[DNS] domain name news - 12 April

[DNS] domain name news - 12 April

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:20:13 +1000
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TLDH wins .london contract, gets hacked

Batching: The Decision Process

US Government Seizes More Domains In Operation In Our Sites

IPv4 trading needs global policy, says Mueller

Clinton Says Asia Needs U.S. Leadership
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there is no alternative to U.S. leadership in the Asia- Pacific region, recognizing concerns that the U.S. is moving to deny rising Asian nations ?their fair share of influence.? ... Clinton acknowledged tensions with China, citing ?cyber intrusions? that include the online theft of American intellectual property, and called for setting clear Internet governance policies with Beijing. She dismissed regional misgivings that talk of American leadership is code for protecting Western prerogatives.

ICANN to Convene North America Regional Registry/Registrar Event
On 17-18 May 2012, ICANN and its gTLD registration services providers will meet in Los Angeles, USA.

Letter from New gTLD Customer Service to Beth Chapman
New gTLD Program

Letter from Karla Valente to Chuck Gomes
Proposal #2012002, Bulk Transfer after Partial Portfolio Acquisition ("BTAPPA") for .name

Letter from Stacy Burnette to Mr. De Jing Kong
Notice of Breach

Event planner sues ICANN over San Francisco gala
San Francisco event planning company Corporate Concepts has sued ICANN, saying the non-profit breached a contract to run the gala at its San Francisco meeting last March.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
NITDA pushes for Nigerian flag in cyberspace
The National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria (NITDA) has begun campaigns for the Nigerian flag to be ?hoisted? incyberspace through adoption of the .ng domain name by organisations in the country.

A Movement to Kickstart America ? .US and Neustar
These are the people you interact with every day.They are the backbone of America ? our nations small businesses . They are the second generation hardware store in Memphis, the florist shop in St. Louis, the cupcake shop in Austin, the accountant in Topeka.They have a drive to succeed. A vision for the future. Such pride in their work. Undeniable commitment to the local community and our nations economic growth.

Neustar launches new .US branding campaign ?Kickstart America?
Neustar, the registry for the .us country code domain name, has launched a new marketing strategy today aimed at small businesses.

Icann's internet suffix application deadline looms
Organisations wishing to buy web addresses ending in their brand names have until 00:00 GMT on Thursday to submit applications.

Deadline Looms For New Net System
If you want to own your own TLD you have about 24 hours to submit your application (along with the $180,000 fee) because once the April 12 deadline passes, that is it for the foreseeable future.

London looks to net its own web domain
Londoners are to get their own internet autonomy with the help of Top-Level Domain Holdings, an Aim-quoted start-up created specifically to manage some of the hundreds of new internet domain names coming into existence later this year to rival .com and .net.

TLDH wins .london contract, gets hacked
Top Level Domain Holdings has won the exclusive contract to apply to ICANN for the .london gTLD, it has just been announced.

Award of DOT LONDON? contract
The Directors of Top Level Domain Holdings Limited (AIM:TLDH.L), the only publicly traded company focused exclusively on acquiring and operating new gTLDs, are pleased to report that Minds and Machines Limited, the London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of TLDH, has been exclusively appointed by Dot London Domains Limited.

Batching: The Decision Process
A few weeks ago, we reported on the new batching process that ICANN had proposed that revolved around giving applications a ?secondary time stamp.? As of last week, the ICANN Board has approved the system for new gTLD applicants.

Charities hope .NGO domain will end scams
Charity organisations are hoping that a .NGO domain name could stop online charity scams in their tracks, and increase certainty for philanthropists, enabling them to donate more over websites.

us: Global cyber arms race engulfing Web - Defense official
A global cyber arms race is engulfing the Internet and the best way to counter the rapidly escalating threat is combining the efforts of U.S. agencies, private firms and international allies, cyber security officials said on Tuesday.

US Government Seizes More Domains In Operation In Our Sites
Seven domain names were seized in an operation by US government authorities as well as more than $896,000 in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel as the result of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites.

ICE, DOJ seize more domain names of sites accused of selling counterfeits [IDG]
The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have seized more than $896,000, plus the domain names of seven websites accused of selling counterfeit sports apparel, the two agencies announced Tuesday.

More than $896,000 in proceeds seized from the online sale of counterfeit sports apparel manufactured in China [news release]
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and the Department of Justice seized more than $896,000 in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel as the result of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites. The investigation also resulted in the seizure of seven domain names engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods. The funds were seized from interbank accounts and three PayPal accounts.

UDRP Panel Says Responding To An Offer To Sell, Doesn?t Indicate Bad Faith If The Offer Is Started By The Complainant
In a pretty interesting recent UDRP decision a one member panel concluded that it is not bad faith when domain owner responds to an offer to sell that is initiated by the Complainant.

Facebook not holding on to all recovered typo domains
Facebook has been on the hunt over the past year to capture typos of its domain names. But it?s not holding on to all of them.

