Domain Names

07 February 2018

Winning Registry of the Year Tops List of EURid's 2017 Achievements

EURid have announced that their winning the CENTR registry of the year award in 2017 was the icing on the cake for what was a very good year.

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Indian Cricket Involved in Domain Name Renewal Fiasco

A recent incident involving the domain name for the world’s largest and richest national cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shown the perils of an organisation not maintaining their own domain names. The BCCI’s domain name for its official website, bcci.tv, went offline for a few days after the renewal fee wasn’t paid. And it ended up on a couple of aftermarket outlets.

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06 February 2018

ICANN Announces October 2018 As New Date for KSK Rollover

It was originally scheduled to happen in October 2017 but delayed just a couple of weeks before the scheduled date, then in December it was scheduled for the first quarter of 2018 and then delayed once more. Now ICANN has announced the KSK Rollover will happen in October 2018.

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01 February 2018

Singapore Asia’s #1 in Startup Mobility and Education in Asia: Youth Mobility Report

Singapore has been ranked Asia’s number one country for Start-up Mobility and in the Education sector according to a recent Youth Mobility Report (YMI) from the team behind the .asia TLD.

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31 January 2018

U.S. Govt's NTIA Has Preservation of WHOIS As Priority With Concerns It May Go Dark

Preserving WHOIS has become of the 2 main priorities internationally for the U.S. government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration with fears the service may go “dark and become a relic of the Internet's history.”

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Businesses in the Netherlands Love Their .NL, While Registrar Rewards Result in Big Rise in IPv6

Almost three-quarters (73%) of all businesses registering domain names in the Netherlands chose a .nl domain, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the .nl registry SIDN. This was more than 4 times the next most popular choice, .com, with 17% of all registrations while .eu was third (2%) and .org fourth (1%).

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28 January 2018

Austria's Internet Celebrating 4 Anniversaries in 2018

30 years ago Austria’s ccTLD was delegated. In 1998, the Austrian Registry nic.at was founded along with the reporting hotline for illegal content, Stopline. And then 10 years later CERT.at (Austria’s Computer Emergency Response Team) was founded.

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25 January 2018

Donuts Releases Free Domain Name Search Tool Across Wide Range of TLDs

Donuts has released for public use a search tool to enable potential domain name registrants to search across a wide range of top level domains, not just those managed by Donuts. The tool, Relevant Name Search (RNS), is available for registrars and resellers to incorporate into their websites or to use for free from Donuts.

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24 January 2018

Donuts Sells HOME.LOANS In Biggest New gTLD Domain Sale Yet

Donuts announced Tuesday it sold the home.loans for $500,000 in what is believed to be the largest sale of any domain name for a new gTLD to date in a sale they brokered themselves.

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18 January 2018

ICANN Proposes Solutions To Deal With WHOIS and GDPR Conflicts

Enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming on 25 May and as of yet, ICANN still hasn’t worked out a way to deal with the conflicts between the collection of domain name registration data (WHOIS) and the requirements of GDPR.

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15 January 2018

EURid Report Finds IDNs Lead to More Diverse Content

Internationalised domain names are a key component of a truly multilingual internet. It’s slow progress making the internet, and the Domain Name System, truly multilingual. The introduction of IDNs started around a decade ago with hybridised IDNs – that is the top level domain being in ASCII characters and IDN characters available for the second, or sometimes third, level.

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10 January 2018

Cryptocurrency-Related Keywords Dominate .COM and .NET Registrations in December

The influence of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies continues to dominate .com and .net trending keywords according to the latest list from Verisign for the month of December.

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.PR Selects Afilias To Provide Registry Services As Afilias Suffers Security Incident

The provision of registry services for Puerto Rico's ccTLD, .pr, is now being outsourced with Afilias winning the contract to provide the services. According to an announcement from Afilias, the transition was completed on 7 January although no date was given for when the contract was signed.

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09 January 2018

.BANK and .INSURANCE To Be First New gTLDs to Implement HSTS... After Google

.fTLD Registry Services has announced they will be implementing a security protocol known as HSTS - HTTP Strict Transport Security – to their .bank and .insurance new gTLDs. They will be the first registry to implement HSTS across an entire top level domain outside of Google.

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08 January 2018

The Neo-Nazis of the Daily Stormer Wander the Digital Wilderness New Yorker

Since this past August, the Daily Stormer, a prime hub for neo-Nazism on the Web, has found itself in a peculiar kind of digital exile. Its journey began in the wake of the “Unite the Right” rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which a young woman named Heather Heyer was murdered by a man who drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. The following day, Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer’s founder, published an article about Heyer titled “Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.” Hours later, GoDaddy, one of the Web’s largest domain registrars, announced that it was cancelling the Daily Stormer’s service. Several other U.S.-based companies, including Google, Namecheap, and Cloudflare, soon followed suit.

