Domain Names

12 November 2007

Internet name frontier may rest in another language CNN

Suppose that the Internet had been invented in Thailand, and that every Web address ended with three letters in the Thai alphabet that you needed to type out. Allowing URLs in non-English language formats may spur a new wave of Internet usage, analysts say.

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11 November 2007

Google cybersquatter demands a job

A cybersquatter wanting a job with Google has been rather inventive. "Sebastian Klein, a network administrator, has registered at least eight Google-related internet domain names and, in a letter posted in 10 languages on each of the sites, he demands a job in exchange for handing over ownership of the names," reports The Associated Press.

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Tasting solutions: An Evaluation and Analysis of Proposed Solutions to the Domain Name Tasting Crisis [CADNA white paper] CADNA

The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has posted a white page on domain tasting that they hope will generate more informed opinions and lead to better decisions regarding the resolution of this crisis. The extract of the paper from CADNA begins: Millions of domain names are tasted or kited daily. The tasting and potential registration of these names can lead to customer confusion, brand and trademark dilution, lost revenue, and at times even fraudulent and criminal activity. The parties that register these names and those who partner with them to monetize the traffic are the only beneficiaries of domain tasting.

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ICANN in LA - day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday)

OK, a belated catch up on what happened in LA at the recent ICANN meeting. Of course, the biggest thing to come out of the meeting news wise was Vint Cerf stepping down from the position of ICANN Chair being replaced by Peter Dengate Thrush, with Roberto Gaetano remaining Vice-Chair. The Tuesday night gala to send of Vint at Sony Studios, complete with Star Wars themes, and final board meeting with Vint as chair seemed to have him quite emotional. I'm sure I heard Vint's voice being rather emotional! For those who aren't aware, Vint was unable to stand for the board again due to the limits imposed on the number of terms for board members.

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09 November 2007

Lindt chocolates trump Australian cybersquatter

The Lindt chocolate company has won a dispute lodged with WIPO over "lindtchocolates.biz", "lindtchocolates.info", "lindtruffles.info" from an Australian cybersquatter.

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Recycle.co.uk sells for record £150,000 Financial Times

"The highest price ever paid for a .co.uk internet domain name has been recorded after 'recycle.co.uk' went under the hammer for £150,000 (US$317,000)" according to a report in the Financial Times, breaking the record of £110,000 paid by J Sainsbury for taste.co.uk in 1997.

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08 November 2007

.AU approaches one million domain registrations

Domain registrations in .AU will hit one million by the end of November according to AusRegistry, the .AU registry. To celebrate, AusRegistry is launching the '1 Million .au Webnames' advertising campaign incorporating a mix of national press and online advertising.

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06 November 2007

VeriSign Reports Third Quarter Results VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007. VeriSign reported total revenue of $377 million for the third quarter of 2007 with revenue from continuing operations of $374 million.

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04 November 2007

Study Shows German Internet Users Prefer Memorable Domain Names for Cities and Regions by Dirk Krischenowski

The majority of private Internet users in Germany favour the increased usage of local domain endings as in .city or .region in the future because the more memorable names will help them to better find the information that they are looking for. That is the core result of a representative survey that was commissioned by eco Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft and conducted by the market research company eResult at the beginning of October. eco is the registered association of German Internet enterprises.

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03 November 2007

Peter Dengate-Thrush new ICANN chair

Peter Dengate-Thrush has been elected to the position of chair of ICANN, replacing the outgoing Vint Cerf. His deputy will be Roberto Gaetano.

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ICANN in LA – day two (Monday)

Well, Monday was my first full day in LA, and a complete day inside the Hilton where the conference was held. Not necessarily attending meetings. This is my second ICANN meeting, the first was Wellington in 2006. One of the things that quickly comes apparent is that not everyone comes here to attend all of the meetings, or indeed for some people, any of them. There is networking and deals being done, new clients being made. So for some people, the meetings are a peripheral event.

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Department of Commerce’s NTIA Seeks Public Comments Regarding Joint Project Agreement with ICANN National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced that it will consult with interested stakeholders regarding the mid-term review of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the Department and ICANN. NTIA will soon release a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) requesting comments to be due February 15, 2008.

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ICANN in LA – day one (Sunday)

I'm currently in LA for the ICANN meeting where around 1,000 people registered for this week's meeting. The meeting will be most remembered as Vint Cerf's last meeting as chair as he is obliged to step down having served the limit on the number of terms he is allowed to serve. But there are other issues up for debate, probably the major one being changes to Whois and the display of personal information.

