• Root crypto rollover now slated for October

    ICANN has penciled in October 11 as the new date for rolling the DNS root’s cryptographic keys, a delay of a year from its original plan. The so-called KSK rollover will see ICANN remove the deprecated 2010 Key Signing Key, leaving only the 2017 KSK active. The KSK acts as the “trust anchor” for DNSSEC across the whole internet.

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  • New gTLD revenue cut by HALF in ICANN budget

    The new gTLD industry is performing terribly when compared to ICANN’s predictions just six months ago. ICANN budget documents published over the weekend show that by one measure new gTLDs are doing just 51% of the business ICANN thought they would. The new budget (pdf) shows that for the fiscal year 2018, which ends June 30, ICANN currently expects to receive $4.

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  • ICANN slashes millions from its budget

    ICANN has cut $5 million from its annual budget, warning the community that difficult decisions have to be made amid a slowing domain name market. Staff and community members will all be affected by the cuts, whether in the form of less generous pay raises or fewer travel opportunities. Cuts have also been proposed to international outreach, tech support, contractual compli ...

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  • Is the Trump administration really trying to reverse the IANA transition?

    Questions have been raised about the US government’s commitment to an independent ICANN, following the release of letters sent by two top Trump appointees. In the letters, new NTIA head David Redl and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressed an interest in looking at ways to “unwind” the IANA transition, which in 2016 severed the formal ties between ICANN and the US in DN ...

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  • Domain universe grows almost 1% in 2017 despite new gTLD slump

    The total number of registered domain names in all TLDs was up 0.9% in 2017, despite a third-quarter dip, according to the latest data compiled by Verisign. The latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published yesterday, shows that there were 332.4 million domains registered at the end of the year. That’s up by 1.7 million names (0.5%) on the third quarter and up 3.1 million names (0.9%) on 2016.

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  • Famous Four chair pumps $5.4 million into AlpNames to settle COO lawsuit

    Famous Four Media chair Iain Roache has bought out his former COO’s stake in AlpNames, its affiliated registrar, settling a lawsuit between the two men. He’s acquired Charles Melvin’s 20% stake in the company for £3.9 million ($5.4 million), according to a press release. A spokesperson confirmed that the deal settles a lawsuit in the companies’ home territory of Gibraltar, ...

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  • dotgay lawyer insists it is gay enough for .gay gTLD

    What do Airbnb, the Stonewall riots and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting have in common? They’re all cited in a lengthy, somewhat compelling memo from a Yale law professor in support of dotgay LLC’s argument that it should be allowed to proceed with its .gay gTLD application unopposed by rival applicants.

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  • Why are you doing that Whois search? DENIC wants to know

    In a taste of what might be coming under EU privacy legislation, DENIC wants you to jump through some new hoops before it lets you see Whois data. When doing a Whois query on its web site today, the German ccTLD registry first asks you to answer the question: “How do you justify your legitimate interest in accessing the whois data?” It’s a multiple-choice question, with an ...

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  • Donuts may make .travel names easier to buy after acquiring its first legacy gTLD

    Donuts has added .travel to its swelling portfolio of gTLDs, under a deal with original registry Tralliance announced today. It’s the company’s first acquisition of a legacy, pre-2012 gTLD, and the first “community” gTLD to join its stable of strings, which now stands at 239. .travel went live in 2005, a part of ICANN’s 2003 round of “sponsored” TLD applications. As a sponsored TLD, .

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  • DomainTools scraps apps and APIs in war on spam

    DomainTools is to scrap at least five of its services as it tries to crack down spam. It’s getting rids of its mobile apps, its APIs, and is to stop showing registrants’ personal information to unauthenticated users. CEO Tim Chen told us in an email at the weekend: The Android app is no longer supported. The iOS app will no longer be supported after February 20th.

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  • Research finds homograph attacks on big brands rife

    Apparent domain name homograph attacks against major brands are a “significant” problem, according to research from Farsight Security. The company said last week that it scanned for such attacks against 125 well-known brands over the three months to January 10 and found 116,113 domains — almost 1,000 per brand.

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  • Full $185,000 refunds offered to risky new gTLD applicants

    ICANN is to offer applicants for three new gTLDs identified as too risky to go live full refunds of their application fees. Its board of directors acknowledged at its weekend retreat that it has no intention of delegating .corp, .home and .mail, and that each applicant should be able to get their entire $185,000 application fee back.

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  • Registries reject lower fees for anti-abuse prowess

    Registries have largely rejected a proposal for them to be offered financial incentives to lower the amount of abuse in their gTLDs. That’s despite the idea gaining broad support from governments, intellectual property interests and restricted-registration registries. The concept of ICANN offering discounted fees to registries that proactively fight abuse was floated by the ...

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  • Uniregistry changes emails after “renewal scam” complaints

    Uniregistry has modified its marketing emails after customers complained they looked like fake renewal “scams”. One customer contacted DI last week to say they were “horrified” to receive pitches for cheap SSL certificates that “read like some of the worst domain expiration scams of the past”. The company recently started reselling Comodo’s SSL certs as part of its plan to ...

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  • Emojis coming to another ccTLD

    dotFM is to make emoji domain names available in the .fm ccTLD it manages. The company said today that it’s currently taking expressions of interest in ‘premium’ emoji inventory, and that such domains will be registerable at an unspecified point in future. It’s published a list of single-emoji domains it plans to sell.

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