Tuesday, April 30, 2013
About a month ago we told you that around 2,000 domain names owned by Joel Williams/Dream Sellers/In Stealth Mode had been frozen by a state court after certain parties claiming rights in and to those domain names filed for an injunction with a Tennessee Court.
At the time we noted that the parties filing the suit must have had an old list of domain since so many of the domains on the list were no longer owned by Williams including hundreds of domain were unregistered.
Other domains owned by Joel Williams which were not on the list provided by the Plaintiffs are are starting to hit NameJet.com auctions as pending delete domains.
The domain name registrar, Name.com was a huge player in the .TV extension.
Actually Name.com was catching expired .TV almost with such a high success rate, they were pretty much the only .TV backorder system.
However since Name.com was bought by Demand Media, Inc, (DMD) for $18 Million Dollars, all of the expired Name.com domains including the .TV domain names seem to be going to Namejet.com on an exclusive basis and they are hitting NameJet.com auctions.
There are a few prime .TV domain names now in auction at NameJet.com which were formerly owned by Williams or one of his companies including, Celeb.tv, Pussy.,tv, Comic.tv and Director.tv which all went into privacy in 2012 only to be dropped for non-renewal in 2013.
Some of these domains sold for a one time fee in the $x,xxx range once they were freed from the .Tv premium program where the annual renewal fees where in the $x,xxx range per year or higher.
Another sad tale in what appears to be a rags to riches to rags story.
The policies for registering, renewing, deactivating and changing Whois information for .AL domain names is changing as of 1 May and will be performed by registrars authorised by the Albanian Electronic and Postal Communication Authority (AKEP). The new regulation sets 1 May as the date when the accreditation process will begin.
The new administrative procedures will also lead to a decrease in the official fees for registering new and renewing existing domain names.
The changes will also liberalise the registration of .al domains by allowing foreign companies to register domains provided they can prove they do business in their countries. Until now only to Albanian citizens and entities or foreign companies that had their subsidiaries in the Albanian territory could register .al domains.
Before the amendments, foreign companies were not entitled to register the ccTLDs in their own names, even if they successfully challenged the Albanian owners that had registered and/or used a domain name similar to theirs.
The background to the changes comes about from amendments introduced to the Regulation on the Registration and Administration of .al Domain Names and Subdomains on 23 January, 2013 by AKEP, the registry for .al. The amendments outlined administrative procedures and technical requirements for the domain name registration. The amendments will come into force on 1 May, 2013.
You can read the press release after the jump :
"ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé today announced the organization will open its first hub office in Istanbul, Turkey.
The announcement marks a significant moment in the evolution of ICANN as it prepares to spread its operational functions across three global headquarters - Los Angeles (current location), Istanbul and Singapore.
“ICANN is becoming increasingly international in terms of our outlook, policies and the makeup of our staff. Now our global hub strategy will take our internationalism to an improved operational level,” said Chehadé. “These hub offices will become part of the core fabric of ICANN.”
The Istanbul hub office will be led by David Olive, ICANN’s Vice President for Policy Development. A number of current ICANN staff will relocate to Istanbul over the coming months and local staff also will be hired.
“We looked closely at a number of possible global locations,” said Fadi Chehadé. “We chose Istanbul because of the quality of its infrastructure, growing ICT sector, business-friendly environment and its close cultural and geographic proximity to Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.”
“ICANN provides efficient and considered management of the Internet’s Domain Name System, and today marks the latest step in the organization’s journey of extending its global influence,” said Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications. “The ICANN European HUB is being established in Istanbul to act as an epicenter that will help shape Internet policy to deliver a more connected community across Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
ICANN currently is overseeing the implementation of more than 1,400 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), representing one of the biggest changes to the Internet since its inception. The first wave of these domains will come online in the coming months. As a result of this massive expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS), ICANN too is expanding as it continues its mission to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet."
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Monday, April 29, 2013
If in the first quarter of 2013 the biggest domain sale was Booker.com for $375,000 and all the six-figure reported domain sales added together came in at $1,83 million,in the same quarter a year ago,th biggest two domain sales added up to a total of $1,85 million .
