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.ORG, The Public Interest Registry Releases Its First Ever Domain Name Report, "The Dashboard"

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry announces today the release of their first bi-annual domain name report, "The Dashboard." Among other industry data, report reveals registrations for .ORG grew 11%, up to 7.69 million total registrations in the first half of 2009, compared to a year ago. more

Afilias Announces New ".INFO Site Rater" Allowing Users to Rate Their Favorite .INFO Domains

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and registry for the .INFO domain, today announced that is has added a new service that allows visitors to its .INFO Web site directory to rate their favorite .INFO Web sites. more

Pharmaceutical Brandjacking for Popular Drug Brands on the Rise

MarkMonitor's latest Brandjacking Index finds a parallel online system of pharmaceutical supply and demand fueled by continued growth in listings for pharmaceuticals on business-to-business exchange sites as well as increased traffic to illicit pharmacies. The report also reveals a growth in pharmaceutical brandjacking for popular drug brands. more

Registry/Registrar Vertical Integration: The Registrant Pays the Check

In a joint document, Afilias, NeuStar, and PIR discuss the salient issues facing the ICANN Board regarding a proposal for registry/registrar vertical integration in the newTLD round. The paper identifies some of the risks associated with the ICANN Staff proposal while at the same time proposing a path forward that does not jeopardize any further delay in the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) launch process. more

AusRegistry International Selected as Registry Services Provider for .qa - Qatar's Top Level Domain

AusRegistry International, a leading provider of Domain Name Registry Solutions for Top Level Domains (TLDs), has entered into a contract with the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) to provide Domain Name Registry Software and consulting services for establishing a new administrative body to manage the .qa country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD). more

Neustar Opens .BIZ to Rare Two-Character Domain Names

Going forward, Neustar is opening its global .BIZ registry to two-character domain names (e.g., NY.biz, MY.biz, I.biz). Because of the highly coveted, unique status of these domain names, Neustar has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting potential .BIZ registrants to submit proposals explaining how they would use and promote a particular two-character domain name. more

Afilias Seeks New TLD Partners

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and domain name registry technology, today announced that it is seeking to partner with a select number of organizations that wish to apply to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for a new top-level domain (TLD). more

RegistryPro to Release One-, Two- and Three-Character .PRO Names

RegistryPro, the operator of the .PRO top-level domain (TLD), announced today it reached an agreement with ICANN that allows for the release and allocation of one-, two- and three-character names.  more

Afilias Joins Chinese Domain Name Consortium Highlighting Importance of Chinese Domain Market, IDN

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services, today announced that it has joined the Chinese Domain Name Consortium (CDNC). Afilias will work with the CDNC to coordinate and collaborate with other registries to reach Chinese language Internet users with Internationalized Domain Name technology. more

Afilias Launches New 'Deals' Page to Highlight Special .INFO Domain Sales

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and registry for the .INFO domain, today announced that is has added a new service aggregating .INFO Authorized Registrar special offers and sales on .INFO domain names. more