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iTunes U Downloads Top 300 Million

Apple today announced a landmark in it’s school-facing program, iTunes U, which has reached over 300 million downloads. Apple just released this statement:

In just over three years, iTunes® U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs. Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store®. New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe.

Long story short… Apple made even more money. As if millions of iPhone and iPad sales weren’t enough.

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How to Peel a Potato Like a Man

If you know anything about men and being manly, you’ll know that often times there are grunts and power tools involved. Oh, and explosions, beer, beards, and meat. And while men have long been known to grill and barbecue, we’re pretty good at making other things too, like mashed potatoes. Here how any man’s recipe for potato salad starts off.

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What The Locals Ate 10,000 Years Ago

If you had a dinner invitation in Utah’s Escalante Valley almost 10,000 years ago, you would have come just in time to try a new menu item: mush cooked from the flour of milled sage brush seeds.

After five summers of meticulous excavation, Brigham Young University archaeologists are beginning to publish what they’ve learned from the “North Creek Shelter.” It’s the oldest known site occupied by humans in the southern half of Utah and one of only three such archaeological sites state-wide that date so far back in time.

BYU anthropologist Joel Janetski led a group of students that earned a National Science Foundation grant to “get to the bottom” of a site occupied on and off for the past 11,000 years, according to multiple radiocarbon estimates.

“The student excavators worked morning till night in their bare feet,” Janetski said. “They knew it was really important and took their shoes off to avoid contaminating the old dirt with the new.”

In the upcoming issue of the journal Kiva, Janetski and his former students describe the stone tools used to grind sage, salt bush and grass seeds into flour. Because those seeds are so tiny, a single serving would have required quite a bit of seed gathering. But that doesn’t mean whoever inhabited North Creek Shelter had no other choice.

Prior to the appearance of grinding stones, the menu contained duck, beaver and turkey. Sheep became more common later on. And deer was a staple at all levels of the dig.

“Ten thousand years ago, there was a change in the technology with grinding stones appearing for the first time,” Janetski said. “People started to use these tools to process small seeds into flour.”

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Ask or Answer Domain Questions to Enter to Win Premium Die Cut Business Cards

This week only, the DotSauce Q&A Forum community will be hosting a prize drawing for 5 sets of 250 premium quality business cards valued at up to $90 each.

Enter to win a premium business card pack by simply asking or answering any question related to domain names!

This prize giveaway will be available until Friday, August 27th at 5PM EDT. After that time, 5 people will be selected at random to win one of the business card sets detailed below.

These business cards were generously donated by UPrinting, an online printing company that specializes in business and promotional printing services. You can print your domain name or logo design on a suite of different products and promotional materials that can spread your message and bring visitors to your website.

I know many of you have been going non-stop to all manner of domain, marketing and development conferences around the globe. Take advantage of this offer for a chance to re-stock those cards and keep a super-premium stack for your very best clients and prospects.

Here are the exact details of the business cards up for grabs:

  • 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card)
  • Die cutting options available: Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded One-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle
  • Paper Type: 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Matte, or High Gloss; 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
  • Color: 4Color Front, Blank Back; 4Color Front, Black Back; 4Color Both Sides
  • Limited to US residents only 18 years old and above

Again, you have until Friday, August 27th at 5PM EDT to join us on the DotSauce Forum and answer or ask a question about domain names. There is no limit on your involvement with the forum, but each person will only be given 1 entry to keep the playing field level.

I look forward to seeing what insight, knowledge or new perspective you can provide to our community! Thank you in advance for your contributions.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.

Ask or Answer Domain Questions to Enter to Win Premium Die Cut Business Cards


History of Social Networking Sites (The Way I Remember It)

Having grown up during the age of the Internet, I’ve witnessed firsthand the rise of the social networking website. And while Facebook currently dominates the Web, it wasn’t always so. Here’s a quick list of the sites I remember that set the standard in their own time.

  1. Makeoutclub—Calling itself the “original underground community,” Makeoutclub arguably started the craze 10 years ago this Summer. Splitting users into two categories, girls and guys, the site was geared mainly towards allowing hipster teens and young twenty-somethings to flirt online. I never got into this, but I definitely stood on the outskirts and watched what was going on. The concept was fascinating. Of course, I was a teenager.

  2. Friendster—In 2003, Friendster hit the Internet and blew up. It quickly gained worldwide media attention and was featured in magazines such as Spin and Time. The one thing I remember most about Friendster is how slow it ran. Once it took off, so many users flooded in that the site was Hell to use.
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5 New Domain Industry Websites to Keep An Eye On

The domain name industry has been going full steam in 2010. Many businesses are making headlines by adopting new strategies in a down economy. There are some exciting changes ahead of us.

