[DNS] auDA domain news - 9 February

[DNS] auDA domain news - 9 February

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 06:47:24 +1100


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Two-thirds done: The IANA transition in Singapore by Milton Mueller

< <http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/> http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/>


gTLDs as a catalyst for creating a better digital experience by Jennifer Wolfe

< <http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience> http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience>


New gTLDs await watershed moment in terms of public awareness

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7>


500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day

< <http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day> http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day>


Indian business disappears from web, blames Melbourne IT

< <http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it> http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it>






Obama's Internet Words Don't Match His Actions

... In the past I?ve reported my concerns about the future of the Internet under the Obama administration. If you believe the Internet is one of mankind?s greatest inventions, if you like its current low barrier to entry for personal and professional benefit, if you?re responsible for the future of a business, then you should share my concerns. ... 1. President Obama treats the Internet as a political and diplomatic bargaining tool. After the U.S. government was embarrassed by Edward Snowden?s theft of secrets, the President announced intentions to relinquish U.S. control of Internet governance to a ?global, multi-stakeholder community,? even though there was time left on the contract with ICANN.

< <http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2015/02/06/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions/> http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2015/02/06/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions/>


Two-thirds done: The IANA transition in Singapore by Milton Mueller

The Singapore ICANN meeting (ICANN #52) is an inflection point in the IANA stewardship transition. The numbers and protocols processes have proceeded relatively smoothly, though not without minor hiccups, and reasonable proposals have been developed and are being reviewed. The names process, predictably, is taking longer.

< <http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/> http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/>


Return to Singapore: From Chili Crabs to Names, Numbers and Protocol Parameters by Konstantinos Komaitis

Almost a year ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. The process was officially kicked off at the ICANN 49 meeting. That was March 2014. And the place? Singapore. Fast-forward a year later and we are again on our way to Singapore for an ICANN meeting.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_return_to_singapore_chili_crabs_to_names_numbers_protocol_paramete/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_return_to_singapore_chili_crabs_to_names_numbers_protocol_paramete/>


Internet regulator admits US control may be extended [AFP]

The head of the Internet overseer ICANN conceded Thursday that the United States may have to extend its control over the group beyond September as governments bicker over a replacement regulatory regime.

< <https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/26209624/internet-regulator-admits-us-control-may-be-extended/> https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/26209624/internet-regulator-admits-us-control-may-be-extended/>

< <http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1322148> http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1322148>






- ICANN 52


Joining the Global Discussion at ICANN 52: Monthly Update from Theresa Swineheart

With ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting taking place this week in Singapore, I wanted to highlight the numerous opportunities to get involved in the conversation on the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes. To date, the community has logged more than 90 public calls or meetings, over 5,200 working hours and some 10,000 email exchanges during the various stages of proposal development necessary to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions to the multistakeholder community.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/joining-the-global-discussion-at-icann-52> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/joining-the-global-discussion-at-icann-52>


IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group - Fourth Face-to-Face Meeting & Public Session at ICANN 52

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will be holding its next face-to-face meeting from Friday, 6th to Saturday, 7th February 2015 from 09:00-17:00 SGT/ 01:00-09:00 UTC in Singapore.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-05-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-05-en>


Countdown to ICANN 52: Join Us for the SO/AC High Interest Topic Panel by David Olive

Next week, the ICANN community will convene in Singapore for ICANN 52. The meeting comes at an important time - particularly regarding the efforts focused on the transition of the IANA stewardship function and the work to enhance and define ICANN?s accountability as an organization. It is in that latter context that the leaders of the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO-AC) will gather on Monday 8 February from 14:00-15:15 local time (0600?0715 UTC) in the Padang Room for their now traditional SO/AC High-Interest Topic Panel.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-join-us-for-the-so-ac-high-interest-topic-panel> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-join-us-for-the-so-ac-high-interest-topic-panel>


ICANN 52 Day 2: Welcome to ICANN 52 in Singapore by Kuek Yu-Chuang

On behalf of the ICANN Asia Pacific (APAC) Hub, I'm pleased to welcome you to ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting. We are also thrilled that it has returned to our very own backyard, Singapore.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-52-day-2-welcome-to-icann-52-in-singapore> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-52-day-2-welcome-to-icann-52-in-singapore>


CWG-Stewardship Publishes Discussion Document for ICANN 52

The CWG-Stewardship has created a Discussion Document for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore. The Discussion Document attempts to capture and summarize the considerable progress made by this group to date and to encourage community input on key and intractable issues in order to assist the group during its deliberations in Singapore.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-06-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-06-en>


Countdown to ICANN 52: Practice Makes Perfect for the ICANN Meetings, Meeting Technical Services and Language Services Teams

