Archive for January, 2011


The New York Times Acquires

Posted January 30th, 2011

After loosing a UDRP battle with Frank Schilling for the domain name,The New York Times has decided to take a more traditional route to domain ownership.

Click HERE to read more.

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Off The Beaten Path City Guide For DomainFest Attendees.

Posted January 28th, 2011

As we all know, no domains conference is all work. We have put together an off the beaten path city guide for DomainFest attendees who find themselves with a bit of free time or a few extra days to hang out in Santa Monica.

Our number one tip for visiting the Los Angeles area is RENT A CAR. Seriously. Rent a car.


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Internet body may use up IPv4 addresses this week

Posted January 27th, 2011

“The current crop of Internet addresses could start to disappear this week if a regional Internet registry makes one more request for two blocks of addresses.”

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ICANN Releases Info On Their Upcoming Meet Up With The GAC

Posted January 26th, 2011

“During the recent ICANN meeting in Cartagena, the ICANN Board of Directors and Governmental Advisory Committee agreed to meet at some time prior to the upcoming Silicon Valley/San Francisco meeting in order to devote significant time in the interest of resolving the outstanding issues the GAC has identified with the new gTLD process.

Planning for that meeting has occurred and the Board and the GAC have agreed to meet on 28 February and 1 March 2011, in Brussels, at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Mont des Arts – Kunstberg, Brussels.”

For more info, click HERE

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Interview With IANA: IPv6 Deployment And What It Really Means For You

Posted January 25th, 2011

For years we have been hearing about the transition form the IPv4 operating platform to IPv6. We are repeatedly told that IPv6 is coming and that we need to be ready for it. Every ICANN meeting since Paris has held an IPv6 session, urging the platform adoption. Until recently the IPv6 fuss has been a fairly industry specific concern.

In the last few months, articles have begun appearing about the platform in a more urgent way. It began as a slow trickle and then suddenly every week a major publication introduced its readers to this new thing called IPv6. Reading the articles, one can’t help but wonder what this might look like to civilians (those who don’t live eat sleep and breathe domains and technical details) who depend on the Internet as an important function of daily life but don’t necessarily know much about how the back end works.

Even within the community there are large swaths of people who don’t completely get what this platform switch means. The realization dawns that while we may attend IPv6 sessions at every ICANN meeting and have a basic understanding of the platform it can still be a difficult concept to fully grasp.

We sat down with Leo Vegoda of IANA, The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to get the low down on how the platform change will really affect corporations and end users.


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.NXT Conference To Invade San Francisco, CA February 9-10

Posted January 21st, 2011

.NXT, “A Conference About New Internet Extensions” will invade the Hyatt Regency, on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco from February 9-10, 2011.

Unlike the other conferences happening this winter (it feels like we’ve got one every week) .NXT addresses one topic only: New gTLDs. Geared toward applicants, anyone interested in working with new gTLDs and industry professionals who want to learn more about the realities of new gTLD implementation this conference is a do not miss. New applicants will be receiving practical advice from industry veterans who absolutely know what they are talking about.

If you are remotely considering joining the ranks of new gTLD applicants this is a crucial event and a great place to pick up staff, meet with consultants and start getting to know the familiar faces of this microscopic industry. With sessions on community trust, working with registrars and trust and community, this is not a light-weight snoozefest. Register and book hotel accommodations soon as spots are filling up fast.

Click HERE for more information on .NXT

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A Secession By South Sudan Could Lead To Domain Profit For New Country

Posted January 19th, 2011

The average person has little idea how much money there is to be made in Internet real estate. While some were lucky enough to have the foresight 15 years ago to participate in the invisible land grab, it took years for the rest of us to catch on.

While most of the “good” (i.e. profitable) domains have been long ago accounted for, there are occasional wells to be tapped in the form of ccTLDs re-appropriated for vanity use. While the world watches South Sudan inch closer to secession, Domain Name Wire points out that this could be a golden opportunity for the emerging country to make a killing on the ccTLD they may choose.

Montenegro experienced wild success upon the release of their ccTLD, .ME when they encouraged it’s use as a vanity extension and there is nothing, but imagination stopping another entity from having the same. If South Sudan were to make strategic choices in their Internet identity, it could lead to a huge gain for the new nation continuing the interesting precedent for possibilities of financial stability in emerging countries.

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ICANN Announces Cyrillic .RU: an Internationalized Domain Name Success

Posted January 18th, 2011

“The Russian Cyrillic IDN’s success story is just one of many IDN success stories we’ll hear about in the months and years to come. IDNs are an important part of the Internet’s future, and ICANN is working hard to improve and expand their implementation.”

Click HERE to read the whole story.

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ICANN Key Note Speaker Confirmed! But Not Formalized

Posted January 17th, 2011

The rumors are true, former United States President Bill Clinton has accepted ICANN’s offer to deliver the key note speech at the 40th ICANN meeting in San Francisco.

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ICANN Issues Notices of Breach, Termination and Non-Renewal To Three Registrars

Posted January 14th, 2011

On January 12, three registrars were issued notices of Breach, Termination and Non-Renewal. The registrars in question, iWelt AG, Zog Media, Inc. DBA Zog Names and Centrohost CJSC have all failed to escrow gTLD registration data (pursuant to Section 3.6 of the RAA).

Each registrar has 15 days to cure the breach before the termination process begins.

During 2010, 22 registries were sent breach notices. 7 of those registrars received termination date extensions, some of which are extended through the summer of 2011.

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