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Posts from — November 2011

“DNSSEC Update from ICANN 42 in Dakar”

As posted to by Ram Mohan: “While the global rollout of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) continues at the domain name registry level — with more than 25% of top-level domains now signed — the industry continues to focus on the problem of registrar, ISP and ultimately end-user adoption. At the ICANN meeting in Dakar in late October, engineers from some of the early-adopting registries gathered for their regular face-to-face discussion about how to break the “chicken or egg” problems of secure domain name deployment.”

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November 30, 2011   No Comments

“Federal Judge Orders Google, Facebook to Disappear Hundreds of Sites”

As reported by Nate Anderson for “After a series of one-sided hearings, luxury goods maker Chanel has won recent court orders against hundreds of websites trafficking in counterfeit luxury goods. A federal judge in Nevada has agreed that Chanel can seize the domain names in question and transfer them all to US-based registrar GoDaddy. The judge also ordered “all Internet search engines” and “all social media websites”—explicitly naming Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo, and Google—to “de-index” the domain names and to remove them from any search results.

The case has been a remarkable one. Concerned about counterfeiting, Chanel has filed a joint suit in Nevada against nearly 700 domain names that appear to have nothing in common. When Chanel finds more names, it simply uses the same case and files new requests for more seizures. (A recent November 14 order went after an additional 228 sites; none had a chance to contest the request until after it was approved and the names had been seized.)”

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November 29, 2011   No Comments

“2012: The Year of Securing Websites?”

As posted to by Wout de Natris: ”In a seemingly never-ending row of news on hacks of websites now this one in which 2.3 million individual cases of privacy sensitive data were accessible through a leak in the websites of most public broadcasting stations in the Netherlands. To make the news more cheerful, the accessible data was, if compiled, sufficient to successfully steal a complete identity. What were thoughts that came to my mind after hearing this news on Friday?


The 8 o’clock news item ended with the soothing words that everything possible was being done to secure the websites. What?, I thought. After all the items in the past year on the public broadcast news on hacks, phishing, hacked companies and websites, you guys never bothered to check your own? Apparently this is a thought that doesn’t spring up in anyone’s mind till it’s too late. Or is it?”

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November 28, 2011   No Comments

Survey Says End Users Are Hip To New gTLDs

As reported by “ According to new research out today which asked end users if they would have interest in registering generic new gTLD’s found there is a lot of interest in end users to register domain names in a new gTLD that matches their vertical such as .shop for stores or .law for lawyers.

Commissioned by ARI Registry Services, the new study was led by Dr. David Neal, director of Empirica Research, and aimed to identify whether small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) will buy into the new program.

Dr. Neal said: “Surprisingly, nobody had stopped to ask if restaurant owners would actually buy a domain within .restaurant, or whether lawyers will buy one within .law.”

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November 28, 2011   No Comments

Implementation Notice – Version 3.0 of IDN Guidelines

As posted to “Following the ICANN Board’s acceptance at the October 2011 meeting in Dakar, Senegal, ICANN is today providing notice of implementation for version 3.0 of the Guidelines for Implementation of Internationalized Domain Names. The IDN Guidelines are a list of general standards that many top-level domain registries deploying IDNs are required to follow based on the Internationalized Domain Names for Applications (IDNA) protocol standard from the IETF.”

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November 24, 2011   No Comments

The Wall Street Journal Talks New gTLDs with Peter Dengate Thrush

As posted to “News that a legal battle has broken out over the controversial .xxx top level domain should come as no surprise to any observer of the troubled birth of the new Internet namespace.

Attempts to expand the Web’s naming system have long been an area of controversy. Expect that controversy to ramp up several gears as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Net names regulator, is preparing for arguably the most dramatic shift in the Web’s history: a deluge of as many as 1,000 new Top Level Domains (TLD) a year.”

Click HERE to read the full interview by Ben Rooney.

November 22, 2011   No Comments

ICANN.ORG Site Improvement Webinar Now Available

ICANN is actively seeking to improve and reached out to the community to participate in making the site more user friendly.

Click HERE to review the webinar held on November 21, 2011 in which ICANN’s Communications Department, explains the research that went into deciding how to improve the information architecture of ICANN.ORG

November 22, 2011   No Comments

New gTLD Customer Service Center Expands to Offer More Services

As posted to “In anticipation of the opening of the New gTLD application round on 12 January 2012, ICANN is expanding the New gTLD Customer Service Center.

The expansion includes a new, multi-lingual Knowledge Base that offers a range of reference materials. In addition, applicants will be able to communicate with customer service in the 6 UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). New gTLD Customer Service previously provided support in English only.”

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November 21, 2011   No Comments

Landrush for .XXX Opened Today

The Landrush registration period for .XXX domains opened today (November 8, 2011). If you did not get the .XXX domains you wanted during Sunrise A because you did not have a registered trademark or qualify as a grandfathered site, now is the time to order the .XXX names you want.

The Details:

  • The Landrush Period is open only to members of the sponsored community or companies that are conducting business within the sponsored community
  • Landrush is not first come, first served. At the end of the eighteen day Landrush period, any .XXX domain names with a single applicant will be automatically registered to the requestor. Any .XXX domain names with more than one applicant will be placed into a closed auction between the parties who submitted a Landrush order
  • You can register domains as keywords related to your business—and many great .XXX domains are still available
  • Landrush ends on November 25, 2011

To submit your .XXX order request log in to the Safenames IDP today. If you have any questions about .XXX, contact your Safenames account manager or call Safenames customer service at +44-1-908-200022 or +1-703-574-5313.

Related posts:

  1. Landrush for .JP.NET Has Launched.
  2. .XXX General Availability Opens December 6, 2011!
  3. Trademark Sunrise for JP.NET to Launch January 16th, 2012

November 8, 2011   No Comments