I’d like to introduce you to 5 interesting and useful new domaining related websites to watch out for in the coming months. These websites have the potential to be a driving force for the domain industry in 2011 and beyond.

1. Devsa Marketplace

This is probably the most exciting new website I have heard about in the industry for some time. I’m honored to be the first to inform you about the beta launch of the Devsa Marketplace and social network.

This innovative and feature-rich new platform could potentially fill the void that Bido’s closing left. It’s built better than Bido, but is currently lacking auction mechanics. Key features right now include member domain portfolio management, blogs, fast communication tools, reputation and certifications.

The portfolio manager currently has functions for sending and receiving offers to purchase, ownership verification and domain pricing.

Stay tuned to DotSauce for a complete introduction and review of the new Devsa marketplace soon.

2. Domainer Income

This website was recently launched by industry veteran Simon Johnson. Domainer Income is looking to provide a one-stop-shop for almost all of a domainer’s needs and desires.

With a Domainer Income account you can browse aftermarket auctions or expired domains and view comparable sales. Paid members have additional features such as portfolio management, trend watching, keyword reports and more.

Domainer Income is also now monitoring the performance of top parking companies in terms of domain volume.

3. Domain Developer’s Fund

I originally heard about this from Michael Berkens’ TheDomains last week and it has now been featured on PCWorld. This seems to be the first investment funds specifically focusing on domain name acquisition and development.

There are some questions that have arisen, such as who the official partners for the fund are and exactly what domain names will be invested in.

Additional information about the Domain Developer’s Fund can be found on TechCrunch’s CrunchBase or Michael Marcovici’s blog.

4. & Developers Conference

Epik is a web development company catering to domainers. Their platform includes various products and services aimed at best monetizing certain domain types. Included are highly detailed product portals, directories and other useful development starting points.

Founder, Rob Monster and team have done an excellent job promoting advancement in a space that is lagging behind on web development technologies.

Watch out for Epik’s automated appraisals system and the first Epik Developer’s Conference forthcoming on Sept. 15th in Seattle, WA. (See video below)

5. DotSauce Q&A Forum

A little self promotion here. The DotSauce forum community is poised to be the go-to location for on-demand information about the domain industry. In just 2 months, we have reached 100+ members, 100+ questions and well over 300 answers.

Here are just a few of the cool things you can do on the DotSauce Q&A forum:

  • Browse the top community members
  • Connect with and message other community members
  • Create a profile with your bio and link to your websites
  • Create alerts for questions on specific topics
  • Earn awards for feats of super domainer strength

Consider joining to help out your fellow domainers and newcomers to the industry. It is needed now more than ever. Share your ideas and you just might be rewarded more than you expected by discovering something for yourself.

Thanks for checking out these 5 new domain websites and businesses. I hope you have found them useful. Start putting them to work towards your success in the domain industry.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.

5 New Domain Industry Websites to Keep An Eye On


Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters

Gingerbread men, while tasty, are pretty boring. Luckily, there are these awesome ninja-shaped cookie cutters to save the day and disappear into a cloud of smoke or something. Your cookies will no longer look friendly and inviting, they’ll be intimidating and deadly.

They’re cut out for action! These stealthy shinobi warriors are set to sneak into your kitchen and stage a cookie coup! Cut, bake, decorate… and then watch them disappear! Add swords, nunchaku, and shuriken stars with icing and toothpicks for more ambiance!

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Will Whiskey Fuel the Car of Tomorrow?

Scottish researchers have developed what they call a “super” biofuel using by-products of whiskey production. Employing a method similar to a 100-year-old process that produces butanol and acetone through the fermentation of sugar, scientists at Edinburgh Napier University developed a process to convert the waste from the whiskey-making process — pot ale, which is the liquid from copper stills, and the spent grains known as draff — into a fuel that can be used in automobiles and is 30 percent more efficient than ethanol.

Given the enormity of Scotland’s £4 billion ($6 billion) whiskey industry, which produces 1,600 million liters of pot ale and 187,000 tons of draff annually, scientists say there is the potential for whiskey biofuel to emerge as a significant source of fuel for cars and even airplanes. “This is a more environmentally sustainable option and potentially offers new revenue on the back of one Scotland’s biggest industries,” said Martin Tangney, director of the university’s Biofuel Research Centre.

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