Wednesday, March 21, 2012

George Tupou V

George Tupou V (Tongan: Siaosi Tupou V, full name: Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho Tupou V; 4 May 1948 – 18 March 2012) was the King of Tonga following the death of his father, Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, in 2006 until his own death.

Tupou V was born on 4 May 1948. He was the eldest son of the late King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV (1918–2006) and Queen Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe (b. 1926). He was appointed Crown Prince on 4 May 1966. In that role, he was better known by one of his traditional chiefly titles, Tupoutoʻa.
Tupou V attended King's School and King's College, both in Auckland. This was followed by periods at The Leys School in Cambridge, and another school in Switzerland. He also studied at Oxford University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England.

Though unmarried, Tupou V had a daughter born out of wedlock, 'Ilima Lei Fifita Tohi (born 1974). She married police officer Tulutulumafua i'Olotele Kalaniuvalu in 1997, and has three children. According to the Constitution of Tonga, ʻIlima is ineligible to acceed to the throne as only children born of a royal marriage may inherit the royal succession.

As Crown Prince, Tupoutoʻa held great influence in Tongan politics, and was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1979 to 1998. He had substantial business interests in Tonga and abroad, and was co-chairman of the Shoreline Group/Tonfön. As king, his first proclamation was that he would dispose of all his business assets as soon as reasonably possible, and in accordance with the law. Tonfön had since been sold, but the King was unable during his lifetime to rid himself of the remainder of the Shoreline Group after the 2006 Nuku'alofa riots scared potential buyers from making a deal.

Alpine Skiing World Cup

The 46th FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season began on 22 October 2011, in Sölden, Austria, and concluded on 18 March 2012, at the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria.
Two races took place in Sochi, a venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The city event, first held as a part of World Cup in 2010/2011 season, was due to be organized twice, in Munich and in Mo but the Munich event was cancelled due to warm temperatures.
Lindsey Vonn won her fourth overall women's title in five years, by winning the giant slalom race at Åre in Sweden, on 9 March 2012. Vonn's title put her second on the all-time list behind Annemarie Moser-Pröll's tally of six titles. The men's overall title went to the final event at Schladming, where Austria's Marcel Hirscher prevailed over Switzerland's Beat Feuz.

Marcel Hirscher

Marcel Hirscher (born March 2, 1989) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer.
Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007. He has won twelve World Cup races, five giant slalom and six slalom, and has been on 27 World Cup podiums in Super G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined. He is the reigning World Cup champion, as well as the World Cup champion in giant slalom.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, he placed fourth in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom at Whistler Creekside. He placed fourth in the giant slalom at the 2009 World Championships, but broke his ankle the weekend preceding the 2011 World Championships, which ended his 2011 season.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Domain name speculation

Sometimes, domain name speculation involves finding domain names early in a market, particularly when a new top-level domain is launched, registering them and waiting until the market grows to sell them. Domains such as and have sold for millions of US dollars.
The COM top-level domain (or 'TLD') is the focus of most domain speculation activity as it is the largest TLD. Domain speculation occurs in other TLDs as well, such as NET and to a lesser extent in ORG, INFO, and BIZ. Of the gTLDs, INFO is the most popular by registration volume compared to BIZ gTLD due to the low cost of initial registration and the recognisability of 'info' as being an abbreviation of 'information'.
Domain name speculation also occurs in country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) such as .uk, .de and .us. The German TLD consists of over 12 million domains. The UK's domain has over 7.7 million domains registered according to Nominet's domain registration statistics webpage, mainly in its commercial sub-domain These TLDs are mature markets where good domain names may command high prices. The EU ccTLD is an example of what happens when speculative activity overtakes "ordinary" domain registrations. A combination of an inept registry (EURid)and excessive speculation by businesses exploiting a poorly structured regulatory framework meant that, according to EURid's own statistics at the end of 2006, over 50% of the registrations could be considered at best speculative and at worst domain name warehousing.
Specialist and repurposed ccTLDs have also seen elements of domain name speculation. One of the best examples is that of the .tv ccTLD which has found the fact that TV is an abbreviation for the word television to be rather lucrative. The .mobi TLD is a good example of a specialist TLD in that it is specifically targeted at mobile phones and similar mobile technology. The operators of .mobi, mTLD, have reserved some of the premium generic words which will be auctioned off. The intent is to create a more level playing field for those interested in developing websites. The .mobi premium generic words and phrases list is a good example of the domain names that are at the heart of most early-market domain name speculation.
Domain name speculators, sometimes known as domainers, also register domain names based on seemingly generic phrases such as propertyforsale in the hope that these domain names could be sold later to businesses. Typically, domain name speculators will try to stay away from domain names containing trademarks as this could be considered cybersquatting.
Some country code TLDs or sponsored TLDs will have what is referred to as an eligibility or nexus requirements to limit registration to specific geographical or national regions. However this does not deter domain name speculation as various options such as using a local agent or company to enable people to register domains in such TLDs exist and have been used.

