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ASOP To Recognise Contribution From Internet Industry

ASOP (Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies) is often seen as taking a rather confrontational stance towards domain registrars, registries and hosting providers. However both ASOP and others, including LegitScript, often cite the assistance they’ve received from internet industry players in their work. This year ASOP has decided to take this a step further by creating […]

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Facebook Has Acquired A Registrar

Facebook has acquired an ICANN accredited registrar. According to a tweet from Pinky Brand (below) the news came via an update from ICANN to registry operators Weekly email report from #ICANN indicates that #FaceBook has acquired a registrar https://t.co/nF6qqUgri2 — Pinky Brand (@pinkybrand) April 14, 2016 On the GNSO Council call this evening Susan Kawaguchi […]

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Minds & Machines Replace CEO Antony Van Couvering With CMO Toby Hall

Minds and Machines (Top Level Domain Holdings) is one of the publicly traded companies involved in the TLD space. The company trades on the UK stock market with the symbol: LSE:MMX Earlier this morning news broke that the company’s board had voted unanimously to remove company founder and CEO Antony Van Couvering. Van Couvering broke the […]

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GoDaddy Pulls Out Of SuperBowl

According to an article over on Market Watch GoDaddy will not be advertising during Super Bowl 50 next February. GoDaddy had been running ads during the Super Bowl for the last 10 years with several of its adverts attracting plenty of controversy. Some of the earlier ads they ran featured the GoDaddy girls, like this […]

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Freenom Fail To Comply With ICANN Suspension

The battle between ICANN’s Compliance team and Freenom has got plenty of in depth coverage by Kevin over the last few weeks. It’s been an interesting topic to follow. However ICANN finally prevailed and was able to impose the suspension which is scheduled to run from 26 August 2015 at 00:00 UTC to 24 November 2015 […]

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Registrar Stakeholder Group Is Looking For An Advocate

The Registrar Stakeholder Group is one of the representative groups within ICANN’s GNSO. Officially it’s described as: The Registrar Stakeholder Group is the main representative body of ICANN accredited domain name registrars, and was first recognized by the ICANN Board at its meeting on 27 May 1999 (resolution 99.31). The group participates in the ICANN […]

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GoDaddy Dumps NASCAR From Marketing Mix

GoDaddy’s marketing has evolved over the last couple of years. In the process of the evolution we’ve seen them switch their messaging around quite a bit and try to dump their “old image”. A new casualty of this shift is NASCAR. For years the hosting and domain company was associated with the motor sport and […]

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German Registrar Pulls .Uk Domains

Strato (Cronon AG), which is one of the larger German registrars, has pulled *.uk domain names from its offerings. The company made the announcement via a blog post (in German) where they outlined the reasons for their decision. The issue? Nominet’s registrant data validation processes. I reached out to the guys at Cronon, who handle […]

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Registration Operations Association Kick Off Meeting at ICANN 51

Registrars and registries have to work together. It’s a reality. While relations between the two groups can be fantastic, there are also plenty of instances where at the operational level things are a little “strained”. Those issues stem a lot of the time from technical issues, limitations and possibly “design choices”. There are a lot […]

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Domain Registry Of America Suspended By ICANN

ICANN has suspended Domain Registry of America aka Brandon Gray Internet Services aka NameJuice. The registrar is forbidden from registering any new domain names or accepting any inbound transfers until 17 October 2014. The announcement was posted on the ICANN website earlier this evening and will probably be welcomed in many circles. What happened exactly? […]

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Dreamhost Hit With ICANN Breach Notice

Dreamhost is one of the larger webhosting providers out there. The Los Angeles based company was founded back in 1996 and offers Linux hosting exclusively ie. no Microsoft software. According to HosterStats they currently host around 1.3 million domain names. Earlier this week the company was hit with a breach notice by ICANN’s compliance team. […]

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ICANN’s Registrar Extranet Taken Offline Due to Security Issues

ICANN  announced late last night that they had taken RADAR, which is essentially an extranet for registrars, offline due to security issues. Here’s the official announcement: ICANN has taken its registrar contact information database (RADAR) offline temporarily. This action was taken as a precautionary measure after it was learned that an unauthorized party viewed data […]

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Chinese Registrar Bizcn Hit With Breach Notice

Chinese registrar BizCN.com has been hit with a breach notice by ICANN. The registrar might not have exactly a “stellar” reputation in certain circles as it’s often associated with “rogue online pharmacies” and other forms of online abuse. ICANN’s letter to BizCN outlines a number of issues associated with a couple of domains specifically rapetube.org and onlinepharmacy4.org […]

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