First Quarter 2013 Domain Name Sales
11. LawHelp.com $85,000
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Uniregistry & TLDH will take equal equity in joint venture to run .country
The two applicants for the top level domain name .country have entered into an agreement to partner, rather than fight, over .country. Top Level Domain Holdings issued a press release this morning announcing the deal between its company and Frank Schilling’s company, Uniregistry. This is the first publicly announced agreement that will resolve a contention set, as no other companies applied for .country. Under the terms of the deal, both companies will get a 50% stake in a new company to which the .country contract with ICANN will be transferred. Both TLDH and Uniregistry representatives have said they won’t participate in private auctions, one of the ways to resolve a contention set prior to an ICANN auction, due to concerns about antitrust violations.
Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, says he simply employed some of that business acumen in his latest venture: securing the domain names for all 170 state House and Senate districts and selling website, Twitter and Facebook services to his fellow lawmakers. Moffitt said about 40 legislators, all Republicans, have signed up with InTouchNC.
Fees range from $250-$1,000 a month for the service, depending on the extent of personal information and customizing they need.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Philadelphia 76ers buy Sevens.com from Warren Royal for new D-League franchise
The Philadelphia 76ers NBA team announced that it acquired the operating rights for a team in the National Basketball Association Development League. The team will play in Delaware and be called the Delaware 87ers. Their nickname will be the "Sevens". How long have the 76ers been working on acquiring the rights to this D-league team? Well, on November 26, 2012 they registered the domain Delaware87ers.com. They then worked to acquire the nickname as a .com. Sometime between December 12, 2012 and January 3, 2013, the team bought the domain.
The new administrative procedures will lead to a decrease in the official fees for the registration of new and the renewal of existing domain names.
Most importantly, the changes aim to liberalize the purchase of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) under the .al zone, by granting this right to foreign companies, provided that they can prove that they do business in their countries. Until now, this right belonged only to Albanian citizens and entities or foreign companies that had their subsidiaries in the Albanian territory.
On January 23, 2013, the (AKEP), the central registrar of the Albanian .al domain and subdomain names, introduced amendments to the Regulation on the Registration and Administration of .al Domain Names and Subdomains, outlining administrative procedures and technical requirements for the domain name registration. The amendments will enter into force on May 1, 2013.
Before the amendments, foreign companies were not entitled to register the ccTLDs in their own names, even if they successfully challenged the Albanian owners that had registered and/or used a domain name similar to theirs.
Australian Christian Lobby Domains Registered by Australian Cat Ladies
Advising businesses to register URL variations of their name is a commonplace, often couched in terms of trademark protection. However, it’s not a cost-free business. While .org and .com domain names are relatively cheap, the same isn’t true of country domains.
The value of multiple domains is questionable in a world where the most common search terms include common sites. For many people, the domain name simply isn’t something that registers. In that scenario, registering minor variants seems like a pointless waste of time.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer, and its parent company apparently think they own the term “Philly”.
True, the newspaper’s home on the web is Philly.com. But anyone who has ever eaten a Philly cheesesteak knows that it’s a common nickname for the city.
It's a little surprising that the Philadelphia Inquirer decided to go after a local news site, Philly2Philly.com, claiming that it was cybersquatting on its trademark for Philly.com.
Philadelphia Media Network filed a cybersquatting complaint against Philly2Philly.com and lost hands down. The arbitration panel didn’t find that the paper had tried reverse domain name hijacking, but it certainly doesn’t look good. The respondent a federally registered trademark for Philly2Philly.com, although the paper is also challenging that.
Friday, April 26, 2013
These questions have risen to the fore in an arcane, but hugely important, debate about how to redraw the boundaries of the internet. Brazil and Peru have lodged objections to a bid made by the US e-commerce giant for a prime new piece of cyberspace: ".amazon".
The Seattle-based company has applied for its brand to be a top-level domain name (currently .com), but the South American governments argue this would prevent the use of this internet address for environmental protection, the promotion of indigenous rights and other public interest uses. Read more...
Verisign registered 8.8 million new domains in the quarter, down from 8.9 million in the same quarter last year but up from 8.0 million in Q4. They reported $236 million revenue for the quarter, which is up 15% from the same quarter last year. GAAP net income was $85 million for the quarter.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Online Drugstore Buys BeautyRoom.com
Online drugstore Chemist Direct bought BeautyRoom.com for just $5,300.
CSH Business Software Buys Legal Domain AdvancedLaw.com
CSH Business Software, which offers legal software, bought AdvancedLaw.com for $1,788.