My Mommy and My life

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Apnea Treatment Gets Heart Back in Shape

The aura6000 system delivers mild electrical pulses to stimulate targeted muscles of the tongue during sleep, operating as a pacemaker for the tongue. The system uses ImThera Medical's patented Targeted Hypoglossal Neurostimulation (THN Sleep Therapy(TM)) method to focus neurostimulation on certain muscles of the tongue during sleep. "The aura6000 is a new therapeutic option that has proven efficient in obstructive sleep apnea patients who cannot comply with CPAP," said Professor Daniel Rodenstein, Department of Pneumology at Universite Catholique de Louvain, St. Luc Hospital, (Belgium) and principal investigator of the ImThera study. "Patients that tried and failed CPAP and then were implanted with the aura6000 tell me that this therapy has allowed them to recover freedom to sleep undisturbed and to resume a normal life." The aura6000 system consists of an 11 cm(3) rechargeable neurostimulator--among the world's smallest--that generates electrical pulses and a lead (wire) with multiple electrodes that delivers the pulses to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls all muscles of the tongue. Patients use a remote control and charger (RCC) to turn the system on/off and to recharge the neurostimulator. "We are pleased to have reached this milestone and look forward to making this therapy available to patients at key European centers of excellence in the second half of 2012," said Marcelo G. Lima, Chairman, President and CEO of ImThera Medical. "This new therapy will prove to be an important tool for physicians to consider for the treatment of OSA." The limited launch of these systems in Europe represents ImThera Medical's first commercial efforts. The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome has been extensively studied in recent decades and it has been estimated that between 1% and over 6% of the adult population (World Health Organization) suffers from obstructive sleep apnea. Approximately 20% of OSA patients in the first world have the benefit of some type of treatment. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the established therapy for moderate to severe OSA, however studies show that only 54% of patients are able to comply to this method. Left untreated, OSA may lead to many serious consequences, including: hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, type II diabetes, weight gain, depression and traffic accidents. About ImThera Medical, Inc ( ) and THN Sleep Therapy ImThera Medical has developed a novel neurostimulation system for the treatment of OSA. 

Santorum wins hurt Gingrich as GOP race stretches on

Rick Santorum took his re-energized Republican presidential campaign to Puerto Rico Wednesday after key primary victories in the South that raised questions about conservative rival Newt Gingrich's viability as a candidate and portended a long battle with front-runner Mitt Romney. Romney, rejected again by Southern conservatives in the Tuesday primaries in Mississippi and Alabama, won caucuses in Hawaii and American Samoa to claim about a third of the total delegates available and maintain his lead. However, Santorum's twin primary triumphs -- while narrow -- reframed the GOP race as a one-on-one battle between the socially conservative former Pennsylvania senator and the more moderate Romney, with Gingrich's chances fading fast. Texas Rep Ron Paul, the libertarian champion, continued to trail well behind the other three candidates in the campaign to face President Barack Obama in November. "There is no end in sight," noted Ari Fleischer, a CNN contributor who was White House press secretary under President George W. Bush. "... For Republicans who thought that maybe Mitt Romney could come South and make this race look like it was coming to an end, this race is going on and on and on." Santorum headed to Puerto Rico Wednesday ahead of Sunday's primary there, which is a day after caucuses in Missouri and two days before a showdown with Romney in the Illinois primary.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Tops Weekly, And Year-To-Date, Sales Chart

