[DNS] domain name news - 27 February

[DNS] domain name news - 27 February

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:37:25 +1100
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EFF Wins Protection for Time Zone Database - Copyright Lawsuit Threatened Essential Tool for Engineers Around the World

Bank Domain Names Open to Misuse, Fraud, European Regulator Says

South African firm to administer .africa domain

ICANN Names WIPO as Exclusive Arbitrator of Legal Rights Objections to New gTLDs ? But When Will ICANN Begin Work on Implementation Details of the URS?

ICANN Should Investigate NAF?s UDRP Practices

Draft Advice Letter on Consumer Trust, Consumer Choice, and Competition
Purpose (Brief): The Consumer Metrics Working Group requests community input on the draft Advice Letter on Consumer Trust, Consumer Choice, and Competition at the request of the ICANN Board.

EFF Wins Protection for Time Zone Database - Copyright Lawsuit Threatened Essential Tool for Engineers Around the World
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is pleased to announce that a copyright lawsuit threatening an important database of time zone information has been dismissed. The astrology software company that filed the lawsuit, Astrolabe, has also apologized and agreed to a 'covenant not to sue' going forward, which will help protect the database from future baseless legal actions and disruptions.

ICANN avoids bogus time-zone lawsuit
The company alleging that the critical internet time-zone database infringes its copyright has dropped its lawsuit, admitting that you can?t copyright historical facts.

Astrolabe backs off, timezone database safe
When you next tell a friend what time tomorrow?s sunrise is expected, you can do so without worrying whether you need to field a lawsuit. US horoscope software company Astrolabe has withdrawn the lawsuit which last year saw the Unix timezone database shuttered.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
SWITCH is considering taking the Swiss Federal Administrative Court's judgement further
On 13 February 2012, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court decided that the SWITCH Foundation is not entitled to unfairly give precedence to its subsidiary switchplus ag over other bulk trading partners, as had happened on switch.ch.

ch: Switch considers appealing Switchplus court decision
Swiss internet domain registry Switch is considering taking the judgement of the Swiss Federal Administrative Court further.

AFNIC publishes a new "Viewpoint", focusing on IDNs
On July 3rd 2012, AFNIC will be launching the registration of IDNs. The latest "Viewpoint" published by AFNIC focuses on the subject.

AFNIC's Internet framework access issues: return to normal use
Since Thursday, February 16th, 18:00, the AFNIC's Internet framework is subjected to an intense traffic.

Afnic to launch IDNs in July

Bank Domain Names Open to Misuse, Fraud, European Regulator Says
Plans to grant banks the use of new domain names such as .fin and .bank will make it harder for regulators to stop fraud, Europe?s top banking authority told the group in charge of the Internet?s address system.

Europe to warn consumers about .bank ?risks?
The European Banking Authority has told ICANN it believes that proposed financially-oriented gTLDs such as .bank are dangerous and should be banned.

South African firm to administer .africa domain
A South African company has been selected to run dotAfrica, the upcoming top-level internet domain for Africa.

UniForum selected for .africa gTLD app
UniForum, the South African .za domain name registry operator, has reportedly been selected to run the proposed .africa gTLD.

ICANN Names WIPO as Exclusive Arbitrator of Legal Rights Objections to New gTLDs ? But When Will ICANN Begin Work on Implementation Details of the URS?
ICANN has designated the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as the exclusive provider of arbitration services to resolve disputes when a Legal Rights Objection (LRO) is lodged against a proposed new gTLD.

How many defensive registrations is too many?
How will ICANN measure the success of its new TLDs program, and how many defensive registrations is too many?

Architelos Tops $1m In First Year TLD Consulting & Service Revenue
Architelos, Inc. celebrated its first year in business by announcing it had surpassed $1 million in revenue for consulting and software service fees relating to new gTLDs.

Architelos makes $1 million in first year
The new gTLD consultancy Architelos took in revenue of over $1 million in its just-concluded first year of operations, according to the company.

