Business 2.0 Magazine is running a front page story on Kevin Ham, considered as one of the most powerful "domainer", and how he has managed to build a $300 million empire using everything from domain tasting to typo-squatting the entire nation of Cameroon. From the article, "Ham's people installed a line of software, called a 'wildcard,' that reroutes traffic addressed to any .cm domain name that isn't registered. In the case of Cameroon, a country of 18 million..." more»
Under a preliminary injunction issued yesterday by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real, ICANN now has the right to terminate RegisterFly’s accreditation as soon as possible. The provision to ICANN of current and accurate data for all of RegisterFly’s domain names has also been ordered by the Court as RegisterFly failed to meet the conditions of a temporary restraining order (TRO) which the Court issued on April 16, 2007. more»
Another week, another price increase in Internet addresses. This time, it's ".biz" whose fees are going up. In recent weeks, operators of ".com," ".net," ".org" and ".info" have announced increases beginning in mid-October in the wholesale prices for domain names -- what the operators collect from the companies that sell names on their behalf. ...Many of the announced hikes became possible when the ICANN agreed to new contract terms in December, permitting an annual hike of up to 10 percent a year upon six months' notice. more»
RegisterFly has been ordered to hand over to ICANN current and accurate data for all of its domain names. ICANN's application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against RegisterFly was granted on Monday by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real. more»
A year after its launch, 2.5 million Europeans and companies have registered a .eu domain name, making it the seventh most widespread Web site address suffix in the world and the third in the European Union. ...Just under 80 percent of registered names are used, rather than bought only to reserve a name, the EU's executive arm said. more»
VeriSign has announced that as of Oct. 15, 2007, the registry fee for .com domain names will increase from $6.00 to $6.42 and that the registry fee for .net domain names will increase, from $3.50 to $3.85. This will be VeriSign's first registry fee increase for .com and .net since the fee structure was put in place by ICANN in 1999. more»
Jackson, a 26-year-old developer from New Bedford, Massachusetts, who works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is spending his spare time on a Web-based application called Crows Nest. It's designed to alert users when newly registered domain names that are likely to be used as phishing sites go live on the Internet. more»
Security watchers are calling on net governance body ICANN to adopt a new top level domain name to be used exclusively by registered banks and financial organisations.
If ICANN introduced a .safe domain (or .sure or .bank), which could only be used by registered financial institutions, it would allow security providers to create better software to protect the public. more»
The chairman of a key ICANN committee said questions remain about how to implement a new ".xxx" domain name for pornographic and adult websites, but the agency plans to vote whether to create the online back alley tomorrow.
Janis Karklins, chairman of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, said Thursday that the board of ICANN had not yet answered questions about whether the application meets the standards needed to be established. more»
The unsealing of the two-week-old lawsuit yesterday reveals that when ICANN terminated Registerfly's accreditation to sell domain names earlier this month it did so just one day after it found out it was being sued. Customers of the failing domain name company Registerfly.com have sued the company, along with its accreditor and overseer ICANN, claiming thousands of people have lost or stand to lose their livelihoods due to their negligence. more»
ICANN already has taken steps to decertify RegisterFly.com, whose troubles it said resulted in many customers unable to renew names before they expired or to transfer them to rival registration companies.
ICANN said broader changes may be needed to prevent similar troubles in the future. Paul Levins, the agency's vice president for corporate affairs, said Monday that the existing rules were written when there was little competition among registrars, while there are about 860 today. more»
Neiman Marcus Group Inc. is suing a pair of domain name companies, accusing them of improperly registering more than 40 Internet addresses that resemble the department store chain's trademarks. The lawsuit accuses the companies of domain name tasting. more»
Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a ".xxx" Internet address.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has already rejected similar proposals twice since 2000, planned to vote as early as next week on whether to approve the domain name for voluntary use by porn sites. more»
The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is planning to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars, after the fiasco at Registerfly.com that has put tens of thousands of web sites at risk.
In a strongly worded statement released yesterday, ICANN president Paul Twomey called for decisive action to reform its standard Registrar Accreditation Agreement, to help protect domain customers. more»
Help may be on the way as the Whois task force last week endorsed a proposal that would give more privacy options to small businesses, individuals with personal websites and other domain name owners.
"At the end of the day, they are not going to have personal contact information on public display," said Ross Rader, a task force member and director of retail services for registration company Tucows Inc. "That's the big change for domain name owners." more»