Domain Names

07 December 2017

French Railways Say OUI.SNCF

The French railway operator SNCF launched their new home online this week with their home page now oui.sncf. SNCF is one of the most prominent brands to make the switch to a new gTLD, particularly in Europe. The previous home of SNCF online, voyages-sncf.com, now redirects to the new domain name.

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01 December 2017

Criminals Increasingly Using "Combosquatting" To Deceive Internet Users

Criminals online are increasingly using “combosquatting” to deceive internet users. The practice takes advantage of internet users being increasingly encouraged to check the domain name in an internet address before clicking on links. Combosquatters take advantage of this, using domain names with a familiar trademarks, but including additional words resulting in being taken to a website selling counterfeit goods, harvesting personal and financial information or installing malware.

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Ireland’s ccTLD Manager Announces Slight Relaxation of Eligibility Rules In Bid To Boost Use

The Irish ccTLD .ie has some of the more restrictive eligibility rules in Europe, and hence has one of the lowest numbers of domains under management per capita. A slight relaxation of the rules, which will see applicants not having to show a “claim to the name” from March 2018, may change this. Slightly.

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30 November 2017

Streamlined InternetNZ Group Appoints Jordan Carter as CEO

A review of the InternetNZ Group, which includes InternetNZ, NZRS and the Domain Name Commission, and who manages all aspects of New Zealand’s ccTLD .nz, has led to the organisation being streamlined under one “roof” with one Chief Executive. One of the first changes to come out of the review is the announcement today of the appointment of existing InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter to lead the newly integrated organisation.

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29 November 2017

Interpol-led Operation Sees Over 20,000 Domain Names Seized For Selling Counterfeit Goods

An operation led by Interpol in conjunction with Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³), the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Centre and law enforcement authorities from 27 EU Member States and third parties, seized over 20,520 domain names in an operation that was revealed to coincide with Cyber Monday this week. The domain names were used for websites that were offering counterfeit goods, for example luxury products, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and online piracy on e-commerce platforms and social networks.

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28 November 2017

Decline in TLD Growth Rates Stabilises: CENTR Report

Growth rates among the 1,500 plus top level domains available around the world has continued to decrease, with the trend being consistent since early 2016 when quarterly growth rates peaked. This was the main finding of CENTR’s latest quarterly DomainWire Global TLD Report for the third quarter of 2017. The decline also followed 2 years after the launch of the first of the new gTLDs in January 2014.

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Are New gTLDs Impacting on ccTLD Registrations? .PL Thinks So As Registrations Decline.

The number of .pl domain names has decreased by 124,485 in the 12 months to 27 November according to statistics provided by NASK, the Polish ccTLD registry, and currently stand at 2,579,310. When those domain names with ENUM are included, the figure is 2,604,336. And at least some of this decrease the registry has attributed to the launch of new gTLDs the NASK Director Wojciech Kamieniecki said in the latest report on the .pl domain name market.

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22 November 2017

ICANN Allows Domain Name Renewal Flexibility Following Natural Disasters Such As Hurricane Maria

Domain name registrants with renewals due during or following a natural disaster, but are having problems accessing their account due to ongoing issues such as with electric power grid and telecommunications infrastructures, will have the possibility of their renewal date being extended.

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21 November 2017

The auDA Merry-Go-Round Continues as Another Employee Bites the Dust

The employee disaster zone that is auDA continues to dismay. This week Domain Pulse learned of another of CEO Cameron Boardman’s Executive Assistants is to leave after only about 4 months in the job. Whether they’re leaving on their own accord or not is not clear, but it follows the previous Executive Assistant being given notice while she was on sick leave having cancer treatment.

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17 November 2017

Satisfaction With .AU Runs High Among Australians As Women Increasingly Register Domain Names

Women account for close to half (48%) of all .au registrants as trust in the Australian ccTLD remains high, with 61% of respondents reporting it was their most trusted TLD in Australia followed by .com (41%), according to the latest annual survey on .au.

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16 November 2017

.UK Domains Suspended for Criminal Activity Doubles to 16,632 in 12 Months

The number of .uk domain names suspended due to being used for criminal activity has doubled, again, in the year to 31 October according Nominet.

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15 November 2017

Having Problems Finding That .COM or .NET Domain Name? Verisign's NameStudio Can Help.

