Iron Mountain: Why is Google using it as a “domain escrow?”

Google operates an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, among its many ventures. Domain investors using Google to register and manage domain names often go there not because of discounted pricing, but because of the expected level of security. That might not work out in the end as Jay Westerdal found out. Google’s online help contains an entry […]

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Domain spammer claims ICANN gives out investor licenses

An ongoing spam campaign is using the domain name HannahBenson.com, alongside the alias “Hannah Benson.” The spammer targets domain registrants with “similar domains” to the ones being peddled. So far, nothing new about using a faux female name to sell domains, but what sets this spam aside is the included claim that they are an […]

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It’s all about domains: The latest news about new gTLDs

Can you imagine the domain industry without any new gTLDs? The first new gTLD application round was launched on January 12, 2012 introducing more than 1,000 new TLDs—that’s a full decade ago! The opportunities in the namespace are set to increase again: Working behind the scenes is the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), a policy-development […]

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Unplug Russia: An #ICANN president with balls supports internet sanctions

An ICANN president with testicular fortitude supports internet sanctions that would disable key functions on Russian web sites. That’s not Göran Marby, the current ICANN CEO, who flat out refused to get ICANN involved. The man with balls is Mike Roberts, founding president of ICANN from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Roberts is supporting the development […]

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#Chinese capital: Dot .Meta gTLD application filed at #ICANN

ICANN 72 is currently ongoing in cyberspace, or should we say, “metaverse.” The meta madness among domain investors is real, and hundreds of “meta domains” are being registered daily, according to sources. If you think you’re running out of options, worry not: Dot .meta is a new gTLD application at ICANN, as revealed in today’s […]

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ICANN & NamesCon to require vaccine passports!

ICANN and NamesCon will soon be adding one more field to their registration forms in order to attend real, in person conferences: vaccination records. Following France’s paradigm of “no vaccine, no croissant,” ICANN announced the need for vaccination passports this weekend: “Here at ICANN we outline the benefits of the multisteak holder model, along with […]

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#ICANN allocates Public Domain Registry to replace Net 4 India

ICANN has allocated PublicDomainRegistry (PDR) as the substitute registrar that replaces Net 4 India, taking over its domain inventory. Net 4 India lost its accreditation earlier this year, after a series of violations gave ICANN no other choice. ICANN will work with PDR to ensure registration data for previous Net 4 India customers is transferred […]

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COVID-19 passports not good for #ICANN meetings

If you got vaccinated against COVID-19 already, congratulations. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask. Even if you get a COVID-19 passport, that alone won’t get you an in-person meeting pass to the infamous global ICANN meetings and their illustrious buffets. For now, at least. ICANN president and CEO, Göran Marby, announced […]

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ICANN moving company live even after #ICANN70

ICANN70 is ending tomorrow in cyberspace, but the ICANN Moving Company continues to provide its services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex past that date. Big or small, ICANN move it all is their motto and who are we to dispute that! What the heck are we talking about? These folks over at the Longview and […]

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Pranksters targeted #ICANN with #Zoom pornography

ICANN Zoom meeting participants were “flashed” online during the first day of ICANN68 – an ongoing event that takes place entirely online. Apparently, pornographic videos were on display by meeting participants that attempted to disrupt the conference, which was not password-protected. ICANN referred to these pranksters as “trolls” and issued changes to their Zoom meeting […]

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#Domain authority : Splitting away from #ICANN and the zone

It seems that 2019 set a new record – and we’re not talking about Joey Chestnut eating 71 hotdogs in 10 minutes at the annual Coney Island contest. In 2019 there were 3216 UDRPs filed. With the huge, global, move to online business, you can expect more of the same in 2020. There might be […]

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PIR-o-mania : And now get ready for unlimited price increases for dot .ORG #domains

The acquisition of the PIR Registry by Ethos Capital might have been cockblocked for now, as ICANN put the brakes on the transaction. Bending flat under pressure, ICANN announced that apparently PIR is doing just fine right now, as a profitable company with a valuation of more than $1 billion dollars. Relinquishing their non-profit status […]

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