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A business, especially a publicly-traded company, that conducts most or all of its business over the Internet. Dot-coms may conduct business in one or more of the following areas: Content, Commerce, and Connection. Content companies provide information, either for free or for a charge, and earn most of their operating income from advertising. Commerce companies sell new and/or used goods directly over the Internet. Connection companies provide Internet services directly to customers.

Dot-coms were hugely popular investments in the 1990s, with IPOs of hundreds of dollars per share, even if a company had never produced a profit and, in some cases, had never earned any revenue. This came from the theory that Internet companies needed to expand their customer bases as much as possible and thus corner the largest possible market share, even if this meant massive losses. While this worked for some dot-coms, notably Google, which did not produce a profit for its first several years of operation, the theory was unsustainable because, in a given industry, only one or two companies could corner large market shares, meaning most dot-coms were doomed to failure. This dot-com bubble burst in 2000.


1. Of or relating to a company or the stock of a company engaged primarily in a business associated with the Internet. is the most obvious example of a dot-com company.
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Dotcom entered the courtroom wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, his Mercedes SUV with the number plate 'KIM.
The launch is a ballsy move by Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz - he changed his name legally in 2005), given that the German-Finnish former hacker is currently based in New Zealand fighting extradition by the US government.
Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom revealed that he plans to launch his own chat service and give Microsoft's Skype a run for its money.
Dotcom himself, brought him to the brink of bankruptcy.
Dotcom, who spent a month in jail in New Zealand before being released on bail, has since created another service called Mega.
Then Dotcom and his Mega team took to the stage for an official press conference.
a gleeful Dotcom bellowed from a giant stage set up in his yard, seconds before a helicopter roared overhead and faux police agents rappelled down the side of his mansion.
The FBI claims that Dotcom led a group that has netted $175 million since 2005 by copying and distributing music, movies and copyrighted content without permission.
The appeal was rejected after lawyers representing US authorities told the court a man with a history of producing fraudulent travel documents unsuccessfully applied to visit Dotcom while in custody, TVNZ reported.
The FBI believes the sums located are unlikely to represent all the overseas bank accounts owned by Mr Dotcom," she said.
ANOTHER horror story from the "we can get you on the first page of Google" scam by Dotcom Chrome.