Olympics warming to new gTLD bid?
ICANN?s new gTLDs Applicant Guidebook may be modified to make it clear that the International Olympic Committee can apply for .olympic if it wants to.

us: Feds apply for DNSChanger safety net extension
Federal authorities have applied for permission to extend the operation of a safety net that allows machines infected by the DNSChanger Trojan to surf the net as normal beyond a 8 March deadline.

Schneier: government, big data pose bigger 'Net threat than criminals
As Bruce Schneier spent the past decade watching the growing rash of phishers, malware attacks, and identity theft, a new Internet threat has emerged that poses even greater risks, the security expert said.

ICANN Should Investigate NAF?s UDRP Practices
On February 23rd the ICA sent a letter to ICANN requesting that it initiate an immediate investigation of the UDRP arbitration practices of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based National Arbitration Forum (NAF). NAF is the number two provider of UDRP arbitration services, led only by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ? in 2010, WIPO handled 2,696 UDRP filings while NAF?s total was 2,177.

ICA demands probe of ?shoddy? UDRP decisions
The Internet Commerce Association has called for an ICANN investigation into the National Arbitration Forum?s ?seriously flawed? record of UDRP decisions.

FCM.com, hijacked from owner in phishing attack, returned to owner
Fermat Capital Management LLC has won a UDRP for the domain name FCM.com, a domain name it used to own.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Govt urged to set IPv6 deadline
Governments should set firm deadlines for IPv6 capability in at least their externally-facing ICT services, says John Hillier, assistant director at the Australian government?s information management office (AGIMO).

Six-Figure Sale at the AfternicDLS Sets the Pace in This Week's Domain Sales Race - ccTLDs Take 8 Spots on theTop 20
A very nice 3-letter domain, Let.com, went for $100,000 at the AfternicDLS this week to take the #1 position on our new weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.

Video of ICA DOMAINfest 2012 Presentation Now Available
A video of the ICA presentation on ?Public Policies Impacting Domain Investors? delivered on February 1, 2012 at the DOMAINfest 2012 conference held in Santa Monica, California is now available online.

Tech giants have power to be political masters as well as our web ones
Among all the excited commentary about the role of social networking in the Arab spring, one uncomfortable fact stands out: internet censorship and surveillance are alive and well in Tunisia and Egypt. They're being orchestrated and supervised by (mostly) different people, of course, but the intermediaries implementing it are the same as before: western technology companies that are apparently prepared to sell filtering and surveillance kit to anyone with a government purchase order. And the result is the same as before: a webpage saying "Sorry: the page you requested does not exist". Except that some regimes exclude the apology.

Shopping and the internet: Retailers are striving to combine the advantages of physical shops with the benefits of online selling
Terry Lundgren and Kevin Ryan know and like each other. But when it comes to the future of retailing the boss of Macy?s, an American department-store giant, and the chief executive of Gilt Groupe, an online retailer, disagree wildly. Mr Lundgren remains a firm believer in an empire of bricks and mortar. Mr Ryan is betting big on online-only selling.

Social media muscles into careers fair domain
Graduate employers are attending fewer, if any, on-campus careers fairs as they opt for cheaper, shorter online recruitment campaigns.

Survey: Most Consumers Use Privacy Settings To Control Social Network Profiles
As the White House seeks to hand consumers more control over their information online, a Pew report released on Friday shows a majority of people on social networking sites use existing controls to protect their privacy.

Social network users getting less friendly
Facebook users are becoming decidedly unfriendly, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project study released Friday.

Social networks getting a bit less social - poll
Users of online social network sites such as Facebook are editing their pages and tightening their privacy settings to protect their reputations in the age of digital sharing, according to a new survey.

Privacy management on social media sites: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
Overview: Social network users are becoming more active in pruning and managing their accounts. Women and younger users tend to unfriend more than others.

Too many connections weakens networks, scientists find [IDG]
When it comes to connecting networks or other systems together, it is best to have many, but not too many, connections, mathematicians have found.

Twitter co-founder says users shouldn't spend hours tweeting
A co-founder of Twitter has told its 500 million users not to spend hours on the micro-blogging site because it is "unhealthy".

