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Prices for .Com and .Net Are Rising Again

Posted July 18th, 2011

As reported by the “VeriSign has announced plans to raise the price of .com and .net domain names again.

The .net price increase comes just a few weeks after the company renewed its registry contract with industry overseer ICANN.

From 15 January, 2012, the company said that it intends to charge $7.85 for a .com, up from $7.34, and added that .net fees would go up from $4.65 to $5.11.”
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“Google Removes the .CO.CC Domains its Search Index”

Posted July 7th, 2011

As posted to “As reported by The Register, Google removed over 11 million subdomain from its search index, since the company considered too many of the sites “spammy”. Free subdomains are offered by a Korean company. The company also offers bulk registrations of 15,000 subdomains for a fee of $1,000. According to the company’s website they have 11,397,608 subdomains registered in 5,738,580 accounts.”

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“VeriSign Releases Domain Traffic Treasure Trove to the Public”

Posted July 6th, 2011

This is huge news for anyone in the domain buying/selling business.

As reported by “VeriSign has released VERISIGN® DomainScore™ to the public.

The beta tool allows anyone to enter an unregistered domain name and get an idea of how much traffic the domain gets.

DomainScore uses NXD data — basically visit requests to non existent domain names — to calculate a score ranging from 1-10. The higher the score the higher the traffic to the domain. The score is for the last full week, the last 30 days, and last 60 days.”

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“Why Writers Should Have Their Own Domains”

Posted June 30th, 2011

As reported on by Cory Doctorow: “Great, sage advice from John Scalzi about why a writer might want to pay to register a domain in the era of Facebook.”

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ICANN Publishes Registrant Rights and Responsibilities Webpage

Posted June 27th, 2011

Better late than never…

As published to “ICANN has published a document that identifies available registrant rights and responsibilities under the 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), on a webpage that summarizes available registrant rights and responsibilities including those that arise under ICANN Consensus Policies and specifications, as they are incorporated in the RAA:

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New Measures Proposed to Enhance Post-Expiration and Renewal Related Policies and Practices

Posted June 14th, 2011

According to “The GNSO Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Working Group has submitted its Final Report [PDF, 998 KB] to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council today, 14 June 2011. The PEDNR WG was tasked to address questions in relation to what extent registrants should be able to renew their domain names after they expire.”

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ICANN 40: Board Sets New gTLDs Timeline; Approves .XXX Domain

Posted March 18th, 2011

The following is the outcome of ICANN 40, San Francisco according to

•  The Board intends to complete the process for final approval of the New gTLD implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN Board to be held on Monday, 20 June 2011, at the ICANN public meeting in Singapore.
•  The Board endorsed all 27 of the recommendations made by the Accountability and Transparency Review Team, and requested ICANN Staff to prepare implementation plans.
•  The period for accepting public comments about the process for creating new GNSO constituencies was extended.
•  The Board supported entering into a Registry Agreement with ICM, approving .XXX as a new top-level domain.

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North Korean Domain Names Return to the Internet

Posted January 12th, 2011

“North Korean domain names have returned to the Internet over the last few days as the country continues to build its presence online. Websites, previously available only via IP addresses, are now accessible through dot-kp addresses and it appears more might be on the way.”

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NameSmash 2010 Year In Review

Posted January 6th, 2011

From the successful launch of IDNs to Google’s battle with China to the approval of .XXX, 2010 was a year marked by progress. We might not have flying cars, robot butlers or crops that thrive on Gatorade but we do have Twitter weddings.

Behold, the NameSmash 2010 year in review!


  • Cybersquatting fell to a three year low
  • Google threatened to leave China
  • Expressions of Interest for new gTLDs ( was a hot button topic


  • China tightens rules for domain owners
  • Afilias bought Dot Mobi
  • ICANN warns that the adoption of IPV6 is essential
  • The .CO launch is announced


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Your Guide to the PAG: ICANN’s Proposed (Final) New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

Posted November 29th, 2010

In his letter to prospective new gTLD applicants, Rod Beckstrom states, “No one could have envisioned all that the Internet has become.” Beckstrom is right. 15 years ago, very few of us involved heavily in the Internet now could have predicted how fully it is integrated into our lives. Most of us probably would not have imagined that we would be able to carry devices in our pockets that would provide instant, unlimited Internet access anywhere we go. We certainly could not have predicted the way it has effected the lives and personalities of a generation of people who have grown up never knowing a time when they didn’t have an e-mail address. We probably would not have considered the idea that a time would come when .com would not be the only legitimate mainstream extension option.

It has been over two years since the announcement of the new gTLD program during the ICANN Paris meeting. Since then we have seen several draft versions of the applicant guidebook, the launch date pushed back several times and many upstart ventures become discouraged and sometimes permanently shutter their operations. For those of us who have hung in, it has been a gamble that appears to finally be paying off. Those of us who have invested our time and professional interests in new gTLDs are participating in a vision of what the Internet can become. Industry wide, we all seem to be feeling the same thing. It is time for a change. It is time for the domain space to evolve. Many things we wouldn’t have imagined users adapting to 15 years ago have become basic functions of interacting with the technology. And the expansion of the gTLD system will soon fall into that category.

The PAG is quite something to trudge through and while it has been forth as a final version of new gTLD applications, it still appears incomplete pending upcoming decisions, reviews and the delivery of final reports. As the holidays are upon us and spare time is likely being spent creatively packing luggage in preparation to travel to the Cartagena meeting we have compiled a quick guide to major changes in the guidebook. Consider it our holiday gift to you.

The following sections have been pulled directly from The PAG and appear in the original language in which ICANN has written them. To read the complete Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guide Book, please click HERE.


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