Herman Melville’s character Bartleby the scrivener famously said he “would prefer not to,” and 160 years later the owner of Bartleby’s Books would prefer not to see Amazon.com Inc. control Internet addresses ending in .book.
The U.S. is probing the possibility of anticompetitive practices in the e-book industry, Sharis Pozen, the acting chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division told a House committee in Washington yesterday.
Harvard University paid as much as $299 to register the last time the World Wide Web’s global overseer added a domain name to familiar ones including .com and .net. Rather than seeking a new opportunity, it signed up to keep harvard.xxx from being used as a porn site.
As the Internet adds valuable new domain names that are luring the likes of Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., a little-known company called Donuts Inc. is making a grab that opponents say could fuel cybersquatting, the practice of stealing website identities.
The Internet’s address-system manager will indefinitely delay announcing which companies applied for new Web suffixes as it diagnoses a breakdown that’s kept its application system offline since April 12.