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ICANN Says We Did Not Reject the .XXX Domain Application

ICANN is now reporting: "The ICANN Board considered the [.XXX] agreement at its meeting on 10 May 2006 and voted not to approve the agreement as proposed, but did not reject the application...." This is big news. more

665,570,793,348,866,943,898,599 Reasons to Deploy IPv6

Recent reports suggest IPv6's 128-bit addresses make it theoretically possible to create 665,570,793,348,866,943,898,599 addresses per square meter of the Earth's surface. Researcher claim realistic address limit is 3,911,873,538,269,506,102 per square meter.

...IPv6 which has been treated with benign neglect by everyone during the past few years -- may get a boost this year because Microsoft's coming Longhorn Server and just-arrived Vista operating system both support it by default. more

Legal Attack on ARIN Dismissed in Court

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has announced [PDF] that it has prevailed in a lawsuit that challenged ARIN's ability to allocate Internet Protocol (IP) number resources fairly. The lawsuit was brought by an individual - Gary Kremen - who sought to have a netblock of IP addresses transferred to him without agreeing to ARIN's standard terms and conditions.

"Today's victory is significant for consumers who rely on the Internet to operate efficiently and effectively," said ARIN President and CEO Raymond Plzak. more

ORDB Spam Project Pulls the Plug

Antispam blacklist service, The Open Relay Database (ORDB), has pulled the plug after five and a half years because of spammers' growing sophistication. ORDB was designed to deal with a technique in which spammers used SMTP proxy servers to flood the internet with junk e-mail. more

85 Billion Messages a Day, Spam Up 35% in November

Spam volume soared another 35% in November, an e-mail security vendor said Thursday, and the month saw spam tactics that reduced the efficiency of traditional anti-spam filters. ..."from 31 billion spams a day on average in October 2005 to 63 billion in October 2006. But in November, we saw two surges that averaged 85 billion messages a day, one from Nov. 13 to 22, the other from Nov. 26 to 28. more

"ip who is" Among Google's Top Searches in 2006

On Google's annual top 10 list of the hottest search words and phrases, "ip who is" has taken the top 10 spot in "Who is..." category. Google does not reveal how many searches it takes to reach the top 10, but it said millions of searches are conducted each day. more

ICANN to Undergo Transparency Evaluation

A U.K. governance organization will review The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as it tries to increase transparency after criticism of its close U.S. government ties. The report from One World Trust will be made public next year according to Paul Levins, ICANN's executive officer and vice president of corporate affairs. more

Domain Tasting: The Great Internet Brand Rip-Off

The growing practice of "domain tasting" is creating junk Web sites and big headaches for companies... Sarah Deutsch, the attorney for Verizon Communications is steaming -- she scours the Web from her Arlington (Va.) office and finds hundreds of new sites that use variations of Verizon's name. A mid-December browse uncovers a constellation of Verizon-inspired domains such as verizonpicture.com, vorizonringtone.com, and varizoncellularphone.com... more

Google to Offer Domain Registration Services

Google announced on Thursday evening that a domain name search and registration service will be added to its Google Apps for Your Domain offering.

Google will partner with GoDaddy and eNom, two domain registration companies to offer the service. more

ICANN Awards NeuStar Management of .biz Registry Until 2012

NeuStar has renegotiated an agreement with the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers to keep control over the .biz global top-level domain.

The agreement, NeuStar said on Wednesday, calls for it to maintain operational and administrative control of .biz through 2012. more

Transition of Government Networks to IPv6 Gains Traction

The transition of government networks to the next-generation Internet Protocol has gained traction over the last year, according to a recent survey of government and industry officials.

Almost half of the respondents from civilian agencies and nearly two-thirds of those in the Defense Department said that IPv6 is important in supporting their IT goals. Money for the transition is slowly moving into the funding pipeline. Federal spending on IPv6-enabled products and services is expected to hit $27 billion this year, climbing to $60 billion by 2011. more

Former MySpace Chairman Teaming with VeriSign to Promote .TV

The former chairman of MySpace.com is throwing his weight behind the ".tv" domain category, betting that it will gain popularity as more users watch, create and post videos online.

Richard Rosenblatt's Demand Media will unveil on Wednesday a deal with Internet security and dot-com registry VeriSign Inc. to begin marketing .tv as a preferred Web site domain for online videos, in the same way .org is used for non-profit groups. more

CFIT's Atnti-Trust Complaint Against ICANN Dismissed Again

"All attempts to sue ICANN relating to antitrust violations during its eight-year existence, have been dismissed at very early stages in the proceedings. ICANN's structure and operations have never failed to survive antitrust challenge," says ICANN in it's related press release. more

ICANN Signs Contract for '.ASIA'

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the first top-level domain registry based in the Asia-Pacific region.

The .asia top-level domain will join other Asian-Pacific Internet domains, such as Japan, China, and South Korea already managed by DotAsia Organization. The addition brings the total number of Internet domain suffixes to 266. more

Progress Report on ICANN Meeting in Sao Paolo

ICANN announced that it approved registry agreements for the .biz, .info and .org domains, with a restriction that traffic data cannot be used to disclose domain name registrant, end-user information or other personal data... more

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