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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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DotCEO Release New Marketing Video

The .CEO registry have released a new video. They seem to have dumped their previous style and opted for a more traditional and professional approach. Here’s the video: The video is a big improvement on their previous marketing efforts, but they’re still trying to pitch the .ceo lander pages as a “solution” to a problem […]

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Mauritius Government Gets Into Dispute Over Key Domain Name

Domain names expire, drop and get re-registered all the time. It’s normal. However, governments are usually very conservative about how they handle domain names. A government department is more likely to hold on to a domain name for several years after they’ve stopped using it rather than “release” it too early. According to this article, […]

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RIPE 73 Call For Hosts Opened

RIPE has opened a “call for hosts” for the 73rd public meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 24 to 28th October 2016. Where? Well that will depend on who the host is. If you’re interested in hosting the meeting there’s more details on what’s involved over on the RIPE site.   

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Swedish ccTLD Registry Using Fear To Sell Domains

The .se domain name registry is currently running a promotional campaign aimed at individuals to encourage them to register theirname.se Unfortunately the registry has chosen to use an incredibly negative and rather odd method to reach the potential market. FUD. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Not the best of tactics in my view and from what […]

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IE Zone Now DNSSEC Enabled

As of about 45 minutes ago the .ie zone has had DNSSEC turned on. For the next few months DS records will be processed manually Here’s the full announcement: IEDR are pleased to announce the deployment of DNS security extensions (DNSSEC) for the .ie country code top level domain (ccTLD). This protocol will enable service providers […]

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Domaining Europe 2015 Save The Dates

Domaining Europe will take place again next year in Valencia. The 2015 edition will be the 7th! So save the dates: 23rd to 25th of April 2015 (the Saturday is usually a networking activity of some kind) I’ve attended, spoken and moderated at the last couple of editions and it’s good fun. Unlike a lot of conferences […]

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Bulgarian Domain Forum Schedule Announced

The Bulgarian Domain Forum, which is an annual event, is being held again this year. This time round the event will be held in Sense Hotel Sofia. Judging by the photos on the hotel’s website it’s a pretty fantastic location! As with other years there’ll be a mixture of talks, though there’ll be a strong […]

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Nominet’s New CEO Announced

Nominet have announced the appointment of Russell Haworth as their new CEO. Mr Haworth will join the company in January 2015. Mr Haworth was most recently Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Thomson Reuters. He’d been with the company in a variety of roles since 2000. Mr Haworth apparently had a website at russellhaworth.com up until […]

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ICANN Releases Official Statement on ICANN 52

There has been some speculation about the upcoming ICANN meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. Yesterday some news sources reported that the meeting was postponed, though there hadn’t been any official statement from ICANN. ICANN has now released an official statement on the situation: Statement on ICANN 52 Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco Following Morocco’s recent request to […]

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DNS Belgium To Offer Registry Lock

DNS Belgium, the operator of both the .be ccTLD as well as .brussels and .vlaanderen, has announced the upcoming launch of “Domain Guard”. The new service, which is comparable to other registries’ “registry lock” service, will be available from mid-November. The service, which will be offered via .be registrars, will offer registrants the ability to […]

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