Google is among a host of web firms facing a lawsuit from companies complaining about programmes that place online ads on unused, parked domain names.
Vulcan Golf filed the complaint in Illinois arguing the practice, by which individuals register attractive domain names but place only ads on them, is a "shocking and egregious, intentional, bad faith scheme to generate revenue and profit from illegal and deceptive actions".
Online advertising spend will grow faster in Canada than anywhere in the world over the next four years, according to a heavyweight new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
PwC's Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, which looks at the international media industry between 2007 and 2011, forecast the amount of money advertisers spend online will grow to US$2.03bn (£1.02bn) by 2011.
Threadwatch, a web community dedicated to posting and discussing internet marketing news, will close on Friday, its proprietor said.
Aaron Wall explained that he did not have the time to take the site mainstream, counter competition from a growing number of blogs and keep contributors on the straight and narrow, thanks to new personal commitments.
Overseas businesses may soon be able to register domain names with foreign characters.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is meeting in Puerto Rico this week to discuss allowing characters with accents or in entirely different scripts to be added to the internet system.