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    Re: New Kid on the Block: XTNS
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 16 2001, @05:02PM (#1875)
    Looks like your imagination is on steroids. Here is the response from new.net, taken from the New.net message board:

    There is a bit of discussion in several spots on the message board about a new company, XTNS, that seems to be marketing a naming system that is strikingly similar to New.net. We recently became aware of XTNS but have had some difficulty finding out anything about them. The address they had previously listed on their Web site as their "world headquarters" turned out to be a mailbox in the back of a Hallmark store in Pasadena, and people at the addresses they listed of other locations around the world had never heard of them. Mysteriously all of these points of contact have disappeared from their site. The only way you can find the Hallmark address now is via the Whois record posted in one of the threads on this message board. We're not sure if it's just one guy working out of his house or if there are others involved, either as employees, contractors or outsourced services providers. I've talked to reporters who have spoken to him, and he won't answer these questions or reveal anything about his financial backing, if any.

    As best as we can tell, they are attempting to piggyback traditional domain name conventions (something.something) onto the RealNames system in order to avoid having to deal with ICANN. The RealNames offering is quite clear and avoids direct comparison to the domain name system. Indeed, it works outside of DNS and does not work with non-browser protocols such as email and FTP. XTNS's claims that they are offering domain names and yet not working with the domain name system is inherently confusing. We doubt people will find this a very compelling offering. Further, their promise of some sort of email solution involving the browser address bar seems odd, to say the least. Any solution by necessity needs to allow a wide variety of client- and web-based email systems to send and receive messages, and that involves dealing with the DNS. So again, a lot of confusing promises and nothing concrete to show.

    Rest assured that we take every competitor seriously, including XTNS. But so far all they seem to have is a press release announcing a very weak deal with RealNames (what seems to be a non-exclusive deal to remarket a service RealNames announced a few weeks ago -- you could get one of these deals, too), they have no customers, and they're in hiding (they have no physical presence besides a PO box, the phones go to voicemail 24/7, their web site doesn’t actually do anything, and they won't acknowledge any employees or financial backers). We'll keep watching them in case they do come out of hiding, but in the meantime, we're going to keep pursuing an expanded user base, marketing relevant extensions, and creating a network of imaginative and vibrant web sites.

    As always, thanks for your continued support.

    Steve Chadima
    CMO, New.net

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    Re: New Kid on the Block: XTNS
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday August 16 2001, @09:15PM (#1882)
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    Anon writes:
    Looks like your imagination is on steroids.
    I said I'd been predicting a new.net on steroids to come along and said it looked like XTNS might be it. It now seems apparent it isn't XTNS, though I'm not ready to count them out entirely. I'd thought previously, and still do, that the new.net on steroids may even be new.net, if they can introduce multilingual names, and if there are more than a few actual unique sites worth visiting.

    There is a bit of discussion in several spots on the message board about a new company, XTNS, that seems to be marketing a naming system that is strikingly similar to New.net.
    I didn't, and wouldn't, call it strikingly similar to new.net. It uses different technology as I said, and it (if it follows RealNames) isn't using generic, undifferentiated names.

    If you replace XTNS with Micro$oft then not only new.net but also ICANN are in for some trouble. And I don't doubt for a minute that M$ hasn't thought of that. -g

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