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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

Google Chrome has suddenly stopped displaying www. and m. in website addresses in its URL bar, confusing the heck out of some netizens. The move apparently cuts down on unneeded "trivial" characters that normies and techies alike shouldn't, according to the browser's developers, worry about in 2018. The more cynically minded …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Sep 2018
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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

Gumtree has taken ownership of the Guntree web domain after dot-UK registry Nominet ruled that the classified ads webite for guns and ammunition was similar enough to Gumtree to constitute an “abusive registration”. Guntree, as its name strongly suggests, is a classified ads website that allows users to place adverts for …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Sep 2017
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Power 'issue' fells UK web registrar's servers

A power outage has felled servers running UK domain name register and web host Names.co.uk and simplyhosting.com. Names.co.uk apologised Tuesday morning for what it called an issue in an “isolated area of our UK data centre." The outage struck at 9am UK time. Websites and email services for what Names.co.uk reckoned were a “ …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2016
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El Reg blows chow down at Justretch.com

While checking out some exercise options in inner London, as you do, we stumbled across a class devoted to resistance stretching, and whatever on God's green earth that is, its website URL suggests you'd be well advised to have a bucket handy. Welcome indeed to Justretch.com or "just retch.com", as our auto-correct insists on …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2016
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Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over

"Burrito" chain Chipotle has been using an internet domain for its HR emails that it has no control over. IT pro Michael Kohlman found that the US fast-food giant was stamping @chipotlehr.com addresses on emails sent to those who applied for jobs via its website. The form response, sent to applicants, came with instructions …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2015

Google swears blind it doesn't give SEO advantage to new internet dot-words

Analysis For the third time in three years, Google has reiterated its position that it will not give a search ranking advantage to domain names with new internet top-level domains. In a post to its Webmaster Central Blog, the search engine giant has posted and answered six questions over how it handles top-level domains. Most of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2015

Network Solutions' 30-day refund has a catch: It'll keep up to 30%

Network Solutions has been scolded by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading consumers over a "30-day money back guarantee" that wasn't quite what it seemed. The domain flogger and web hosting company has offered the "guarantee" since 2008 on its hosting deals, which range from $120 to $350 per year. But on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jun 2015
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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

Carly Fiorina, once the boss of HP and today a US Presidential candidate, just learned the hard way that you can never be too thorough when it comes to hoarding domains, particularly when you're planning to run for public office. An unknown wag was able to snap up the carlyfiorina.org domain and use it to host a rather …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2015

I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

The company behind Ping golf clubs and owner of ping.com has paid domain name overseer ICANN $1.5m for the rights to the top-level domain .ping. The auction pitched it against one other applicant (general registry company Radix) and also included a second internet extension, .srl, which went for $400,000. The suffix "SRL" is …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Mar 2015
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Google tells world where Apps users live after WHOIS SNAFU

Names, home and email addresses, and phone numbers for a whopping 282,867 Google Apps domains have been exposed through previously borked private WHOIS records, Cisco boffins say. The research is the work of Nick Biasini, Alex Chiu, Jaeson Schultz, Craig Williams and William McVey of Cisco's Talos team who today published an …
Darren Pauli, 13 Mar 2015
Ship your enemies glitter

Bloke claims someone paid him 85,000 for a web glitter bomb factory

We are all in the wrong business, it seems. An Australian man is bragging that he just bagged $85,000 by selling a new website that claims to send out packets of glitter to people. Mathew Carpenter, 22, says he sold off ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com to an anonymous buyer, who won it in an auction on Flippa.com. As its name would …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015

SoShabby GoDaddy flings patch at domain hijack hole

Domain goliaths GoDaddy has rushed to plug a vulnerability that allowed attackers to hijack registered sites. Pen tester Dylan Saccomanni dropped the Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) bug on his blog after the company said there was no timeline for a fix. GoDaddy applied a fix less than 24 hours after the blog was published …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jan 2015
The Register breaking news

300 UK domains pilfered, MASSIVE security lapse blamed

Exclusive What appears to be a glaringly obvious security hole has been blamed for the snatching of 300 domains hosted by one web-hosting firm last year, The Reg has discovered. A source told El Reg that anyone with a hosting package from 123-Reg, and hence an account control panel, simply had to change the final section of the URL …

Official: Google's brazen domination of Earth nearly complete

The word “google” is the top domain name on the internet, in terms of registrations, according to new research. A study by domain data provider DomainTools has found that the ad giant's name is registered in 231 of the world's 300-odd top-level domains (TLDs) - from google.biz and google.com to google.tk. It beat its closest …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Apple finally grabs apple.co.uk – after just 16 years

Apple has finally taken control of the internet domain name apple.co.uk, which has been in third-party hands since at least 1996. The change of ownership, which appears to have occurred on 6 July, means visitors to the URL are now bounced to the UK version of the official Apple website at apple.com. Previously, the domain was …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Religious wars brewing in ICANN gTLD expansion

Religious convictions are emerging as the key battle line in the massive domain name expansion currently in progress at internet addressing overlord ICANN. Morality in Media, a largely Christian, US-based anti-pornography group, has become the first religious organisation to kick off a formal campaign against what it seems a “ …
Kevin Murphy, 12 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Governments probe domain land-snatch: many.gTLDs.suck

Governments have started to put ICANN's massive top-level domain name expansion under scrutiny, after the revelation of 1,930 applications for new naming suffixes two weeks ago. During sessions here at ICANN's 44th public meeting in Prague, government representatives have raised their eyebrows over several types of application …
Kevin Murphy, 29 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

ICANN may have to operate without a chief during gTLD rollout

Domain name policy manager ICANN is set to be left with a vacant CEO's office for two or three months, according to sources close to the organisation. ICANN, which is currently overseeing the largest expansion of internet addressing in history, said yesterday that it plans to name its new president and CEO at a press …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jun 2012

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