Stop the Cycle of Bullying
On 22 September 2010, the wallet of Tyler Clementi - a gay freshman at Rutgers University - was found on the George Washington Bridge; his body was found in the Hudson River the following week. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, was charged with 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and tampering with witnesses and evidence tampering. Ravi pleaded not guilty.

OECD: Risks faced by children online and policies to protect them
As the Internet permeates every aspect of our economy and society, it is also becoming a daily reality in our children?s lives. While it brings considerable benefits to their education and development, it also exposes them to online risks such as access to inappropriate content, abusive interaction with others, exposure to aggressive marketing practices and privacy risks. To protect minors online, the OECD has released a new set of principles founded on evidence-based policy making and enhanced domestic and international co-ordination to improve national policy frameworks.

Hope for children addicted to gaming
CHILDREN addicted to video games are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and social phobias as a result of their pathological gaming, and may need professional help to recover, a visiting American researcher says.

Web Deals Cheer Hollywood, Despite Drop in Moviegoers
... Instead of Hollywood suffering its own Napster moment ? the kind of digital death trap that decimated music labels first through the illegal downloading of files and then by a migration to legal downloads almost solely through iTunes ? several deals announced this month have it feeling more in control.

If Android is a "stolen product," then so was the iPhone
... Jobs called Android a "stolen product," but theft can be a tricky concept when talking about innovation. The iPhone didn't emerge fully formed from Jobs's head. Rather, it represented the culmination of incremental innovation over decades?much of which occurred outside of Cupertino.

More competition is key to cutting excessive international mobile roaming charges, says OECD [news release]
Governments should do more to boost competition in international mobile roaming markets in order to drive down the high prices being paid by consumers and businesses, says the OECD.

Apple forced to disable iPhone push email in Germany
The patent wars are hotting up ? and Motorola Mobility (MMI), the mobile device and set-top box company being acquired by Google, has struck a notable blow against Apple.

Apple forced to suspend push email service in Germany
Apple has been forced to stop push email for iCloud and MobileMe users on iOS devices while they are in Germany.

Apple halts "push" email services in Germany
Apple Inc has been forced to de-activate "push" notification features for mobile users of its iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany, after an injunction was issued in favour of rival Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.

Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality
... That?s because later this year, Google is expected to start selling eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and, this being a Google product, advertisements onto the lenses. The glasses are not being designed to be worn constantly ? although Google engineers expect some users will wear them a lot ? but will be more like smartphones, used when needed, with the lenses serving as a kind of see-through computer monitor.

Why Mozilla Is Entering the Smartphone War
Mozilla?s mission since its outset in 1998, first as a software project and later as a foundation and company, has been to provide open technology that challenges a dominant corporate product.

Network operators get serious about Wi-Fi
The world's cellular industry is coming to Barcelona Spain next week for Mobile World Congress. But one of the key topics will be an entirely different radio technology: Wi-Fi.

China shutters 7,846 black market sites
The Chinese government has shut down 7,846 Web sites believed to be involved in "illegal commercial activities" as it cracked down on the country's online black market.

nz: Death threat email scammers 'shouldn't be underestimated'
The people behind a "death threat email" circulating in New Zealand in an attempt to extort money should not be underestimated, according to the Department of Internal Affairs.

nz: Internal Affairs warns of 'death threat' email scam
A "death threat email" is circulating in New Zealand in an attempt to extort money.

nz: Death threat emails 'clearly a hoax'
A threatening email which tells the recipient they will be killed if they don't pay $5000 is a hoax and should be ignored, the Department of Internal Affairs says.

Kiwis not up with online security
While Anonymous work to hack and destroy websites around the world, an Otaki software company are at the forefront in fighting back against the group.

Schneier: government, big data pose bigger 'Net threat than criminals
As Bruce Schneier spent the past decade watching the growing rash of phishers, malware attacks, and identity theft, a new Internet threat has emerged that poses even greater risks, the security expert said.

White House, Consumers in Mind, Offers Online Privacy Guidelines
The Obama administration on Wednesday outlined a set of online privacy principles that officials said would help consumers control the use of their personal data gleaned from Internet searches.