Sparkflow Buys SmallBusinessManager.com
Sparkflow, which offers a business dashboard called Small Business Manager, bought SmallBusinessManager.com for $1,500.
New Orleans Technology Services has purchased ACORN.org
New Orleans Technology Services has purchased ACORN.org for $5,000 and put up a site about the famed community organization that shut down in 2010.
Genentech Purchases AMDawareness.com for Age Related Macular Degeneration
Biotech company Genentech purchased AMDawareness.com for $1,299. AMD stands for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss for the elderly.
Foresee purchased the domain WordofMouthIndex.com
Foresee the "Customer experience analytics" company purchased WordofMouthIndex.com for $2,000.
Flash sales site Totsy.com bought Totsy.net for $1,999.
SearEnergy Offshore Holding GmbH Purchases SearEnergy.com at Auction
SearEnergy Offshore Holding GmbH owns SearEnergy.de and just bought SearEnergy.com for $2,595.
USA Today Sports Media Group Buys 4TW.comUSA Today Sports Media Group bought 4TW.com for $2,999 for its new sports site. This week USA Today launched its new sports site For The Win!, which officially resides at FTW.USAToday.com. But they bought the short URL 4TW.com to forward to it. It does not own FTW.com or ForTheWin.com.
Hilco Streambank has announced that it will auction off a number of domain names, including Bargain.com, next month through its online auction platform. Hilco is known for auctioning of domain names related to defunct brands, but Bargain.com isn’t such a distressed asset.
The domain is owned by FYI Direct, the consumer credit company behind FreeScore.com. It has been marketed for sale previously by Sedo and Moniker without much success. The reserve for Bargain.com in a Moniker auction last year was over $750,000. The domain has been used for a number of purposes over the years, including to market foreclosures and for local deals. Hilco is also auctioning the domains ETM.com, VirtualMall.com and 1800MyWebsite.com. In May they will be auctioning ServiceMerchandise.com and TJMaxx.com.au.
Denic claims 14.3 mln .de domains registered in GermanyThere are 14.3 million domains in 402 German towns and districts, according to the regional domain statistics 2012 report from .de domain registry Denic. Adding to these numbers are more than 860,000 domains of holders whose place of residence is abroad. In total, about 15.3 million .de domains were registered at end-2012. The year-on-year total domain growth rate for 2011/2012 was 3.7 percent compared to 5.0 percent in 2010/2011. This is an increase of about 543,000 domains (previous year: 702,000.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The questions to be discussed at this year's forum include :
- Legal aspects of the global netword
- New TLDs
- Changes in the global domain name landscape
"Transborder or no borders: Internet and its legal aspects", "Creating a playground in the Internet", "Cybersecurity: evasive virtuality", "e-Government: handiness made possible", "Prospects of the Internet governance system", and "Domain industry economy". These topical questions are to be discussed by a number of leading experts from Russia and abroad, representatives of the international intergovernmental organizations, as well as those of Russian government and industrial structures.
Ruslan Gattarov (Federation Council of the RF), Wim Degezelle (CENTR, Belgium), John Carr (UKCCIS, Great Britain), Janis Karklins (UNESCO, Latvia), Wolfgang Kleinwaechter (Orhus University, Germany), Konstantinos Komaitis (ISOC, Switzerland), Ilya Massukh (Information Democracy Foundation), Jeff Moss (ICANN, USA), Alena Popova (Open Projects Foundation), Galina Soldatova (Internet Development Foundation), Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi (OECD, Italy), Bertrand de la Chapelle (International Diplomatic Academy, France) and many others.
For more details check out CCTLD.RU .
You can read the press release after the jump :
"DotGreen Community, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) completed the initial evaluation of DotGreen’s sustainability focused .green Top-Level Domain (TLD) application. Approval came on Friday, April 19, 2013 as part of the ICANN New TLD program.
Passing ICANN’s initial evaluation is a major milestone toward bringing .green website addresses online. The news comes on the heels of the ICANN 46 international meetings where DotGreen, longtime advocate for the green community, remains a valuable and equal stakeholder of the Internet. Four members of the DotGreen team were present among a record-breaking number of international stakeholders and delegates who gathered to discuss governance, policies and the future of the Internet name space.
“This is great news for DotGreen Community, Inc.,” said Annalisa Roger, Founder and CEO. "So soon after returning from a significant week of engagement at ICANN Beijing, our green friends and new partners in China are excited to share in this achievement with us and the global green community.”