The year’s second seven-figure sale, and the year’s biggest to date, topped the weekly sales chart to 7 August. sold for $2.6 million through Moniker/NameQuiver, easily surpassing the year’s second-biggest sale,, which sold for an even $1 million back in May.
In a sales chart covering two weeks due to Domain Name Journal holidays, there was one other sale over $100,000, that of (“flight ticket” in Turkish) that sold for $250,000 through NoktaDomains. was the third biggest sale of the week, selling for $74,333, and also the first Sedo sale on the chart.
Overall there were 27 .COM domains in the top 40 chart and Sedo sold 24 of the domains with one other being a collaboration between Sedo, Moniker and SnapNames. There were also 11 sales through AfternicDLS.
There were ten ccTLD sales, with the top seller being, selling for $50,000 and three non-.COM gTLD sales.

Domain industry veteran Frank Michlick joins Sedo to work on SedoMLS

Today, leading domain name marketplace and monetization provider Sedo announced that Frank Michlick has joined their SedoMLS team. Frank, best known within the domain name industry as one of the founders of and lead contributors to Domain Name News, began working with internet technology in 1993 and registered his first domain in 1995. Frank’s entrepreneurial pursuits led him to found DomainCocoon, which continues to provide services in the areas of development, domain management, custom registrar creation, and ICANN and ccTLD accreditation consulting.

“I am thrilled to be joining Sedo, and to having the chance to work closely on the SedoMLS Promotion Network,” said Michlick. “Given my experience working with some of the world’s leading registrars, and with domain management and consultation, it seemed a natural fit to join Sedo’s team. I look forward to the exciting opportunity to help the largest global domain distribution network grow.”
Ulrich Essmann, Sedo’s President, said: “It is wonderful news that we have Frank on board and working with our SedoMLS team. His years of experience in the domain name industry are perfectly suited to his new role, and we look forward to seeing the SedoMLS Network continue to expand.”
About SedoMLS
The SedoMLS Promotion Network is the largest domain distribution network, with nearly 60 partners worldwide, including a number of the world’s top registrars. It supports more TLDs than any other domain distribution network, has the only truly global reach, and provides its registrar partners with a new revenue stream: Sedo’s domain marketplace. SedoMLS Premium partners offer their customers direct access to any domain name listed for sale at Sedo, and the ability to purchase a domain from its current owner directly at that partner’s site.
About Sedo 
Sedo, an acronym for “Search Engine for Domain Offers,” is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany and with offices in London, England and Cambridge, Mass., Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names for sale, with more than 15 million listings. The success of Sedo’s model has attracted a global membership base of more than 1 million domain professionals.

Sedo Launches New Domain Marketplace – More Efficiency, Connectivity & Visibility

Sedo have released their new domain marketplace with their claim of “more efficiency, connectivity and visibility.
For more details, check out the Sedo announcement below:
Sedo’s New Domain Marketplace - More Efficiency, Connectivity & Visibility
We’ve been working hard on features you’ve requested and want to empower you with the platform and tools you need. We’re proud to announce the next generation of Sedo’s Domain Marketplace, designed to give you more efficiency, connectivity, and visibility. While you may have already noticed some recent improvements to our site, major changes will be launched on August 1, 2011. You can look forward to:
More Efficiency
- Streamlined purchasing is now quicker and easier for buyers.
- Integrated WhoIs verification helps sellers respond to offers faster and buyers bid with confidence.
- New certification options give members instant access while protecting marketplace security.
More Connectivity
- Smart email notifications inform previous bidders when sellers set a domain as fixed price – making it available as a Buy Now listing – or lower the price of a Buy Now domain by 5% or more.
- With Facebook®, anyone in the world can share the domains they “like” right from Sedo offer pages.
- In-browser search for Firefox® makes it even easier to find the perfect domain.
More Visibility
- All listings automatically enjoy exposure across Sedo’s Domain Marketplace, including our growing SedoMLS Promotion Network. Premium SedoMLS Promotion is available for domains at select registrars, with activation.
- Syndication, instant purchase through partner websites, and referrals bring more targeted leads and boost sales.
- Buy Now domains get added exposure in Sedo’s marketing and promotion channels.

