[DNS] domain name news - 22 July

[DNS] domain name news - 22 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 15:58:53 -0700 (PDT)
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A new era in domain name economics? by Milton Mueller

Your last chance to delay the gTLD trademark time bomb (probably)

Internet land grabbers snatch up .co domain names

.CO Gets Even Hotter With 200,000 Registrations

India Plans to Introduce IPv6 By 2012 [IDG]

Verisign Could Get Whacked A Quick 20% If Monopoly Crumbles

Overstock Buys O.CO for $350,000 in First Big Premium .CO Sale

XXX.com For Sale ? $7,000,000 Reserve

A new era in domain name economics? by Milton Mueller
As we enter an era of hundreds or even thousands of new top level domains, how 
will the industry evolve? The ICANN Working Group on vertical integration was 
one attempt to answer that question. In the course of its lively and extensive 
debates, the policy setting group confronted some fundamental issues about the 
organization of the domain name industry. Back in March the ICANN Board 
threatened to impose a draconian ban on any and all forms of vertical 
integration and cross ownership between registries and registrars if the group 
failed to reach consensus on a new policy. The working group (WG) will complete 
its work this week.

Your last chance to delay the gTLD trademark time bomb (probably)
Trademark owners concerned that the forthcoming expansion of the gTLD space will 
leave their rights open to infringement are rapidly running out of time. ICANN 
will soon close the latest round of comments - expected by many observers to be 
the last for a draft applicant guidebook (DAG).

JPNIC Argues Companies Shouldn?t Be Able to Get Corporate Top Level Domain Names
Group says new TLDs aren?t meant for single brands that don?t offer second level 
domains to the public.

Survey for New gTLD Registry Service Providers
A new top level domain registry service survey has been put together by Jothan 
Frakes. Frakes is seeking providers of services to potential new TLD registries 
help him complete this second survey.


The Geo-Politics of ICANN vs ITU by Phillip Hallam-Baker
Over the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to talk to US policy 
makers and have seen how ITU and ICANN have emerged as proxies for a much wider 
diplomatic dispute over who is going to control cyberspace.

Comments on Economics Study of ICANN's New TLDs by Alex Tajirian
ICANN has taken another crack at the question of the economics of launching new 
top-level domains (TLDs). The first report that the group commissioned on the 
subject was greeted by a loud and unhappy uproar. Now we have the preliminary 
draft of a new report, this one by professors Katz, Rosston, and Sullivan. It is 
insightful and analytic, but the final version needs to consider the theoretical 
and empirical issues outlined below.

ICANN Ombudsman Fails to Hide Story About Air Canada Argument
ICANN Ombudsman tries to get name taken out of public record in air travel 

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
The ".Africa" domain presented at Libya's premier e-government event [news 
The premier E-Governance event was held on June 1-4 in Tripoli. The Executive 
Director discussed various models of Public Private Partnerships based on the 
various organizations she has been involved with including the DotConnectAfrica, 
which is to host the ".africa" name.  The domain name ?.africa? with its unique 
continental vision mirrors the aspirations of the African people for unity 
across the continent, which the Libyan leadership has often encouraged.

Internet land grabbers snatch up .co domain names
Co-go-daddy Internet domain registrars began selling .co domain names on 
Tuesday, and some of the 11 virtual-real-estate sellers report seeing plenty of 

.CO Is Hot, Hot, Hot!
The relaunch of .CO domain names for anyone who wants to register one has been 
extraordinarily popular with over 100,000 domains registered within the first 25 
minutes of live registrations.

.CO Gets Even Hotter With 200,000 Registrations
Well, not quite 200,00 right now, but checking the .CO Internet website it shows 
that as of 08:45 British Summer Time there is 194,576 domain names registered. 
When subtracting the 39,000 or so domain names that were registered before 
registration was available to everyone, it means around 155,000 domain names 
have been registered within the first few hours.