Planning an ICANN Meeting is not for the faint of heart. It's a six-day, 300-plus session marathon with thousands of in-person and remote participants. These events require a small army of technical and logistical experts. After over 52 meetings, ICANN's Meetings, Meetings Technical Services and Languages Services teams are a well-oiled machine of efficiency and experience.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-practice-makes-perfect-for-the-icann-meetings-meeting-technical-services-and-language-services-teams> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-practice-makes-perfect-for-the-icann-meetings-meeting-technical-services-and-language-services-teams>


Countdown to ICANN 52: Newcomer Program by Janice Douma Lange

When you hear the words: exciting, exhausting, ideals, ISPC, GAC, policy, stakeholders, hopeful, overwhelming, eye opening, where do you imagine yourself? What could be happening to elicit such unrelated words and responses? These are the words spoken by participants of past ICANN Fellowship and Newcomer Programs when asked to describe a day at an ICANN meeting.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-newcomer-program> https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-newcomer-program>


CENTR Guide to ICANN52

CENTR has published it's Guide to ICANN52 meeting to be held in Singpoare next week. The report covers what to expect in the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC as well as high level interest topics.

< <https://centr.org/news/02-06-2015/3928/guide-icann52> https://centr.org/news/02-06-2015/3928/guide-icann52>





500+ New gTLDs Introduced into the Internet

ICANN announced that over 500 new gTLDs have now been introduced into the Internet. The gTLD .NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) was the 500th new gTLD to be delegate with new domains rolling out at an average of one per day.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-06-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-06-en>


Kurt Pritz, Domain Name Association | Executive Director, to Fadi Chehad? and Steve Crocker

The Domain Name Industry and European Trademark Reform

< <https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/pritz-to-chehade-crocker-05feb15-en.pdf> https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/pritz-to-chehade-crocker-05feb15-en.pdf>


ICA responds to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad??s ?Hogging? remarks

Internet Commerce Association has sent a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad?, following remarks Chehad? made at the World Economic Forum?s annual meeting in Davos.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/ica-responds-to-icann-ceo-fadi-chehades-hogging-remarks/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/ica-responds-to-icann-ceo-fadi-chehades-hogging-remarks/>


ICA Responds to ICANN CEO?s Davos Remarks on ?Hogging Names? and ?Cybersquatting? by Philip Corwin

During the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ICANN CEO engaged in an interview in which he touted the purported benefits of the new gTLD program. Unfortunately, in the course of those remarks he appeared to accuse domain portfolio owners of ?hogging names? as well as equate them with ?cybersquatters?.

< <http://www.internetcommerce.org/ica-responds-to-icann-ceos-davos-remarks/> http://www.internetcommerce.org/ica-responds-to-icann-ceos-davos-remarks/>


ICANN outlines review of gTLD trademark safeguards

ICANN has published a draft report outlining what an initial review of the effectiveness of rights protection mechanisms in the new gTLD programme should include.

< <http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/icann-outlines-review-of-gtld-trademark-safeguards-4254> http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/icann-outlines-review-of-gtld-trademark-safeguards-4254>





European ccTLD News Brief (Feb 2015)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (12th edition). This month features: "Why ICANN Accountability Matters", Infographic on what kept CENTR busy in 2014, QnA with CENTR Communications Manager Alexandrine Gauvin, Recent CENTR workshops and upcoming events & ccTLD news highlights and statistics.

< <https://centr.org/news/02-02-2015/european_cctld_news_feb_2015> https://centr.org/news/02-02-2015/european_cctld_news_feb_2015>


Google should not apply 'right to be forgotten' on .com domain, advisory council says [IDG]

An advisory council put together by Google found that the search engine should only apply the so-called "right to be forgotten" to European Union search domains and not to its international .com domain, which is contrary to what EU privacy regulators want the search engine to do.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/>

< <http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/> http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/>


cz: Domain report: in the year 2014 was registered 73,350 .CZ domains

Compared with the last year, the number of female holders slightly increased. The countries with the most .CZ domains registered abroad were the Slovak Republic and Germany.

< <http://www.nic.cz/page/2688/domain-report--in-the-year-2014-was-registered-73%2C350-.cz-domains/> http://www.nic.cz/page/2688/domain-report--in-the-year-2014-was-registered-73%2C350-.cz-domains/>


fr: Abuse Report by Afnic: The solution supervising for abusive registrations

As of February 5, 2015, Afnic is upgrading its services for operators and domain name registries by offering a service for abusive registrations.

< <http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8737/show/abuse-report-by-afnic-the-solution-supervising-for-abusive-registrations.html> http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8737/show/abuse-report-by-afnic-the-solution-supervising-for-abusive-registrations.html>


fr: Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster ? new key tool improving Internet resilience

Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster, the new DNS checking tool, product of their partnership on improving the security and resilience of the Internet infrastructure.

