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    • Hacked ICANN data for sale on black market

      If you were a user of ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service back in 2014 you may wish to think about changing some passwords today. ICANN has confirmed that a bunch of user names and hashed passwords that were stolen in November 2014 have turned up for sale on the black market. The batch reportedly contains credentials for over 8,000 users.

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  • Pheenix adds 300 more registrars to drop-catch arsenal

    … The domain drop-catching arms race is heating up, with budget player Pheenix this week acquiring 300 more registrar accreditations from ICANN. According to DI records, the company now has almost 500 registrar accreditations in its family. More accreditations means more registry connections with which to attempt to acquire expired domains…

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  • Go Daddy’s Merdinger named DNA chair

    … Go Daddy VP of domains Rich Merdinger has been appointed interim chair of the Domain Name Association, replacing Neustar’s Adrian Kinderis. In a blog post, Merdinger said the DNA will become more “vocal” under its new leadership and outlined three priorities for 2017 — awareness, adoption and access. He said the DNA will share ways businesses…

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  • Amazon backtracks after pricing free Alexa list at over $900,000

    …. It said on Twitter: Thanks to customer feedback, the top 1M sites is temporarily available again. We’ll provide notice before updating the file in the future — Alexa Support (@Alexa_Support) November 22, 2016 It seems clear that the key word here is “temporarily”, and that the the restoration of the file may primarily be designed to give researchers more time to seek alternatives or wrap up their research. Tweet Tagged: alexa, amazon, new gTLDs, security …

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  • Domaining Europe heading to Berlin next year

    … Next year’s Domaining Europe conference will be held in Berlin, organizers announced today. The three-day event is slated to start May 14, 2016, at the Steigenberger Hotel, covering the usual mix of sales, development and legal issues. “This time we are going back to the roots,” organizer Dietmar Stefitz said in an email, “the majority…

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  • Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale

    … Former Famous Four Media VP of sales Richard Downs has launched a new consultancy business aimed at new gTLD registry operators. The new company, GTLD Systems is offering a multitude of services but is mainly a way for smaller registries to outsource their sales and marketing operations. Downs told DI an early success was a recent $400,000…

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  • Chinese investor pumps $7 million into M+M as .vip pushes firm into profit

    … Minds + Machines made a profit, kinda, in the first half of the year, due to the popularity of .vip in China. The company today announced a loss of $1.9 million for the six months to June 30, compared to a $1.6 million loss in the comparable 2015 period, on revenue that was up 115% at $7.4 million. But factoring out discontinued operations — M…

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  • Registries rebel against ICANN’s Whois upgrade decree

    …, Registration Data Access Protocol, is being broadly touted as the successor to Whois. It offers the same functionality — you can query who owns a domain — but the data returned is more uniformly structured. It also enables access control, so not every user would have access to every field. The RySG now claims that ICANN is trying to sneak an obligation…

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  • NamesCon confirms three more shows after being acquired

    … NamesCon says it has booked the venue for three more years of domain name conferences, following its acquisition this week. The conference organizers said today that it has been acquired by 13-year-old German events outfit WorldHostingDays, which usually focuses on the hosting market, for an undisclosed sum. NamesCon said in a press release…

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  • dotgay loses third .gay appeal

    … Death warrant or portent of impending legal action? dotgay LLC has lost its third attempt to get ICANN to reconsider tossing its application for community priority status in the fight for the .gay gTLD. According to ICANN, on Sunday its Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s third Request for Reconsideration, an attempt to give…

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  • ICANN proposes pricing changes for new gTLDs

    … ICANN is to give gTLD registries greater power to change their pricing under a proposed new deal. The organization also says it could accept reduced fees from registries under some circumstances. These are among about 40 substantial changes appearing in a new version of the standard new gTLD Registry Agreement that has been put out for comment…

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  • Nominet to run .blog’s back-end

    … will not need a WordPress.com account to buy a .blog domain name. It’s the second big back-end deal for Nominet in recent weeks. The company recently revealed it will be taking over technical services for all 28 of Minds + Machines new gTLDs. Automattic/KKWT is predicting 250,000 .blog registrations in 2016, and general availability is not expected until the fourth quarter. Tweet Tagged: .blog, kkwt, knock knock whois there, new gTLDs, nominet, primer nivel, qinetics …

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  • Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside

    … Web.com has acquired dozens of registrars from rival/partner Rightside, seemingly to boost the success rate of its SnapNames domain drop-catching business. I’ve established that at least 44 registrars once managed by Rightside/eNom have moved to the Web.com stable in recent weeks, and that might not even be the half of it. All…

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  • Domainers up in arms as DomainTools pricing rockets

    … Whois, but across IP Whois records. And finally, Personal Membership also includes 5 Domain Reports per month. The company says that it is focusing more now on its enterprise security customers, where one imagines margins are higher than its mass-market domainer-oriented services. Domainers, as you might expect, are not happy. Message boards…

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  • IWF finds child abuse imagery on new gTLD domains

    … over 1,991 domains. It says: Five top level domains (.com .net .ru .org .se) accounted for 91 per cent of all webpages identified as containing child sexual abuse images and videos. However, it also says that child abuse was found on new gTLDs for the first time. While the report doesn’t make much of this trend, it should be worrying. The IWF…

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