Archive for May, 2010


.CO Hopes One Letter Less Is More

Posted May 26th, 2010

From Wired

A contender wants to one-up dot-com as for the top spot in domain names by going one less — dot-co.

The country code for Colombia, .co, is making itself available to the public in June and is marketing itself as a high-end top level domain with the cachet of .com without all the problems of getting a decent name. Read More HERE.

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Battling the Conficker Internet Worm

Posted May 11th, 2010

From ICANN News Alert

A very interesting report on the origination of the Internet virus in October 2008, the efforts of the worldwide DNS community to fend it off for almost a year and an analysis of lessons learned to be better prepared for future attacks.

See the full story HERE.

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Second Lifers Sue Linden Lab Over Virtual Real Estate Ownership

Posted May 11th, 2010

Second Life “residents” are taking virtual property rights to a California court citing the state’s consumer protection laws. The property owners in the virtual world filed a class-action suit against Linden Lab, the online world’s creator, alleging the company misled players into thinking they owned the virtual lands they pay for with real money.

See the full story from CNN HERE.

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First IDN ccTLDs Available

Posted May 6th, 2010

From ICANN News Alert

For the first time in the history of the Internet, non-Latin characters are being used for top-level domains. The first IDN country-code top-level domains were inserted in the DNS root zone earlier today. The associated countries and their respective IDN ccTLDs are:

Egypt: مصر (Egypt)

Saudi Arabia: السعودية (AlSaudiah)

United Arab Emirates: امارات (Emarat)

These are the first IDN ccTLDs to appear online as a result of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process which was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009.

The first requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin.

So far, ICANN has received a total of 21 requests for IDN ccTLD(s) representing 11 languages. A total of 13 requests have successfully passed through the “String Evaluation” (the second stage of the process) and are hence ready for the requesting country or territory to initiate the request for TLD Delegation (the final stage of the application process). As of today, the first three of these have been delegated into the DNS root zone, which means they are available for use.


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ICANN Approves .zhongguo TLD for China

Posted May 3rd, 2010

From China Daily

The China Internet Network Information Center announced Wednesday that the top-level Chinese domain name “.zhongguo” (written in Chinese characters) has been approved by the board of ICANN, information portal reported.

More than 90 percent of Chinese ministries and provincial departments and more than 95 percent of news websites have already opened their “.zhongguo” domain names, the report said.

See the full story HERE.

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