[DNS] domain name news - 12 July

[DNS] domain name news - 12 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 21:14:13 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's
edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already

Headlines from the 16 July edition of the news include:

ICANN - What are the risks to domain owners of new proposal to protect
IGOs? by Michael Collins | Possible German parliamentary support for
.BERLIN | The Commission reports to the European Parliament on the .eu
success | Requirements Panel launched for .EU | 10 Laws Every American
Domainer Needs to Know

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.

The domain name news is supported by auDA.


Could the UK face 'cyber attack'?

FTP Is Simple but Open to Leaks (AP)

au: .bank proposal gets lukewarm reception

Role of Domain Registrars to Change Over Next 5 Years

The future of the Web, as seen by Tim Berners-Lee
The Internet of the future is being built on symbols: what they represent and the relationships between them. Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, is developing the Semantic Web, otherwise known as Web 3.0.

uk: Tiscali: breaking DNS for fun and profit
Tiscali is hijacking mistyped URLs to serve to its customers sponsored links. The ISP started rerouting DNS errors to a page plastered with advertising yesterday. An irate customer has started a thread on the firm's forums criticising Tiscali allowing a third party to pump ads for ringtones and dating sites.

Fast flux foils botnet takedown
Network security analyst Lawrence Baldwin has helped take down his share of bot nets, but he worries that those days may largely be over.

New DNSSEC pilot program for the US Government
DNSSEC-Deployment Team members National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and SPARTA Inc. are working together under guidance from the Dept. of Homeland Security to form a new DNSSEC deployment pilot program for US government Domain Name System administrators. DNSSEC implementation and usage is included in several new security controls that are part of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Could the UK face 'cyber attack'?
Britain's vital infrastructure is at serious and mounting risk of suffering a concerted attack by computer hackers, according to government officials tasked with internet security. The BBC has learned that Britain, along with other western countries, has been under daily "cyber attack" from foreign intelligence agencies trying to steal secrets through the internet.

FTP Is Simple but Open to Leaks (AP)
The Internet was a mere 19 months old when engineers first developed a file-sharing system still in wide use today. Although many of the technologies from those early days eventually faded away, replaced by newer developments such as the World Wide Web and search engines, file transfer protocol remains a common way for distributing larger files and updating Web sites, thanks to its simplicity and versatility.

Domain Name Registration Transaction Fee Drops Again
Registrars and ICANN have negotiated a reduction in the transaction fees paid for each domain name registration. It is the second such reduction in two years, which means a drop from US$0.25 to US$0.20 cents.

ICANN: 'The rum made us do it' by Burke Hansen
Hack's Notebook - The ICANN event ritual we most enjoy here at El Reg is the final press conference, in which leaders Paul Twomey and Vint Cerf field questions from assorted hacks about the week's events. With that press conference - and the ICANN San Juan meeting itself - now a week behind us, we thought the time was right to offer a final tip of the cap to the latest ICANN extravaganza.

ICANN Moving to Adopt Internationalized Domain Names
ICANN announced its .test plan of the IDN concept. Those wishing to comment on or to respond to the proposed .test plan may do so online by July 31, 2007. ICANN is reconsidering what some have called ?non-English? gTLDs or domain suffixes. Instead of using Roman (not English) characters after the final ?dot? in an Internet address, other characters could find their way to the right of that dot. To set the record straight, ICANN does not refer to ?non-English? characters, for indeed, we are not talking about English ?letters.? ICANN has a more neutral term: Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). So, as a first order of business, let us stop referring to non-English characters and start calling them what they are: IDNs.

ccNSO-GAC Issues Report on IDN Policy Issues
At the San Juan ICANN meeting, the ccNSO and GAC joint IDN working group finalized an issues paper relating to the introduction and selection of IDN ccTLDs associated with the ISO 3166-1 two letter codes. The various sessions where the issues paper was discussed are listed on the major schedule for the meeting here, some of these was webcast and transcribed.