Speculating on .CO Domain Names
I?ve covered the .CO launch pretty extensively, but I continue to field emails 
and some phone calls asking for advice, so I want to share a little bit of 
additional insight from a personal standpoint to answer any lingering questions.

AFNIC Launches Public Survey On Making .FR Available To EU Residents, Business
French domain names are likely to be available to all European Union residents 
and businesses following the commencement of a public consultation that seeks to 
open up the .FR ccTLD.

Macrons available in NZ domain names
Macrons will be available in New Zealand internet domain names for the first 
time from next week, enabling Te Reo Maori to be correctly used in domain names, 
in time for Maori Language Week.

.nz domain names with macrons to launch next week
The beginning of next week marks a new phase for the .nz domain name space. >From 
10.30am on Monday 26 July 2010, people will be able to register .nz domain names 
using the macronised vowels ?, ?, ?, ? and ?.

Bulgaria Embarks on New Quest for Cyrillic Web Domain
A poll, proposing four new versions for a Bulgarian domain in Cyrillic, has been 
published on the official site of the Transport Ministry in a bid to pick the 
one with the largest public approval. The new versions that are subject to 
public discussion are ?????????,? ????,? ????? and/ or ???.?

DNSSEC now fully deployed on the Internet root
Operators of the Internet?s authoritative root zone last week completed 
deployment of enhanced security protocols at the top level of the Domain Name 

Moving DNSSEC Forward: Help for Registries, Registrars, ISPs/Hosting, 
Enterprises, and Name Owners by Chuck Kisselburg
DNSSEC adoption has been slow, but is now picking up speed, thanks to 
organizations leading the way. In October, 2009 the .TM registry signed with 
DNSSEC. In June, 2010 both .ORG and .EURid both announced the signing of their 
registries with DNSSEC. Before .TM a handful of other registries also signed 
with DNSSEC, those being .SE, .BR, .BG, .CZ and .PR. Last week there were 
several press announcements of the Root zone, itself now being signed. While 
some registries have already signed, some have announced plans to sign and 
others are still trying to figure out their plan. 


The Path to End Cybersquatting by Alex Tajirian
Dialogue is the only way to end cybersquatting. Distrust between brand owners 
and domain owners (with an assist from some cockeyed business incentives) has 
turned a problem into a very expensive vicious cycle. Now that ICANN is about to 
launch new top-level domains (TLDs), negotiations must start immediately or both 
sides will pile up further loses.

 - IPv4/IPv6
nz: Migration to take place as IPv4 pool runs dry
A group of international experts predict the date that IPv4, the current pool of 
internet protocol addresses, will run out is 18 July 2011, while the transition 
to IPv6, the new address pool, is occurring in fits and starts in New Zealand. A 
special taskforce under the auspices of InternetNZ has been set up and is headed 
by Murray Milner.

nz: Microsoft disputes local specialist on IPv6 tunnelling
New Zealand IPv6 specialist Dean Pemberton warns that a transitional protocol to 
IPv6 may have underlying security risks.

in: Govt draws up roadmap for moving into new IP version [Press Trust of India]
With the domain name bandwidth for web addresses expected to get exhausted by 
March 2012, the government today said that it has drawn up a roadmap for moving 
into a newer version of Internet Protocol (IP).

India draws roadmap for new domain name protocol [IANS]
With the domain name bandwidth for web addresses expected to get exhausted by 
March 2012, the government has drawn up a roadmap for the transition into a 
newer version of Internet protocol that will enable unlimited options for users.

India Plans to Introduce IPv6 By 2012 [IDG]
India will start using IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) from March 2012, 
according to a new roadmap released by the Indian government.


RIPE launches new website for Internet community
European Internet registry RIPE NCC has launched a website aimed at providing a 
focal point for anyone interested in discussing topics such as IPv6. RIPE has 
been active in promoting IPv6 in Europe and has been very keen to be seen as an 
education resource for the emerging technology.

