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15 February 2020

GoDaddy Acquires Uniregistry’s Registrar, Marketplace, Brandsight and 350,000 Domain Portfolio

GoDaddy announced this week it was acquiring Uniregistry’s leading domain registrar and marketplace businesses. The deal is expected to close sometime in the second quarter of 2020. The Uniregistry domain registry is not part of the transaction.

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13 February 2020

Get Ready. Next Week Is Domain Pulse, The Biggest German-Language Domain Name Conference

The biggest and most important event on the domain name calendar for the German-speaking countries is happening next week in the north Tyrolean city of Innsbruck where a few hundred people are expected to attend the 2-day event, this year hosted by nic.at.

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WhatsApp Hits 2 Billion Users, Defends Encryption Features (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp now has 2 billion users -- 500 million more than it just two years ago.

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Safer Internet Day: we've joined the campaign for a safer, better Internet (Council of Europe)

Imagine you find yourself in a world of infinite possibilities, a world with new friends to be found, new games to play and new ideas to explore. But how can you be sure you’re safe, how can you trust people you can't see, how do you know what you're learning is true? How can the Internet be safe?

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Fifth of New Zealand high school pupils exposed to self-harm material online (The Guardian)

A fifth of high school-aged New Zealanders have been exposed to material about self-harm online, and almost as many to content about ways to commit suicide and to become very thin, new figures show.

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Cyber-crime profits reached $3.5bn in 2019, says FBI (BBC)

Criminals netted $3.5bn from cyber-crimes reported to the FBI alone in 2019, according to the service's internet crime complaint centre (IC3).

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Ofcom to be put in charge of regulating internet in UK (The Guardian)

Ofcom will be put in charge of regulating the internet, the government has announced, with executives at internet firms potentially facing substantial fines or even prison sentences if they fail to protect users from “harmful and illegal content” online.

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F.T.C. Broadens Review of Tech Giants, Homing In on Their Deals (New York Times)

The Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday that it had ordered Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google’s parent company and Microsoft to turn over information about past acquisitions, broadening its review of the power of big tech companies.

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11 February 2020

ICA Wants Your Help To Oppose .COM Proposed Fee Increase

The Internet Commerce Association has developed a tool to make it easy for those opposed to any increase in the .com registry fee to voice their disapproval.

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The biggest and worst breaches of 2019 (NordVPN)

Last year, hackers didn’t just hack — they also collected billion-account databases from breaches and leaks that had occurred years ago, only to sell them for profit. NordVPN reviews the worst ones that affected the most people in the past year.

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10 February 2020

Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft (New York Times)

The North has evaded America’s “maximum pressure” campaign with a 300 percent increase in internet use that has opened up new opportunities for cybercrime.

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07 February 2020

60,000 .EU Registrations Correctly Identified As Malicious By APEWS

Since its launch EURid’s Project APEWS – Advanced Prevention and Early Warning System – has correctly detected over 60,000 malicious .eu domain name registrations since January 2018, including just over 2,000 since its official launch in December 2019. While this is only 1.67% of the more than 3.6 million .eu domains registered, it’s still a significant amount and has undoubtedly had an impact on reducing cybercrime in the .eu space.

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Irish Domain Registrants Swinging From .COM To .IE In 2010s

There has been a 10 percentage point increase in the number of .ie domain names hosted in Ireland with half (50%) of all domains hosted within the country now .ie domains. There has also been a commensurate 10 percentage point decrease in .com domains in the 10 years to the end of 2019 according to the latest .ie Domain Profile Report.

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Facebook, YouTube: Firm must stop scraping faces from sites (Associated Press)

Facebook joined YouTube, Twitter and payment service Venmo on Wednesday in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in them, which the startup does as part of its work with police.