Out of almost 2,000 applications, 200 have passed ICANN’s initial evaluation at this time. ICANN is responsible for vetting all new TLD applications; the important initial evaluation step is determined by the guidelines of the New TLD Applicant Guidebook.
“Passing the evaluation demonstrates our ability to run an operationally sound, safe and secure TLD,” said Tim Switzer, COO/CFO. “This is a significant step for bringing green online, and puts us one step closer to the reality of seeing the contribution .green will make to the global sustainability movement.”
Passing with a high score indicates that DotGreen passed financial requirements and presented reliable technical operations for the new .green TLD and is ready to become a part of the global Internet infrastructure. Neustar, DotGreen’s technical services provider, was recently selected by ICANN as one of three Emergency Back-End Registry Operators for the entire TLD program.
The .green TLD will be the “green” online space for companies, associations, governmental organizations, nonprofits/NGOs, and individuals aligned with the shared values and practices of the green movement. New .green websites will collectively boost awareness, education and the worldwide shift toward sustainability. Because part of the purchase of every .green domain name will contribute to the support of programs and projects aimed at sustainability in all regions of the world, the success of .green will directly benefit those who use it. DotGreen Community, Inc. has partnerships with the DotGreen Foundation, a Public Benefit Charity, and EarthShare, a U.S.-based non-profit federation of more than 500 of the world’s leading environmental organizations.
“DotGreen is thankful for the continued support of global citizens and the green community, including environmental and humanitarian organizations worldwide, and the many stakeholders of the Internet industry who have supported this important public interest project,” said Roger.
Given the ICANN New TLD timeline, it is expected that .green domain names will be available to the public during a global Internet launch in the first quarter of 2014.
ABOUT THE DOTGREEN COMMUNITY, INC: DotGreen Community Inc. (DGC) was incorporated in February 2011 for the sole purpose of bringing the new .green Top Level Domain, a Public Interest TLD for people and planet, to the Internet for the advancement of the world’s shift to sustainable development. DGC is located in Greenbrae, in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a professional staff dedicated to bringing together the global green movement with the technologies, social benefits, and intrinsic values of the Internet. For more information about .green, please go to http://www.dotgreen.org.
ABOUT THE DOTGREEN FOUNDATION: Founded in 2007, the DotGreen Foundation is a California Not-for-profit Public Benefit Charity with US 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. Located in Greenbrae, California, the DotGreen Foundation focuses on education and supporting global solutions and innovations aimed at sustainability for people and our planet. For more information, please go to http://www.dotgreenfoundation.org.
ABOUT EARTHSHARE: Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, EarthShare has raised $300 million for more than 500 global, national and local member charities since its inception in 1988. For 25 years, EarthShare has connected hundreds of thousands of individuals, companies and public agencies with environmental and conservation groups through employee engagement and giving campaigns at workplaces across the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.earthshare.org or contact info(at)earthshare(dot)org."
DomainSkate aims to change that by offering a low cost way to compile the necessary information and create an actual UDRP filing that may be filed at National Arbitration Forum.
The cost: just $399.
Essentially, DomainSkate walks you through a series of questions regarding your claim and then creates a form complaint and declaration. Think of it as similar to using TurboTax, except that you’re being asked for statements rather than numbers (which is a big difference, frankly).
I just went through the questionnaire, which seems to hit on all of the hot topics you’ll see in a UDRP (the domain was used for a parked page, it was registered after I got my trademark, etc.).
Once you complete the questionnaire, a non-attorney staff member will review it for completeness and provide you with your complaint within a day. You can then bring the complaint to an attorney. Or for $600 more, a lawyer will review your dispute.
A templated approach to UDRP filings is nothing new. After all, UDRP lawyers on both sides of the table have templates they use when formulating complaints and responses. But it’s the legal review portion that’s most important. When you start using templates without a reasonable review, the results can be damaging.
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Moniker® and SnapNames®, both KeyDrive S. A. companies and leading providers of domain name solutions, today announced their Premium Spring Auction. The online auction showcases some of the most sought after domains on the market and provides businesses, including start-ups and established companies, access to domain names for long term, strategic growth initiatives.