IPv6 "Ripeness": The Hard Numbers on ISPs and Deployment Rates by Daniel 
As the unallocated IPv4 address pool runs out, are Internet Service Providers 
(ISPs) actually deploying IPv6? The graph, first in a series from RIPE Labs, 
looks at the IPv6 "ripeness" of all ISPs registered as RIPE NCC members. We 
created a rating system that gives ISPs up to four "stars" for IPv6 services 
that they provide, based on the following criteria.

Verisign Could Get Whacked A Quick 20% If Monopoly Crumbles
VeriSign, which holds exclusive rights to register .com and .net Internet domain 
names, is on the verge of losing an antitrust lawsuit filed by Coalition For 
ICANN Transparency (CFIT), a non-profit organization that represents website 

VeriSign Anti-Trust Lawsuit Paves Way for More Suits If There Are No Vertical 
Integration Exceptions
The Coalition for Internet Transparency (CFIT) filed an anti-trust suit against 
VeriSign for their monopoly control of the .COM registry and the expiring market 
of .COM domains. The claims were many including excessive financial pressure 
lobbying and lawsuits to force ICANN into renewing the VeriSign .COM agreement 
under very self-serving terms. ICANN inevitably was paid millions of dollars to 
settle the suit. However, the saga continues once again. ... In the light of 
continuous and relentless discussions and proposals by the Vertical Integration 
working group, one question is in the back of everyone's mind. Could the 
decision on Vertical Integration backfire on ICANN and invite similar suits in 
the domain name space?

Overstock Buys O.CO for $350,000 in First Big Premium .CO Sale
Overstock.com announced it purchased the domain name O.CO from .CO Internet, the 
official .CO registry for $350,000. The new domain name is intended to enhance 
Overstock.com's brand recognition and retention, align with current marketing 
initiatives, and make it easier for shoppers to find the company's products and 
services online.


XXX.com For Sale ? $7,000,000 Reserve
This afternoon, I noticed that Bari from Moniker posted a note that XXX.com is 
coming up for sale at the DomainFest New York City auction on August 18th. I 
have known about this for a few weeks, but she also posted some additional 
information you might find interesting.

.XXX For Auction With $7m Reserve
The XXX.COM domain name is up for sale at the forthcoming with a reserve price 
listed as $5m and up, although the reserve appears to be $7m according to a 
posting on Elliot?s Blog. The timing is interesting with the SEX.COM also up for 

Sex in Bits and Bytes: What's the Problem? How destructive is Internet porn?
Is it possible to have sex with a computer? Well, not exactly, but people can 
use their computers to engage in a variety of online sexual activities, 
including hooking up with partners (both virtually and in the flesh) and finding 
fodder for kinky obsessions.

Risk of Net addiction growing in S'pore
With the Internet becoming more pervasive and computers integral tools in 
schools, at work and in homes, more in Singapore are now at risk of becoming 
addicted, note field workers.

Google images top 1bn page views
For Google a picture is worth more than a thousand words - it is worth one 
billion page views a day.

Amazon's ebook milestone: digital sales outstrip hardbacks for first time in US
It is an announcement that will provoke horror among those who can think of 
nothing better than spending an afternoon rummaging around a musty old bookshop. 
In what could be a watershed for the publishing industry, Amazon said sales of 
digital books have outstripped US sales of hardbacks on its website for the 
first time.

Facebook hits 500m user milestone
Social network giant Facebook has registered its 500 millionth member, the firm 
has announced.

Facebook Tops 500 Million Users
Facebook, the social network created in the dormitories of Harvard six years 
ago, said on Wednesday that it now had 500 million members.

Mark Zuckerberg chooses TV interview to announce 500 millionth user
Facebook has been brewing its 'half a billion users' announcement for months, it 
seems, waiting for that 500 millionth user to click the 'join' button and sign 
away their digital soul.

