Irish domain name company buys '.mobi' suffix

Feb 11, 2010

(AP) -- An Irish company is buying a venture that was founded by leading technology and wireless companies and operates the ".mobi" Internet domain for mobile Web sites.

The company - Afilias - already owns ".info" and had been running ".mobi" and others under contract. Now by owning ".mobi" outright, Afilias gets an undisclosed annual fee for each of the nearly 1 million ".mobi" names registered.

Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The ".mobi" suffix began operations in 2006 as a home for Web sites that are specially adapted for and their smaller screens. The founders of the company that had owned the domain, mTLD Top-Level Domain Ltd., include Nokia Corp., Corp., Inc. and T-Mobile.

Explore further: A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

.mobi registration kicks off

May 23, 2006

Members of mobile-industry associations began applying for their .mobi domain names, kicking off registration Monday that runs until May 29.

Domain registry on the rise

Apr 27, 2006

Internet domain names may become as ubiquitous as Social Security numbers one day, according to Dotster Inc.

W3C releases mobile site practices

Jun 28, 2006

Mobile content far beyond ringtones and wallpapers is on its way with the recent release of guidelines for designers of Web sites solely for the mobile phone.

74,000 .eu domain names suspended

Jul 24, 2006

At least 74,000 domain names ending with .eu have been suspended for abusive behavior by a group that controls the name.

Recommended for you

A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

3 hours ago

Sure, you have a lot to do today—laundry, bills, dinner—but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.

Web filter lifts block on gay sites

3 hours ago

A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.

Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

10 hours ago

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, ...

Apple helps iTunes users delete free U2 album

Sep 15, 2014

Apple on Monday began helping people boot U2 off their iTunes accounts after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the automatically downloaded free album by the Irish rock band.

Habitual Facebook users: Suckers for social media scams?

Sep 15, 2014

A new study finds that habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, likely because they automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected ...

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

Sep 15, 2014

YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday.

User comments : 0