The premium auction event features hand-selected domains across popular business categories and will include starting bid prices ranging from Low & No Reserve to Premium price points. Past events have produced such notable sales such as Social.com, Data.com, Guns.com, QE.com, Platinum.com, Empire.com, Dating.com, Tshirts.com and many more.
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"We strongly believe a premium domain name is the foundation for growth on the internet today. From e-commerce sites to brick and mortar establishments seeking an online presence, a premium domain provides tangible benefits unlike that of traditional customer acquisition methods," said Craig Snyder, CEO of Moniker and SnapNames. "The SnapNames auction platform and our world-class brokerage team connect established businesses and early stage start-ups with assets that drive go-to-market strategies and create launch pads for products and solutions. Making that process globally accessible has been the driving force for our success and this auction is no exception."
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In June 2011, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") approved the launch of the new generic top-level domain ("gTLD") program that allows for the expansion of gTLDs outside the 22 gTLDs that currently exist (e.g., .com, .net, and .org.). Over the next year, the first 1,200 new gTLDs will be introduced. These gTLDs include suffixes related to specific well-known brands such as .amex, .ford and .microsoft, and generic suffixes such as .store, .cloud and .software.
With the launch of the new gTLDs, brand owners should carefully consider the possibility that parties may register new second-level domains ("SLD") that infringe brand owners' existing trademarks and negatively impact brand equity. An SLD is the term before the "dot" in a web address. For example, "LeClairRyan" is the SLD in LeClairRyan.com. As a result of the new gTLDs, a third party may register a well-known trademark immediately before one of the new suffixes even if the party does not own exclusive trademark rights in that mark (e.g., amex.finance and apple.tablets).
In an effort to enable brand owners to protect their trademarks, prior to and during the launch of new gTLDs, ICANN has launched a Clearinghouse that serves as a centralized repository of trademarks over which parties assert proprietary trademark rights. Brand owners may proactively protect their trademarks by registering the marks with ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse, which launched on March 26, 2013. The annual cost of depositing a trademark into the Clearinghouse is $150.00, with discounts for volume registrations.
How the Trademark Clearinghouse Works
The Clearinghouse is critical in supporting Sunrise and Trademark Claims services, which will accompany the launch of each new gTLD. These services are critical mechanisms designed to give brand owners an edge in protecting their trademarks.
Each gTLD registry must offer a 30-day Sunrise Period prior to opening the general registration period for new SLDs. During the Sunrise Period, trademark owners who have registered trademarks in the Clearinghouse will be given an advance opportunity to register new SLDs that correspond to the trademarks they have registered in the Clearinghouse.
The general public may seek to register new SLDs when the Sunrise Period expires. Trademark owners who have registered trademarks in the Clearinghouse will be given advance notification during a 90-day Trademark Claims period if a third party attempts to register a SLD that is identical to its trademark. The registry also notifies the domain applicant of the possibility that they are registering a domain that infringes a trademark. If the notified party registers the domain name, the Trademark Clearinghouse will send a notice to trademark owners with matching records in the Clearinghouse, informing them that someone has registered the domain name. The trademark owner can decide whether to contest the domain registration in a domain dispute proceeding.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The domain for American Express expires in about six weeks. Here is a list of companies that have domains in danger of expiring soon.
Regions Bank, part of a Fortune 500 company, let it's domain expire over the weekend. As a result, thousands of customers were unable to conduct online banking transactions.
Generally, when a domain expires and is taken offline, that also means emails to and from employees won’t be delivered as well.
In other words: letting your domain expire is a big screw up.
I just ran a check on the 2012 Fortune 100 list to see now many of them have their key domain name expiring in 2013. 156 companies have domains set to expire, and some as early as six weeks from now.
The good news is that almost all of these companies use a brand protection registrar such as CSC or MarkMonitor. Presumably, these registrars have safeguards in place to auto-renew key domains. I also doubt they take a domain offline the moment it expires.(New rules that go into effect August 31 will require registrars to cause a DNS interruption at some point in the expiration/deletion process.) Big brands should make sure they never have a key domain expiring within 12 months. Here’s the full list:
American Express americanexpress.com 6/3/2013
Ingram Micro ingrammicro.com 6/26/2013
Lowe’s lowes.com 6/28/2013
Coca-Cola coke.com 7/6/2013
New York Life Insurance newyorklife.com 7/10/2013
Goldman Sachs Group goldmansachs.com 7/25/2013
Berkshire Hathaway berkshirehathaway.com 9/5/2013
Lockheed Martin lockheedmartin.com 10/11/2013
Johnson & Johnson jnj.com 10/31/2013
MetLife metlife.com 11/13/2013
Delta Air Lines delta.com 11/22/2013
FedEx fedex.com 11/29/2013
United Continental Holdings United.com 12/16/2013
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group liberymutual.com 12/16/2013
Bank of America Corp. bankofamerica.com 12/27/2013
Cardinal Healthcare’s domain Cardinal.com expires in October.