Facebook's half-billion milestone is official
One of the most hyped and least surprising tech industry milestones of the past 
few years is finally official: Facebook announced midmorning on Wednesday that 
it has reached 500 million active users around the world, an unprecedented 
number for a social-networking site.

Facebook hits 500 million users, but meteoric rise has come with growing pains
Facebook is expected to say this week that it has reached 500 million users, 
making it the biggest information network on the Internet in a meteoric rise 
that has connected the world into an online statehood of status updates, fan 
pages and picture exchanges.

ANALYSIS - Facebook could be social pariah in Asia
As Facebook gears up for a major push in Asia, the social networking giant may 
learn that good friends are hard to find as it faces privacy concerns in Japan 
and Korea and heavy-handed censors in China.

Foursquare registers 100 millionth check-in [IDG]
Foursquare, the location-based social-networking service, registered its 100 
millionth "check-in" on Monday evening, the company said Tuesday.



Social Networking for Cars
Meet AJ, the 2011 Ford Fiesta that has been modified so that it can send 
automatic Twitter messages (and photos) as it drives.

Helsinki data centre to heat homes
Water warmed while cooling a server centre installed in a cathedral bomb shelter 
will go on to heat 500 homes

Australian government plans for expert to check each banned web page
The federal government will hand-pick an "expert" to manually check up to 10,000 
blacklisted web pages. The proposal, which one critic described as too traumatic 
and absurd, will come to fruition over the next year if Labor wins the August 21 

au: Filter not part of preference talks: Greens
The internet filter was not up for negotiation when the Greens cut its 
preference deal with Labor for the upcoming federal election.

Censorship: Labour's hidden policy
Labour's internet filtering policy isn't being discussed in the run-up to the 
election but its impact on Australia is significant. Championed by Minister for 
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, the 
$30million+ filter is being sold by Labour as an internet block for child 
pornography, bestiality and extreme pornography with 'wide ranging support from 
the Australian public' and 'only minimal opposition against'. But after a new, 
lengthy investigation it transpires that virtually none of this is true. What 
Australia will get from this internet filter is a framework for censorship that 
doesn't stop "the worst of the worst" but will absolutely curtail discussion on 
politically incorrect topics like euthanasia, safe drug taking and graffiti 
while banning relatively-tame adult content.

au: More delays to filter plan
THE ISP filter legislation faces a further lengthy delay following the 
cancellation of a meeting of state attorneys-general scheduled for this week.

Policing the Web?s Lurid Precincts
Ricky Bess spends eight hours a day in front of a computer near Orlando, Fla., 
viewing some of the worst depravities harbored on the Internet. He has seen 
photographs of graphic gang killings, animal abuse and twisted forms of 
pornography. One recent sighting was a photo of two teenage boys gleefully 
pointing guns at another boy, who is crying.

Booming Demand for TV on the Internet in China
Internet TV has arrived in China. Every month, about 300 million people in China 
are using a computer to watch Chinese TV dramas, Japanese and Korean sitcoms, 
and even American films and television series like ?Twilight? and ?Gossip Girl.? 
Live streaming of the recent World Cup also drew a huge online audience.

Pirate Bay owners fined by Dutch court
The three Swedish owners of The Pirate Bay will have to pay ?50,000 a day for 
failing to shutter the service in the Netherlands, an Amsterdam Court ruled on 

Judge refuses to force Dutch ISP to block Pirate Bay
Dutch anti-piracy foundation Brein has failed in its attempt to force Dutch ISP 
Ziggo to block access to The Pirate Bay. The famous torrent site will remain 
accessible for Ziggo subscribers.

U.S. lawmakers demand tough action on China piracy
U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday called for tough new measures to punish China for 
its failure to stop widespread piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. goods ranging 
from music CDs to manufactured products.

