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82 New gTLDs and Counting

Posted January 9th, 2014

A complete list of the 82 New gTLDs now delegated as of Jan. 2, 2014 from our friends at Com Laude.

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“Doppelganger Domains”

Posted September 12th, 2011

As reported by, via “Domain typo‐squatting is commonly used to spread malware to users whom accidentally misspell a legitimate domain in their web browser. 1 A new type of domain typo‐squatting takes advantage of an omission instead of a misspelling. A Doppelganger Domain is a domain spelled identical to a legitimate fully qualified domain name (FQDN) but missing the dot between host/subdomain and domain, to be used for malicious purposes. Doppelganger Domains have a potent impact via email as attackers could gather information such as trade secrets, user names and passwords, and other employee information.

Each company in the Fortune 500 was profiled for susceptibility to Doppelganger Domains and 151 companies (or 30%) were found to be susceptible. In large corporations, email usage is extremely high which dramatically increases the likelihood of mis‐sent emails and data leakage.”

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Verisign Reports 215 Million Domain Names Across All TLDs

Posted August 31st, 2011

Frank Michlick of reports: “Verisign has released their latest issue of their quarterly Domain Industry Brief (PDF) today.

The second quarter of 2011 closed with a base of more than 215 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.2 million domain names, or 2.5 percent over the first quarter. registrations have grown by more than 16.9 million, or 8.6 percent, since the second quarter of 2010.The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 84.6 million domain names, a 3.6 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 8.4 percent increase year over year in the base.”

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Ex ICANN Chairman Values Domain Market at $12 Billion

Posted August 18th, 2011

As posted to “Peter Dengate Thrush  former Chairman of the Board of ICANN told reporters today that the “current domain name market is worth about $12 Billion Dollars.”

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Owner of Launches Domaining.XXX

Posted August 8th, 2011

As posted to “It’s an epic day for domaining today, as French entrepreneur Francois Carrillo – owner of the popular business – enters the adult domain namespace.

With everyone seemingly eager to ride the “triple x” bandwagon, Francois could not be left on the sidelines of adult domaining.”

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“Judge Says Domain Name Loss Is Not A “Substantial Hardship”

Posted August 5th, 2011

As reported by “A federal judge has rejected a petition by the Spanish company Puerto 80 for the return of the domain names and The US federal government seized the domains earlier this year, arguing that they were primarily used to provide links to infringing sporting content.

Puerto 80 says that after weeks of playing phone tag with federal officials, it was told that it could only have the domain names back if it agreed not to “link to any U.S. content anywhere on its sites anywhere in the world.” Since this demand clearly exceeded what was required of it under copyright law (and arguably violated the First Amendment), Puerto sued for the return of the domain names.

Under federal law, the owner of seized property can seek its return if the government’s continuing to hold it would cause a “substantial hardship” to its owner. Puerto 80 pointed not only to the loss of traffic since the seizure, but also to the infringement of its First Amendment rights. It also pointed out that its activities had already been ruled legal by the Spanish courts.”

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Posted August 3rd, 2011

According to a press release issued this afternoon: “ (Nasdaq: WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions for small and medium‐sized businesses (SMBs), and privately‐held Network Solutions, a leading provider of website services, online marketing and global domain name registration focused on the needs of SMBs, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for to acquire Network Solutions.”

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“CentralNic Regains Control of”

Posted August 2nd, 2011

As reported by “CentralNic has taken back control of, which was seized without warning by the company’s founder at the weekend.

The domain now resolves to CentralNic’s site, and the company has posted the following message:

The CentralNic service for domains ending in has been fully restored. We apologize for any inconvenience – the interruption was effected without any warning by a third party, and was therefore out of our control.”

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“Centralnic’s In Dispute – Now Wildcarded”

Posted July 31st, 2011

As reported on “Centralnic’s is no longer pointing to their nameservers and any domains in the zone are now being wildcarded to the main website which carries the following notice:

You may be here because you have been sold a domain or email service using the domain that has ceased to work.

You can restore that service swiftly by registering with GB.COM Ltd.

GB.COM Ltd will not provide a service that you have paid others for, unless they have an arrangement with GB.COM Ltd.

If you have already paid for future service and it has ceased then you should contact your supplier.

If you have any queries please send us an email and we will endeavour to answer your questions.

GB.COM Ltd.”

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The Economic Times Predicts Trends and Future Directions Of The Domain Industry

Posted July 19th, 2011

As reported by Manish Dalal for “The history of the domain name is intertwined with that of the growth of the Internet. The first .com domain name was registered in 1985 and it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. While the Internet came into existence nearly two decades before the first domain name was registered, this event is perhaps an inflexion point. This is because a domain name is assigned a unique IP address, which is made up of a long series of numbers that forms the basis of Internet communication and allows users to locate it on the Internet.

Given the dynamic nature of the Internet, new trends in the domain name industry are frequent. 2011 however, is expected to be a little different as it will be witness to some trends in the domain name industry which would perhaps be amongst the most significant since its inception. Read on to know more about these trends and future directions.”

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