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Archive | March, 2010

Canon Announces Plans For Top-Level Domain

Canon announced on Tuesday that it plans to become one of the first companies to take advantage of the new procedures that ICANN will put in place in 2010 or 2011 to allow creation of new gTLD names (global Top Level Domains).

For the non-geeky, a Top Level Domain will essentially mean that visitors will be able to type simply “canon” into their address bar of their browser instead of canon.com. The biggest appeal of these addresses is their simplicity for consumers to find and remember them.

Despite the appeal of the simplicity of these addresses, a recent Wired article also pointed out several issues with using them. Many web browsers now allow searching by typing a term into the address bar – what will those browsers do when a Top Level Domain (also a single word like “canon”) is entered there? Also, email programs will not recognize an address like john.smith@canon as a valid address. Issues like these will have to be dealt with before TLD’s can become a convenient part of everyday usage.

Registration of TLD’s will be a complex and expensive process, unlike the current domain registration process where five minutes and around $10 will get you any available .com for a year from a registrar like GoDaddy.com. Draft rules for Top Level Domain registration will require a public notification stage, vetting of the company by ICANN, and a minimum fee of $185,000.

Top Level Domains like “scrapbook,” “scrap,” “digitalscrapbook” and other related terms might be very appealing to certain companies in the scrapbook industry, in addition to their own company names. However, given the high price tag for registration, the list of companies in the industry with the budget for making a TLD purchase is fairly small. It will be interesting to see going forward if any of these companies see a TLD as a good investment, or if any new start-ups form to take advantage of the concept in the scrapbooking and crafts industry.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #11: Viewer Mail

Paperclipping Roundtable #11 was all about viewer mail! This week’s panel of Noell Hyman, Angie Lucas and me (along with male/mail man Izzy) spent the whole show answering viewer mail…with some fun and interesting results!

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Scotch Denies Licensing Kokuyo Adhesive

Fans of the discontinued Kokuyo adhesives jumped on internet speculation this week that the new Scotch dot roller adhesives were in fact licensed from Kokuyo. Hope spread among Kokuyo’s fans that the Scotch adhesives were simply re-labeled Kokuyo products.

Unfortunately for Kokuyo fans, Scrapbook Update was able to confirm today with a representative for Scotch that the Scotch dot roller adhesives are not related to Kokuyo in any way. Scrapbook Update was told that the Scotch dot roller products are manufactured by Scotch and, aside from some general similarities in shape and size, do not share anything in common with the former Kokuyo products.

So if the Scotch products aren’t made by or licensed from Kokuyo, are they still a possible replacement for them? Only the scrapbooking customers can decide that. If you’ve tried both adhesives, let us know in the comments what you thought. Scrapbook Update will be running a trial comparison of the new Scotch adhesives in the near future.

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Michaels Owner Bidding For UK Retailer HobbyCraft

The UK craft trade magazine Craft Business is reporting that private equity group Blackstone, which along with Bain Capital purchased Michaels in 2006, is now bidding to purchase UK craft retailer HobbyCraft.

The company has been for sale since late last year. Competition for the purchase is fierce, attracting reportedly as many as 20 bidders.

HobbyCraft, founded in 1995, is the UK’s only dedicated craft chain store. It currently has 47 stores and plans to expand to 180.

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Club Scrap Giveaway Winner

It’s time for the announcement of the winner of the Club Scrap giveaway of the June 2009 kit from May’s review of them. (Sorry for the delay – whoops!)

And the winner is…Melinda Wilson, at 4:56pm on 2/26/2010:

This kit looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Congratulations, Melinda! Look out for your email from Scrapbook Update to verify your win and get your mailing information!

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Hobby Lobby Founder on Forbes Billionaire List

Many thanks to Mike Hartnett of CLN Online for sharing the following information with Scrapbook Update:

David Green, the CEO/Founder of Hobby Lobby, made the recently published annual list of Forbes World Billionaires. Green estimated worth came in at $3 billion, which put him tied for 316th with the likes of Steven Spielberg. The retail magnate placed higher than such legendary tycoons as Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, and Donald Trump on the list.

Hobby Lobby has also been in the news for opening an employee health clinic at its Oklahoma City headquarters, another example of the sort of initiative that leads to its low employee turnover rates. Employees in the company’s health plan will receive free health care at the clinic, while other full-time employees will pay only $30 for an office visit.


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