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Comment You could also do the Blogger/Blogspot Thing (Score 1) 108

Basically, create a blog on Blogspot, and then set it up for a custom subdomain: How do I use a custom domain name for my blog?

Then follow the directions at a link.

The blog will be hosted on Blogger, which will handle maintenance, but the URL will point to (for example) .

I would still try to find something that you can place a trademark or service mark on, and have the home page explaining the product/service.

Comment How About Registering a Service Mark? (Score 1) 108

I assume that you provide some sort of service (heck, it could be mowing the lawn), or can claim to provide some sort of service.

It costs about $375, but it would force anyone who challenges you to prove their case, and to provide proper service, before going the UDRP root, which lacks a lot of safeguards.


Submission + - USAID Is Gives Grants to Offshore IT Jobs

msaroff writes: "USAID is making grants millions of dollars the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Alliance to create outsourcing centers and training programs whose goals are to encourage US employers to outsource IT jobs to Sri Lanka and Armenia. Under director Rajiv Shah [an Obama political appointee], the United States Agency for International Development will partner with private outsourcers in Sri Lanka to teach workers there advanced IT skills like Enterprise Java (Java EE) programming, as well as skills in business process outsourcing and call center support. USAID will also help the trainees brush up on their English language proficiency. USAID is contributing about $10 million to the effort, while its private partners are investing roughly $26 million. "To help fill workforce gaps in BPO and IT, USAID is teaming up with leading BPO and IT/English language training companies to establish professional IT and English skills development training centers," the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, said in a statement posted Friday on its Web site. "Courses in Business Process Outsourcing, Enterprise Java, and English Language Skills will be offered at no charge to over 3,000 under- and unemployed students who will then participate in on-the-job training schemes with private firms," the embassy said.

They are doing this in Armenia as well. (link)"

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