US IP czar targets overseas pirate sites
U.S. President Barack Obama isn't the only government official who wants to 
smack down copyright infringement and counterfeiting.

us: Berman Crafting New IP Bill
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman, D-Calif., said Wednesday that he 
is working on legislation with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., 
that would aim to crack down on Web sites that provide pirated goods and 

Fallout From the iPhone 4 Press Conference
?You are now entering the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.? These were the 
words I heard from several journalists when I first started writing about Apple 
for Bits last year.

Apple's Antenna Claims Bogus, Say HTC, RIM, and Nokia
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claim that most smartphones have antenna weak spots has 
come under fire from BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM), Nokia, and HTC. 
Apple highlighted at a press event on Friday phones from the three manufacturers 
as having antenna problems as well, in a bid to address the debate around the 
iPhone 4 antenna issues, also known as the ?death grip'.

WSJ: Nokia Searching for New CEO [IDG]
Struggling to keep up with newer and more inventive rivals, number one phone 
maker Nokia is looking for a new CEO, according to a report in the Wall Street 
Journal on Monday.

Mobiles may increase risk of tinnitus, study suggests
Regularly using a mobile phone may increase the risk of tinnitus, which involves 
constant ringing or buzzing in the ear, a small study suggests.

Prolonged mobile use increases risk of ear ringing: study
Prolonged use of the mobile phone may be associated with an increase in the risk 
of developing chronic ringing in the ears, according to a study published in 
Occupational & Environmental Medicine, a BMJ Publishing Group journal.


Blog shut down over terrorist material posted on site
A web hosting company has said it shut down a blogging platform that was home to 
over 70,000 bloggers because a "link to terrorist material" and an al-Qaeda "hit 
list" was posted to the site.

Bomb-making tips tied to blog shut-down
The Internet has been abuzz with rumors and conjecture about why blogging Web 
site Blogetery.com and its reported 70,000 bloggers went dark last week.

A hidden world, growing beyond control in America
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks 
of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one 
knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs 
exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.

au: 'Legal highs': the lowdown on a law enforcer's nightmare
Internet sellers of illicit substances and so-called "legal highs" are 
undercutting street drug dealers by mailing their wares direct to homes, 
circumventing drug controls.


nz: Police use Facebook in missing woman's search [NZPA]
Police are harnessing the power of social networking site Facebook in an attempt 
to generate further information about the disappearance of Auckland woman Carmen 

nz: Police warn women over 'cyber casanova' [NZPA]
A man police describe as a cyber-casanova has been wooing women into allowing 
him to use their addresses to receive goods bought with stolen credit cards.

Reports: Turkish Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data Of More Than 100,000 Israelis
Turkish hackers have posted two large files that could expose the personal data 
of more than 100,000 Israeli citizens, according to news reports.

Chinese state media accuses Baidu of promoting fake drug sites
China's main state-run television station has accused the country's top internet 
search engine Baidu Inc of directing users to websites that sell counterfeit 
drugs, the People's Daily reported on Monday.

US Senate passes 'libel tourism' bill [AFP]
The US Senate on Monday passed a bill to shield US journalists, authors, and 
publishers from "libel tourists" who file suit in countries where they expect to 
get the most favorable ruling.


Virus phone scam being run from call centres in India
The scam always starts the same way: the phone rings at someone's home, and the 
caller ? usually with an Indian accent ? asks for the householder, quoting their 
name and address before saying "I'm calling for Microsoft. We've had a report 
from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your 

UK police crack down on Indian computer support phone scam
Nineteen websites which were used to perpetrate a phone scam offering "computer 
support" that defrauded people across the English-speaking world have been 
closed down by police.

