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Name of the Domain Game

The world’s brightest domain name owners will gain valuable insight at the second annual Domain Roundtable Conference powering up April 19th at the new Bellevue Westin.

Featuring special keynote addresses by Vint Cerf, Marc Ostrofsky, Paul Twomey, and Matt Bentley, the event will be an impressive assembly, representative of recognized names in the domain name, search engine, and legal industry. Last year’s conference brought together UDRP Panelists, registries, registrars, new top level domains, large domain portfolio holders, landing page monetization, domain aftermarket, leading Intellectual Property attorneys, search engines, intergovernmental policy oversight representation, marketing experts, industry veterans, privacy advocates, domain drop-catchers, media buyers, venture capitalists, DNS experts, branding managers, and much more. [24×7]

BuddyTV Provides Live Commentary
Since selling their former company NetConversions, to aQuantive in 2004, Wharton MBA’s Andy Liu and David Niu have been watching a lot of TV. Well, eyeing the TV space is probably more like it. The pair have launched BuddyTV to pair up live television programming with realtime celebrity commentators, much like the experience of listening to a director’s commentary on today’s DVD’s. You could also think of it as live blogging for television.

About 30 celebrity TVJs — including Jonny Fairplay of “Survivor” fame and Jordan Segundo of “American Idol” — have been recruited to offer their opinions on shows. A public launch of the site — currently in a private test — is scheduled for this summer. [24×7]

Seattle’s Web Oscar Hopefuls
Nominees for the 10th annual Webby Awards, often described as the Oscars of the Internet, were unveiled Tuesday by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Winners will be announced May 9 in New York City, with Rob Corddry of “The Daily Show” hosting a ceremony best known for limiting acceptance speeches to five words.

As is usually the case, several Seattle companies are in the running.

DDB Seattle is up for three awards for the creation of RememberSegregation.org, a powerful Web site that begins by asking if you are a “white” or “colored” visitor. The site provides a Martin Luther King Jr. biography, a photo gallery and audio downloads of his speeches. It was nominated in the activism, visual design and home page categories.

The Mercedes-AMG Web site, developed and designed by Seattle’s Avenue A Razorfish, was nominated in the automotive category. It is also up for an award in the IT Hardware/Software category for designing the Web site of Sun Microsystems.

HomePages, the recently launched online real estate site from Kirkland-based HouseValues, will compete against sites such as LoHo Realty and Tollbrothers in the real estate category.

Local blogger and wireless expert Glenn Fleishman has received a nomination in the telecommunications category for his Wi-Fi Networking News.

Grist Magazine, the Seattle online environmental news site, is competing in the magazine category.

No big surprise that Bellevue online travel giant Expedia got a nod in the travel category.

Seattle’s eclectic KEXP is in the running in the radio category.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox.com site is up for an award in the community category, facing The March of Dimes, Legacy.com and TripAdvisor and the BBC.

Vote for your favorites at webbyawards.com.
Souce: Webby Awards & Seattle Post Intelligencer [24×7]