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Tech Talk Radio. Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our third year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH.Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!. Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our third year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH.Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!-Ep 41: George Pongas COO of Domain Central talks Top Level Domains, The iPhone cracks 10 million sales - Woz predicts iPods death, says iPhone should be open, Google to put ads in online games, Adam Turner talks laptops, ANZ banks on iPhone to bring new business.

Today we ask whats in a name Well, if talking domain names, theres plenty. As more and more business embrace the online world and move into cyber space, the search for the right domain name is becoming quite a challenging proposition.

The highly sort after .com is truly a global namespace, and as a result, its available for anyone in the world to register a name of their choice with no eligibility checks. It really is a free for all. Then theres the Australian .au namespace. At least here, there are eligibility checks to ensure that the name being registered, resembles either the company name or the business activity in which the company or business is engaged in.

If you didnt know, you must be a registered business or company to register domain names in the .com.au or .net au namespace.

No one owns a domain name. Like any service or license, its subject to renewal, and if who ever is the current lessee of the name continues to pay the annual registration fee, then no one else can take it away from them. Because domain names are cheap, most companies buy up anything and everything that could benefit them in the on line world. This means newcomers find choosing a domain name all the more difficult due to a those who have gone before them snapping up popular or descriptive names.

Cyber squatting is the process of buying domain names and collecting popular or descriptive names in order to sell them to those who want them for rather large amounts. This practice is not illegal, but its damn annoying to those of us who genuinely need or want a particular domain. Fortunately its not as prevalent in the Australian namespace as it is in the .com or .net world, but non the less, there is evidence of it here in Australia. There seems to be a current tightening on .com.au eligibility as experienced by Dr Ron only last week.

Paul Twomey is the president of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is a not for profit organization that handles IP address space allocation. Recently he announce the removal of the industry designation of a domain name such as .com or .net so an international company can be just their name. So in the not to distant future you might just visit www.apple or www.microsoft .

This is a positive move forward for big business, as they will no longer need to register there names in all the other global name spaces or will they. Were all creatures of habit after all. The good news is these new name spaces cost several thousand dollars to register, not the peanuts that traditional names cost. This will hopefully discourage cyber- squatters. But this is just the beginning of the name space revolution.

Today on Tech Talk Radio well be speaking with George Pongas the COO of Domain Registry and web hosting services company Domain Central.

George has broad experience in all aspects of internet, specialising in domain names and application hosted services. This includes direct experience with ICANN domain policy. Domain Central was awarded Winner Australian 2007 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award and ranked 2nd Fastest Internet Company in the Nation, achieving 6th place overall.

Also on This Weeks Show

If your looking for a cost effective, almost disposable laptop then Adam has one just for you!
The iPhone cracks 10 million sales
Google to put ads in online games and
Vodafone 3G upgrade delayed to 2009

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