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Security bug stalls new dot-word TLD land grab AGAIN

Domain name overlord ICANN has been forced to delay its new top-level domain (TLD) expansion by another week as its techies attempt to analyse the fallout of an embarrassing security vulnerability. Its TLD Application System (TAS), which companies worldwide have been using since January to confidentially apply for gTLDs such as …
Kevin Murphy, 23 Apr 2012
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ICANN battled dot-word TLD registration leak bug for WEEKS

Red-faced ICANN has delayed its new generic top-level domains programme again as it struggles to deal with the fallout of a security bug that exposed confidential data about applicants. The internet overseer also confirmed it was first warned of a data leak vulnerability in mid-March, weeks before it eventually pulled the plug …
Kevin Murphy, 17 Apr 2012
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ICANN: Privates leaked in top-level domain land grab blunder

ICANN has revealed that it took down its top-level domain application system yesterday after discovering a potentially serious data leakage vulnerability. As El Reg reported earlier today, ICANN shut down its TLD Application System (TAS) – the web application companies use to apply for new gTLDs – due to unspecified "unusual …
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2012
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ICANN flubs new domain deadline after site snafu

ICANN has extended the deadline for companies to apply for new generic top-level domains after "unusual behaviour" forced it to shut down its online application system. Just 12 hours before the 2359 UTC filing deadline last night, ICANN took its TLD Application System offline, saying it needed time to repair an unspecified …
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2012
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.XXX registry in .porn, .adult, .sex extension grab bid

Exclusive ICM Registry, which runs the controversial .xxx top-level domain, today revealed that it has applied to ICANN for the gTLDs .porn, .sex and .adult. The Florida-based company hopes to avoid "shakedown" accusations this time around - last year it faced severe criticism and a lawsuit when it raked in millions of dollars in …
Kevin Murphy, 12 Apr 2012
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Dot-London squeaks under ICANN deadline

London's official PR agency has filed its application with ICANN to get its hands on a new .london top-level internet domain, just before the deadline closes. London & Partners today revealed that it has contracted Minds + Machines Ltd, a local subsidiary of British Virgin Islands-based Top Level Domain Holdings, to help apply …
Kevin Murphy, 12 Apr 2012
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Dot-word TLD registration closes tonight, maybe for many years

Today is the last chance for organisations that want to own their own top-level internet domain names to register their interest with ICANN. If you want to run a dot-brand (.pepsi, .nike, .pampers) or a dot-city (.london, .paris, .rome) or a generic keyword gTLD (.music, .web, .blog), 29 March marks your final opportunity to get …
Kevin Murphy, 29 Mar 2012
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Dotcom hike will net MEEELLIONS of bucks for Verisign, ICANN

The cost of a .com domain name is expected to rise by at least 31 per cent over the next six years, due to new price-increasing powers granted to registry operator Verisign by industry overseer ICANN. ICANN last night published a proposed draft of a new .com Registry Agreement, which it had negotiated privately with Verisign …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Mar 2012
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UK.gov gives nod to .scot

While the Coalition government may oppose Scottish independence, it has nevertheless given the go-ahead to a Scottish move for independence on the internet. The UK government has reportedly granted Dot Scot Registry, a not-for-profit company, with approval to apply for .scot, a new internet top-level domain. The wannabe …
Kevin Murphy, 26 Mar 2012
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Dot Pharmacy: New web weapon in war on duff drug peddlers

An American trade group wants to create top-level domain name .pharmacy to stem the sale of bogus medicines online. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) will file the application with internet policymaker ICANN, according to FairWinds Partners, a domain name consulting firm. "The goal of .pharmacy is to provide …
Kevin Murphy, 26 Mar 2012
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ICANN prez calls out own board over conflicts of interest

The board of directors of internet overseer ICANN is said to be fuming after its ethics were called into question by the organisation's outgoing president and CEO. Rod Beckstrom, who is set to the leave the domain name policy group in July, took to the stage at ICANN's public meeting here in San Jose, Costa Rica on Monday to …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Mar 2012
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Pope Benedict in .XXX pro-Islam cybersquat drama

A Turkish cybersquatter has registered at least a dozen variants of Pope Benedict's name as .xxx internet domains and is using them to promote Islam. Cybersquatted sites including PopeBenedict.xxx currently proclaim "Everyone will find Islam" alongside pictures of the Quran and Kaaba. Unsurprisingly, the sites also state that " …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Mar 2012
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Google: No SEO boost from vanity top-level domain grab

