[DNS] domain name news - July 17

[DNS] domain name news - July 17

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 19:12:20 -0700 (PDT)
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ICANN's gTLD Registry Failover Plan

Jolie and Pitt Parents of Twins, Then Register the Domain Names


ICANN's gTLD Registry Failover Plan
Following extensive collaboration and consultation with experienced gTLD registries, ccTLD managers, SSAC, and other members of the community, ICANN announced the implementable version of the gTLD Registry Failover Plan [PDF, 85K] during the ICANN Public Forum in Paris, France on 25 June 2008. ICANN is today posting the plan for public comment.

Public Comments Requested on the Newly Proposed ICANN Board of Director's Code of Conduct
... public comments on ICANN Board of Directors' Code of Conduct [PDF, 25K] are encouraged to be submitted by 29 August 2008.

Comments Encouraged on the Final Report of IDNC Working Group on ccTLD "Fast Track" Mechanisms
Summary: The IDNC Working Group (IDNC WG) has developed its Final Report on feasible methods that would enable the timely and efficient ("fast track") introduction of a limited number of non-contentious IDN ccTLDs, while an overall long-term IDN ccTLD policy is being developed. The Final Report highlights the latest topics and issues that need to be considered in developing (1) a mechanism for the selection of the IDN ccTLD string and (2) a mechanism to designate an IDN ccTLD manager. The ICANN Board of Directors accepted the Final report at its 26 June meeting in Paris, France and directed that the report be made available for public comments.

Anti-Phishing and Hong Kong
Planning for a short trip to Hong Kong tomorrow reminded me of Jonathan Shea, something I wanted to blog about but was waiting for the hype around the new generic Top-Level Domains (TLDs) to cool down. Jonathan Shea is an old friend who is in-charge of ".hk". I had the pleasure to catch up with him in Paris ICANN meeting.

Conference to examine cyber safety
New Zealand's online safety organisation NetSafe will be holding its first international conference on "cybercitizens" in Queenstown later this month. ... Other speakers include Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers chairman Peter Dengate Thrush, of New Zealand; Motion Picture Association regional vice-president Frank Rittman; and Symantec's Internet Safety advocate Marian Merritt, who worked with Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, protecting children online.

Web name free-for-all is forecast
THE naming system you use to navigate the net will be given a complete overhaul next April ? but who will be the winners in this, one of the biggest changes in the history of the web?

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Domain name with Chinese characters to gain popularity next year - analyst
A domain name that uses the two Chinese characters for "China", which are pronounced as "zhongguo", will be popular next year, and will cost more than both ".cn" and ".net" domain names combined, an analyst with iResearch told Interfax today.

Tomorrow, a new top-level domain just for .ME
Those interested in getting a .ME domain name -- perhaps one named just for themselves -- can do so after ICANN, the organization responsible for overseeing Internet domains, opens up .ME domain registration tomorrow.

.me Extends Personalization of the Internet
Since the creation of social networking the internet has been the medium of choice for expressing one?s personality. With last month?s introduction of the .me domain, the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of the southern European country, , the web is now more personal than ever!

SIDN registers 3 millionth .nl name [sub req'd]

RegistryPro to Open Pre-Registration and Announces Firm Relaunch Date for .Pro TLD
Pre-Registration for new .Pro Top Level Domain names to run from July 21 through August 31, 2008. Firm relaunch date of .Pro TLD set for September 8, 2008

EuroDNS Is First ICANN-Accredited Registrar on '.tel' Domain
EuroDNS announced today that it?s the first ICANN-accredited Registrar to sign up to distribute the new communications-focused .tel top level domain, according to EuroDNS SA and Telnic Ltd.

Column: The man who changed Internet security
While security researcher Dan Kaminsky still won't comment on the specific nature of a flaw within the Domain Name System--for fear that criminal hackers might exploit it before the worldwide network of name servers worldwide and client systems that contact them can be updated--he nonetheless went public on July 8, 2008, with some details, backed by simultaneous patch releases from Microsoft, Cisco, and others.

Is DNSSEC the Answer to Internet Security?
Domain Name System, or DNS (define), administrators around the world are racing to patch their systems for a critical flaw that could leave millions at risk. Although the technology for a more secure DNS has been available for years, it has not yet been widely deployed.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Is It Time to Create a Market for IPv4 Addresses? by Milton Mueller
It's fascinating to watch the Internet technical community grapple with policy economics as they face the problems creating by the growing scarcity of IPv4 addresses. The Internet Governance Project (IGP) is analyzing the innovative policies that ARIN, RIPE and APNIC are considering as a response to the depletion of IPv4 addresses.

Internet Systems Consortium gets gift of big IPv6 pipe
The Internet Systems Consortium, a nonprofit organization that supports the Internet?s F-root name server and hosts a number of open-source groups, has received a 1 gigabit Ethernet link from NTT America.

Internet Adds 14 Million Domain Names in Q1, High Growth in China and India
In the first three months of '08, 14 million domain names were added to the internet, according to the first quarter 2008 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign ? via MarketingCharts. That's a 17 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2007, and 15 percent over the year-earlier period.

Angelina Jolie welcomes a baby boy and girl. Congratulations!
The biggest news ever is that Angelina Jolie has given birth to healthy twins, a boy and a girl, at a maternity clinic on the French Riviera. This time, the news was confirmed by the doctor gynaecologist Michel Sussmann. He told the press that Jolie and the babies were doing fine shortly after the births on Saturday evening.

Jolie and Pitt Parents of Twins, Then Register the Domain Names
The birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?s twins had their lawyers quickly on the job registering domain names for the babies who have been called Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon.

Google Sued For Selling Ads On Parked Domains
Google on Friday was sued for fraud, business code violations, and unjust enrichment, claims arising from the company's alleged sale of low-quality ads.

Google sued by Boston Legal. Is this the beginning of a new series?
One of the least discussed topics in the world, or at least the world of online advertising, concerns where ads really run.

Search Engine Optimization for Small Businesses
Jill Caren proves that even a one-person business can get top rankings on Google. Caren runs Marlboro (N.J.)-based Expressions Photo Design, and ilovephotogifts.com, her Web site, regularly lands among the first listings for anyone Googling "unique photo gifts," the keywords she thinks potential customers are using in searches. It wasn't always that way. Caren's previous Web site, expressionspb.com, used to get buried in search results. Caren didn't know how she could improve her standing?a process called search engine optimization, or SEO for short?and approached the Web designer who built her site. When that proved fruitless, Caren took an SEO class online and started hanging out in online SEO forums. Pretty soon, she says, "I decided to redo my site entirely. Instead of leaving it up to someone else, I did it myself, and I could not be happier with the results."

Reflecting on Paris Domainer Meeting
The two-day Domainer Meeting in Paris last month was a very enjoyable and rewarding conference that I was fortunate enough to attend. There were some great sessions on the issues affecting domainers, plus a great social evening. And to top it all off, it was in Paris, one of the world?s great cities.

US Senate panel to hold hearing on Google-Yahoo search ad deal
A U.S. Senate Judiciary subommittee will holding a hearing tomorrow on the search advertising deal between Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

Domain Age: How Important Is It for SEO?
One SEO related question which is often asked throughout webmaster forums is how much domain registration age is important for SEO. The points behind this question include:

4 Ways to Liquidate Domain Names
Perhaps you are looking to trim your portfolio. Or maybe you need to raise some cash. Unfortunately, domain names aren?t very liquid assets. But here are three ways to sell your domain names quickly, as well as a potential fourth way to do so in the future.


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