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I used to think I could get rich off domain flipping. Casino.com sold for $US5.5 million ($7 million) in 2003, and PrivateJet.com sold for $US30.18 million ($38.5 million) in 2012. I've since given up on the concept, opting to spend my time purchasing domains for inside jokes rather than retirement plan gambles. While I'm pretty sure you won't get as lucky as Sex.com (a cool $US13 million ) you can still score a pretty cool one thanks to ?.to, a site created by BetaList founder Marc Köhlbrugge offering an easy way to purchase emoji-based domain names, and see which ones have been snatched up.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Thanks to what I assume was an issue with someone's company card, Samsung forgot to renew a potentially dangerous domain, leaving it to be purchased by Anubis Labs chief technology officer and nice guy João Gouveia. According to Motherboard, the domain associated with Samsung's S Suggest app "ssuggest.com" was seemingly abandoned, giving Gouveia (or any hacker) the opportunity to purchase it.

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Right-wing lobbyist group the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) undoubtedly isn't thrilled that the domain name australianchristianlobby.org has been registered by Australian Cat Ladies, a group which shares the same initials but vocally supports marriage equality, a cause the Christian ACL has repeatedly argued against. I'm very willing to enjoy any embarrassment heaped on the narrow-minded bigots at the Christian ACL, but the situation doesn't demonstrate that all organisations need to register every possible URL associated with their cause.

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You've registered a personal domain name because you thought you'd create a web site and never did. Or maybe you're just hosting a custom email address and you wish you were doing more. There are plenty of clever ways you can use your domain name to promote yourself, provide yourself with quick information, or just do something cool. Here are our favourites.

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Although many domain registrars have domain name spinners to suggest new domain names in case of the one you want is taken (a high probability these days), Panabee adds in some additional brainstorming oomph to show you interesting options.

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A brief note to mark a historic moment: late yesterday, the 2 millionth .au domain name was registered. To put that in context, back in 2002 (when current name policies were introduced), there were 275,000. Now .au is one of the 10 largest country code domains in the world, and we have just slightly less than one .au domain for every 10 people.

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.au domains might cost more than their .com equivalents, but they clearly signal an Australian presence. auDA, which sets Australian domain name rules, is weighing up a number of changes, including possible changes to registration policies and the introduction of single-letter domain names, and it wants your thoughts.

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A domain name is the magic that turns a raw IP address like 114.141.196.60 into a human-friendly chunk of text like Lifehacker.com.au. Here's a look at five of the most popular domain name registrars that help you register and manage your domains.

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New web service Nombray is out to help folks establish their online identity by registering their name-based domain. Enter your name into the Nombray search engine and register the various available combinations of vanity URL available. (For example, a search for my name returns GinaTrapani.name, GinaTrapani.us, GTrapani.com, etc.) Then, register the URLs of your choice for $US20 apiece, and use Nombray's simple web page designer and hosting service to link to the various social networks and profiles you've set up across the web. (See CEO Chris Lunt's Nombray-powered chrislunt.net site above for an example, where Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are linked from tabs in a top frame.)

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If you're on the lookout for a new domain name, here's a trap to look out for. When checking domain availability via a registrar, ensure you're using a site you trust. Most domain registrars have a tool on their website which lets you search for available domain names (for example, Network Solutions WHOIS Search).

 But you may want to careful when you use WHOIS services - and here's why. Some domain registrars have been known to immediately register a site (for a period of a few days) when you query a .com domain for availability through their website - thus preventing you from registering it via any other registrar.

While operators doing this may claim they are doing it to stop someone else grabbing the domain while you're completing the shopping cart process, it's effectively a lockin, and it looks like it's against ICANN's registrar agreement too.

ICANN's registrar agreement says:

    3.7.4 Registrar shall not activate any Registered Name unless and    until it is satisfied that it has received a reasonable assurance    of payment of its registration fee. For this purpose, a charge to    a credit card, general commercial terms extended to creditworthy    customers, or other mechanism providing a similar level of assurance    of payment shall be sufficient, provided that the obligation to pay    becomes final and non-revocable by the Registered Name Holder upon    activation of the registration.

Thanks for the tip, Andrew!