NameCheap : No love for Tucows?

NameCheap is apparently going on its own as an ICANN-accredited registrar, and not following eNom in the lap of Tucows. The latter, acquired eNom from Rightside, and NameCheap was an eNom (super) reseller for many years; the ICANN accreditation came in 2013. Now, domains registered at NameCheap don’t display eNom as the registrar, but NameCheap […]

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ICANN58 in Copenhagen : Rick Astley performed at the EUrid event!

Rick Astley, the 80’s teen heart-throb idol, performed at an ICANN58 event in Copenhagen, tonight. Aged 51, the “Rick Rolling” phenom was invited by EURid, Registry of dot .EU domains. The moment was captured by Michele Neylon, founder of Blacknight, who took a break from posting images of exquisite food to share this extraordinary musical […]

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Editorial : ICANN and the future of the new gTLDs

Welcome to the March Editorial. Uniregistry’s announcement of a price increase plan, affecting 16 of its 25 commercial gTLDs, created a wave of discussions on a variety of media. The key question was the price increase, and whether it’s ethical, or merely a demonstration of corporate greed. The affected gTLDs are, for the most part, […]

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NASA & ICANN : Intelligent domainers might survive outside of our solar system

Today’s announcement of 7 earth-sized exoplanets merely 40 light years away, was met by jubilation among astronomers, domainers and other technology boffins. Discovering a hospitable environment so far away from home means one thing: domain investing and the new gTLDs can propagate for aeons to come. “A lot of domain investors are in fear of […]

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Fadi Chehadé : Former ICANN president’s legacy lives on

During his tenure as President CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé became involved in the successful roll-out of the TLD Registry program. The end result: hundreds of new gTLDs were introduced to the world, creating an entirely new dynamic in the domain market. ICANN now holds onto millions of dollars in cash reserves, thanks to the […]

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ICANN : It rains domains in dot .Africa

Registry Africa celebrated the delegation of dot .Africa, after numerous suits, counter-suits, oppositions and extra fun time with gTLD overseer, ICANN. The new gTLD, dot .Africa, will encompass 54 official African countries and its 1.234 billion people, in the continent that is considered as the very cradle of the human civilization. To celebrate the event […]

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ICANN CEO Göran Marby to speak at WHD.Global next month

ICANN CEO, Göran Marby, will be a speaker during Web Hosting Days Global – the hosting and cloud mega-conference that takes place in Germany. Mr. Marby will be addressing the community at WHD.global on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 with his presentation, “Shape the future of the Internet: Your business depends on it.” If you plan […]

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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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