Domain Registries

    • Phishing in new gTLDs up 1,000% but .com still the worst

      The .com domain is still the runaway leader TLD for phishing, with new gTLDs still being used for a tiny minority of attacks, according to new research. .com domains accounted for 51% of all phishing in 2016, despite only having 48% of the domains in the “general population”, according to the 2017 Phishing Trends & Intelligence Report from security outfit PhishLabs.

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    • ISOC New York challenges Neustar’s .nyc contract

      The New York chapter of the Internet Society has called upon the city to delay the renewal of Neustar’s contract to run the .nyc gTLD, citing numerous concerns about how it is being managed. In a letter (pdf) to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the group calls for a “town hall” and community consultation and for the city to “make appropriate adjustments” before the contract is renewed.

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  • India’s biggest bank switches to dot-brand

    …-Chinese bank, uses .bnpparibas for almost everything, particularly in its native France. It has three domains in the Alexa top 100,000 most-visited web sites. Others with dot-brands in use include Barclays and Citi. Tweet Tagged: banks, barclays, dot-brands, new gTLDs, sbi …

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  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    … of the company a year ago. At that time, he called for the company to ditch its “garbage” new gTLD registries in favor of a focus on its higher-margin eNom business. He was supported by Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling, then also a Rightside investor in addition to a competitor. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, cannell, enom, j carlo cannell, rightside, tucows …

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  • Belgium domains will be registered in Ireland after cloud move

    … maintenance, executives said. “As AWS sees to the hardware, connectivity etc., DNS Belgium can focus on the layers above, such as the software,” general manager Philip Du Bois said in a press release. Business development manager Lut Goedhuys said that while the system has been moved to the cloud, AWS allows customers to select the data centers where their applications will be stored. DNS Belgium picked Ireland, she said. Tweet Tagged: .be, .cloud, amazon, aws, cctlds, dns belgium …

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  • Blah blah ICANN blah .africa blah delegated blah blah…

    … Today blah blah ZA Central Registry blah blah .africa blah delegated blah. ICANN blah blah root blah. Blah blah ZACR blah nic.africa. Blah blah five years blah blah contention blah lawsuit blah blah DotConnectAfrica blah. Blah blah Bekele blah IRP blah. ICANN blah blah Governmental Advisory Committee blah blah blah African Union blah blah…

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  • Five more new gTLDs, one in English, get the nod from China

    … regulations, only domains registered via local registries and registrars may be used. Registries from outside the country have had to set up a local corporate presence and agree to China’s censorship policies in order to be compliant. Tweet Tagged: .ink, .中文网, .在线, .我爱你, .集团, china, regulations, tld registry, top level design …

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  • The Pirate Bay likely to be sunk as .org adopts “UDRP for copyright”

    … Controversial piracy site The Pirate Bay is likely to be the first victim of a new industry initiative being described as “UDRP for copyright”. The Domain Name Association today published a set of voluntary “healthy practices” that domain registries can adopt to help keep their TLDs clean of malware, child abuse material, fake pharmacies…

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  • .xxx has its ICANN fees slashed and adopts URS

    … of which is the URS. The domainer group the Internet Commerce Association was fiercely critical of this addition to the contract, as it has been when URS was brought to .jobs, .travel, .cat, .pro and .mobi. ICA is largely concerned that URS will also be pushed upon Verisign’s .net, which is up for contract renewal this year, and eventually .com. Tweet Tagged: fees, ica, ICANN, icm registry, uniform rapid suspension, urs …

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  • Donuts sticks with Rightside despite Google support

    … Donuts has renewed its back-end registry services contract with Rightside, Rightside has announced. That’s despite indications a few months ago that it might have been preparing for a switch to Google’s new Nomulus platform. Rightside said yesterday that the deal, which has seen Rightside handle the registry for Donuts’ portfolio of almost…

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  • .club financing option sees early traction with $150k sales

    … .CLUB Domains said it has seen some early successes with its new 0% financing option, selling $150,000 worth of premium .club domains in its first week. The registry announced that it sold 39 premiums for a total of $149,480, and that 37 of those names were sold using the financing option. This option allows registrants to spread the cost…

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  • Thick Whois policy for .com is now live

    … The domain name industry is kicking off one of its must fundamental shifts in its plumbing this week. Over the next two years, Verisign and every registrar that sells .com domains will have to rejigger their systems to convert .com from a “thin” to “thick” Whois. This means that by February 1, 2019, Verisign will for the first time control…

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  • Neustar to auction .nyc premiums during New York Fashion Week

    … Neustar is to release a batch of reserved, fashion-related .nyc premium domains to coincide with next month’s New York Fashion Week. Twenty-four names, including clothes.nyc, fashion.nyc, salon.nyc, models.nyc and shop.nyc will be released via an auction, the company said in a press release. SnapNames will manage the auction at Auctions.nyc…

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  • MMX billings double even as some volumes slide

    … compared to $206,000 off 102,000 registrations in 2015 reflecting the use of a promotional initiative to drive registrations that year. MMX also disclosed that China now accounts for more than half of its billings: 59%, compared to 24% for the US and 17% for Europe. That’s largely based on its launch of .vip, which launched last May and has half…

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  • Now MMX kills off premium renewals

    … Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the premium renewal business model? MMX, aka Minds + Machines today became the latest new gTLD registry to announce it is getting rid of premium renewal fees for all of its premium domain names. The price changes are retroactive to January 6 and affect all MMX gTLDs, such as .beer, .fishing…

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  • Hires and promotions Donuts, MMX and CentralNic

    … A few gTLD registries have announced changes to senior management positions and new hires over the last several days, so I thought I’d lump them all together into one post. Donuts has appointed a new CEO. Venture capitalist Bruce Jaffe, who’s been on the board as an independent director for about a year, has taken over from founding CEO Paul…

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  • The biggest dot-brand in the world has 50,000 domains, but are they legit?

    … of the term. I usually take “dot-brand” to mean any new gTLD that has Specification 13 — which allows registries to ignore ICANN policies such as the otherwise mandatory Sunrise period — in its Registry Agreement. There are 463 gTLDs that have Spec 13 so far. They’re being used to a greater or lesser extent by the respective registries to promote…

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