Apple, Amazon, eBay, RIM & Google Lauded For E-Commerce Innovation
Apple's iTunes, Amazon, eBay, RIM's BlackBerry, and Google -- both for search and AdWords -- rank among the 10 most significant developments in e-commerce over the past decade, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) said.
... "So many choices that today seem so obvious, were not at all obvious back then," said Ken Wasch, president of SIIA. "Ira Magaziner had to fight off the International Telecommunications Union that thought it ought to regulate the Internet. There were some people who argued for an FCC-like regulatory structure. The only regulatory structure was ICANN, which, for all of its problems, worked." 

North American At-Large Community MoU with ICANN Open for Public Comment
The North American region of At-Large has reached a consensus on the contents of a Memorandum of Understanding (?MOU?) between the region and ICANN. This was duly signed by the representatives of the North American region and ICANN at the San Juan ICANN Meeting on 28th June 2007, contingent upon final approval following the completion of a public comment period.

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au: .bank proposal gets lukewarm reception
Australian banks are lukewarm about a domain name proposal which aims to cut down on data phishing.

Telnic.org in limbo
A novel and convenient service on the board for years at ICANN has hit a snag, apparently. The UK-based .tel service - which stores personal information on DNS itself rather than a web page - received an unfortunate notice from the UK Information Commissioner (IC).

DotMobi offers 650 cities free mobile domains
London is among the cities being offered free .mobi domains, as the dotMobi consortium seeks to push the mobile URL name extension

dotMobi starts giving away domains
Cities can apply for a free ".mobi" TLD, assuming they're prepared to spend ?2K a year promoting their site, and the domain name.

dotMobi offers ?City.mobi? names (news release)
dotMobi announced that it is making approximately 650 city names available to city governments.

Helsinki launches .mobi domain name
Helsinki has become the first city to trial a dotMobi domain name as a way of providing tourist information.

DotMobi helps developers
DotMobi announced plans to create a database of all mobile handset specifications, in order to provide developers with a resource to help create applications for the mobile internet more cheaply and easily.

dotMobi to launch global mobile phone database for developer community (news release)
dotMobi announced its plans to create a definitive database of mobile handset information from across the world.

Six-millionth dot-uk domain sold
UK businesses setting up online are choosing dot-uk domains in preference to anonymous dot-com addresses, according to domain registry Nominet, which sold the six-millionth dot-uk domain last week to a Merseyside builder.

Google Buys VeriSign (not really) by Karl Auerbach
No that's not really happening, Google is not buying VeriSign. But given Google's ravenous appetite for data, it might find VeriSign quite attractive. VeriSign has both root domain name servers and servers for the .com and .net TLDs. VeriSign could data mine the queries coming into those servers and produce an very valuable real-time stream of what users on the net are doing... Google just bought Postini -- and one would have to be fairly naive to believe that Google does not intend to dredge through all.

Best Practices For Corporate Domain Name Management
While a decent percentage of the global business community has become aware of the importance of search engine marketing, very few businesses seem know about the best practices surrounding the purchasing and ownership of web site domain names (e.g. when to purchase, what to purchase, etc.). Unlike SEO problems, where a banned site can get re-included if the webmaster fesses up to bad behavior, mistakes involving domain names are frequently permanent (though sometimes large amounts of cash can be used to overcome problems).

Google Desktop Gadget Updates Domain Parking Stats
DomainersEdge releases new Google Gadget for domain parking: Are you one of those domainers who constantly checks your domain parking stats? If you use multiple parking programs, that can mean logging into several web sites throughout the day. Here?s a solution.

Role of Domain Registrars to Change Over Next 5 Years
What role will domain registrars play in five years? Today, we think of domain name registrars as the place to go to register domain names. But this role will change over the next five years. Why? If you think ?all of the good names are already registered? now, think about what the landscape will look like in five years. Here are some predictions for domain registrars:

Domain Name Whois Privacy Creates Suspicion
Using a private registration for a web site creates suspicion.

First Wave of Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Auction Sales Completed Including $1.8 Million Deal for Seniors.com
Afternic.com/BuyDomains.com  and Sedo.com  co-brokered the biggest non-auction sale with Greenhouse.com and it was also a blockbuster, commanding $500,000 (the 7th highest sale reported year to date). Afternic/BuyDomains put a second six-figure sale on the board with #8 TreatmentCenters.com dispensing $100,000. With the Afternic Domain Listing Service (DLS) gaining ground in the secondary market, the NameMedia venues are ringing up impressive sales at every level of the market.

