WordPress Foundation Wins More Domain Disputes

WordPress powers a very large proportion of the web these days, so in terms of “brand” it’s very strong. So it’s not that surprising that the WordPress Foundation has formulated a strong, yet clear, trademark policy. Short version – you can’t use the term “wordpress”, but you can use things like “wp”: Under no circumstances […]

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Middle East DNS Forum On Today & Tomorrow

The Middle East DNS Forum is being held today and tomorrow in Tunis. You can review the full agenda here. If you’re interested in following the event there is a live stream you can access here. The event’s speakers include a mix of local and international speakers, though the focus this year seems to be more […]

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Christine Jones Announces Congress Bid

Former GoDaddy General Counsel Christine Jones announced that she was running for Congress earlier today. Jones sent out an email to her supporters earlier today making the announcement as well as publishing her first campaign video: Jones will be seeking the Republican nomination for Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. Here’s the email that she sent out […]

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Cpanel’s Conference Heads To Portland

Cpanel is one of the more popular control panel solutions used by hosting providers. Every year they organise a conference aimed at their users (ie. web hosting providers etc) and this year the conference will be in Portland, Oregon. They’re calling this year’s event “WEIRED”. No details of the conference schedule are available as yet, […]

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Brazil Blocks WhatsApp Again

A Brazilian judge has ordered the blocking of WhatsApp. The order came in the last couple of days and has been reported in mainstream media: The Intercept The NextWeb The blocking order means that 100 million Brazilian users of WhatsApp are cut off. AFNIC‘s Stéphane Bortzmeyer did a bit of digging around using RIPE’s Atlas probes and the […]

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Centralnic Sunsetting Several SLD Extensions

Centralnic has announced  that they will be “sunsetting” several of their SLD based extensions. The impacted extensions are: .AR.COM .GB.COM .HU.COM .KR.COM .QC.COM .NO.COM .SE.COM .UY.COM From April 29th 2016 (today) no new registrations or renewals will be permitted in any of the impacted extensions. The domains will “go dark” on April 30 2017. I’ve […]

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Nominet AGM 2016 [Video]

Nominet has published the video recording of their AGM from earlier this week. Nominet’s staff got quite a few questions about the organisations finances and plans. What makes some of these exchanges quite intriguing is that not all of those asking questions were registrars, some are also deeply involved in the registry business too. Nominet […]

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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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Nominet Non-Executive Director Elections Results Announced

Nominet’s non-executive director elections (NED) results have been announced. There had been three candidates running for one position. The final result sees Key System’s Volker Greimann elected. Nominet has also released details of the how the elections panned out. The turnout for the vote was low, which is unfortunate, with only 372 Nominet members voting […]

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Australia’s ccTLD To Allow Direct Registrations

Australia’s country code (ccTLD) will allow “direct” registrations in the .au ccTLD in the future. Following on from a consultation process last year, the board of auDA has announced their intention to update the domain registration policy to allow people and organisations to register .au domain names. Up until now you could register under .com.au, […]

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Short IE Domains Auctions Started Today

Auctions for contested “short” .ie domain names started earlier today. The private auctions are being handled by UK based company Divido who already do some auctions for .io and .ac. It is expected that the auctions will take a couple of weeks to complete. The auctions are open to applicants for “short” 1 and 2 […]

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French Supermarket Giant LeClerc Turns On DotBrand

Earlier this week French supermarket giant E.Leclerc launched a new site for their sports’ goods. The key change? The new site lives at sport.leclerc. Leclerc, which employs over 94 thousand people, is one of the companies that opted to get its own “dotbrand”. While some companies have rolled out a variety of different things on their own […]

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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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