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Citizen Hawk have just launched a tool for detecting typosquatting sites. Their full service is expensive but they have an online typosquatting tool which displays a sample of possible infringers. For some marks it even identifies the parking company.

The BBC is reporting Google has launched its payament service in the UK just less than a year after its launch in the US in June 2006.

Google checkout differs from Paypal as it works using debit card and credit card transactions, whereas  Paypal can also transfer money directly to and from buyrers and sellers bank accounts.

Now you can specify the location of your sitemaps within your robot.txt file and Ask, Google, Microsoft & Yahoo will all locate your sitemaps file. Ask has details here.

Specifications here www.sitemaps.org

Domains will soon be available in .asia the new gTLD from dotasia.org

Here’s the current timetable

June/July 2007 – Sunrise 1: Governments
September 2007 – Sunrise 2: Registered Marks
October/November 2007 – Sunrise 3: Entity Names
February 2008 – Landrush
March 2008 – Live FCFS registrations   (First Comes First Served) 

Interestingly Sunrise 2 has been split 

2a Early Bird Sunrise – Marks registered before March 16, 2004 plus Certified use documents
2b Registered Marks – Marks applied for before December 6th, 2006
2c Extended Protection – Registered Mark + Words from the Class Description

Sunrise 1 is FCFS
Sunrise 2 & 3 to be auctioned between applicants if there is  more than one applicant. 

Ars technica has taken a look at a recently awarded Xerox Patent

“Companies may eventually be able to tell who we are, demographically, based on our Internet usage patterns alone. Xerox has come up with a method by which they can analyze a series of visited web pages in order to determine (at least) a user’s gender and age based off of a cache of test cases, as outlined in a recently-awarded patent entitled
User Profile Classification By Web Usage Analysis.”


Abstract

Demographic information of an Internet user is predicted based on an analysis of accessed web pages. Web pages accessed by the Internet user are detected and mapped to a user path vector which is converted to a normalized weighted user path vector. A centroid vector identifies web page access patterns of users with a shared user profile attribute. The user profile attribute is assigned to the Internet user based on a comparison of the vectors. Bias values are also assigned to a set of web pages and a user profile attribute can be predicted for an Internet user based on the bias values of web pages accessed by the user. User attributes can also be predicted based on the results of an expectation maximization process. Demographic information can be predicted based on the combined results of a vector comparison, bias determination, or expectation maximization process.

Google is to hold a developer day around the world on the 31st of May 2007

Mountain View, California
Sao Paulo, Brazil
London, United Kingdom
Paris, France
Madrid, Spain
Hamburg, Germany
Moscow, Russia
Tokyo, Japan
Sydney, Australia
Beijing, China

From the press release 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – On May 31st, Google offices in ten countries will host Google Developer Day™, a global event featuring workshops, keynotes and breakout discussions on Google’s APIs and developer tools.

Focusing on the theme “Building Blocks for Better Web Applications,” Google Developer Day will explore innovative uses of Google developer products to create and enhance applications, integrate with Google services and reach millions of users on Google and beyond

On Monday AOL will produce their customised “white label” version of Adwords using Google technology.

Dariusz Paczuski, vice president of search products at AOL said “With the introduction of Search Marketplace, we’re bringing a full suite of solutions to our advertisers to help them maximize and manage campaigns across the AOL network,” including banner ads, search ads and other cost-per-click advertising.  

The Washington Post has more details here.

Verisgn has just announced that as of Oct. 15, 2007, the registry fee for .com domain names will increase from $6.00 to $6.42 and that the registry fee for .net domain names will increase, from $3.50 to $3.85

Press release here.

The nainstream media WSJ have taken a look at .mobi”

“Johannes Tromp says the Web site for his South Carolina bed-and-breakfast generates good business. But last fall, he found a way to reach even more potential customers: He made a version of the site for cellphones.

Mr. Tromp signed up for a mobile Web address with the newly available suffix “dot-mobi” and used a self-starter kit from a company called Roundpoint Ltd. to build
www.kilburnie.mobi, the mobile site for his Inn at Craig Farm. He says he’s gotten a surprisingly good response, with 30 to 40 new calls per month from interested travelers who heard of his inn by accessing the cellphone site.”

Google has jsut announced an early trial of TV ads.

From the press release

 “With Google TV ads, the entire process is automated – from planning the campaign to uploading and serving the ad to reporting on its effectiveness. Like our AdWords advertising program, Google TV ads are bought using an auction model… 

“Advertisers can target by demographic, daypart and channel and pay only for actual impressions delivered. Pricing is on a CPM basis.

“Because the entire process is automated and online, advertisers can plan their TV ad campaigns efficiently all year long.