North Korea bans internet cafes
North Korea's security agency has ordered the shutdown of karaoke bars and internet cafes, saying they are a threat to society, a South Korean newspaper reported.

World of Warcraft boned in China (Reuters)
Bones and skeletons have disappeared from the Chinese version of the popular on-line fantasy game, World of Warcraft, sparking fierce criticism from the nation's army of players, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. Chinese mainland gamers have waited half a year longer than their US counterparts for the upgraded version of WoW, only to find the appearances of familiar skeletons have been fleshed out.

uk: Websites lobbied over net suicide
Internet providers have been asked to help with the growing problem of teenage suicides in Northern Ireland. Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has met Bebo, Vodafone and Google in a bid to stop websites being used to promote suicide among young people.

Australian regulator in world-first court action against Google over sponsored links
Australia's consumer watchdog said Thursday it had launched world-first court action accusing Internet giant Google for misleading web users by misidentifying sponsored links on its search engine.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it wanted Google to stop publishing search results that fail to distinguish between paid advertisements and "organic" search results.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/07/12/1183833666884.html (AFP)
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/07/12/1183833667378.html (AAP)

Should Using the Internet Be a Crime?
I think it's safe to say that the Internet is the greatest tool for the distribution of ideas ever invented. Unfortunately, that means it is also the greatest tool for the distribution of bad ideas -- including the idea that people should be killed for their beliefs (for more on dangerous "viral" ideas, check out this video of a talk philosopher Dan Dennett gave to the TED conference). But should posting those kinds of ideas on the Web be a crime? It looks as though it has become one in Britain.

Will European ISPs be forced to block illegal content?
The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) is standing by its claim that UK ISPs should not have to block illegal content sent over their infrastructure despite a court ruling in Belgium, which could change the status quo.

FTP Is Simple but Open to Leaks (AP)
The Internet was a mere 19 months old when engineers first developed a file-sharing system still in wide use today. Although many of the technologies from those early days eventually faded away, replaced by newer developments such as the World Wide Web and search engines, file transfer protocol remains a common way for distributing larger files and updating Web sites, thanks to its simplicity and versatility.

us: Policy group says Google soft on piracy
The National Legal and Policy Center on Tuesday released a list of the top 50 videos it found on the Google Video search engine, uploaded by Web users who might be guilty of copyright infringement.

au: ACMA beef up laws on customer transfers by telco providers
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has enforced legislation preventing telecommunications providers from transferring unauthorized customers to new services.

us: Lawmaker criticizes iPhone termination fee
The Apple iPhone has enjoyed favorable reviews since its recent debut, but it came in for some rare criticism on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

China blames Internet for rise in teen pregnancies (Reuters)
Nearly half of the pregnant teens in China's financial hub, Shanghai, met their partners on the Internet, state media said on Tuesday.

New Nielsen Web metric likely to hurt Google, help YouTube
In a nod to the success of emerging Web 2.0 technologies like AJAX and streaming media, one of the country's largest Internet benchmarking companies will no longer use page views as its primary metric for comparing sites. Nielsen/NetRatings will announce Tuesday that it will immediately begin using total time spent by users of a site as its primary measurement.

Nielsen Revises Its Gauge of Web Page Rankings (AP)
The online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites.

BBC pledges revolution to tackle digital challenge
The BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, yesterday promised to "revolutionise" the corporation, making it less arrogant, more open and more efficient in an effort to maintain its relevance in a world of Facebook and YouTube. In a speech designed to move the debate over the BBC's future on from recent wrangling over job and budget cuts, Mr Thompson made a passionate case for its place in a digital world of unfettered choice.

Korea launches 2-way Internet TV
Korean companies usher in Internet protocol TV (IPTV) in a full-fledged manner with KT, the country's No. 1 fixed-line telecom firm, and the runner-up player Hanaro Telecom leading the way. Hanaro Telecom was first in launching its Internet-enabled service by offering video on demand (VOD) services midway through last year under the title of "HanaTV."

