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    Re: Chadima Should Check His Facts
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 16 2001, @07:28PM (#1878)
    Strange you haven't met with XTNS Steve, most others in the industry have. And what a story you spin about missing offices and a lack of investors and employees! You are still in incubation stage yourselves in a corner of the idealab offices aren't you? (Still don't justify your own offices yet?) And from what my press contacts tell me, ironically YOU still refuse to answer questions as to whether you have any investors and if so what their names might be (did even idealab Capital Partners invest for instance? Certainly no clues on your website are there ... ).

    As to your mis-representation about XTNS' RealNames deal, how could you be further from the truth. From what we have been told, they have the exclusive and all RealNames was doing a few weeks back was pre-announcing the XTNS deal. Not announcing something anyone else would be able to participate in. Check for yourself if you doubt that. Nothing on their site? They are selling Corporate Domain Namespaces (as they call them) right now and all that you'd expect to be there is there for that purpose. So what's your point? That there are no second level domains for sale yet? Can't you read? They aren't starting that service yet.

    They are not in hiding Steve; perhaps you just wish they were. Oh, and by the way, they have been in business for at least about 4 months. That's when we first met with them about our deal with them.
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    Re: Chadima Should Check His Facts
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday August 17 2001, @01:45AM (#1885)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/

    At any rate, regardless of the size and seriousness of the company, what they're creating is not in any way "domain names". It's not even an alternate domain namespace like new.net. It's merely a portion of a proprietary "keyword" namespace that happens to have been formatted with dots in it to resemble domain names. It's no more an addition to the domain name system than is AOL's keywords, even if those start having dots in them as well.

    And, personally, I sure hope none of these schemes catch on... having people start using proprietary keywords, whether they're RealNames or AOL's, as if they were "Internet addresses" is a huge step in the wrong direction, away from a namespace that's established by open standards and accessible to all, and into a namespace that is accessible or not depending on what browser, platform, and connection provider you're using.

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