Vacaciones eDreams, S.L. v. BuyDirect Pty Ltd. - Case No. DAU2011-0043
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Vacaciones eDreams, S.L. of Barcelona, Spain, represented by UBILIBET, Spain. The Respondent is BuyDirect Pty Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia, self-represented. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <edreams.com.au> is registered with AussieHQ Pty Ltd. ... 7. Decision: For all the foregoing reasons, the Complaint is denied.

 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv4 trading needs global policy, says Mueller
A proposal by one of five regional Internet registries to accept IPv4 address block transfers from other registries illustrates the pitfalls of regional management of Internet numbers, says Syracuse University Professor Milton Mueller.

Business continuity emerges as latest IPv6 killer app
IPv6 appears to have found a new killer app: business continuity. This replacement for the Internet's main communications protocol has been searching for a business driver that would propel ISPs and enterprises to make investments and upgrades since it was created 15 years ago.

Iran building a private, isolated Internet, but can it shut out the world?
Can a country succeed in building its own Internet, essentially a nationwide intranet cut off from the rest of the online world?

Why Iran May Never Create a "Closed Internet"
Will Iran shutting down global Internet connections by August--as has been widely reported in recent days--and create a ?clean Internet? that only dishes up government-controlled content and government-run email?

Policing the domain world
Jonathan Cohen is trying to prove that trademarks have a sound. Specifically, he's attempting to trademark the famous lion's roar that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has used at the start of virtually all of its movies since the late 1950s.

GoDaddy sold 42,321 aftermarket domains last month
I?m a bit behind checking in on GoDaddy?s auction sales report for last month. But it was a great month for the service.

Largest IDN Sale on Record Comes to Light - Deal Completed in 2011 Came with $216,000 Price Tag
We have learned that a deal for theInternationalized Domain Name (IDN) ??????.com ("Moscow" in Russian) was completed in July 2011 when the final installment on a $216,000 purchase price was paid. That is the highest verified sale price reported to date for an IDN.

Poll: Google more popular than Apple, Facebook
America's top technology companies have approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of, according to a new poll.

nz: Data caps and pricing cited as top reasons for switching carriers
New Zealand mobile and fixed-line users say better data caps and cheaper pricing are key when switching telcos, with nearly 14 percent of mobile users saying they switched carriers in the previous 12 months, according to a new Commerce Commission report.

nz: Broadband customers switch for better service, mobile customers for cheaper rates - watchdog
A nationwide survey conducted for the Commerce Commission on consumer switching behaviour has found that the main reason consumers give for switching fixed-line telecommunications service providers is to obtain better broadband services, and cheaper rates is the main reason for switching mobile phone service providers.

us: A Lie Races Across Twitter Before the Truth Can Boot Up
It took only two minutes. An unfounded report on a little-known blog claiming that Gov. Nikki R. Haley was about to be indicted rocketed from South Carolina political circles into national circulation, along the way becoming the latest lesson in the perils of an instantaneous news culture.

us: Bill would ban employers from seeking Facebook passwords from workers, job-seekers
The Maryland General Assembly on Monday passed legislation that bars employers in that state from asking workers and job-seekers for access to their personal social media accounts as a condition of employment.

nz: Internet being used for blackmail
Netsafe says the internet is increasingly being used as a means to blackmail and threaten people.

nz: Call for spyware on kids' phones
Spy software could be installed on all New Zealand cell phones for $200,000, a coroner has heard during the inquest into the death of a Rotorua teenager who killed herself after getting threatening text messages.

nz: OPINION: Security is our number one concern
It sits at number nine in Ernst & Young?s Top 10 risks in telecommunications 2012 but I think it needs to be higher, and that?s not because the other 10 are unimportant.

nz: School pupils traded 'child porn'
A major policy review of cellphones and internet usage is underway at Golden Bay High School after pupils were suspended for sending sexual images of a classmate.

at: Content for classroom use? Teachers on the safe side of the law
It has always been the case that teachers collect content for their classroom activities. In Austria, there is a saying: ?Teachers are collectors and hunters?. They collect all usable content and hunt for the best bits in order to reuse it for their classroom activities.

de: klicksafe: comprehensive information on copyright and legal issues
The German Awareness Centre, klicksafe, offers a range of materials on the topic of copyright, personality rights and other legal aspects of internet use.

us: Former teacher wanted for child porn makes FBI list
A former private school teacher and camp counselor facing child pornography charges was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list Tuesday.

us: Ex-DC teacher in child porn case added to FBI?s 10 most wanted fugitive list [AP]
A former teacher at a private elementary school who is accused of possessing and producing child pornography has been added to the FBI?s ?Ten Most Wanted Fugitives? national list, authorities announced Tuesday.

za: Menace of cyber bullies
The ever-increasing trend of cyberbullying almost ended in the death of a Durban teenager who tried to commit suicide after her name was put on a so-called ?sluts list? that went viral on Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger.

U.S. Alleges E-Book Scheme - Lawsuit Says Apple, Publishers Colluded to Raise Prices; Three Will Settle
The U.S. accused Apple Inc. and five of the nation's largest publishers Wednesday of conspiring to raise e-book prices, in a case that could radically reorder the fast-growing business.

Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle
The Justice Department jumped directly into the fight over the future of digital books on Wednesday ? and Amazon came out the winner.

