Archive for April, 2012


TAS Still Closed at ICANN

Posted April 30th, 2012

27 April 2012

ICANN will notify all applicants within the next seven business days whether our analysis shows they were affected by the technical glitch in the TLD application system.

In order to make these notifications, we are identifying each applicant file name and user name that might have been viewed, and who might have viewed them. To do that, we are reviewing internal system logs and full packet-level capture of all traffic to and from the application system from 12 January through 12 April.

Our analysis continues to show that a limited number of applicants were affected.

Shortly after the notification process has been completed, we will announce the schedule for reopening the application system and completing the application period. We are mindful of the need to allow sufficient time during the reopening period for applicants to confirm the completeness of their submissions.

We are also continuing to test the fix and enhance system performance in preparation for reopening.

We fully understand the frustration and inconvenience caused by the continuing suspension of the application system and will provide further updates as new information becomes available.


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More on TAS Interruptus

Posted April 23rd, 2012


Statement by Akram Atallah, COO
22 April 2012

ICANN continues to work diligently to test the fix for the technical glitch that required the temporary suspension of the TLD application system, or TAS, and to identify affected applicants so that we can reopen the system as soon as possible.

Yesterday we posted a series of FAQs to respond to questions we have received about the glitch that caused the system to be taken offline.

Thank you for your patience as we work to reopen the application system.


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US judge sends Apple, Samsung to settlement talks

Posted April 18th, 2012


(Reuters) – Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd agreed that their chief executives would participate in settlement talks to try to resolve a patent lawsuit over smartphone and tablet technology, according to a court filing.

Apple sued Samsung in the United States last year, saying the South Korean company’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad. Samsung then countersued Apple.

In a court filing late on Monday, both companies agreed to the settlement conference. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday then referred the companies to a San Francisco-based magistrate judge who will lead the talks.

Representatives for Apple and Samsung could not immediately be reached on Tuesday.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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The Latest from ICANN on the TAS Interruption

Posted April 17th, 2012


The TLD application system, or TAS, was taken offline on Thursday, 12 April due to a technical issue.

We believe that we have fixed the glitch, and we are testing it to make sure.

ICANN is committed to reopening the application system as soon as we can confirm that the problem has been resolved and we have had proper time for testing.

We also want to inform all applicants, before we reopen, whether they have been affected by the glitch. We are still gathering information so we can do that.

Accordingly, the application system will not reopen tomorrow.

We will provide an update on the timing of the reopening no later than Friday, 20 April at 23.59 UTC.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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Posted April 13th, 2012


Statement on TLD Application System

We have learned of a possible glitch in the TLD application system software that has allowed a limited number of users to view some other users’ file names and user names in certain scenarios.

Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data. We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward.

We apologize for any concern this may have caused and will communicate on a regular basis on our website, which can be found at

Akram Atallah
Chief Operating Officer


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Patents, Copyrights Boost Economy With Jobs, Report Finds

Posted April 13th, 2012

From Bloomberg

More than a quarter of all jobs in the U.S. are with companies that rely on patents, copyrights and trademarks to protect products from competition and promote investment, the Commerce Department said.

About 27.1 million jobs in 2010 were in industries that rely heavily on intellectual property protections, and another 12.9 million positions were indirectly affected. The 75 industries deemed “IP-intensive” accounted for $5.06 trillion, or about 35 percent of the gross domestic product in 2010, according to a study released today by the Economics and Statistics Administration and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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TAS Temporarily Offline

Posted April 12th, 2012


ICANN constantly monitors the performance of the TLD Application System (TAS). Recently, we received a report of unusual behavior with the operation of the TAS system. We then identified a technical issue with the TAS system software.

ICANN is taking the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue. Therefore, TAS will be shut down until Tuesday at 23:59 UTC – unless otherwise notified before that time.

In order to ensure all applicants have sufficient time to complete their applications during the disruption, the application window will remain open until 23:59 UTC on Friday, 20 April 2012.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any questions, please contact the gTLD Customer Service Center (CSC) via the CSC portal.

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Widespread Virus Proves Macs Are No Longer Safe From Hackers

Posted April 9th, 2012

From The New York Times

For years, Mac users have been told that not only are they cooler than their PC counterparts, they are safer too. Apple has always held that computer viruses and malware only dogged its competitors.

That is no longer the case.

This week, security researchers discovered a new computer virus had infected half a million Mac users — about half of them in the United States. The virus is infesting users in the most surreptitious way possible: users need not manually click on any malicious links or manually download any malware to get infected. The program simply downloads itself. Once downloaded, the malware’s creators gain a back door that gives them unauthorized access to the victim’s computer.

“This is the largest scale attack on Mac OS X to date,” said Roel Schouwenberg, a senior researcher at Kaspersky Lab, an antivirus software company who has analyzed the malware. “And much more sophisticated.”

For now, the malware’s creators appear to be using infested computers for click fraud, in which they manipulate clicks on a Web advertisement in exchange for kickbacks. But as with all malware, its creators can choose to use infected computers however they like.


For the full skinny go HERE.

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ISPs, MPAA, RIAA to unveil graduated response HQ

Posted April 2nd, 2012


The major film studios and music companies will soon unveil plans for a “copyright center,” an organization designed to oversee the implementation of the controversial graduated-response program, CNET has learned.

Last July, when some of the country’s top Internet service providers, including AT&T, Comcast Verizon and others, agreed to begin implementing a series of measures designed to discourage illegal file-sharing the ISPs said they and the entertainment companies would establish a Center for Copyright Information (CCI) to “assist in the effort to combat online infringement.”

The ISPs, major record labels and Hollywood film studios are expected to soon name the person in charge of the CCI. CNET has learned that one of the leading candidates for the job is Jill Lesser, managing director of lobbying and public policy firm The Glover Park. She is also a member of the board at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-profit group that advocates for freed speech on the Web.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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After Threats, No Signs of Attack by Hackers

Posted April 2nd, 2012

From the New York Times

A threat to attack a crucial part of the Internet on Saturday by members of the mercurial, leaderless hacker collective called Anonymous appears to have had no discernible impact so far.

By Saturday in the Eastern United States, there were no major signs of an attack, said several people monitoring the Domain Name System. Some Anonymous hackers had threatened six weeks ago to attack that system, which converts domain names like into numeric addresses that computers use. It led to a quiet global multimillion-dollar effort to strengthen the Domain Name System in recent weeks.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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