Six-Figure Domain Sales Top Weekly Chart

Two six figure sales topped Domain Name Journal’s list of top reported sales for the week to 3 April with selling for $440,000 through MediaOptions to top the weekly list while sold for €120,000 ($171,600) through Sedo.
A couple of interesting ccTLD sales came a tie for fifth, with and selling for $37,500 each through NoktaDomains, or $75,000 for the package.

Quartet Of 6-Figure Sales Top Weekly Sales Chart,, and made up a quartet of six-figure sales for the week to 27 March according to Domain Name Journal’s weekly listing of top reported sales.
The domains sold for $225,000 (through Castello Brothers), $190,000 (Sedo), $150,000 (private sale) and €92,000 ($129,720 – Sedo) respectively).
Overall Sedo accounted for nine of the top 20 sales, a lower than usual number of the top 20 while .COM names made up the top eight sales and 19 of the top 20 sales. The only exception was selling for €30,000.
To see Domain Name Journal’s list of top reported sales to 27 March, go to

Triple-Whammy of Six-Figure Sales Topped By

A good week for big domain name sales with a triple-whammy of six-figure sales in the week to 19 June. Top of the charts was, selling for $352,000 through Sedo, while was the second biggest seller, going for $215,000, also through Sedo.
Rounding out the six-figure sales was, selling for $170,000 through UpMarketDNS. The remaining 17 of the top 20 sales all made it into the five-figure mark.
It was a good week for Sedo with 15 of the top 20 sales while .COM sales made up 13 of the top 20.
Of the ccTLD sales, the biggest was, selling for $45,000 while and sold in a package deal for €14,875 each, or $21,420. There were also four .NET sales.

Quiet On The Domain Sales Front

A quiet week for domain name sales in the week to 25 December according to Domain Name Journal’s list of reported sales. was the top seller for a comparatively small £49,000 ($75,950) through Sedo followed by for $60,000 through HuntingMoon.
Third biggest seller for the week also pipped the $50,000 mark, with selling for €45,000 ($58,050) in another Sedo sale, another of 16 in the top 21 (a four-way tie for 18th place). Sells $1.9 Million Dollars In Domain Names

Sedo just released its sale report for the week and in all sold  917 domain names through their marketplace, totaling over $1.9 million.
32% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.
Highlights of public sales include: at 17,000 EUR at 40,000 USD at 32,500 EUR
Here is a list of the reportable sales

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DOT CO, Internet Selects Sedo for Exclusive Partnership to Broker Select .CO Domain Names

Brokerage Deal to Focus on Helping Entrepreneurs and SMBs to Acquire Short, Memorable Digital Brands to Build and Develop their Businesses Online
[news release] Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced that it has signed a two-year exclusive partnership with .CO Internet S.A.S. to provide brokerage of a select set of previously unreleased .CO domain names, including:
To see the complete portfolio of .CO domains available via Sedo, go to
.CO is increasingly becoming the top level domain (TLD) of choice for start-ups and small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) searching for meaningful, memorable, and affordable domain names to brand their web presence. Since .CO was first introduced in 2010, Sedo has generated well over $1 million in .CO sales revenue, and the .CO domain extension has become one of the top selling domain extensions in Sedo’s marketplace.
“Sedo has done a fabulous job helping to establish and develop the secondary market for premium .CO domain names,” said Lori Anne Wardi, vice president of .CO Internet S.A.S. “Given their expertise and global reach, we are confident that Sedo is the perfect partner to help us bring these valuable digital assets to end-users worldwide.”
With more than one million .CO domain names registered by individuals and businesses in more than 200 countries around the world, CO has become a truly global TLD. The .CO domain is treated equally with legacy domain extensions like .com and .net by the search engines, making the domain particularly appealing from a search engine optimization perspective for businesses of every size.
Many of the world’s most recognizable brands are already using the .CO domain to build or expand their online presence, including Internet behemoths like Twitter, Google and Amazon (which have acquired the single letter .CO domains, and, respectively); the Aspen Group insurance company (; and the well-known Silicon Valley incubator 500 Startups (which has rebranded to