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 extensions and operate them as "walled … [Read more...] about Google Bows To Pressure On Closed Generics
I'm on the record multiple times over the last few months for my opinions on "closed generics". I first posted about it here back in June of last year: Big Brands Trying To Corner Generic Namespaces? Since then I've sent several letters to ICANN (supported by many others) and have been quoted and referenced in several articles on the subject including Politico.com: … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why Closed Generic New gTLDs Should Be Opposed
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 … [Read more...] about IEDR Issue Statement About Security Incident
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 an unauthorised … [Read more...] about IEDR Take Website Offline Following High Profile Domain Hijacks
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. Note the rather odd nameservers: whois … [Read more...] about IEDR Lose Google.ie?
Google has withdrawn 3 of its new TLD applications. Its applications for .and, .are and .est are now listed as "withdrawn" on the new TLD application status page: As Kevin pointed out, the three strings break the rules, as they appear on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 list and are the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 Emirates, Estonia and Andorra. A fourth application, for .ksb … [Read more...] about Google Withdraws 3 New TLD Applications
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 … [Read more...] about Google’s Copyright Algorithm Change Welcomed By White House
Trying to make sense of the nearly 2000 new TLD applications is not something that anyone can do quickly. Sure, you can look at the list and see who has applied for what, but it's only when you actually read the "public" part of their submission that you can get an insight into their plans. Let's call a spade a spade. If a big brand wants to get its own TLD then it's pretty … [Read more...] about Big Brands Trying To Corner Generic Namespaces?
Google's ongoing dispute with China has taken an interesting twist.The internet giant is no longer using its .cn domain. If you go to google.cn you will get redirected to google.com.hk - Google Hong Kong.Now while the world is watching the big question remains. Will anyone in China's government really care?Related articles by ZemantaGoogle 99.9 Percent Sure To Shut Down … [Read more...] about Google.cn Is No More