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05 January 2018

2018 Domain Pulse Motors Into View With Focus On Digital Future

The 2018 Domain Pulse conference is motoring into view and will be held at BMW World in Munich on 22 and 23 March. The annual conference this year is organised by DENIC, the German registry with a focus on the digital future as well as the state of the domain name industry. The conference rotates between Germany, Switzerland (SWITCH) and Austria (nic.at).

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04 January 2018

auDA's 'Broken Management' Seeks to Undermine .AU's Multistakeholder Model

In an excoriating open letter to auDA management, Scott Long, Chair of auDA’s Constitution Reform Committee, has resigned from a committee that, according to Domain Pulse sources, an auDA Board member inferred members were ‘selected to cause instability and infighting, and possibly to fail, to demonstrate through deflection to DoCA [Department of Communications and the Arts] that members are to blame for auDA’s problems.’ And not only have auDA, the policy and regulatory body for Australia’s ccTLD, worked to undermine the Committee’s work, they are seeking to “remove or significantly limit” the role of members in the organisation.

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01 January 2018

.NZ Registrations Grow Almost 7% In 12 Months As InternetNZ Stalwarts Say Adieu

Registrations of .nz domain names grew by 6.91%, or 33,657, to 702,311 in the 12 months to the end of November according to the final Domain Name Commission’s .NZ Newsletter for 2017. And following a restructure of the organisation where Jordan Carter was appointed InternetNZ Group Chief Executive, it also marks a farewell from longstanding employees, Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan and Jay Daley, New Zealand Registry Services Chief Executive, who both depart on 12 January.

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21 December 2017

What To Do When There Are Problems Transferring Domain Names

Transferring a domain name from one registrar to another should be a relatively straightforward procedure. But there will be times when it doesn’t happen which could be because of a dispute, court order or even a 60-Day Change of Registrant lock. There could even be issues with the terms and conditions from the existing registrar.

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ICANN Facing Budget Cuts as Expected Income Doesn't Materialise

Lower than expected domain name registrations are forcing ICANN to make significant budgetary cuts, CEO and President Göran Marby explained in his recent post on the ICANN Blog. In the first quarter of 2018 ICANN’s income was $1 million lower than expected and income for the year is expected to remain flat compared to 2017. Marby says ICANN is forecasting lower funding for 2019 compared to the approved 2018 budget.

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20 December 2017

New gTLD Plunge Sees Global Domain Name Registrations Drop 1.2 Million in Third Quarter

There was a 1.2 million drop in the number of domain names registered around the world in the third quarter of 2017, a decline of 0.4% over the second quarter, which was largely due to a drop of 3.2 million registrations in new gTLDs, the vast majority in 2 new gTLDs - .xyz and .top. However year-on-year registrations, or domains under management (DUM), grew 1.1%.

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19 December 2017

GGRG's Giuseppe Graziano Talks Domain Name Investing

Giuseppe Graziano is the CEO and founder of GGRG.com. With a focus on the 586,848 short .com domain names defined as “liquid”, Giuseppe has helped his clients sell over $10 million dollars worth of domain names, receiving award nominations for “Blogger of the Year“ and “Industry Goodwill Ambassador” in 2015 and “Broker of the Year” in 2016. Escrow.com awarded Giuseppe “Master of Domains”, as one of the top 3 highest grossing domain brokers in the world in 2016. Giuseppe has lived in 5 countries across 3 continents, speaks 5 languages and holds a Master Degree in International Management from the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. With all that, it was surprising that Giuseppe had the time to sit down and talk to Internet.bs to give his thoughts on the domain name aftermarket, with a few tips for investors.

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Verisign Gets U.S. Govt Green Light to Auction O.COM, With Proceeds to Charity

Verisign has received the green light from the U.S. Department of Justice to auction the domain name o.com after ICANN referred the proposal to the department “of a potential competition issue.”

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18 December 2017

As auDA’s Annus Horribilis Draws to a Close, Afilias Appointed to Operate .AU Registry

It’s been a bruising year for auDA. One could call it their Annus Horribilis. An unusually high staff and board member turnover, ousting of the Chair following a member revolt and a process for dealing with the registry contract commencing in turmoil, but finally coming to an end with Afilias winning the tender to operate the registry from July 2018.

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14 December 2017

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Domains Dominate .COM and .NET November Keywords

With the skyrocketing interest in, and prices of, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise there’s an increased interest in related keywords for those registering .com and .net keywords.

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