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What Happens To A Brand With A .BRAND When They Change Their Company Name Asks Afnic’s Loïc Damilaville

What happens when a Brand changes its company name, which has a .brand new gTLD, such as through a takeover, merger or just a name change? There’s currently no quick process in place to allow them to obtain a new gTLD to reflect the change. This is one of the many issues raised by Loïc Damilaville, Market Research Manager at Afnic who manages the French ccTLD as well as 17 new gTLDs, in today’s Q&A looking at the year just gone and the year ahead.

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06 February 2020

Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone (BBC)

Fifty per cent of the UK's 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom.

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05 February 2020

Branding And Accessibility Are Areas For CIRA And Industry To Address, While Slowing Market Is A Concern: CIRA

Branding is one of the top-level domain industry’s greatest strengths, and more should be made of it is one of the key observations in this latest Q&A with David Fowler, vice-president, marketing and communications, Canadian Internet Registration Authority. Looking back at 2019, CIRA thought it was a year not without its challenges, particularly the slowing growth in the domain name market, and this was coming off the back of their best year ever in 2018. One way CIRA is responding is by diversifying their product offering and the growth of their Registry Platform and an ‘overwhelmingly successful’ television campaign.

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04 February 2020

New Zealanders not doing enough to protect themselves online (InternetNZ)

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that 93% of New Zealanders are concerned about the security of their personal data. But, despite the concern, we aren’t seeing enough action being taken by New Zealanders to improve their online security.

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02 February 2020

Amy Orben: 'To talk about smartphones affecting the brain is a slippery slope' (The Observer)

Amy Orben is a research fellow at Emmanuel College and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. She works in the field of experimental psychology and her speciality is analysing large-scale datasets to determine how social media and the use of digital technology affect the wellbeing of teenagers. Her latest paper, co-written with Prof Andrew Przybylski, looks at teenage sleep and technology engagement.

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31 January 2020

New EIU study finds a need for more balanced regulation to protect innovation and societal benefits (Economist Intelligence Unit)

The speed to technological disruption is making it difficult for regulators to keep pace but regulatory response needs to be measured in order to protect innovation, according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit. A fine balance: Regulations and the societal benefits of disruptive technologies is a new research report sponsored by Philip Morris International (PMI). The report examines how best to balance the introduction of new regulation with the societal benefits of new technology through industry case studies and in-depth interviews with senior executives and academics. It includes two case studies—one on the development and impact of regulation on electric scooters and the other on the introduction and use of blockchain technology in rural finance.

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30 January 2020

.XYZ Gains Rights To 5 More New gTLDs, Making A Total Of 17

The XYZ Registry announced this week they’ve acquired 5 more new gTLDs taking their tally of new gTLDs to 17. These 5 new gTLDs will become available to the public in 2020.

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Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to settle class-action privacy lawsuit, days after Supreme Court declined to take case (Washington Post)

Facebook has agreed to pay roughly half a billion dollars to settle a class-action case alleging the company violated Illinois law in the way it collected data for its facial-recognition tools, the tech giant said Wednesday.

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29 January 2020

Facebook will now show you exactly how it stalks you - even when you're not using Facebook (Washington Post)

The new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool reminds us we’re living in a reality TV program where the cameras are always on. Here are the privacy settings to change right now.

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28 January 2020

Greater Focus on Privacy Pays Off for Firms (Dark Reading)

Privacy-mature companies complete sales more quickly, have fewer and less serious breaches, and recover from incidents faster, according to Cisco's annual survey. Companies that invest in privacy see an average return of 270% on their investments, with seven out of 10 companies seeing significant benefits from their privacy expenditures, according to an annual survey published by Cisco today.

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27 January 2020

European ccTLD Growth Slows To 2.4% As Slowdown Drives Consolidation and Innovation: CENTR

The median growth among the European ccTLDs slowed to 2.4% in the year ending October 2019, down from the 3.1% recorded in the year to October 2018, according to the latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report. When CENTR filtered to the 20 largest ccTLDs in Europe, the growth was just 1.2%. Despite the low growth, other performance indicators such the delete and renewal ratios have been stable. However, the median create ratio, which measures the proportions of new domains entering a TLD, has been increasing marginally over recent months.

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