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By Stergios Georgopoulos
Elon Musk launches mystery website X.com, will unveil more tomorrow
by Stergios Georgopoulos
A few days ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought back X.com from PayPal for an undisclosed sum, a domain which he last owned nearly two decades ago. At the time, he said on Twitter that he did not have any immediate plans for it.
Today, just three days later, Musk has announced the launch of X.com, but there is not much to look at yet except for the letter 'x'.
Musk has promised that he will unveil more about the mystery website tomorrow but gave no other clues. Some people speculate that it might have something to do with SpaceX, where he is also the CEO, but it could also be something completely different.
The entrepreneur has been known to create new companies when he gets a new idea that he wants to bring into existence. In late 2016, he founded The Boring Company to tackle traffic congestion, and in March, he launched Neuralink to build implants that will bridge the human brain with machines.
Source: Elon Musk (Twitter)
By Stergios Georgopoulos
Elon Musk buys back X.com from PayPal, has no immediate plans for it
by Stergios Georgopoulos
Tesla CEO Elon Musk might be busy ramping up production of the recently launched Model 3, but that has not stopped the entrepreneur from going on a little nostalgia trip by buying X.com, a domain he owned back in 1999.
X.com was an online financial services company founded by Musk, which later merged with Confinity, which was co-founded by Peter Thiel and Max Levchin. The combined company kept the X.com name for a while, but it was rebranded as PayPal in 2001. eBay acquired PayPal in 2002 for $1.5 billion in stock, of which Musk received $165 million.
Amanda Miller, Director of Corporate Communications at PayPal, has confirmed the sale of the domain. “We are delighted to sell the domain x.com back to its previous owner, Elon Musk.” She did not comment on the price, though it is possible Musk paid seven or maybe even eight figures. For comparison, Z.com sold for nearly $6.8 million in 2014. Elon Musk said on Twitter that he does not have any immediate plans for the domain.
Source: Domain Investing
TP-Link routers exposed to potential security flaw after domain registration lapses
by Boyd Chan
Over the years, manufacturers have made various efforts towards making router configuration a simple and straightforward process for everyone. While with some routers you can still login via SSH and change its configuration to your heart's content, most people tend to rely upon the graphical user interface.
A more recent "innovation" has been to assign a domain name to access the router rather than relying upon users to remember an IP address. In the case of Netgear, the domain name associated with their routers is currently routerlogin.net while, for TP-Link, tplinklogin.net is the domain name of choice.
However, according to the domain whois records, it appears that someone at TP-Link forgot to renew the registration for tplinklogin.net towards the end of May this year.
Unfortunately, for owners of TP-Link routers, this means that when they attempt to access their routers using tplinklogin.net they will be directed somewhere other than the router login page. At the time of writing, the address redirects to a page indicating that the domain name "may be for sale." A subsequent click redirects to a page on Above.com, an Australian-based domain parking broker, which is accepting offers on the domain.
However, should an attacker obtain the domain name, they could redirect it to a webpage which could attempt to load malware on to a system. Given that TP-Link is not a minor manufacturer, this could have dire consequences for their customers.
In a post on SecLists.org, Cybermoon CEO Amitay Dan wrote that:
Also, according to a tweet from Dan, these "minor fixes" merely involve changing the user manuals rather than attempting to regain control of the lost domain name. Unfortunately, TP-Link stopped communicating with Dan sometime after having brought the issue to their attention.
In the meantime, it would be best to avoid accessing these routers using the tplinklogin.net address. Otherwise, Dan has recommended that ISPs block the domain name in order to customer computers from being hijacked.
By Jack W
Automattic announces that it will begin selling .blog domains soon
by Jack Wilkinson
Automattic, a company known for its contributions to the open-source WordPress.org project, has announced that it will soon begin to sell domains with the .blog gTLD (generic top-level domain).
The firm acquired the rights to the gTLD back in 2015, although at the time, no one knew who bought it. It appeared to be someone living in Panama. In the end, a man known as Gerardo Aristizabal, along with his company, Primer Nivel, was discovered as the mystery buyer. A whopping $20 million was paid for the gTLD, beating bids from large firms such as Google, Afilias and Donuts; this made it the most expensive gTLD, with .tech coming in at $6.8 million. Primer Nivel was set-up to quietly apply for the rights to multiple generic top-level domains, including: .blog, .legal and .news.
Pricing for the gTLD is not yet known, although the company states that it will be "in the standard range for new top-level domains". Higher-value names will also have premium pricing, although it is not yet known what constitutes a higher-value name. Owners of trademarks will be able to have first dibs on their domains, during the "sunrise" phase. Following that, the "landrush" phase will give people a chance to apply to register a domain before general availability.
Your website won't need to be a blog in order to use the gTLD.
Whilst the new top-level domain is not currently available, it is expected to be available soon. If you're interested in registering a domain, you can sign-up to be notified when it is available here.
Source: WordPress.com via VentureBeat
I bought 2 domain names
I have been using streamlog.net for quite a long time but SEO left aside I was wondering which of those two you find more appealing. I should add that this is for a small personal Tumblr, so nothing really "important" in terms of meaning.
Is the .co more confusing ? Does the first one even mean something ? Which would you go with ?
Thank you very much.