Domain Names

19 July 2019

“Solid” 2018 Sees PIR Reorganising and Boosting Revenues and Renewals in Challenging Times

Public Interest Registry published their 2018 annual report Thursday, highlighting what for them was a “solid year for .org, from exceeding financial goals to continuing to grow a strong user base with high renewal rates. These results are a direct reflection of PIR’s commitment to promoting quality domains in the .org base.” For 2019, the .org registry is ‘putting an even greater focus on combating abuse and making significant investments in education and outreach initiatives.’

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18 July 2019

Neustar Gets New US Government Contract For .US Registry Till 2029

Neustar and the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) yesterday announced Neustar has been awarded a contract to continue operating the .us ccTLD for up to 10 years, until 2029.

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15 July 2019

Afnic Annual Report Shows .FR Grew 4.4% in 2018

France’s .fr grew by 4.4% in 2018, outstripping both the French domain name market as a whole, which grew by 2.1%, according to the Afnic 2018 annual report and global growth of 3.7% according to the January 2019 CENTRstats Global TLD Report. There was also a “very good renewal rate of 83.9%.”

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13 July 2019

.GR Hijacked By Sea Turtles

After several months of activity, the actors behind the “Sea Turtle” DNS hijacking campaign are not slowing down, according to a blog post on Cisco’s Talos Intelligence blog post this week. And one of their targets appears to have been the Greek ccTLD .gr.

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11 July 2019

As Afnic Takes On .MUSEUM Registry, Prices Set To Drop

In 2018 Afnic, best known as the registry operator for France’s ccTLD .fr, was designated by the Paris-based International Council of Museums (ICOM) as the backend registry provider for .museum. There are changes happening as a result of the change, not least being to increase .museum’s use and adoption, thus supporting the digital transformation of museums.

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Z.UK In Most Demand As Nominet Releases Over 41,000 Second Level .UK Domains

Following the launch of second level .uk registrations where existing third level registrants had 5 years to claim their corresponding .uk domain name, over 1.8 million out of over 10 million failed to claim their domain name. The unclaimed domain names are being released on a first come, first served basis in daily batches. In the first week’s batches, 41,459 domain names were claimed and registered.

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04 July 2019

Local Languages Dominate Country Code and Geo TLDs: CENTR Study

English may be the world’s lingua franca, online and offline, but when it comes to content on websites using European country code and geographic top-level domains, local languages as would be expected dominate. But the proportion of content in English and the local language varies markedly across the TLDs. And when it comes to endangered languages, as defined by UNESCO, web content is even rarer online than offline.

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03 July 2019

MMX To Launch Domain Name Trademark Protection Service For Their Adult gTLDs

MMX is to launch a new blocking service that will allow trademark holders to better protect their naming rights across the four adult-themed generic top-level domains (gTLDs) they acquired in 2018 through its acquisition of ICM Registry. The new service is set to be formally unveiled to the corporate registrar channel on 15 July.

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Cloudflare Outage Causes Grief For Some Of The World's Biggest Websites For About 30 Minutes

Cloudflare, one of the world’s largest cloud network platforms, experienced an outage for around 30 minutes yesterday that led to websites for some of the world’s biggest companies going down and visitors receiving 502 errors which caused by a massive spike in CPU utilisation on their network. Cloudflare claim to provide services to over 16,000,000 “internet properties”.

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Luxembourg's ccTLD Passes 100,000 Registrations

Luxembourg’s ccTLD passed the 100,000 domain name registrations mark in June. It’s far from one of the biggest ccTLDs, but then, Luxembourg isn’t one of the biggest countries with less than 600,000 people. It was also announced that the ban on one- and two-character .lu domain names will be lifted and available for registration in the first half of 2020.

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02 July 2019

ICANN Renews PIR's .ORG Agreement

Last week Public Interest Registry, the .org top-level domain registry, announced ICANN had renewed their .ORG Registry Agreement which is now consistent with the standard registry agreements already in place for more than 1,200 other top-level domain extensions in the marketplace.

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25 June 2019

DomainTools Appeals To Seek To Continue Flouting .NZ Whois Terms of Use

Lawyers for DomainTools and .NZ’s Domain Name Commission (DNCL) slugged it out for another round in the US courts recently as DomainTools appealed a preliminary injunction that prevented them from creating a shadow database of .nz registrant data. The case is likely to have wide ranging implications on registrant data collected by top-level domain registries and how that data can be used by third parties such as DomainTools. It’s believed the DNCL is the only TLD registry to initiate proceedings against a company like DomainTools since the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.

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24 June 2019

auDA Announces Updates on Second Level Registrations

Second level .au registrations are coming later this year and last week auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, announced the cut-off dates determining which priority category an existing third level .au domain name is assigned to.

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19 June 2019

auDA And Out. More Chaos and Confusion As auDA’s Chair Abandons Ship.

In a hastily put together announcement, auDA have announced their Chair Chris Leptos resigned on 18 June. It’s an announcement that doesn’t do any more than check the required boxes thanking him for his service.

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Voice.com Sells for Mammoth $30 Million

Block.one, a publisher of software blockchain technologies, has splurged a mammoth $30 million on the voice.com domain name in a sale brokered by GoDaddy. The domain name’s new owner says its new home will be for their Voice, a blockchain-based social media application designed with users of the platform in mind.

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18 June 2019

New gTLD Registrations Lowest Since October 2018 And Down 4 Million Since April 2017 Peak

Total numbers of new gTLD registrations have slid to their lowest number since October 2018 and the decline seems set to continue. In October 2018, according to nTLDstats, registrations were on the rise and peaked at just under 26.592 million in mid-December 2018. Since then, with a few peaks and troughs, registrations have been slowly declining to today when they are around 25.487 million, just as they were 8 months ago.

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07 June 2019

ccTLDs Account For Two-Thirds Of All European Domains While At Least Half New gTLDs Loss Making: Afnic Report

ccTLD domain names account for over half of the domain names registered around the world, except in North America where that figure falls to 5%, according to The Global Domain Name Market in 2018 report, released by Afnic, the .fr registry. Within Europe, ccTLDs account for 64%, Latin America and the Caribbean 59%, Asia-Pacific 57% and Africa 55%.

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31 May 2019

Global Domain Names Pass 350 Million in First Quarter: Verisign

Domain name registrations continue to grow around the world, growing by 18.0 million or 5.4% in the year to the end of March 2019 and 3.1 million or 0.9% for the quarter, taking total domain name registrations to 351.8 million across all top-level domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Thursday.

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auDA Announces Second Level .AU Domains Coming In Q4 2019

There’s plenty of dysfunction at auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, but one thing they’ve been pushing ahead with is second level .au registrations. At the auDA board meeting on 20 May, 3 years and one month after the Board originally approved second level registrations, the Board agreed to push ahead with their implementation, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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26 May 2019

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc New York Times

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

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auDA Quietly Shelves Registry Ambitions After Blowing $200K; Now Seeking To Avoid Government Oversight

Last week a couple of domain names relating to auDA’s grand ambition to become the registry for Australia’s ccTLD, in addition to its ongoing role of policy and regulatory body, slipped off the radar when the domain names related to its proposed rebrand quietly appeared on the expiring domains drop list, and then were locked by the registry. Though they did allow the commercial auhq.com.au to drop, and this was acquired privately.

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22 May 2019

.EU Registrations Continue To Drop Due To Brexit Fears

The number of .eu and .ею domain name registrations have continued to fall as the likelihood of Brexit draws nearer as most UK registrants will lose their eligibility. In the year to the end of March the number of .eu and .ею domain names registered to UK registrants declined 134,661 while total registrations dropped 162,390.

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CentralNic Global Expansion Continues As It Acquires Australian Reseller TPP Wholesale

The UK-based CentralNic Group has announced it’s entered a conditional agreement to acquire the Sydney-based TPP Wholesale, the leading platform for resellers of domain names and hosting in Australasia for A$24m from ARQ Group, formerly Melbourne IT.

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21 May 2019

Global Domain Growth Hits Record Low: CENTR

Growth among the 1,484 top-level domains around the world has dropped to a record low of 3.4% according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report, but still reached an estimated 351 million domain names.

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NZ’s DNC Enters 4th MoU With PNG To Cooperate and Share Knowledge

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commissioner has been sharing its expertise both in New Zealand and among a couple of Pacific countries, signing 4 Memorandums of Understanding, the latest announced this week with Papua New Guinea’s ccTLD manager.

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