Why wait for the iPhone when Asia's own is available now
The much-anticipated iPhone finally made it into the hands of consumers, leaving in its wake many bemoaning its glitches and an equal number cooing that it's the ?coolest gadget ever" with its touch screen that responds with the slide of a finger. Asian consumers who can't wait a year before the iPhone arrives may be glad to know that they can get to experience right here and now, a mobile device that also responds when fingers slide across the screen. It's the HTC Touch.

Blogging for dosh
There are 57 million blogs on the web and 100,000 new ones appear every day. But can you make any money from an online journal? It?s getting harder and harder to resist the call of the blogs. I don?t mean that I can?t stop reading them. It?s that as I click around sites about gossip and gadgets, pickles and politics, I can?t help wondering whether to start one of my own. After all, if so many others can find fame and fortune from their corner of the internet, isn?t it worth a try?

eu: Online advertising 'growing fast'
The annual value of pan-European online advertising is set to reach 16bn euros ($22bn; ?10.8bn) by 2012, more than double that of 2006, says a study. The report by research body Forrester said online adverts would leap to 18% of market share, up from 9% currently. 

SIIA Announces the Ten Most Significant eCommerce Developments of the Last Decade (news release)
The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital information industry, today announced its list of the top ten developments that have had the most significant impact on electronic commerce since the White House released the ?Framework for Global Electronic Commerce? ten years ago.

Apple, Amazon, eBay, RIM & Google Lauded For E-Commerce Innovation
Apple's iTunes, Amazon, eBay, RIM's BlackBerry, and Google -- both for search and AdWords -- rank among the 10 most significant developments in e-commerce over the past decade, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) said on Wednesday.

Internet and old media confab seeks peace not war (Reuters)
Cooperation, not mutual destruction, is a major theme at this year's summer gathering of the media and technology elite in Sun Valley. And the Scandinavian founders of new online video service Joost -- Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom -- perhaps embody this new spirit best.

Kiwis are big net users
New Zealanders are one of the biggest internet users in the Asia-Pacific region. NZ is a close third with 60% of Kiwis wired up, trailing behind Australia and South Korea.

nz: Website ban as surname not 'proper'
Homophobia of the computerised kind struck a woman with the surname Gay when a popular social networking website declined her attempt to sign up, telling her to "enter a proper name".

Google an Asian also-ran - Yahoo! on! top!
Google may be the most popular web destination in North America. It may be tops in Europe. It may be on its way to conquering the universe. But it's a step behind in Asia. Internet research firm comScore has released its first "comprehensive" study of the Asia-Pacific region, detailing Internet usage in ten of the region's largest countries, and Google trails the competition in all ten.

Etiquette pitfalls in the social web of wannabe friends
The huge expansion of online social networking sites has opened up an etiquette minefield, complete with snubs, awkward faux pas and ample opportunity to give and take offence. With networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace expanding expedentially, the rise of cyber friendships has brought with it a new set of social niceties, conventions and potential embarrassments.

MySpace 'passes 10m UK users'
MySpace says more than 10 million UK users look at its website each month.

ComScore: MySpace Teen Visitors Drops
The online hangout MySpace appears to be less popular among teens as rival Facebook draws more of the high school crowd, according to new measurements from comScore Media Metrix.

eu: How MySpace Conquered the Continent
It was late to the social-networking party in Europe, but the News Corp. site quickly overtook rivals with features designed for, and by, locals. A year is an eternity in Web 2.0 time. Just 12 months ago, social-networking site MySpace looked late to the party in Europe, as local alternatives and American rivals such as Facebook, Bebo, and Ringo got off to a fast start in the nascent market.

au: Unis lead Facebook charge
Universities and Hotmail users are behind the sudden rise in popularity of US-based social networking website Facebook in Australia.

Spammers Automatically Creating Hotmail And Yahoo Accounts
BitDefender researchers found that spammers are easily bypassing the captcha system, to automatically set up new e-mail accounts to use to send out waves of spam.