Google has denied that companies will be able to get a search engine ranking boost by obtaining new vanity top-level domain names from ICANN. The company's webspam guru, Matt Cutts, said this week that organisations "shouldn't register a TLD in the mistaken belief that you'll get some sort of boost in search engine rankings." …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Mar 2012
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Dot-brand explosion will shell-shock lazy coders - ICANN

Millions of internet users face being locked out of popular websites unless software developers pay attention to the forthcoming explosion in new top-level domain names. Domain name overseer ICANN told El Reg this week that developers and webmasters need to track the progress of its new gTLD programme, which is expected to start …
Kevin Murphy, 01 Mar 2012
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Yahoo! scared! of! dot! brand! squatters!

Yahoo is worried about unscrupulous domain name registrars trying to cybersquat on its brands. In an exasperated letter to ICANN this week, the web firm said it is still not convinced that the organisation's new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) programme provides enough safeguards against squatters holding so-called "dot-brand …
Kevin Murphy, 29 Feb 2012
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Euro banks slam dot-bank plan

European banking regulators have slammed an American-led plan to create a new ".bank" top-level domain, saying it could give way to "a more dangerous form of phishing". The European Banking Authority wrote to California-based domain name industry overseer ICANN earlier this month to say that plans for financially oriented …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Feb 2012
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Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru

Wales is to get two new top-level internet domains – one for Welsh speakers and one for the rest of us – under a deal announced yesterday between the Welsh government and .uk registry Nominet. The move to apply for both .wales and .cymru sidesteps criticism that the Welsh government was planning to abandon the Welsh language in …
Kevin Murphy, 23 Feb 2012
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Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle

Sir Richard Branson has wrestled a .xxx domain off a cybersquatter in a challenge over richardbranson.xxx. The Virgin Group founder discovered last week that his Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organisation was successful. The WIPO panelist handling the case found …
Kevin Murphy, 21 Feb 2012
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Music fans not welcome in RIAA-backed .music

The Recording Industry Association of America and other music industry groups are backing a proposal for a highly regulated ".music" top-level domain. If its .music is approved by ICANN, the domains will be limited to members of accredited music industry associations and will be regularly patrolled for copyright infringement …
Kevin Murphy, 10 Feb 2012
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100 MEEELLION .com domains now registered

There are now over 100 million .com domain names on the internet. The milestone was passed in either October or January, depending on how you measure "registered" domains. But whichever way you cut it, .com is now into nine figures. VeriSign, which runs .com, revealed yesterday in is monthly report with industry overseer ICANN …
Kevin Murphy, 03 Feb 2012
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Mickey Mouse Whois ban threat sparks privacy fears

The days of pretending to be Mickey Mouse or Daffy Duck when you register a domain name could be numbered, following demands placed on ICANN by law enforcement agencies and governments. ICANN is currently locked in contract talks with its accredited domain name registrars, and expects they will agree to make the verification of …
Kevin Murphy, 30 Jan 2012
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Nominet puts the squeeze on rude members

Nominet, which runs the .uk domain registry, has proposed a new code of conduct that would ban unprofessional behaviour by its members. The new draft Members' Code would enable the organisation to strip members of their privileges if they're caught scamming customers or being rude to Nominet staff. It would also force its …
Kevin Murphy, 27 Jan 2012
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ICANN responds to smut portal antitrust lawsuit

ICANN and .xxx manager ICM Registry want a California judge to throw out an antitrust lawsuit, saying plaintiff Manwin Licensing is just miffed that it missed out on the juiciest domain names. Manwin, which runs major online porn networks including YouPorn and Brazzers, sued ICANN and ICM in November claiming that they had …
Kevin Murphy, 27 Jan 2012
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HP, RIM, ARM among thousands in ICANN dot-brand ban

ICANN's decision to open the floodgates to hundreds of new generic top-level domains last week is expected to create a land-rush of "dot-brand" internet addresses. To date, fewer than six companies, notably including Canon, Hitachi and Deloitte, have publicly expressed their intention to acquire a branded gTLD. But domain …
Kevin Murphy, 23 Jan 2012
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Blogger bully site yanks MPAA's chain in poison-pen letter

The new owner of the domain name Righthaven.com, which until recently belonged to a notorious copyright troll, has used his purchase to openly mock the Motion Picture Ass. of America. The website currently displays a heavily and ironically redacted open letter to MPAA chief Christopher Dodd, and lends support to yesterday's web- …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jan 2012