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Say It Ain’t So, Lance

Posted October 18th, 2012

From Wall Street Journal

Lance Armstrong Gets Dumped

Commercial fallout from doping allegations against Lance Armstrong hit Wednesday, as Nike Inc., RadioShack Corp., Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the makers  of Trek bikes and Giro helmets, and others distanced themselves from the former cycling champ.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a blistering report accusing seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of being at the center of “a massive team doping scheme, more extensive than any previously revealed in professional sports history.”

Nike was particularly harsh, citing what it described as insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.

The clothing and footwear company said it would continue to support Mr. Armstrong’s cancer charity and carry Livestrong- branded products. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, known as Livestrong, for years has had a partnership with Nike, allowing it to license the Livestrong brand for a collection of clothing, shoes and other merchandise. Mr. Armstrong in the past made appearances at retailers and trade shows on Nike’s behalf, to promote the Livestrong line.

Analysts say Livestrong branded products—profits from which go to the charity—represent a tiny portion of Nike’s $25 billion in revenue.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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New gTLDs: The View from MIT

Posted August 24th, 2012

From technology review

 ICANN’S Boondoggle

by Wade Roush

The group that oversees Internet domain names is shaking things up for no good reason. For details, check out www.mass.confusion.

Modern societies depend on systems of unique identifiers. If you’re a U.S. citizen, for example, it’s vital that your Social Security number be yours alone, or somebody else could start picking up your checks after you retire. Similarly, it’s crucial that no two phones have the same number, no two neighborhoods have the same zip code, and no two products at the supermarket have the same bar code. When an address system expands—say, when the phone companies introduce a new area code—it’s almost always because the community of users has outgrown the existing scheme; it means that the old identifiers either are in short supply or aren’t specific enough.

But that’s not what’s prompting a huge expansion of Internet domains right now. As you may have heard, the relatively manageable list of “generic top-level domains” (gTLDs) that we’ve all mastered over the last couple of decades, such as .com, .net, and .org, is set to expand dramatically starting next year. You could soon find Amazon at and Google at google­.search. And there may be hundreds more new top-level domains—the proposals now under review range from .aaa to .zulu. This expansion isn’t happening because we’re running out of unique Web addresses under the existing set of gTLDs. Far from it. It’s happening because the body in charge of these things—the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN—thought it would be fun and profitable.

For the full skinny go HERE.



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Latest ICANN Glitch: Digital Archery

Posted June 25th, 2012


Digital Archery Suspended

Operation of the digital archery portion of the New Generic Top-level Domain Program has been suspended.

The primary reason is that applicants have reported that the timestamp system returns unexpected results depending on circumstances. Independent analysis also confirmed the variances, some as a result of network latency, others as a result of how the timestamp system responds under differing circumstances.

The timestamp window was due to close on 28 June. As of 23 June, approximately 20 percent of applications had a registered timestamp.

Given public comment regarding the timestamp process and that many applicants had yet to register a timestamp, the decision was taken to suspend the system now, pending further analysis of the process.

The evaluation process will continue to be executed as designed. Independent firms are already performing test evaluations to promote consistent application of evaluation criteria. The time it takes to delegate TLDs will depend on the number and timing of batches.

The suspension provides time to investigate technical concerns. ICANN‘s staff and Board will continue to listen to community comment about digital archery and batching.

The information gathered from community input to date and here in Prague will be weighed by the New gTLD Committee of the Board. The Committee will work to ensure that community sentiment is fully understood and to avoid disruption to the evaluation schedule.

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ICANN Gets Crazy…Again!

Posted June 6th, 2012

From Circle ID

The same thing happens before every ICANN meeting. It starts raining. Not men, as the song goes, or droplets of H2O. It starts raining documents.

In the run-up to one of its three-a-year international meetings, ICANN goes into hyperdrive. And this time, days before the Prague meeting (from the 24th to the 29th), the usual downpour has turned into a veritable deluge.

Let’s just take June 4th as an example. On that single day, ICANN has published the following:

  • An independent report on ICANN Board conflicts of Interest (22 pages).
  • An update to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) negotiations (10 documents, a total of 87 pages).
  • A roadmap to the implementation of a new technical policy (SAC 051) on WHOIS (19 pages).
  • A preliminary issues report on protecting International Governmental Organisations (IGOs) in the new gTLD program (55 pages).
  • An update to the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook (338 pages).
  • A request for community input on ICANN’s strategic plan from 2013 to 2016, which at minimum requires reading of the 17 page
  • current strategic plan document covering 2012 to 2015.
  • A report on the feasibility of a survey on WHOIS proxy and privacy (2 documents, a total of 158 pages).
  • An initial report (yes, there’s more to come!) on a new policy for transferring domain names between registrars (61 pages).

Do the math. That’s at the very least 757 pages of stuff to read! Given those facts, any sane person can only have one reaction: that’s no way to run an organization! Especially one tasked with overseeing the technical well being of the Internet!!

For the full skinny go HERE.

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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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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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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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Two UK men charged with stealing Michael Jackson tunes from Sony

Posted March 6th, 2012

From The Seattle TImes

Two men have been charged in Britain with hacking into Sony Music’s computers and stealing music, the company and British police said Monday. A person familiar with the situation said the hackers had obtained unreleased Michael Jackson tracks.

Sony Music Entertainment spokeswoman Liz Young said the company noticed a breach of its systems in May, “and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, the two suspects were arrested.”

She said no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company’s internal music-sharing system.

Sony would not confirm how much music was stolen or what artists were involved. But a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Monday that the suspects were Jackson fans and had taken his music, including unreleased material.

The year after the King of Pop’s 2009 death, Sony signed a 7-year deal with his estate, worth up to $250 million, to sell his unreleased recordings.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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