Archive for December, 2009


A look Back At 10 Years of Cybercrime

Posted December 31st, 2009

Wired breaks down the decades most dastardly cybercrimes.

Click HERE for full story.

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Happy New Year From NameSmash!

Posted December 31st, 2009

Happy New Year from all of us at NameSmash.

Here’s to a new year of breaking domain news!

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General Electric Looses Dispute for

Posted December 26th, 2009

As reported by Domain Name Wire a domain dispute over may prove that too much information given in the filing process could work against the complainant.

For more information, click HERE.

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NameSmash Interviews Google on Public DNS

Posted December 23rd, 2009

This month Google launched its latest in search, Google Public DNS, a resolution service that gives users an alternative to their current DNS provider. We sat down with Google product manager Prem Ramaswami to discuss Public DNS, privacy and the effects it could have on the DNS ecosystem.

NameSmash: What is Google Public DNS?

Ramaswami: As part of Google’s ongoing effort to make the web faster, we’ve launched Google Public DNS a new experimental Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider. By using Google Public DNS you can:

  • -Speed up your browsing experience.
  • -Improve your security.
  • -Get the results you expect with absolutely no redirection.

Additionally, by sharing what we learn about improving DNS with the public, we hope this project will benefit the web community worldwide by making the shared DNS system faster.

NameSmash: How does the end user experience of Google DNS Resolver differ from relying on an ISP?

Ramaswami: If a user chooses to opt-in and set-up Google Public DNS, their computer’s DNS requests will be sent to and resolved at the nearest Google data center. Google has made improvements to how DNS requests are handled and therefore will make the user’s web web surfing experience faster, safer and more reliable. What’s more, as we learn how people use our DNS service, we plan to give what we’ve learned to the web community to make the web faster for everyone.

NameSmash: There has been a lot of controversy over the way some ISPs handle re-directs from non-existent domains, How will Google Public DNS approach the same situation?

Ramaswami: Google Public DNS complies with the DNS standards and gives the user the exact response his or her computer expects without performing any blocking, filtering, or redirection that may hamper a user’s browsing experience. From a more technical standpoint, if you issue a query for a domain name that does not exist, Google Public DNS always returns an NXDOMAIN record, as per the DNS protocol standards. The browser should show this response as a DNS error. If, instead, you receive any response other than an error message (for example, you are redirected to another page), this could be the result of the following:

  • -A client-side application such as a browser plug-in is displaying an alternate page for a non-existent domain.
  • -Some ISPs may intercept and replace all NXDOMAIN responses with responses that lead to their own servers. If you are concerned that your ISP is intercepting Google Public DNS requests or responses, you should contact your ISP.
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ICANN Develops Advisory Concerning Posting Of Registrar Fees For Restoring Deleted Domain Names

Posted December 20th, 2009

According to the ICANN site: “In an effort to minimize registrar confusion and encourage compliance with the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), ICANN developed an Advisory [PDF, 100K] regarding the Expired Domain Deletion Policy (EDDP). The purpose of this Advisory [PDF, 100K] is to clarify a requirement within the EDDP regarding what must be displayed on accredited registrars’ websites.”

For more information, click HERE.

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Domain Registry To Raise Prices In Coming Year

Posted December 18th, 2009

Verisign registry will raise its .COM and .NET registration and renewal fees beginning July 1, 2010.

For the full story, click HERE.

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ICANN Consultation on New gTLD Registry Agreement

Posted December 18th, 2009

On January 7, 2010, ICANN “invites community participation in an open consultation regarding the proposed registry agreement for new gTLDs”.

For more information including reference materials and time tables for the meeting, click HERE.

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Public Comment: STI Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

Posted December 17th, 2009

From ICANN News Alert

17 December 2009

The Special Trademarks Issues Working Team (STI) has published its Report on its recommendations to create a Trademark Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension procedure to protect trademarks in the New GTLD Program. The public comment period ends on 26 January 2010.

See Special Trademark Issues Review Team Recommendations HERE (.pdf) or HERE (html).


On 12 October 2009, the ICANN Board sent a letter to the GNSO requesting its review of the policy implications of certain trademark protection mechanisms proposed for the New gTLD Program, as described in the Draft Applicant Guidebook (DAG) and accompanying memoranda. Specifically, the Board Letter requested that the GNSO provide input on whether it approves the proposed staff model, or, in the alternative, the GNSO could propose an alternative that is equivalent or more effective and implementable.

In response, the GNSO adopted a resolution creating the Special Trademarks Issues review team on 28 October 2009, which included representatives from each Stakeholder Group ; At-Large; Nominating Committee Appointees; and the Government Advisory Committee, to analyze the specific rights protection mechanisms that have been proposed for inclusion in the Draft Applicant Guidebook. The STI delivered to the GNSO Council its Report, which describes an alternative model that the STI believes is more effective and implementable than the model proposed in the DAG3. The GNSO Council unanimously approved the recommendations contained in the STI Report for public comment and consideration by ICANN when it finalizes the proposed model for trademark protection in the New gTLD Program.

For additional information on the new gTLD Program, please go HERE.

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Broadband in Every US Home

Posted December 17th, 2009

From the Washington Post

The FCC yesterday floated proposals to meet a congressional mandate to give every U.S. home access to high-speed Internet service.

See the full story HERE.

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Expressions of Interest May Launch In February 2010

Posted December 16th, 2009

The Expressions of Interest initiative for new gTLDs may well be moving forward this coming February.

As reported by Domain Name Wire “The idea for “Expressions of Interest” for new top level domain names cleared a hurdle last week, as ICANN’s board asked staff to push forward on the idea”.

Click HERE for the full story.

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