The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday approved a bid by VeriSign Inc. to run the key directories that keep track of the Internet's ".com" domain names.
The approval was the final clearance needed for VeriSign to extend its hold over the most popular suffix on the Internet. VeriSign reached an agreement earlier with ICANN but Commerce has veto power over ICANN decisions. more»
Waltham's NameMedia Inc. reports it has acquired Florida domain name reseller Afternic Inc. …Afternic, which already has more than 1.8 million domains, will join with BuyDomains, NameMedia's existing domain name marketplace. more»
Microsoft has become an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, giving it the ability to sell domains directly to its customers. Microsoft has been reselling domain names from Melbourne IT, a registrar based in Australia that also provides wholesale domains to Yahoo and other hosting providers. more»
The arrival IE 7, Firefox 2.0 and other browsers that offer built-in support for IDNs could open the floodgates to IDN sales and usage. ...VeriSign says more than 600,000 IDNs have been registered in .com and .net, and that these names are "experiencing double-digit growth in new registrations and high renewal rates," according to its Domain Name Industry Brief published in August. more»
Start-up InfoWeapons is selling what it claims are the first domain name system appliances to support both IPv4 and IPv6 running in dual-stack mode. more»
A federal judge presiding over a spam dispute rejected a marketing company's request to suspend the domain name of Spamhaus, an anti-spam group that ignored an $11.7 million judgment against it.
...The Spamhaus Project did not bother defending itself and refused to recognize Kocoras' $11.7 million judgment against it, saying the court had no jurisdiction over the U.K.-based group. So e360 Insight asked that the judge order the spamhaus.org domain suspended. more»
Made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries, the DotAsia Organization Ltd. plans to explore permitting domain names in Asian languages under ".asia." ICANN also has been exploring allowing suffixes in other languages, too, though that will take time and is unaffected by Wednesday's decision on ".asia." more»
ICANN has agreed that only registrars can suspend individual domain names. It believes that there is no way it could enforce the proposed court order. But as the organization responsible for the Internet's top-level domains, ICANN does have the authority to accredit registrars like Tucows, based in Toronto.
Princeton University's Edward Felten believes it is possible that ICANN could be forced to comply with this type of court order. more»
Internet domain name arbitration disputes have risen by more than a quarter since January 2005 -- despite the expansion of generic top-level domain addresses like .biz and .info -- as cybersquatters find more sophisticated ways of encroaching on legitimate Web sites.
...Typosquatting, a form of cybersquatting that involves capturing another company's Web traffic by registering misspelled versions of a well-known Internet site or brand name, is driving much of the growth in domain-name disputes, according to intellectual property lawyers. more»
Study finds more than half of the Internet's name servers are configured incorrectly, leaving networks vulnerable to pharming attacks and enabling servers to be used in attacks that can wipe out DNS infrastructure. This is the key finding of a survey of the Internet's domain name servers released Monday.
...The number of DNS servers connected to the Internet rose 20% in the last year to 9 million. Most of that growth was in Europe and Asia, with many new DNS servers embedded in cable modems and phone gateways. more»
The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it would renew its relationship with ICANN, the company that manages the Internet domain name system, beyond September 30, the date at which a separation had been expected.
"We are working with ICANN to negotiate the next phase of our continued partnership," John Kneuer, acting assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in prepared testimony at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of ICANN. more»
Companies owning thousands of common names for Internet use will hold back the spread of .eu, Europe's attempt to rival .com, campaigners said on Tuesday. ...campaigners and European Parliament members say a few firms bought 200,000 to 300,000 generic names that people often use to search for information on the Web. more»
Operators of the ".travel" domain name are proposing a new search service to help guide people who mistype Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones, reviving a debate over how much control such organizations should have in directing Internet traffic. more»
Yellow was the first company with a prior right to the term 'sex' to apply for the domain, which is usually enough to be successful in being awarded it. Yellow had a registered trade mark for the term 'sex'. Topeu on the other hand claimed it had a greater right to the domain because it had registered a trademark for the entire phrase 'sex.eu'... more»
The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers yesterday named the 25 domain name system security experts that will be responsible for deciding whether proposed domain registry services could cause internet security and stability problems. The 25 people, who hail from all over the world, would be selected in five-person panels to decide on a case-by-case basis whether services proposed by the likes of .com registry VeriSign Inc or .biz registry NeuStar Inc constitute a problem to the internet. more»