Cybersquatting cases down in .uk

RSS Feed Twitter Feed Recent Posts Cybersquatting cases down in .uk As .boots self-terminates, ICANN will not redelegate it GoDaddy launches security service after Sucuri acquisition Zero registrars pass ICANN audit Zone file access is crap, security panel confirms Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay

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Zero registrars pass ICANN audit

Some of the biggest names in the registrar game were among a bewildering 100% that failed an ICANN first-pass audit in the latest round of random compliance checks. Of the 55 registrars picked to participate in the audit, a resounding 0 passed the initial audit, according to data released today. Among them were recognizable names

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Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

ICANN Ombudsman Herb Waye has started monitoring an ICANN mailing list after multiple complaints of disrespectful behavior. Waye this week told participants in the Registration Data Services working group that he is to trawl through their list archives and proactively monitor the group following “multiple complaints regarding behavior that contravenes the ICANN Expected Standards of

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Domain President? Dicker fallout continues as Schwartz unleashes tweetstorm

“Domain King” domain investor Rick Schwartz has twunleashed a twirade of Twitter twabuse about deleted podcasts that would put Donald Trump to shame.Starting late Sunday night and apparently still ongoing at time of publication, Schwartz has been haranguing Michael Cyger, publisher of the DomainSherpa and DNAcademy investor sites, about dozens of deleted DomainSherpa podcasts. So

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CIRA and Nominum offering DNS firewall

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DENIC gets approved for registry escrow

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ICANN scraps remote meeting hubs

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MMX says .vip renewals to be at 70%+

MMX believes the biggest money-spinner in its new gTLD portfolio, .vip, will see first-year renewals in excess of 70%. The company said this morning that it is projecting renewals towards the top end of industry norms based on manual renewals to date. .vip was a bit of a hit in China, topping a quarter-million domains

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.music and .gay CPE probe could end this month

An ICANN-commissioned investigation into the fairness of its Community Priority Evaluation process for new gTLDs could wind up before the end of June. In an update Friday, ICANN also finally revealed who is actually conducting the probe, which has been slammed by affected applicants for being secretive. A tentative timeline sketched out in the update

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Time to show ICANN who’s boss!

You are in charge of ICANN. That statement may sound trite — it is trite — but it’s always been true to some extent. Even if their individual voices are often lost, members of the ICANN community have always had the ability to influence policy, whether through sporadic responses to public comment periods or long

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Three-million domain .au deal up for grabs

auDA has formally launched the process that will could see it replace .au back-end provider Neustar with an in-house registry by the end of June 2018. The Australian ccTLD operator has opened a “Request for Expressions of Interest” as the first stage of a procurement process for software and/or services to support its recently announced

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Emoji domains get a 👎 from security panel

The use of emojis in domain names has been discouraged by ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee. In a paper late last week, SSAC told ICANN that emojis — aka emoticons or smileys — lack standardization, are barred by the relevant domain name technical standards, and could cause user confusion. Emoji domains, while technically possible,

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Web.com in takeover talks – report

RSS Feed Twitter Feed Recent Posts Web.com in takeover talks – report After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs Country names to finally be released in new gTLDs Want to be one of the internet’s SEVEN SECRET KEY-HOLDERS? Apply now! Richemont kills off two more dot-brands Iran reported to Ombudsman after new

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Richemont kills off two more dot-brands

Luxury goods maker Richemont has decided to ditch two more of its dot-brand gTLDs. The company has asked ICANN to terminate its registry contracts for .chloe and .montblanc, according to documents published by ICANN late last week. Chloe is a fashion brand; Mont Blanc sells pens, jewelery and such. No reason was given for either

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Iran reported to Ombudsman after new gTLD conspiracy theory

ICANN’s Ombudsman has stepped in to resolve a complaint from the Iranian government that it was being “excluded” from discussions about the next phase of the new gTLD program. Kavouss Arasteh, Iran’s Governmental Advisory Committee representative, earlier this month accused the leadership of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Working Group of deliberately scheduling teleconferences to

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Key-Systems buys reseller EDC

Key-Systems has acquired one of its resellers, European Domain Centre. The acquiring registrar did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said EDC will help boost its own BrandShelter corporate registrar business. EDC says it has clients including AirBnB, Campari, Lycamobile, iStockPhoto and BusinessWire. The company was founded in 2003 by Nikolaj Borge and

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XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

XYZ.com said today that it has acquired the half-launched new gTLD .storage from its original owner. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CEO Daniel Negari said in a blog post that it has been funded using some of the “excess of cash flow” from sales of .xyz domains. The original .storage registry

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ICANN attendance shrank in Denmark

Attendance at ICANN’s recent meeting in Copenhagen was down about 8% on the comparable meeting a year earlier in Marrakech, according to ICANN statistics. There were 2,089 at the Denmark meeting, down from 2,273 reported a year ago in Morocco. The decline appears to be largely a result of relatively lower local participation. Africa is

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Afnic CEO quits, heads to new mystery job

RSS Feed Twitter Feed Recent Posts Afnic CEO quits, heads to new mystery job Verisign to keep price increase power under new .net contract ICANN loosens Whois privacy rules for registrars Pirate Bay founder launches piracy-friendly domain privacy service IANA boss quits ICANN Mystery buyer pumps $500,000 into MMX gTLDs Uniregistry and Neustar have TLDs

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