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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

Registrars Say No to Phishers? Watchdog Group Calls Issue 'Complex'

Unfortunately, it is not possible for a registrar to know a-priori whether a site is going to be used for phishing or not, says Dave Jevans, chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group. There are many "squatters" who may have every right to register domain names with other companies' trademarks in them, per ICANN policy... more

ICANN Reviews Revoking Outdated TLDs

Meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ICANN began accepting public comments this week on how best to revoke outdated suffixes, primarily assigned to countries that no longer exist.

The Soviet Union's ".su" is the leading candidate for deletion, although the former Yugoslav republics of Serbia and Montenegro are transitioning from ".yu" to their own country codes. A Google search generated millions of ".su" and ".yu" sites. more

ICANN Discussing IDNs, Kiting, in Sao Paulo this Week

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will discuss key projects and initiatives at a meeting this week, including the internationalization of the domain name system and a new, lucrative Web site registration practice that some object to. more

ICANN Releases Beta TLD Verification Tool

Today ICANN released a beta version Top-Level Domain (TLD) Verification Tool. This verification tool has been developed in response to problems reported by gTLD registries and end-users of the non-acceptance of some existing TLDs. These problems occur in some current applications because: 1) they do not recognize any TLD of more than three characters; or, 2) they rely on legacy information where only com/net/org and a handful of ccTLDs are recognized as valid. more

ITU Wants to Lower-Case the Word Internet

UN agency reconsiders its role as countries jockey for influence in industry... When David Gross heard last month that the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, wanted to lower-case the word Internet as a matter of official policy, he did not know whether to be alarmed or amused. more

Approval of ICANN-VeriSign Contract Facing Mixed Reactions

News of the U.S. Department of Commerce's approval Nov. 30 of the deal between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and VeriSign was met with both jubilation and disdain by those in the computer industry.

"[The DOC is] respecting ICANN's authority and the contract it has made," said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the Netchoice Coalition. Netchoice is a collection of trade associations and e-commerce businesses, and has come out in support of the agreement. more

Price of .com Domain Names Likely to Go Up

Approval of the new .com contract between VeriSign and ICANN means VeriSign gets to run .com until at least 2012, and very probably indefinitely. In four of the next six years, the company will be able to unilaterally raise the wholesale price of a .com by 7%.

...VeriSign spokesperson Tom Galvin said that the company currently has no plans to raise prices, but added "pricing flexibility is important so registry operators have the means to invest in their infrastructure". more

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