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Social.com offers services to advertise on Facebook and Twitter more effectively. It automates how companies find potential customers and market to them via social media.
Moniker brokered the sale of Social.com in 2011 for $2.6 million.Salesforce has been one of the biggest buyers of premium domains from Moniker auctions in recent years: it has also purchased Work.com and Data.com for $4.5 million.
Work.com is the new name for Rypple, which Salesforce bought in 2011. Data.com encompasses the service formerly known as Jigsaw.com.
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The existence of a Mad Max project has been known since March 2008 when it was revealed God of War II director Cory Barlog had partnered with Mad Max writer/director George Miller for a game based on the upcoming Mad Max film, Mad Max: Fury Road.
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Here is the announcement:
""The University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA), the administrator of .AN domains, will start the removal of .AN domain names from their databases and systems on October 31, 2013."
"Exactly one year later, on October 31, 2014, .AN will be excluded from the DNS root server."
.AN is the ccTLD of the former Netherlands Antilles which have been dissolved in 2010 into the two new, autonomous countries Curacao and St. Maarten. The operation of the .AN TLD, that exists since 1993, is being phased down. The UNA advises to move .AN domain names to the .CW Zone. .CW is the ccTLD of Curaçao.
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Verisign said the increase of 6.1 million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 2.5% over the third quarter of 2012, and marks the eighth straight quarter with greater than 2% growth. Worldwide registrations have grown by 26.6 million, or 11.8%, year over year.
The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of approximately 121.1 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This represents a 6.4% increase year over year. As of December 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 106.2 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million names.
New .com and .net registrations totalled 8 million during the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2011, new .com and .net registrations totaled 7.9 million. The .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 72.9%, up slightly from 72.5% for the third quarter of 2012.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, Verisign's average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 77 billion, across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 123 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 16% and the peak increased 20.4 percent. Year over year, the daily average increased 21.5% and the peak increased 5.3%.
The latest issue of publication Domain Name Industry Brief offers a high-level overview of the challenges and opportunities that Big Data presents companies of all sizes. "Big Data Can Pose Big Challenges, and Opportunities, for Organizations" also includes a synopsis of the data generated within the DNS, and how companies could use this data to inform business strategy and possibly improve network security.
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.PW, launched as "the Professional Web", was available for General registrations from March 25, 2013 with a strong distribution channel of 120+ ICANN Registrars including Network Solutions, Web.com, Tucows, Name.com, eNom, Xinnet & Namecheap. The registry saw more than 4,000 .pw domain registrations within 30 minutes of its launch, making it the most successful TLD launch post .XXX.
"Our goal was 100,000 names for the first year. Considering that no competing extension had come anywhere close to achieving 100,000 names in the first year, it was a goal that most considered ambitious. The feeling of achieving 50% of the goal within the first three weeks is surreal. The team put together and executed a brilliant marketing plan. We are eagerly looking forward to leveraging this experience for our new gTLDs", said Bhavin Turakhia, CEO, .PW Registry & Radix Registry.
.PW also bagged some respectable premium name deals with two single character names going for $8,000 each. The company now intends to release all its reserved premium names through BIN sales at BuyDomains and themed auctions at NameJet.
About .PW – the Professional Web:
.PW – the Professional Web, is a TLD that has been opened globally to create a dedicated namespace for professionals to set up an online presence, with a first choice domain name at an affordable price point. PW is now available for general registrations.
The proposed new registration accreditation agreement satisfies a law enforcement requirement of verifying whois information when someone registers a domain name.
The requirements can easily be satisfied by people who want to register domains for nefarious purposes. In fact, they’re downright stupid. But more troubling is that it will lead to more phishing of domain registrar accounts than we’ve ever seen before.
Here’s the deal. When you register or transfer a domain, the domain registrar must verify either your email address or phone number within 15 days.