Web Firms to Adopt 'No Track' Button
A coalition of Internet giants including Google Inc. has agreed to support a do-not-track button to be embedded in most Web browsers?a move that the industry had been resisting for more than a year.

Voluntary guidelines for Web privacy backed by Obama administration
The Obama administration on Thursday announced voluntary guidelines for Web companies to protect consumers? privacy online, a win for Google, Facebook and other Internet giants that have fought against heavier federal mandates.

FTC Chairman: Google Offers 'Brutal Choice' on Privacy Policies
The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission said on Sunday that Google was giving consumers a "binary and somewhat brutal" choice on whether they want to go along with the changes to the company's privacy policies set to go into effect next week.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL back US 'consumer privacy bill of rights'
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL say they will sign up to a "consumer privacy bill of rights", announced on Thursday by the Obama administration in a move that would bring US law closer to European data protection principles.

Web privacy guidelines viewed as 'win' for Google
Silicon Valley was alarmed. Across the country in Washington, federal lawmakers were proposing legislation that could have crippled the efforts of Web companies to collect consumer data that is crucial to selling advertisements online.

Regulation by stealth: The strange evolution of internet regulation in Britain
On February 20th a High Court judge cheered record labels and film studios by ruling that the Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing website, and its users are infringing copyrights. This decision comes after a similar one in July against Newzbin2, a site that aggregates links to copyrighted material. But the judge did not just state the obvious. In October he issued an injunction requiring BT, Britain?s biggest internet service provider (ISP), to block access to Newzbin2. It is likely that BT and other large British ISPs will soon be told to block the Pirate Bay, too.

Foxconn: Nightline goes behind the scenes at Apple assembly line in China
The full content of the Nightline program in which ABC's Bill Neil got unrestricted access to Apple's assembly company, Foxconn, in China has been put on YouTube ? although it's not yet available in full on the official Nightline channel <http://www.youtube.com/show?p=gNeZi6fn29Q>.

TUANZ drops in-house events staff
Surrounded by recent rumours of its financial viability, the Telecommunications Users? Association (TUANZ) intends to prune its staff, leaving only CEO Paul Brislen and a finance manager in the organisation. ... This was following the organisations unsuccessful application for a grant of $75,000 from InternetNZ funds, to help finance a specific project ? a research unit that would supply answers to public and media inquiries.

Tuanz cuts jobs and retreats to advocacy role
The Telecommunications Users Association will make four of its five staff redundant, outsourcing the management of any future events and conferences and instead concentrating on its advocacy role.

Did InternetNZ squeeze Tuanz? CEO responds
The Telecommunications Users Association has laid off all its staff, leaving only chief executive Paul Brislen.

Telecoms groups bank on 4G profit boost
The annual World Mobile Congress in Barcelona has for years ironically been notorious for having poor cell-phone reception. But Telefonica and Alcatel-Lucent are praying that this year?s event, which starts on Sunday, will be different.

au: Last big telco signs up to commercial deal
Telstra has signed a key commercial agreement with the NBN Co which allows the telco to start signing up customers to the $36 billion National Broadband Network.

Telstra signs up for NBN fibre-optic superhighway
Telstra will start selling broadband and telephone retail services on the government's new fibre-optic network after signing a deal with federal government-backed NBN Co over the weekend.

Telstra accepts separation conditions in National Broadband Network deal
Telstra today confirmed its acceptance of the government's conditions to its landmark structural separation undertakings, clearing the way for its National Broadband Network (NBN) deal.

Telstra to review network protections
Telstra has launched a full review of its network protection mechanisms after an embarrassing network failure left millions of customer without access to the internet.

Demerged Telecom NZ pulls off double act
Telecom performed post-demerger accounting gymnastics to report a first half result that was broadly in line with market expectations yesterday, while unveiling a plan to buy back $300 million worth of its own shares this year.

Fry praises NZ despite broadband debate
The English actor who sparked a debate about the speed of New Zealand's broadband has written a blog praising nearly every other aspect of the country.


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