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Country Based Domains the Latest Sector to Heat Up in $1 Billion Market

"In many parts of the world, dot-com is not the preferred domain suffix. In Germany, for instance, companies advertise their .de Web addresses more prominently than their .com addresses." ...Even with Google and Yahoo's best efforts, the Internet advertising revolution is still in its early stages, especially overseas. But if they're successful at bringing online ads to more countries, overseas domain owners are going to find themselves sitting on prime property. more

Microsoft Launches New Offensive Against Cybersquatters

Microsoft on Tuesday launched a new offensive against cybersquatters who allegedly gain illegal profits from thousands of Web sites, such as WindowsLiveTutorial.com and HaloChamp.com, that include the company's trademarked names.

Redmond filed three lawsuits in federal court this week claiming that some Web site operators have registered and operate hundreds of domain names with the sole purpose of reaping "bad faith" profits and in violation of federal and state laws. more

Two-Thirds of All Domain Names are Hosted in the United States

There are currently more than 77 million generic top-level domain (gTLD) names in the world (counting .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz domain names). 67.23 percent of these are hosted in the United States, which corresponds to 52,277,677 domain names, making it by far the most dominant country on the Internet. The United States has almost twelve times as many domain names as Germany in second place. more

Chinese .CN Domain Name Sale Breaks Record at Over $160K

A sale of Chinese Internet domain names netted more than $160,000 on Friday in what organizers said was the biggest such auction yet in the computer-crazy country.

A pair of sites named for ultra-mobile personal computing (umpc.cn and umpc.com.cn), one of the hottest technologies around, fetched an eye-popping 390,000 yuan ($49,000). more

USD Renews IANA Contract with ICANN

The existing contract for administering the technical infrastructure of the Internet expires Sept. 30, and the U.S. government has insisted for years that it intends for the agency, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, to run the system without government oversight at some point. But after the renewal late Tuesday, that independence will not come until at least 2011.  more

Data Can Bypass Most Network Security via IPv6

An independent security researcher showed off an early version of a tool for creating covert channels that, he claims, can pass undetected through most firewalls and intrusion detection systems.

Joe Klein, network security expert, North American IPv6 Task Force The tool, dubbed VoodooNet or v00d00n3t, uses the ability of most computers to encapsulate next-generation network traffic, known as Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), inside of today's network communications standard, or IPv4. more

Europe Must Reboot its Fledgling .EU Domain Name

Europe must reboot its fledgling domain name to avoid a system crash, critics say, after alleged missteps allowed cybersquatters to stockpile trademarks for auction.

...Diana Wallis, a British liberal European Parliament member on the body's legal affairs committee, has asked the Commission to give a "full explanation of how the .eu domain allocation has been handled."

"If the scale of the abuse is anything like what appears to have taken place, this will represent a major EU scandal and commissioners will need to be brought to account," she said. more

Go Daddy Cancels IPO Plan

Domain registrar Go Daddy has decided not to attempt an initial public offering, citing difficult market conditions, the company said yesterday. "With a war and escalating hostilities throughout the Middle East, skyrocketing oil prices and technology stocks once again taking a beating on Wall Street - now just isn't the right time for us," said Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of The Go Daddy Group. more

Nominet Takes Action Against Domain Name Tasting

The official .uk domain-name registry announced on Monday that it would impose limits on the number of registrations that can be deleted in an effort to stamp out the practice, which is known as "domain tasting". Nominet will also crack down on organisations that register and delete domain names perpetually, to avoid paying for registration. ...Those guilty of domain tasting could be suspended from the system, and Nominet will terminate its contract with registrars who habitually offend, meaning they would have to perform their registrations through another registrar. Nominet will monitor deletion patterns through its automatic registration system. more

New Findings Show More Anomalies in .EU Registrations

Taking population size into account shows large irregularities in .eu domain name registrations. Malta, Luxembourg, Cyprus and the Netherlands have a very high number of registrations compared to their population size, much larger than strong Internet countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. more

ICANN Can Go, IANA Is Ours

The United States government does not want to retain "all [its] historic roles" in the technical oversight of the Internet domain name system (DNS), a senior Bush administration official said this week. But while it might let go of the coordination role for names such as those ending in .com and .net, it still has no plans to give up control over changes to the underlying structure of the Internet, he said. more

ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector Unveils IDN Resource Site

The ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) has unveiled an Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) resource site to share information on work progress, achievements and acquired knowledge in the field of IDN. It includes an introduction to IDN, information about related events, standards materials, news, information on national and other IDN developments and a FAQ. more

Internet a Global Revolution So Long as You Use Western Alphabets

The internet is a global revolution in communication - as long as you use letters from the western alphabet. ...According to Kaled Fattal, "People say the net works, but it only works for those communities whose native language is Latin-based. The rest of the world is totally isolated." Fattal speaks perfect English but as chairman and chief executive of the Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC), and an Arab, he knows that the majority of the world's population does not. more

Meeting That Will Go Down in Internet History

In a meeting that will go down in internet history, the United States government last night conceded that it can no longer expect to maintain its position as the ultimate authority over the internet.

Having been the internet's instigator and, since 1998, its voluntary taskmaster, the US government finally agreed to transition its control over not-for-profit internet overseeing organisation ICANN, making the organisation a more international body. more

Internet Governance Experts Debate ICANN's Full Control of DNS

Internet governance experts argued on Wednesday for and against having the U.S. government hand over completely the technical coordination and management of the Internet's domain name system (DNS) to the private, non-profit ICANN this year.

Those in favor of completing this transition, which began in 1998, said the political price of having the U.S. involved in DNS management has become too high and holds back the international development of the Internet. ...Others warned that ICANN isn't yet ready to take on this task...  more

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