Domain Tech

    • About that $3,800 emoji domain sale…

      The debate over the age of the emoji domain name ☮.com may have been settled. It probably is as old as it was claimed to be. You may recall that last week I blogged about the €3,400 ($3,816) sale of the domain to an end user. It wasn’t a big sale or a big story, but it’s so rare to see an emoji name sell I thought it was worth a few paragraphs.

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  • Want to be one of the internet’s SEVEN SECRET KEY-HOLDERS? Apply now!

    … ICANN has put out a call for volunteers, looking for people to become what are sometimes referred to as “the internet’s seven secret key holders”. Specifically, it needs Trusted Community Representatives, people of standing in the internet community who don’t mind carrying around a small key and getting a free trip to Los Angeles or Virginia…

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  • ICANN to host DNS event in Madrid

    … ICANN is to hold a “DNS Symposium” in Madrid this May. The event will “explore ICANN’s current initiatives and projects relating to DNS research, operations, threats and countermeasures and technology evolution”, according to ICANN. It’s a one-day event, focused specifically on DNS, rather than the domain name registration business…

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  • Ship explosion takes ICANN gear out of action

    …, according to ICANN. ICANN had two containers — a 40-footer and 20-footer — on the ship, moving gear from June’s Helsinki meeting to next month’s ICANN 57 in India, ICANN said. The smaller of the two containers was close to the fire and has been “detained” in Germany where it may not be released for months or years. It held “printers, remote…

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  • Are .mail, .home and .corp safe to launch? Applicants think so

    … ICANN should lift the freeze on new gTLDs .mail, .home and .corp, despite fears they could cause widespread disruption, according to applicants. Fifteen applicants for the strings wrote to ICANN last week to ask for a risk mitigation plan that would allow them to be delegated. The three would-be gTLDs were put on hold indefinitely almost…

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  • ICANN to flip the secret key to the internet

    … as and when they choose, but the same KSK has been in place since the root was first signed in 2010. Conrad said that ICANN is doing the first rollover partly to ensure that the procedures in has in place for changing keys are effective and could be deployed in case of emergency. That said, this first rotation is going to happen at a snail’s pace. Key…

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  • Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk

    … files on their local networks. The WPAD protocol tries to find the file using DHCP first, but fails over to DNS. So, your browser might look for a wpad.dat file on wpad.example.com, depending on what domain your computer belongs to, using DNS. The vulnerability arises because companies often use previously undelegated TLDs — such as .prod or .global…

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  • It’s official: new gTLDs didn’t kill anyone

    … The introduction of new gTLDs posed no risk to human life. That’s the conclusion of JAS Advisors, the consulting company that has been working with ICANN on the issue of DNS name collisions. It is final report “Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions”, published last night, JAS described the response to the “controlled interruption…

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  • Verisign offers free public DNS

    … interactions. Verisign also offers paid-for recursive DNS services to enterprises, so there may be an up-sell opportunity here. The market for free public DNS currently has big players including Cisco’s OpenDNS and Google. If you want to use the Verisign service, the IP addresses to switch to are 64.6.64.6 and 64.6.65.6. Related posts: VeriSign launches free cloud domain security service ICM scraps free .xxx porn star offer, starts new one ICM offers free .xxx domains to porn stars …

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  • .sexy may be blocked in Iran

    … Some networks in Iran appear to be systematically blocking Uniregistry’s .sexy gTLD. That’s one of the conclusions of a slightly odd experiment commissioned by ICANN. The newly published An Analysis of New gTLD Universal Acceptance was conducted by APNIC Labs. The idea was to figure out whether there are any issues with new gTLDs…

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  • Blue Coat explains .zip screw-up

    … Security vendor Blue Coat apparently doesn’t check whether domains are actually domains before it advises customers to block them. The company yesterday published a blog post that sought to explain why it denounced Google’s unlaunched .zip gTLD as “100% shady” even though the only .zip domain in existence leads to google.com. Unrepentant, Blue…

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  • Concern over mystery TMCH outage

    … ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday. Some in the intellectual property community are concerned that the downtime may have allowed people to register domain names without receiving Trademark Claims notices. The downtime was confirmed…

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  • Group forms to stop new gTLDs breaking stuff

    … a tonne of bad advice on the web, with coders telling other coders to validate domains in ways that do not support an expanding root. UASG members think the problem is large-scale and that it’s a long-term project — 10 years or more — to fix it satisfactorily. Members include Donuts, Google, Microsoft, Go Daddy and Afilias. The DNA has started…

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  • Comcast users report name collision bugs

    … US cable ISP Comcast has become the latest company to experience problems caused by name collisions with new gTLDs. In this case the gTLD in question is .network, which Donuts had delegated at the end of August. Users of Comcast’s Xfinity service have been complaining about various issues linked to collisions ever since. It turns out some…

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