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02 November 2007

.IQ goes online Kurdish Media

Iraqi officials this week announced the launch of their ccTLD, .IQ. It's quite an intriguing tale according to this report in Kurdish Media. The report says, "'Iraq has officially planted its flag on the Internet,' the deputy assistant of the Iraqi National Communication and Media Commission said by telephone interview from Baghdad, before a news conference to announce the step. The deputy, who asked that her name be withheld because of frequent attacks on government workers, said e-mail addresses and websites ending in .iq would be up and running in a matter of days."

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01 November 2007

.CAT - 25,000 registrations and counting

.CAT reached it's 25,000th domain name registration today (October 31), less than two years after launching.`"It is a marvellous achievement," said Jordi Iparraguirre, Director General of Fundació puntCAT, "but we are even more pleased with the number of pages in Catalan as well as our ratio of pages per domain name which is in the top ten for TLDs around the world.

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31 October 2007

TechNewsReview on the road - 1st stop-ICANN LA meeting

TechNewsReview is going on the road and I would like to catch up with any readers on the way. First stop is ICANN's LA meeting from October 29 to November 2. There's more information available by reading the full article along with how you can contact me.

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29 October 2007

Tech Road Map: Secure DNS? Not Just Yet Information Week

Say you type a host name, like www.yahoo .com. How do you know the IP address in the response really points to one of Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO)'s servers and not a rogue? You don't. In the past year, Symantec's DeepSight system reported 25 vulnerabilities on various DNS servers and resolvers. In fact, there are a number of ways DNS can be subverted to provide bogus information.

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28 October 2007

ICANN probe insider domain name snatching probe

ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee is "investigating suspicions that insider information is being used to snatch desired domain names before an individual or business can register them." The practice is referred to as "domain name front running" and likened to a stock broker buying or selling shares ahead of a client's trade, in anticipation of a movement in price.

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Vint Cerf stands down as ICANN chair The Journal News

There's an interesting story from Associated Press on Vint Cerf stepping down from his position as chair of ICANN. His last moment in charge is the upcoming ICANN meeting in Los Angeles next week. Vint Cerf has been one of the people responsible for developing the internet's technical foundation and is often regarded as the father of the internet as we all probably know. This article looks at ICANN and how it has grown, developed and its role in the current day internet.

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ICANN Ombudsman Releases Annual Report ICANN

The Ombudsman for ICANN released his annual report today, which lays out how his office has helped individuals and organizations with disputes come to a resolution while avoiding formal processes like the courts.

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26 October 2007

Dallas Cowboys buy, then pass, on pricey Cowboys.com domain

It pays to check out what you are bidding for in an auction, and the Dallas Cowboys certainly got a shock when they realised what they had bid for cowboys.com! Thinking they had bid US$275, they were rather surprised to find they had bid $275,000!

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25 October 2007

Trademark Law – What Search Marketers Should Know, Part 2 Search Engine Watch

Search Engine Watch has published part two of its articles on trademark law, looking at what search marketers should know. In part two, Grant Cowell covers important tips and tactics by online intellectual property attorneys and legal counsels for the search engines, for both protecting your own trademark material and respecting the trademarks of others.

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22 October 2007

Cybersquatting – Moving With The times? Kemp Little LLP

For those readers not so au fait with cybsquatting, the London law firm Kemp Little LLP has an article by Paul Garland that gives a good explanation of what it's all about. The article begins: Cybersquatting - the practice of registering internet domain names that are based on another entity's brands or company name - is as prevalent as ever. As online business models have developed and converged, the cybersquatter's methods have adapted accordingly.

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Have a CERTs - attending GovCert.NL Symposium in the Netherlands by Milton Mueller Internet Governance blog

This week I attended the GovCert.NL Symposium in the Netherlands. This is the 6th annual gathering of "Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and other experts in Internet security and privacy. About 50% of the participants were Dutch, I would guess, and maybe 85% from Europe, although there were attendees from as far away as the USA, Japan and Australia. There were some fascinating presentations, including an analysis of the role of money mules in phishing scams, analyhsis of a new "man in the middle"-style attack on banks, attempts by governments to implement digital identity systems, a detailed recounting of the Estonian "cyber riot" that temporarily crippled the Internet in that country, advocacy for Bitfrost, a new operating system platform based on new privacy/security assumptions, and, oh, a very interesting discussion of the Whois-privacy problem in ICANN.

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20 October 2007

gov.uk websites - accessible or offline by end 2008!

Accessibility has been a big issue foe me since I worked for a not for profit organisation dealing with disabilities. So it was pleasing for me to see an article in The Register that the British government has given all websites in the gov.uk domain till the end of 2008 to achieve the minimum, Level Double-A of the W3C Guidelines will have its domain withdrawn. The Register feels this is foolhardy. The Register is wrong and misguided in its view. It is a great incentive for government agencies to get their websites to abide by the W3C guidelines. For too long website designers have ignored or paid lip service to the needs of people with disabilities, and more courageous decisions such as this need to be made to make the web accessible for all.

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