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.
Declan McCullagh of CNET discusses how an online piracy bill could affect the internet.
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.
The Internet doesn't have a flag or a national anthem, but it does have a government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to allow a new array of Internet domain endings.
The trusty old Internet addresses we know and love -- the .coms, .nets, .orgs -- are about to get some new competition.
CNN's Phil Han explains how the domain name, .xxx, has finally been approved for porn sites after a ten year fight.
Coming soon to a website near you: dot-anything
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.
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.
Libya intermittently shut off some Internet access to its citizens over the weekend, leading some to believe that link-shortening sites like bit.ly, which uses the Libyan ".ly" suffix, would be affected.
On Thursday, the internet as we know it ran out of space.
Is a $3 million, 30-second Super Bowl ad really worth it?
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.
Authorities search for the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.
Bebo, Etsy and Kijiji sound more like baby's first words than the names of tech companies.
Killing legislation that would enable the government to shut down websites accused of piracy was a top priority for many technology trade groups Wednesday.
Don't panic, but we're running out of internet addresses.
It's a big day for the porn industry.
Porn sites could soon be swapping their .com for the sexier .xxx.
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.
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.
It turns out that Google isn't the only U.S. tech company that's fed up with China.
Buyers lusting after one of the most lucrative domain names in the world, sex.com, will have to wait for their chance to bid on the coveted Internet property.
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.
Sex.com, one of the most valuable Internet domain names, will go up for auction next week after the previous owner defaulted on its debts.
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.
CNN's Pauline Chiou asks attorney Martin Schwimmer about the upside of internationalizing domain names.
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.
CNN.com's John Sutter explains whether the Conficker virus threat is real.
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.
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 has banned the use of its Olympic gold medalists' names as Internet addresses by anyone but the athletes themselves
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
Did Colombia's hostage rescuers use the Red Cross sign to dupe rebels? CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.
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.
The Internet is set to expand, as CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
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.
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"
The group controlling Internet domain names may soon decide whether to relax naming rules and potentially open up a virtual domain name gold rush.
When surfing the Internet for safe Web sites, not all domains are equal
The Soviet Union may be in the dustbin of history, but there's one place the socialist utopia lives on: cyberspace.
The increasing use of the Internet by political campaigns presents hackers and spammers with growing opportunities for abuse, according to two Internet experts.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are boom times in an estimated $2 billion industry that involves the buying and selling of domain names
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Are your Web surfing fingers getting tired?
The Internet domain name Hell.com failed to be bought via a live auction Friday, which organizers had hoped would bring bids of more than $1 million.
The Internet domain name Hell.com failed to be bought via a live auction Friday, which organizers had hoped would bring bids of more than $1 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - For the time being, there will be no red-light district on the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. brands, beware!
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.
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,...
Remember those Internet bubble headlines about domain names fetching millions of dollars? Well, those days have returned -- with a vengeance.
Even before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, scammers were hard at work trying to get your charity dollars.
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.
Is nothing sacred?
A woman who registered the domain name tsunamirelief.com 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.
Vice President Dick Cheney told viewers Tuesday night they could verify his claims from the vice-presidential debate at an independent Web site -- www.factcheck.com -- but visitors to the site found a searing anti-Bush message.
Move over, Bill Gates. Google Inc. may be working on a new Web browser to compete with Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.
When Katie Jones bought the domain name katie.com 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.
Sometimes it's good to be Kerry Edwards.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Fiction is only marginally stranger than truth when it comes to the bidding for Internet domain names. The recent $10 million fake bid for "Year2000.com" wasn't impossible to believe, coming as it ...
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 ...
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....
In the case of a few domain names--those cryptic-looking addresses on the Internet--the owners are quite obvious: ibm.com and monsanto.com, for instance. With other names, the link to a proprietor ...