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Gmail Now Supports IDN Email

If your first language isn’t English and you don’t use the Latin character set you can and will run into barriers. While IDN domain names ie. domain names where either the left of the dot, the right of the dot or the entire string is in characters other than Latin ones, do exist and have […]

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French DPC Slaps Google With 150k Fine

The French data protection authorities have fined Google 150000 Euro and obliged them to put a notice on their home page announcing the fine: The fine is the largest ever levied against a company in France and is due to both the seriousness of the data privacy issues and the number of of them (I’m […]

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Google’s .App Under Fire

I’ve written about “closed generic” new TLD applications several times over the last year. I’m opposed to them, as I’ve said in the past and continue to say today. However I’ve generally been supportive of “restricted” TLDs. The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) has serious concerns about Google’s application for .app and want ICANN’s board […]

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New Domain Association Site Launched

During the regional ICANN meeting in Amsterdam earlier this year there was a “side meeting” held by several companies in the domain name industry. The objective? To work on some form of strategy for marketing and education around the domain name industry and domains in general. The meeting was organised by Google‘s new TLD team, […]

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Google Bows To Pressure On Closed Generics

The debate surrounding “closed generics”, which we’ve covered several times in the past, has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks. At the centre of the debate were a number of new TLD applications from large companies including Google, Amazon and others. Google had stated that they planned to establish a number of domain […]

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IEDR Issue Statement About Security Incident

IEDR issued a statement yesterday in relation to the hijacking of google.ie and yahoo.ie The statement (IEDR_Statement_F_issued_9_November_2012) which is included below admits that their site was compromised and that the registrar was not to blame. IEDR has concluded an investigation by the company and external security consultants of an unauthorised intrusion into the company’s systems […]

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IEDR Take Website Offline Following High Profile Domain Hijacks

The IEDR websites are currently unavailable. However this time there is a holding page which carries a simple explanatory message: IEDR systems are currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers. As you may be aware, there was a security incident on Tuesday 9th October, involving two high profile .ie domains. There was […]

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IEDR Lose Google.ie?

This could prove to be quite embarrassing. It looks like IEDR have allowed the nameservers for the domain google.ie to be updated to point to a 3rd party and away from Google. Effectively this means that google.ie and any services that rely on it are currently not working. Here’s the current whois record for Google.ie. […]

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Google Withdraws 3 New TLD Applications

Google has withdrawn 3 of its new TLD applications. Its applications for .and, .are and .est are now listed as “withdrawn” on the new TLD application status page: As Kevin pointed out, the three strings break the rules, as they appear on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 list and are the codes for the United Arab […]

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Google’s Copyright Algorithm Change Welcomed By White House

Late last week Google announced a change to their algorithm to penalise copyright infringers in the search engine’s results. The White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, last night welcomed this move: On Friday, Google announced that it will incorporate valid copyright removal notices into its search algorithms, moving infringing sites down in search […]

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