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Afilias Acquires .Pro

Afilias has acquired .pro (RegistryPro) I assume they’ll move the registry backend to the Afilias system at some point, though managing that transition is going to be awkward. Here’s the release: DUBLIN, Jan 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Afilias Limited, the ICANN-designated registry operator for the .INFO top level domain (TLD) and a global provider […]

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Fox Files UDRP Over XXX Domain

From the “told you so” and “some domainers are really really dumb” department .. Yes – and asking a crazy high price for it As Kevin reports Fox have now filed a UDRP. Prediction – unless Fox’s complaint is submitted on toilet paper this will be a slam dunk win for them. Tip: Do […]

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Blacknight Says No to SOPA

Wikipedia To Go Dark In Protest Against SOPA

Obviously I’m not the only person who is more than a little cynical about SOPA, or the retraction / shelving, cal it what you will of the legislation. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has made it clear that he’s not considering SOPA “dead” until the proverbial fat lady sings. More coverage on Financial Times Related articles […]

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What Does The Whitehouse SOPA Statement Actually Mean?

The proposed legislation coming from the US to combat online piracy known as SOPA has not been popular among internet industry professionals or internet users. The debate surrounding the legislation heated up considerably in the runup to Christmas and there is now a planned “blackout” being organised by several high profile content providers. In a […]

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Is The Gabon Registry Offline?

It looks like the Gabon registry is having issues of some kind. While it’s not unheard of for a domain registry operator to have technical difficulties they’re usually “blips”. In the case of the .ga registry, however, it looks like the zone has been having serious issues since September of last year! Stéphane Bortzmeyer conducted […]

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New TLD Applications Are Now Being Accepted

Applications for newTLDs are now being accepted via the ICANN website here. Expect lots of coverage in the mainstream media about this in the next few days. You can also expect plenty of outrage from some quarters, upset from others and maybe a couple of legal battles for good measure. I posted a bit more […]

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CORE Wins Contract For .Sport Bid

  CORE, which runs the backend for .cat and .museum, has been chosen by SportAccord, the International Sports Federation, to run the backend and administration for a .sport bid. In a press release issued earlier today Vincent Gaillard, Director General of SportAccord, spoke of the choice of CORE: “We are extremely happy to appoint CORE […]

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ICANN To Release Updated gTLD Applicant Guidebook

ICANN’s CEO, Rod Beckstrom, has confirmed that ICANN will be releasing an updated version of the gTLD Applicant Guidebook by January 12th.   #ICANN– we are shooting to have an updated new gTLD Applicant Guidebook pubished by January 12, ’12 to reflect already approved changes — Rod Beckstrom (@RodBeckstrom) January 7, 2012   There has […]

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