News in Short: Astronaut earns Foursquare badge in space; sued over profitability

by Knowlton Thomas


Astronaut earns Foursquare badge in space

Anybody for mayor status in outer space? 

A NASA astronaut used Foursquare last week to check in outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Douglas Wheelock, who is orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, unlocked the "NASA Explorer Badge" on the  used the popular location-sharing service.

The NASA Explorer Badge is earned only by those who are "220 miles above the Earth travelling at 17,500 mph," putting Douglas on a bit of a pedestal. sued over profitability

James Solakian, a shareholder of, is suing the company's board members. James is accusing the ministers of failing to profit off of "goldmine" potential that comes with such a powerful domain name. Quoth The Province:

James Solakian filed the lawsuit in Delaware's Chancery Court against the board of for breaching their duty by refusing to sell the site or run the company in a profitable way.

The lawsuit cites a valuation done by a potential purchaser that estimated could be worth more than, which recently sold for more than $100 million.

The domain name was registered by Roy Spencer "Bud" Miller, an Arizona minister who secured it in 1996 for $50. Soon after, he was offered $100,000 for the location, according to court documents.

Miller refused, stating he was entrusted to run the site for a sacred purpose.

Roy and his wife Betty brought in a marketing firm to assist with the them site's development, and they raised money by forming Inc and issuing stock.  James owns 28 per cent of the company's equity.

"It is the goal of the board of directors of to become very, very profitable," reads the company's business plan.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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