DOJ sues Apple over price-fixing scheme
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against Apple and several publishing companies over a scheme to fix e-book prices.

Apple accused by US of colluding with publishers to fix price of ebooks
The US government has accused Apple and five book publishers of colluding to fix the prices of ebooks.

Apple's Antitrust Lawsuit Might Be A Big Deal For You -- But Not For Apple
You?ve been had. So says the Department of Justice, which is throwing the book at Apple with an antitrust lawsuit that accuses the tech giant and six top publishers of colluding to drive up the price of e-books.

Penguin Denies Wrongdoing In E-book Price Fixing Case
Penguin Group denied Justice Department charges on Wednesday that it conspired with other publishers and Apple to fix the prices for e-books.

Amazon to Cut E-Book Prices, Shaking Rivals
The government?s decision to pursue major publishers on antitrust charges has put the Internet retailer Amazon in a powerful position: the nation?s largest bookseller may now get to decide how much an e-book will cost, and the book world is quaking over the potential consequences.

DOJ's antitrust case could shake up publishing industry [IDG]
The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers over alleged e-book price fixing means that the publishers have to reinvent their digital futures, some experts said.

EFF Heading to Court to Help Recover Megaupload Files
The Electronic Frontier Foundation will head to court on Friday to push the federal government to establish a process that will enable law-abiding Megaupload users to get their files back.

EFF Fights for Megaupload Users' Rights in Friday Hearing [news release]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a federal judge on Friday to establish a process that would allow lawful users of Megaupload's cloud storage service to get their files back. The hearing in USA v. Dotcom is set for 9 a.m. on April 13th at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.

Kim DotCom's Heavyweight US Legal Team
As Kim Dotcom fights back in New Zealand against the attempts to extradict him, his US legal team is beefing up with some heavyweight legal talent, including Andrew Schapiro, the lawyer who won a judgment for YouTube in a copyright trial against Viacom, as CNET reports.

us: With 9-2 Ruling, Circuit Narrows Scope of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
In a highly anticipated test of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit narrowly construed the anti-hacking law Tuesday in a 9-2 opinion, saying prosecutors can't use it to go after someone who checks sports scores from a work computer or fibs on Facebook. The case involved the former employee of an executive search firm accused of having colleagues access a confidential database to get information for his new competing business.

us: Global cyber arms race engulfing Web - Defense official
A global cyber arms race is engulfing the Internet and the best way to counter the rapidly escalating threat is combining the efforts of U.S. agencies, private firms and international allies, cyber security officials said on Tuesday.

Fighting online censorship when legal action fails - Grassroots activists in Pakistan have set an example for digital rights activism by Jillian C. York, EFF
When, in late February, Pakistan's Telecommunications Authority (PTA) issued a call for proposals on a large scale internet filtering system to allow for the blocking of up to 50 million URLs (with, it should be noted, a processing delay of "not more than 1 milliseconds [sic]"), Pakistani rights activists were more than a little peeved. While censorship (either online or offline) in the Islamic Republic is no new thing, the new move - presumably designed to entice Western companies to the country - would potentially put Pakistan on par with countries like China, Iran and Saudi Arabia in terms of sites blocked.

Tiny ?10million tax bite out of Apple's estimated ?6billion UK sales last year
Apple paid a paltry ?10million in UK corporation tax in the last financial year, despite earning an estimated ?6billion in the country over the period.

Apple accused of tax-dodging in the U.K.
Apple is avoiding paying the full amount of U.K. taxes it owes for the last financial year, alleges a British news report in the Daily Mail today.

Iran building a private, isolated Internet, but can it shut out the world?
Can a country succeed in building its own Internet, essentially a nationwide intranet cut off from the rest of the online world?

Why Iran May Never Create a "Closed Internet"
Will Iran shutting down global Internet connections by August--as has been widely reported in recent days--and create a ?clean Internet? that only dishes up government-controlled content and government-run email?

Web Piracy Bills ?Dead? in U.S. From Lobbying, Dodd Says
Hollywood-backed legislation to fight online piracy, shelved this year after an Internet protest led by Google Inc. and Wikipedia, is ?dead,? said the head of the trade group for the largest movie studios.

us: CISPA: Cybersecurity Bill Authors Defend Legislation Against 'Privacy Disaster' Claims
Authors of a cybersecurity bill sought to rebut criticisms on Tuesday from civil liberties groups who say the legislation does not protect consumers from having their private data shared with the government.

'Pirates' Deal a Blow to Germany's Political Status Quo
The Pirate Party, a loosely organized group of digital activists, is dropping anchor in state legislatures here, shaking up Germany's staid political establishment.

SingTel to set up 4 mobile innovation centers
Singapore telco planning four mobile technology innovation centers around the world, as part of its push into digital content space, according to report.

Singapore reveals 4G auction plans
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) plans to auction the 1800MHz, 2.3GHz, and 2.5GHz spectrum bands in the upcoming 4G airwaves auction, with winning bidders expected to set up coverage as early as mid-2016.

au: Police pose as teenage girl: man charged with online child grooming
A man has been charged with child grooming after police posed as a 14-year-old girl online.


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