Melbourne IT has sold off its corporate domains business to CSC domains. They'd previously acquired the division in 2008 when they bought Verisign's DBMS business for US$50 million. The sale netted the company AU$152.5 million (approximately US$157 million, EUR120 million). Here's the full release: MELBOURNE, Australia – 12 March 2013 – Melbourne IT (ASX: MLB) today … [Read more...] about Melbourne IT Sells Off Brand Services Division
Verisign has been offering IPv6 connections to their EPP servers for the last year. However as of March 14th the Verisign registry backend will become dual stacked ie. the hostnames for IPv4 and IPv6 connections will be identical. While this may not impact that many registrars now, it will become more important over time, though it's not clear if any registrars are currently … [Read more...] about Verisign To Dual Stack EPP Servers
PIR, the .org domain name registry, have announced a price increase in .org effective July 1st 2013. The new price will push .org to USD$8.25, which is higher than .com! That's a price increase of $0.55. Not exactly the New Year message a lot of people would have liked to receive.. As has been reported elsewhere, however, Verisign's new contract with ICANN does not … [Read more...] about PIR’s New Year Message – .Org Price Increase Coming July
Wired is one of the few publications that generally does a good job of reporting all things technical and internet related. However the magazine's site last night ran an article reporting on the GoDaddy outage with the title: Amid Outage, GoDaddy Moves DNS to Competitor VeriSign On what planet do GoDaddy and Verisign compete? I had posted a comment on the article over … [Read more...] about Wired Think Verisign Competes With GoDaddy
The technology media today is swamped with coverage of the new TLD "reveal" in London. Since I'm based in Ireland I thought I'd have a closer look at the "Irish" applicants. There aren't that many: Afilias Limited Afilias Domains No. 1 Limited IRB Strategic Developments Limited TLD REGISTRY LIMITED Accenture Global Services Limited The two Afilias companies … [Read more...] about So Which New TLD Applicants Claim To Be Irish?
Image via WikipediaICANN has terminated DNGlobe LLC's ICANN accreditation effective February 22 2010.In a letter to DNGlobe ICANN outlined why the registrar's accreditation is being pulled. Apart from anything else they do not have a WHOIS server accessible on port 80 ie. via a browser. Their website is currently unreachable as well, which is not a good sign.They also owe ICANN … [Read more...] about DNGlobe Loses ICANN Accreditation
Rod Beckstrom Originally uploaded by blacknight Rod Beckstrom's was officially appointed as ICANN's new headman during the ICANN board meeting in Sydney, Australia. His speech, which he gave without notes, is hopefully an indicator of the man's thinking and bodes well for the future of ICANN. Here it is: ">>ROD BECKSTROM: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Paul, … [Read more...] about Rod Beckstrom Speech to ICANN
The announcements by Verisign, PIR and Afilias of price increases in com,net,org and .info shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone.However if the year on year price increases do leave an interesting question - is there an upper ceiling?Will the next price increase have a negative impact on some of the low cost registrars? (The last one didn't seem to have much … [Read more...] about Domain Pricing – Is There A Ceiling?
While it is possible to register a .com for up to 10 years the same is not true of many ccTLDs.In the case of .ie for example the only registration period currently supported by the registry is one year.With .eu, which might be better described as a regional TLD, the registration period is one year also.Nominet, for reasons that I've never fully understood, offer a two year … [Read more...] about Domain Registration Periods – What is Sane?
I'm always amazed at some of the things companies will do or try to do to get a bit of extra income.According to a recent post by Frank Michlick, Verisign are considering selling access to the root server logs.While this isn't as abhorrent as the redirect from a couple of years back, it still is cause for some level of concern.However, if Frank's figures of what it will cost … [Read more...] about Verisign Considering Monetising the Root