Archive for February, 2009


Comments Welcome on the ICANN Budget for 2010

Posted February 25th, 2009

From an ICANN News Alert 17 February 2009:
The release of ICANN’s Proposed Framework for the Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Operating Plan and Budget (download here ) kicks off the operational planning process for ICANN, providing the community the first look at the planned work and financial resources required for FY10. The framework will be discussed with members of the ICANN community at the Mexico City meeting in March, through online public comment areas, and through conference calls with ICANN constituencies. A more detailed draft FY10 Operating Plan and Budget will be posted by 17 May 2009.  After more public comment and feedback, the budget is expected to be adopted by the ICANN Board at its Sydney meeting in June 2009.

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ICANN Home Movie

Posted February 9th, 2009

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (you just have flesh out the acronyms sometimes) has offered a short video on updating applicants to the guidebook for the new gTLDS, called appropriately, “Applicant Guidebook Video Update”.

Go HERE to hear the heavyweights from ICANN ring in.

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Sunrise in The Netherlands

Posted February 9th, 2009

If you are the lucky owner of a registered trademark in any country you can apply to register your brand(s) as .CO.NL domain names for 1 month before the general public. Sunrise registrations for trademark owners will start tomorrow, Tuesday 10 February 2009 at 10:00 am GMT.

For the full skinny go here:

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To .BE or not to .BE

Posted February 5th, 2009

This just in from DNS BE, the Belgian registration body for all .be domain names.

DNS BE cancelled 163 domain names being used for fraudulent purposes yesterday. The “responsible magistrates” got a hot tip that several .be domain names were used in a fast flux hosting scheme and were redirecting to phishing websites. Fast Fluxing is of course trickery by the nefarious elements of the Internet to constantly change the name servers linked to a domain name to mask their real IP addresses in an effort to dodge law enforcement and keep their site up and running for a longer time.

Not fooled a bit, DNS BE picked up on the actions and figured correctly that the large number of .be domain names involved “could indicate that the possible attack was professionally organized and could harm the total of the .be domain name zone.”

Quick like a bunny, DNS BE got the Federal Computer Crime Unit on the case, who gave the registry’s technical staff the authority to immediately delete the bad, bad, bad 163 .be domain names.

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Domain Fest Global 2009, Conference In Review

Posted February 5th, 2009

80 degrees and sunny in January is how Domain Fest Global rolls and this year was no exception. brought their A game for this conference with quality panels, abundant food and parties that granted attendees life time bragging rights.

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NameSmash Lands on Twitter

Posted February 3rd, 2009

NameSmash has joined the twitterati. Follow us for updates, breaking news and domain name excitement.

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