Amazon beat Google in the race for the domain “.buy”

Amazon trumped the company Google on a domain auction and bought the exclusive use of the domain “.buy”, paying $ 4.6 million for it. Google also failed to buy the domain “.vip”.

At a special auction of ICANN, the organization that controls domain names around the world, it issued four of them: .buy, .tech, .vip and one more domain representing the word “information” in Mandarin.

Bidding has attracted attention of many companies, which include Amazon and Google. Both tried to trump their bids in the auction for the domain “.buy”. Ultimately prevailed Amazon, which paid 4,6 million dollars.

Google also lost in another auction, which was held for the domain “.vip”. It was bought by it Minds + Machines, an Irish company operating in the domain name market. It can therefore be expected that this particular domain will change its owner sooner or later.

Facebook creates the Client Council

Facebook launched the EMEA Client Council, a platform for exchange of experience for its business partners and agencies.

To the new forum Facebook has invited companies from the region of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Currently in EMEA Client Council you can find brands such as: BMW, Nestle, P & G, Red Bull, Samsung, Unilever and Walt Disney. According to the Facebook’s announcement, the group of companies will be constantly enlarged.

The new platform is designed to serve its participants as a place for dialogue, exchange of experiences and inspiration for the future of marketing in the changing world, in which new technologies of communication are becoming increasingly important. In particular, the increasing use of mobile devices and the related changes in consumer behavior. In turn, according to Facebook this is an opportunity for marketers to make marketing a more personal and effective tool.

In recent times, the biggest social network in the world has been trying to better adapt to marketing requirements of the mobile market by introducing tools of effective reach of Facebook clients to appropriate audiences.

At the end of June, Facebook had more than 1.3 billion users around the world.

European publishers for two weeks against the “Google monopoly”

There has already passed the first week of the campaign in which the press publishers from all over Europe on the pages of their newspapers and magazines appeal to the authorities of the European Union to stop the monopoly of Google. The campaign will last for one more week. The reason for the campaign is the fact that the German Antitrust Office rejected the complaint of leading newspaper publishers who demanded from Google to share with them the profits from advertisements published along with fragments of their articles on Google News.

A group of German publishers, which included inter alia Axel Springer, Burda, WAZ and Muncher Merkur, in June this year sent to the State Antitrust Office a complaint against the Internet giants like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. Publishers wanted these American corporations to share the profits from the ads displayed along with text  fragments from newspapers and magazines sites, which are aggregated to date by sites such as Google News. Specifically, it was about transferring of 11% of these revenues. However, the office announced that it would not look into the complaint.

Organizations of newspaper publishers across Europe began a campaign in which they point out Google’s quasi-monopolistic practices consisting primarily of promoting its sites and services in its own search engine. Publishers appeal to politicians of the European Union bodies not to conclude the settlement proposed by Google in this case.

Increasing control of the Internet in Turkey

Turkey’s parliament passed a law increasing the powers of state to control the Internet. The new rules give it, among others, the right to block websites without judicial decision and the right to access browsing history of chosen citizens.

With the new regulations, the Turkish Telecommunication Authority will now be able to block a website without the court’s consent, if it considers that necessary for “national security, restoration of public order and crime prevention”.

The Turkish Telecommunication Authority will also have access to the history of online activity of selected persons.
The law still requires the signature of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The current Internet law in Turkey belongs to the most restrictive ones, anyway. On its basis there have been blocked thousands of websites from sites deemed conducive to the Kurdish separatists to gay men dating sites. In February there were introduced the first changes in the Internet regulations. Critics were then accusing the government led by Erdogan of trying to lock in this way corruption investigations against him and his ministers.

No Cross-Country Roaming Charges from 2015 In: Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey

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In the meeting recently held in Skopje, Macedonia, representatives of 5 countries: Macedonia, Albania, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro agreed to start with implementaion of procedures to stop charging users roaming fees in those countries as similar trends are in Europe.  In other words, users will pay same prices in other mentioned countries like they pay in their own country. Ministries of 5 countries will sign agreement on making equal prices of local and roaming talks in Infofest conference, which will be held in Miločer, Montenegro, on 29th September.