In Poorer Nations, Cellphones Help Open Up Microfinancing
In countries where A.T.M.?s are few or nonexistent, cellphones are helping microlenders bring financial services to poor and remote areas.

Music sales at lowest since records began
Music sales worldwide are expected to plunge by about 11 per cent this year, making 2007 the worst year for the recording industry for more than a quarter of a century. At Easter, industry bosses forecast a 4-8 per cent decline in revenues, but at least one of the four biggest companies is preparing for an 11 per cent tumble as the shift to digital starts to make its impact felt.

Media companies ask EU regulators to reject proposal on music royalties
RTL Group, Deutsche Telekom, Liberty Global and two dozen competitors have asked regulators to reject the settlement, which they claim would lead to a "costly, inefficient and fragmented licensing system for music rights."

Google buys e-mail security firm
The deal underscores Google's ambitions to become a serious player in the business of selling software to companies and organizations, in competition with Microsoft and others.

Google in new challenge to Microsoft
Google charged into the web security market by acquiring Postini, the privately owned anti-spam specialist, for $625 million

Analysis: A business case for security at Google
Google believes that its consumer-grade Web applications represent the future of enterprise IT. But while Google is quick to trumpet its products' innovative features, the search giant hasn't said much about their security. Until recently, that is.

UK computer history gets new home
Plans are taking shape to set up a museum dedicated to Britain's role in the origins of modern computers.

Meet the iPhone hackers
The coding geniuses who are taking apart Apple's hot device say they're within a few days of making it work with cell networks beyond AT&T.

iPhone Buzz Puts Focus on Carrier Practices
If a current iPhone customer terminates the service agreement with AT&T, the iPhone then becomes an expensive paperweight. That has Edward Markey (D-Mass.) chairman of the House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet annoyed, according to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Set the iPhone free! Apple's iPhone is an indicator of internet freedom, and the signals it's sending aren't good
This summer's hottest high-tech gadget is Apple's iPhone. But along with its slick design and slicker marketing campaign, this device is a bellwether for the future of the open internet - and the signals it's sending aren't good. ... You see, the iPhone only works if you are an AT&T customer. If your mobile phone service is with any other provider - T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint - you're out of luck. You can't have it. To get one, you'll have to break your contract with your service and change to AT&T. That will cost you a few hundred dollars in early termination fees. And if you are on a family plan, you may have to pay a separate fee to terminate all of your family's phones. Only then will you have the privilege of dropping $600 on an iPhone and signing up for a two-year contract with AT&T.

A Closer Look at iPhone Lust
As my wife ran some errands downtown on Sunday, I found myself pacing in front of the local Apple store. This is ridiculous. My current "smart" phone is only six months old, capable of sending and receiving email, keeping my calendar, even playing a live television feed through my Slingbox. The last thing I need is a new phone. Yet I found myself drawn to the iPhone. I, like the rest of world, was hopelessly transfixed by the promise of being part of the future of telephony.

Asia Pacific to lead world on super-fast 3G
The Asia Pacific region is leading the world in adopting high-speed packet access (HSPA) -- the higher speed version of 3G.

us: A New Path to Wireless Broadband
The 700MHz band can carry wireless data at DSL speeds ? which is why many want to keep the telcos from hoarding it: Whoever thought a presidential candidate would make a big deal over the Federal Communications Commission handles the auction of radio spectrum? Yet Democrat John Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, has come out in support of proposals to change the rules on how wireless spectrum is allocated when the FCC auctions off licenses to the 700MHz band later this year.

us: FCC wants open access to spectrum
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin is readying proposed guidelines for the upcoming auction of prime public airwaves that would require that the winning companies let consumers hook up any wireless device to the network.

Will the FCC's Martin Really 'Open' the Airwaves?
Imagine our surprise this morning when we read that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin wants to transform the 700MHz band into a "truly open broadband network."

US lags behind in global VoIP race
The market for consumer voice over IP (VoIP) services boomed in 2006, industry watchers reported today, and Europe is leading the way. The latest market estimates from In-Stat said that worldwide VoIP subscribers increased by 34 million in 2006, and that almost half of the new subscribers were located in Europe.


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