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Bigotgate woman gets cybersquatted

Kevin Murphy, April 28, 2010, Gossip

Gillian Duffy, an unknown Rochdale pensioner five hours ago, has become the latest victim of celebrity cybersquatting.

Duffy is the voter Gordon Brown described as “bigoted” after she buttonholed him during an election walkabout this morning.

Brown thought he was having a private conversation as his car sped away, unaware that his radio mic was still on. Oops.

As a result, he’s been forced to apologize publicly at least four times in the last four hours, by my count.

The news in the UK has talked about nothing else this afternoon, so it’s hardly surprising that the domain name gillianduffy.co.uk has just been registered.

It’s currently parked with 1&1.

I’ll be fascinated to see what the registrant plans to do with the domain once Mrs Duffy’s 15 minutes are up.

Apple secures iPad trademark

Kevin Murphy, March 29, 2010, Gossip

Apple has bought the “iPad” trademark, as it relates to handheld computers, from Fujitsu.

The deal removes any doubt, if there ever was any, that anybody registering domain names containing the string had better unload them quickly or get lawyered up.

According to PatentAuthority.com, the US trademark on iPad was transferred to Apple on March 17. Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Fujitsu filed for the trademark several years ago to cover its line of handheld retail devices.

You may recall that a music producer made headlines last week for attempting to sell the domain ipaddownloads.com and others for $1 million on eBay.

FourSquare.com expires, reporter seeks padding

Kevin Murphy, March 26, 2010, Gossip

Visitors to one of the web’s hottest geo apps had a bit of a surprise today when instead of FourSquare.com’s normal site they found a Go Daddy parking page.

It’s the usual problem — the company forgot to renew its registration.

That’s pretty much all there is to say about the story, unless you’re London daily newspaper Metro, which decided to pad the piece with a big chunk of lorem ispum:

Metro screenshot

It’s free for a reason.

Burberry files UDRP on Engrish squatter

Kevin Murphy, March 25, 2010, Gossip

Burberry, the once-respectable fashion house more commonly associated nowadays with British chavs, has filed a UDRP complaint against a webmaster with an hilarious grasp of English.

Two claims were made against burberryscarfshop.com and burberryscarfstore.com. One site appears to be aimed at Brits, the other Americans, although you’d never know it from the language.

The American site claims: “To provide the superior scarves and service is our common logos and incessant pursue.”

From the British site:

Burberryscarfshop.com of the opinion that no people should go without beautiful scarf.

It is very important and exciting for every people to choose the perfect scarf in the preparation of his happy day!

I wonder which way this decision is going to go…

Gossip: Blackouts, Dallas and Kanye

Kevin Murphy, March 9, 2010, Gossip

Eight moderately amusing links from the last 24 hours.

  • Apparently, ICANN didn’t trust Nairobi’s electrical grid or its hosts’ generators, so took backup power from the US embassy. All was well until a blackout took out the embassy… but not the Kenyatta.
  • Squatters prefer “www” typos shocker.
  • One-year registrations give you (continue reading)

Gossip: Geldof, China and Site Finder

Kevin Murphy, March 7, 2010, Gossip

Eight Sunday morning tidbits.

  • Bob Geldof was on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning, via satellite from Nairobi. It seems likely he’s there in relation to to IGAD conference on east-African drought, which is being held at the same venue as the ICANN meeting, which kicked off today. Let’s hope he’s (continue reading)

Gossip: No booth babes for domainers

Kevin Murphy, March 4, 2010, Gossip

Eight interesting things collected from interesting web sites:

  • No booth babes? No magicians? No speakers? No Powerpoint malfunctions? What the hell kind of tech conference is DOMAINFest Europe? At least the beer will be cheap.
  • Speaking of Prague, you can add UDRP to (continue reading)

Gossip: DNS incest T-shirts, etc…

Kevin Murphy, March 2, 2010, Gossip

Eight domain name stories I would loved to have looked into in more detail today: