Domain Names

03 July 2019

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.

Read full article Sells for Mammoth $30 Million, a publisher of software blockchain technologies, has splurged a mammoth $30 million on the 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 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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20 May 2019

After 7 Years, ICANN Board Approves Amazon's .AMAZON Application

ICANN has moved a step closer to delegating the .amazon top-level domain to Amazon, the online ecommerce company, after 7 years of negotiations with South American governments, who have been lobbying against the approval, saying “seven years is sufficient time for the parties to reach a reasonable resolution, and in the interest of continued fairness of all parties, it is now time to move forward.”

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17 May 2019

EURid Reminds Of Final Date For Cyrillic .EU Domains

EURid is reminding registrants of .eu domain names that have Cyrillic character domain names will be deleted on 31 May following a 3 year phase out period that was announced in May 2016. Cyrillic characters will remain able to be registered in the Cyrillic .eu, .ею.

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.BLOG Announces Change of Backend Registry Provider, Moving to CentralNic

The operator of the .blog top-level domain has announced they’re switching registry providers – from Nominet to CentralNic.

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PIR Announces Members of Newly Formed Advisory Council

Public Interest Registry has announced the members of the Public Interest Registry Advisory Council, a newly formed group that now combines the membership and duties of the formerly separate .ORG and .NGO Advisory Councils.

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14 May 2019

ARIN Wins Legal Case Over Fraudulent IPv4 Address Scheme

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) reported this week of their defeat of an elaborate multi-year scheme to defraud the Internet community of approximately 735,000 IPv4 addresses. Winning the case meant the return of all the addresses and stopped the defrauding party from continuing their scheme.

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13 May 2019

.DE Registrations Down For First Time in 2018, But International Registrations Up

It’s a not too uncommon scenario for the ccTLDs of developed countries. Growth has stagnated or declined and total registrations among some is starting to decline as markets mature and even reach a level of saturation. Germany’s .de is one, and during 2018 registrations in the ccTLD that was the world’s largest for many years declined, albeit slightly, for the first time since it was launched in 1986.

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08 May 2019

UK’s IWF Finds 3,900 Domain Names Involved With Child Abuse Imagery In 2018

The number of domain names associated with child sexual abuse imagery is increasing, according to the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation 2018 Annual Report. In 2018 the IWF found 3,899 domain names with 105,047 URLs were used to host such content, a 3% increase on 2017’s 3,791, while the total number of domain name registrations across the globe have increased 4.9%.

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.INC Hits GA Following Successful Sunrise Despite Steep Prices

General Availability for the .inc new gTLD commenced Tuesday, and despite the steep prices has ended up with a more successful Sunrise period than most others. Registrations are currently sitting at 316 according to nTLDstats with over 270 registered in more than 20 countries during Sunrise according to .inc.

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