The Web Means the End of Forgetting
The digital age is facing its first existential crisis: the impossibility of 
erasing your posted past and moving on: Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 
25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, 
Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a 
pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption ?Drunken Pirate.? 
After discovering the page, her supervisor at the high school told her the photo 
was ?unprofessional,? and the dean of Millersville University School of 
Education, where Snyder was enrolled, said she was promoting drinking in virtual 
view of her under-age students. As a result, days before Snyder?s scheduled 
graduation, the university denied her a teaching degree. Snyder sued, arguing 
that the university had violated her First Amendment rights by penalizing her 
for her (perfectly legal) after-hours behavior. But in 2008, a federal district 
judge rejected the claim, saying that because Snyder was a public employee whose 
photo didn?t relate to matters of public concern, her ?Drunken Pirate? post was 
not protected speech.

Ask the Experts: Managing Your Online Reputation
In this week?s New York Times Magazine, I focus on a problem that?s affecting 
more and more people around the globe: how should we live our lives in a world 
where the Internet records almost everything and forgets almost nothing, where 
every photo, Facebook status update, Twitter post and blog by or about us is 
stored forever in the digital cloud? I open the article, ?The End of 
Forgetting,? with Stacy Snyder, a young teacher in training who was denied a 
teaching degree because she posted a photo of herself on MySpace wearing a 
pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup with the caption ?Drunken Pirate.?

us: New bill renews Internet privacy fight
American businesses weren't very happy about a privacy bill that Rep. Rick 
Boucher announced in May. The Interactive Advertising Bureau, for instance, said 
the Virginia Democrat's draft legislation would have "major" effects on 
legitimate business practices.

Green Dam filter in doubt as funding dries up
Developers of the Green Dam internet filter have not received government funding 
in the past year, media reported yesterday, placing in doubt the future of the 
much-criticized software.

China satisfied with Google search engine tweaks
China is satisfied that U.S. Internet giant Google Inc is complying with Chinese 
laws after it tweaked the way it directs users to an unfiltered search page, a 
senior official said on Tuesday.

China says Google renewal due to legal compliance [AFP]
China renewed Google's licence to operate in the country after the company 
agreed to respect Chinese censorship laws, an official said Tuesday in the 
government's first public comment on the issue.


Rivals say Google has too much sway over administration's net neutrality policy
Internet service providers cite e-mails between onetime Google executive Andrew 
McLaughlin, who now works for the White House, and his former colleagues as the 
FCC prepares to rewrite the rules governing broadband.

au: Coalition ICT policy weeks away
Although the federal election campaign officially kicked off on Saturday, the 
Coalition is still weeks away from making policy announcements on ICT issues, 
according to the office of Tony Smith, shadow minister for Broadband, 
Communications and the Digital Economy.

IT industry at odds over Kiwi jobs bill
Industry groups are at odds over a bill that could see local IT firms given 
preference over international bidders in Government tenders.

Apple?s Profit Rises 78% on Appeal of New Devices
The iPhone 4 antenna may be causing static for some Apple investors, but the 
company is showing no signs of slowing down.

Yahoo Revenue Falls Short of Forecasts [Reuters]
Yahoo said Tuesday that its profit increased more than 50 percent in the second 
quarter but that its net revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations.

VeriSign: Net bandwidth must grow 1,000 times
To deal with the flow of information over the next 10 years, the capacity of the 
Internet will need to increase by a factor of a thousand, according to VeriSign.

Japan, Australia enter broadband agreement
Communications minister, Stephen Conroy, has signed an agreement with Japan's 
minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Kazuhiro Haraguchi, that would 
see Australia and Japan strengthen bilateral cooperation in broadband technology 
and other ICT matters, according to reports.

Aussies debate broadband, NZ govt goes quiet
On 21 August the future of the Australian telecommunications industry is likely 
to be decided when the country goes to the polls.

us: Reforms urged in federal funding for phone lines
Americans are turning away from home phone lines and toward mobile, but a 
federal program continues to pour $8 billion a year into phone service for rural 
homes and businesses. Last year in Chelan, Wash., for instance, the fund paid an 
average of $17,763 each for 17 residents to get phone lines.


(c) David Goldstein 2010


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