With short, memorable .com and .net domain names almost non-existent, many startups, small businesses and individuals find it difficult to get their desired domain name in one of these top level domains. So Verisign have developed a solution. NameStudio is an easy-to-use brainstorming device to help find that great domain name.

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14 November 2017

Do auDA’s Left and Right Hands Ever Talk as Constitution Review Announced?

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, announced a review of its constitution Monday, just days after it was announced Director Simon Johnson was requesting a Fit and Proper Persons Test be put to Members at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

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American Banker Outlines New gTLD Adoption Challenges, But One Bank Says It’s a "No Brainer" American Banker

Adopting a new gTLD domain name, or even changing a domain name, is not without its challenges. There are costs for changing promotional materials as well as the transition of websites and email addresses for staff. And customer awareness of the change may not be so straightforward.

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.XYZ Back On Top: Regains #1 New gTLDs Registrations Crown

The .xyz has regained the number one new gTLDs crown after some weeks of declines by .top, mirroring the decline of .xyz. The latest statistics from nTLDstats.com show .xyz with 2.543 million registrations and .top with 2.538 million.

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11 November 2017

Donuts Tops Deloitte’s North American 2017 Technology Fast 500

Donuts have topped the Deloitte 2017 Technology Fast 500, an award recognising the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America, Deloitte announced Thursday. These tech companies note Deloitte are on the cutting edge and are transforming the way we do business.

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10 November 2017

Domaining Europe Returning to Valencia in 2018

Domain Europe 2018 is returning to Valencia after a foray into Berlin in 2017. Organiser Dietmar Stefitz had investigated heading to Rome for the 2018 event however costs were prohibitive for hotels. So back to Valencia they go from 7 to 9 June!

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09 November 2017

Less Than One Day Left For Latest auDA Consultation on Second Level Domains

Some days I think the ongoing auDA consultations on the introduction of second level registrations are like the Rapture. The believers keep believing, but it never seems to happen. What started with Names Policy Panel recommendations in favour back in 2015 has since gone through several consultations. With very little movement since the Names Policy Panel recommended they be introduced.

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08 November 2017

Dirty Tricks and Smears Enter auDA Director's Election

There’s currently an election underway for directors to the auDA Board. The last 2 years have been dogged by controversy for the .au policy and regulatory body. The Board unceremoniously dumped the CEO and the current CEO and board have overseen a turbulent time since current CEO Cameron Boardman commenced.

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07 November 2017

nic.at Introduces New Partnerfinder Tool To Help Registrants Find The Right Registrar

For many domain name registrants, finding the registrar that best suits their requirements can be a minefield. They might find a cheaper registrar, but then find the registrar doesn’t offer services they require, or the support they need. So the Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at, has set about making this process easier with their new “Partnerfinder” service.

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05 November 2017

auDA Seeking to Amend Constitution to Silence Dissent

The .au policy and regulatory body, auDA, is seeking to implement even more onerous rules on who can be a Member of the organisation than on who is eligible to stand for the Australian parliament in what could easily be viewed as an attempt to stifle dissent.

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ICANN Has New Leadership Team With Chalaby as Chair, Disspain Vice-Chair As 60th Meetings Ends

ICANN announced a new leadership team to head the ICANN Board of Directors at the organisation’s 60th public meeting held in Abu Dhabi last week. The 19th Annual General Meeting, Cherine Chalaby and Chris Disspain were officially appointed as the new Chair of the ICANN Board and Vice-Chair respectively.

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02 November 2017

Global Internet Stakeholders Convene in Abu Dhabi for ICANN60

Today [30 Oct], ICANN kicked off its 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 28 October to 3 November, more than 2,500 regional and global participants are gathering for discussions about the policies regarding the Internet's system of unique identifiers. One of the key topics at ICANN60 is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The meeting is also an important forum for cross-community discussions on a number of ongoing projects in ICANN. The host of the meeting is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

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E-Shops Selling Counterfeit Goods Often Use Re-Registered Brand Domains, European Study Finds

Companies letting their domain names expire are often finding e-shops are re-registering their domain names and using them to market trademark infringing, or counterfeit, goods. But there’s no correlation between the use of the domain name prior to the e-shop and what the e-shop sells.

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ICANN Advise on What You Need to Know When Transferring a Domain Name

Recently ICANN provided a post on their blog on what you as a domain name registrant need to know when transferring a domain name.

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