Verisign : Happy New Year with an 8.8% price increase for domains

Verisign, managers of the .com and .net domains, are starting the new year with an 8.8% increase in prices. On February 1st, dot .net domains will jump industry-wide by that much; the price increase is part of the contract negotiated with ICANN. As a result, expect most domain registrars to match the cost of registering […]

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ICANN : Officially in the hands of Russian interests

Domain investors and conservative politicians have been wondering about the push by ICANN to leave US control behind; the change occurred earlier this year. It appears that ICANN is now officially in the hands of Russian interests, as this web site reveals. We are talking about Russia’s ICANN – the International Community Association of Nizhny […]

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Frank Schilling and how search engines are killing “clever URLs”

A balanced article on new gTLDs at The Atlantic is tapping Frank Schilling’s feedback, among that of other domain investors. Titled, “How Search Engines Are Killing Clever URLs,” the article focuses on the current state of affairs regarding the adoption of new gTLDs by the general public. Cyrus Namazi, an executive technocrat at ICANN, acknowledges […]

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December 2016 : The 10 most abused Top Level Domains per Spamhaus

SpamHaus keeps track of abusive behavior originating from a large variety of gTLDs and TLDs. SpamHaus calculates the abusive behavior of domain TLDs as the ratio of abusive domains that exist in a given TLD, to its total number of active domains. In November, dot .Science topped the charts of the 10 most abused Top […]

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Uniregistry : Example of a 60-day lock “opt out” for a domain transfer

When ICANN imposed new rules to WHOIS updates, they created a bureaucratic process that attempts to address the issue of domain theft. From December 1st onward, changes to a domain’s ownership records trigger a process that resembles a domain transfer, even if no such transfer takes place. For transfers to another registrar, domains get locked […]

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eNom : Transfer policy and the “60-day domain lockdown” snafu by ICANN

We continue our coverage on the 60-day lockdown period imposed to domain transfers by ICANN, when WHOIS information is changed. Registrars can offer an opt-out process, and so far we reached out to Name.com, and Uniregistry, who responded with their respective policies and process. eNom, a Rightside company, have announced that they too support the […]

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Uniregistry : Opting out of the new 60-day “domain lock down” ICANN imposed

We asked several domain registrars about how to opt out from the new 60-day domain lock down period that ICANN imposed, when WHOIS changes are made to a domain. First, a backgrounder on what the heck is going on. Effective today, December 1st, domain updates that in the past were handled internally by a Registrar, […]

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Name.com : How to opt out of the upcoming 60-day domain lock down imposed by ICANN

A new ICANN policy affecting WHOIS changes is causing problems when domain owners update their own information. According to the new policy, a WHOIS change, e.g. to the registrant or the email address, is handled as a domain transfer would. For example, an email is sent out to the old and new contacts to authorize […]

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ICANN 65 in Mexico City has been canceled

ICANN has canceled its ICANN65 meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, after a wall to be constructed across the border with the US inched closer to materializing. “The Mexican government has had enough with the Trump tirades about how Mexicans are ‘rapists’ and drug smugglers and need to be kept to the south of the border […]

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Dot .Science tops the most abused TLD list for November 2016

On a daily basis, SpamHaus reviews millions of emails and keeps track of the abusive behavior originating from a large variety of gTLDs and TLDs. The latter is calculated as the ratio of abusive domains that exist per TLD, to the total number of active domains in that TLD. Quite ironically, in October, the list […]

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ICANN57 : Women in Technology is now live

The live session of Women in Technology is now streaming live at ICANN57. The ICANN conference in Hyperabad, India, continues on its second day today. Audio quality of the stream is great, which should be the case as expensive audiovisual equipment had to be shipped twice by ICANN, due to a fire destroying part of […]

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ICANN57 : Corporate inefficiency cost $700,000 dollars

ICANN57 is underway in Hyperabad, India, and a recent fire cost ICANN $700,000 dollars due to a case of corporate inefficiency. According to the ICANN blog, a fire broke aboard the ship which contained the packed equipment being shipped from Helsinki, Finland to Hyderabad, India. A 20ft container with ICANN gear heading to India, was […]

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