameupdated: Mon Feb 16 1998 00:01:00

Starting later this year, you may notice some strange-looking names on the Web. Maybe you'll visit a site that ends with .firm or .store instead of .com, or perhaps you will write an E-mail to joe....

Fortune: WHAT'S IN A NAME? ON THE INTERNET YOU'D NEVER GUESSupdated: Mon Oct 16 1995 00:01:00

In the case of a few domain names--those cryptic-looking addresses on the Internet--the owners are quite obvious: and, for instance. With other names, the link to a proprietor ...

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