Since phone verification is more costly, most registrars will opt for email verification and use phone verification as a failover.
You’ve seen this type of email verification when you’ve signed up for accounts with just about any service:
"Check your email for a confirmation message. Then click the link in the email message to verify your email address".
So now when you register a domain you’ll get an email from your domain registrar to do just this. It will come with a stern warning, such as "failure to click the link in the email or login to your account with this special verification code may result in suspension or termination of your domain registration!"
This is a gift to phishers. They’ve successfully duped thousands of people into giving up their registrar account passwords by scaring them with messages such as "Must you confirm your account!!" and "You account suspended soon if no login soonly!"
Now they’ll be able to grab a list of yesterday’s domain registrations and phish away by copying the same email registrars actually send out when a new registration is made. It will be like fishing in one of those heavily stocked tourist ponds. It will almost be too easy.
But it’s big in China. Huge. With a market cap of $60 billion (U.S.), it’s right up there with Facebook in terms of valuation.
Yet TenCent Holdings failed to win the domain name TenCentGames.com in a UDRP, despite the domain holder not responding to the complaint.
TenCent successfully convinced the World Intellectual Property Organization panel that the domain was similar to its trademark and that the domain owner had no rights or legitimate interests in the domain. But it bumbled its case for the domain being registered and used in bad faith. This is despite the respondent having allegedly registered other domains similar to TenCent’s marks.
The company made plenty of assertions but failed to attach the necessary evidence. It also relied on marks registered after the domain was registered and failed to provide basic evidence to show its prior common law rights to the marks.
This is the third case filed by TenCent (all of which have been decided since January). It won the first two, but dropped the ball on this one.
Late yesterday ICANN published the proposed "final" new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) for public comment.
The update RAA will have an impact on how you register domain names.
You must verify your phone number or email address.
After you register a domain, transfer it to a new registrar, or transfer ownership of a domain, you will have to confirm your email address or phone number with the registrar. If you don’t do this within 15 days, your registration can be suspended or terminated.
This applies to changes made to domains registered prior to the new RAA, too.
Your registrar will retain your data even after you change registrars or let your domain expire.
The new RAA requires domain registrars to retain certain data about your domain registration for two years after you delete the domain or transfer it to a different registrar. The data include records of your accounts (including a credit card on file), registration data, and certain correspondence.
Other data including payment/transaction confirmations and your IP address for the registration must be kept for 180 days after the registration.
There is a provision that acknowledges this may need to be adjusted in the event it violates local laws.
You must keep your contact information up-to-date.
You are required to update your registrar on most changes to your contact information with 7 days of any changes.
The 2009 RAA didn’t include this seven day timeline. As with the old RAA, failure to respond to a registrar’s inquiry concerning accuracy of contact details within 15 days can result in your domain being suspended or cancelled.
Your whois proxy or privacy service will have to play by new rules.
And by new rules, I mean rules, which were completely absent before.
In the future, ICANN may establish a Proxy Accreditation Program. For now, they must agree to new specifications included with the RAA, which may affect you.
The big change is that your proxy or privacy service will have to escrow your actual contact details. However, at least as the current agreement reads, ICANN can only access this data in the event the registrar loses its accreditation or goes out of business. This is designed to protect registrants. Previously, if a registrar went out of business, ICANN and the new registrar that took over the domains may have had no idea who actually owned a domain that was registered with a proxy.
Is there a market opportunity for domain registrars to play by the old rules?
The new RAA may create a business opportunity for a handful of registrars that want to offer services under the old RAA. A registrar likely won’t be able to offer new TLDs if they stick with the old RAA until its expiration, but that might be worth it in order to be able to offer services to domain registrants under the "old" way of doing business. Read more...
A generic top-level domain name, or gTLD in tech speak, is the part after the last dot, like ".com" or ".net." We could see gTLDs for a wide variety of interests, such as ".app" and ".med."
Within the next year or so, perhaps more than 1,000 new generic top-level domains are supposed to launch. Read more...
Domain names of banking aspirants are on auction for as low as Rs 7 lakh, but the irony is that the natural owners are not sure whether they would commence a bank with the same name.
ltbank.com is available on auction for RS 7 lakh. Websites such as shrirambank.com, tatabank.com, and mahindrabank-. com are all in place, but they are not owned by those seeking to run a bank. Read more...