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Domain Name News Archive - February 2005

  • Senders of Phony Domain Name Invoices Meet Justice
    Domain Registry of America, based in Ontario, Canada, is prohibited from engaging in similar conduct in the future, and is subject to stringent monitoring by the FTC. The company also has to provide a full refund, including any administrative or cancellation fees, to approximately 50,000 consumers who cancelled a transfer request
    .... full story


  • U.N. to control use of Internet?
    Leaders of a U.N. Internet panel yesterday said they hope to set up a global system where cyberspace would be under the control of the United Nations
    .... full story

  • Search-Optimized Domain Portfolio Sells for $164 Million
    Internet marketing firm Marchex Inc. has finalized a deal to pay a whopping $164.2 million for Name Development Ltd., which displays keyword advertising across a portfolio of more than 100,000 domains. The deal, along with the recent sale of a misspelled domain name for $112,000, offers evidence that mistyped URLs and other "accidental traffic" have become big business
    .... full story

  • India's .IN Domain Registrations Cross 75,000
    Registrations for the .IN domain, which was opened to the public from February 16, have crossed 75,000 new registrations and the target of 200,000 .IN registrations within six months will be achieved much earlier than estimated, a top official said Monday
    .... full story


  • UN versus ICANN
    A U.N.-sponsored panel aims to settle a long-running tug of war for control of the Internet by July and propose solutions to problems such as cyber crime and email spam, panel leaders said on Monday.
    The panel, set up in December 2003, will lay groundwork for a final decision to be taken in Tunis in November at a U.N.-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society, where global control of the world wide web may be decided.
    Right now, the most recognizable Internet governance body is a California-based non-profit company, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    .... full story


  • Domain Name Dispute Cases Increased by 6.6% in 2004
    In its February 18, 2005 press release, WIPO has reported filing an average of 3.4 UDRP and UDRP-based cases per calendar day in 2004, bringing the total number of cases received in 2004 to 1,179 -- an increase of 79 cases (or 6.6%) as compared to 2003. Also mentioned in the report is a 37 percent increase in ccTLDs cases over the previous year
    .... full story


  • Domain Event
    For Apple, the domain name is probably seen as being of crucial strategic importance, for domain holder Benjamin Cohen probably less so. But he has every right to the name and insists that had Apple offered him a reasonable sum and not gotten heavy with the lawyers, he might have handed it over
    .... full story


  • Experts Agree: Cheapest Domain Registration and Web Hosting is Not Always the Best
    With the recent increase in domain name theft and other internet domain fraud, selecting the cheapest domain registration and website hosting may not be the best decision for your business. A new wave of internet domain name theft has been sweeping the world wide web. Recently, prominent internet service provider had their domain stolen, and the high value domain name was stolen and held for over three years costing the rightful domain name owner millions of dollars.
    "Choosing the cheapest domain registration and website hosting may not be the smartest or safest decision" said Monte Cahn, CEO of ICANN (news - web sites) accredited internet domain name registrar "It is important to select a registrar with the highest level of security and great customer service, not just a cheap domain name price."
    .... full story

  • Asia, a Potential of 100 Million New Domain Names in Next 10 Years
    Market analysis estimates that some 225 Million Internet users exist in the two main Asian markets - China and India, but only 7 Million Domain names have been registered. This penetration of Internet users versus population and the number of Domain names per Internet user - both good indicators of the market development and potential - is only a fraction of similar figures for Europe and the US
    .... full story

  • .Pro Domain Launches Secure and Confidential Internet Communication to Engineers Who Seek the Highest Assurance in a Registry
    RegistryPro today announces its "First Fifteen" -- the first group of engineers to receive domains, the only Internet domain name which recognizes the ingenuity and significance of engineers. The First Fifteen's accomplishments may be read on the registry's Website. Everyone from like-minded engineers to the general public will be amazed by the ways that these renowned professionals have contributed to the growth of society
    .... full story

  • ICANN Chairman of the Board Wins Prestigious Turing Award
    ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn the winners of the 2004 A.M. Turing Award, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computing," for pioneering work on the design and implementation of the Internet's basic communications protocols
    .... full story


  • Mozilla Drops IDN Support Due to Flaw
    Mozilla developers are closing the door on phishing schemes that exploit a widely reported flaw in the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) specification. Upcoming builds of Firefox 1.0.1, Mozilla 1.7.6 and Mozilla 1.8 beta will have IDN disabled as a temporary corrective measure to protect users from identity theft
    .... full story

  • 5 million domains registered in Q3 2004
    Over 5 million new domain names have been registered in Q3 2004, with 66.3 mln domain names currently registered worldwide. The quarterly and total numbers are the largest ever in Internet history
    .... full story


  • Nominet responds to internet strategic plan
    Nominet has responded to the strategic plan [pdf] written by internet overseeing organisation ICANN to pitch what it sees as the future of the internet. In a four-page letter [pdf] written last week by Nominet chief executive Lesley Cowley to ICANN's chief exec Paul Twomey, ICANN was given broad support but a number of fundamental disagreements remain, particularly over funding
    .... full story
    Nominet's letter to ICANN [pdf]
    ICANN's Strategic Plan [pdf]

  • Domain squatters threat to '.in'
    When the government gave its nod to the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to start registering '.in' domains, it had obviously not foreseen the kind of rush there could be to acquire the latest, and the hippest, in Indian domain addresses.
    But just two days prior to the '.in' domains being thrown open to public at large, a handful of registrars and sub-registrars are believed to have gone ahead and pre-booked a large number of generic domain names
    .... full story


  • India to seek dilution of US role in Net governance
    INDIA will push for dilution of control of US-supported Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) over global Internet governance. It will also suggest setting up an inter-government organisation to co-ordinate issues related to Internet and IP-based services at the UN-sponsored Working Group on Internet Governance meeting to be held in Geneva between February 14 and 16.
    Currently, most Internet related activities such as domain name registration and Internet address registrationare primarily controlled by ICANN, a private organisation working under an MoU with the US Government
    .... full story


  • Registrars End Effort to Block Domain Name Service
    A group of registrars suing to block a controversial service for the back-ordering of domain names has dropped its lawsuit, but the service remains mired in legal disputes
    .... full story

  • Nominet wins case against Domain Registry Services
    Nominet UK has won its legal action against bogus invoicing scam outfit Domain Registry Services after the .uk internet domain name registry took civil action against Peter Francis-Macrae and his company Ultra Technologies Ltd
    .... full story


  • ICANN's .Net Evaluator Under Scope
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said it is confident that Telcordia Technologies, its choice to pick the next .net manager from a list of bidders, can render a fair decision.
    The comment comes in the wake of a Web of connections among the company and the bidders whose applications for the domain it will be reviewing
    .... full story


  • Boffins to decide future of .net domains
    Two weeks after the deadline ended for applications to run all 5.1 million .net addresses, revealing five contendors, telco Telcordia has been revealed as the evaluator
    .... full story

  • .Pro domain expands to provide secure and confidential Internet communication to engineers who seek the highest assurance in a registry
    In acknowledgement of Engineers Week (Feb. 20-26) across the U.S., RegistryPro today announces the upcoming launch of the domain name
    .... full story


  • Experts: International domain names may pose threat
    Security experts are warning about a new threat to Web surfers: malicious Web sites that use international domain names to spoof the Web addresses of legitimate sites
    .... full story


  • ICANN OKs New Net Domains
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its preliminary blessing to Internet domain names .mobi, .jobs, .post, and .travel. Both .post and .travel (for postal- and travel-related services) were okayed by the Internet standards group last October, with .mobi and .jobs getting the nod following an evaluation process in mid-December
    .... full story


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