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Google's German Domain Name Briefly Hijacked

Visitors to the German Web site of Google were met with a strange sight early Tuesday morning: Gone was the Google logo, replaced by the name of a local Internet service provider with the message that no content was available for the domain. more»

EURid Tightens Control on .eu Domain Names

Under a new rule that will come into force next month, European registrars for the ".eu" domain will be able to immediately stop the transfer of ownership of a domain name if it's suspected of abuse.

The rule, set to take effect February 19, will make it easier for investigations into activities such as spam. more»

China Loses 10,000 Domain Names in Earthquake

Chinese Website operators have lost the use of their dot-com domain names due to telecom problems caused by last month's earthquake near Taiwan. The quake affected major international telecommunications lines causing thousands of dot-com domain names held by Chinese users to vanish from domain name registries. 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»

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 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»

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»

ICANN Rejects .travel DNS Wildcard Proposal

ICANN said it has rejected a proposed search service to help guide people who mistype ".travel" Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones.

The decision comes after a review panel warned that the proposal from Tralliance Corp., which operates ".travel," could hinder spam filters and other applications that rely on the Internet's Domain Name System. more»

US Department of Commerce Approves VeriSign '.com' Contract

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»

NameMedia Acquires Afternic

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 Becomes an ICANN Accredited Registrar

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»

Release of IE7, Firefox 2.0 Will Drive Significant IDN Demand

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»

IPv6-ready DNS Appliances

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»

Judge Rejects Domain Name Suspension of Spamhaus

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»