< <http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8732/show/afnic-and-se-release-zonemaster-new-key-tool-improving-internet-resilience.html> http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8732/show/afnic-and-se-release-zonemaster-new-key-tool-improving-internet-resilience.html>


ky: With Cayman deal, Uniregistry now runs ccTLDs too

Uniregistry has got into the ccTLD business, taking over management of the Cayman Islands? .ky domain this week and planning a relaunch for later this month.

< <http://domainincite.com/17959-with-cayman-deal-uniregistry-now-runs-cctlds-too> http://domainincite.com/17959-with-cayman-deal-uniregistry-now-runs-cctlds-too>


DNS.PT DNS.PT: best registration numbers

The DNS.pt reached 9,000 domains registered under .pt in January. That was the month with the highest number of domain registrations since the registry is an independent entity.

< <http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-best-registration-numbers/> http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-best-registration-numbers/>


More domain security now available for all .uk registrants

Nominet has been investing significantly to help all .uk owners protect their domains. Following a successful launch to registrars last October, from today, registrants can opt to use two-factor authentication access to our Online Services. This is a two-step verification process which provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems.

< <http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/more-domain-security-now-available-all-uk-registrants> http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/more-domain-security-now-available-all-uk-registrants>





gTLDs as a catalyst for creating a better digital experience by Jennifer Wolfe

While many remain skeptical about the value of the gTLD, there?s one thing most can agree on. It is a perfect catalyst to foster innovative thinking about the digital experience. As many brands are moving through the contracting process, they are likely beginning to think about how to use the gTLD.

< <http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience> http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience>


New gTLDs await watershed moment in terms of public awareness

As the online community descends on Singapore for the first of ICANN?s 2015 meetings, new research commissioned by the Domain Name Association has highlighted the low level of awareness of new gTLDs amongst consumers worldwide. The stage is therefore set for ?.brands? to turn the tide.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7>


500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day

ICANN delegated its 500th new gTLD from the 2012 application round this week.

< <http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day> http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day>


Back in evaluation! Tata dot-brand bid falls foul of Morocco

Tata Group, the Indian conglomerate, is to see its application for .tata head back into evaluation, after the Moroccan government denied it had given its approval for the bid.

< <http://domainincite.com/17955-back-in-evaluation-tata-dot-brand-bid-falls-foul-of-morocco> http://domainincite.com/17955-back-in-evaluation-tata-dot-brand-bid-falls-foul-of-morocco>


In a first for new gTLDs, Aquitaine dumps geo bid

The authority for the French region of Aquitaine has become the first new gTLD applicant to pull its application apparently of its own accord.

< <http://domainincite.com/17966-in-a-first-for-new-gtlds-aquitaine-dumps-geo-bid> http://domainincite.com/17966-in-a-first-for-new-gtlds-aquitaine-dumps-geo-bid>


Industry research claims over half of internet users open to new domains

A survey by industry group, the Domain Name Association (DNA), shows that people are open to the idea of new internet extensions, with more than half of respondents expressing a preference for new names.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/06/over_half_of_internet_users_open_to_new_domains/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/06/over_half_of_internet_users_open_to_new_domains/>


Four TLDs to Watch in 2015 by Stuart Lawley

The Internet's expansion is well underway. Just three years ago, nearly every web address ended in either .com, .net, .gov, or .edu. Fast forward to today where the number of Internet suffixes, or TLDs, is soon to exceed one thousand. In an instant, the Internet went from overcrowded to potential overexpansion. The question brand owners are asking themselves is -- which TLDs are worth claiming a web address on? And what tools are out there to help monitor domain name registrations in these new TLDs?

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_four_tlds_to_watch_in_2015/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_four_tlds_to_watch_in_2015/>


We're Asking the Wrong Questions by Jeffrey Sass

In my role as CMO of .CLUB I get to speak about domain names at different events all over the world, and have been doing so for more than two years now. From stages and podiums at countless events I have heard the same comments and questions again and again, and in all that time it seems that very little has changed when it comes to the perceptions of the new domain extensions, the so-called "new gTLDs".

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_were_asking_the_wrong_questions/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_were_asking_the_wrong_questions/>


How is .Com? Verisign discusses, and signs 11 IDN contracts

... First, the company said it signed 11 contracts for its IDN transliterations of .com and .net, meaning that investors of IDN.com domain names might be close to getting their hands on IDN.com-as-IDN domains.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/how-is-com-verisign-discusses-and-signs-11-idn-contracts/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/how-is-com-verisign-discusses-and-signs-11-idn-contracts/>


.POKER Domain Sunrise Period Begins

Afilias announced today the beginning of the sunrise period of ?dot POKER? or .POKER: eligible trademark holders can deal themselves in immediately. After sunrise ends on March 7, 2015, the house will host a landrush period for the public, with tables opening on March 10.

< <http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/04/poker-domain-sunrise-period-begins> http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/04/poker-domain-sunrise-period-begins>





eco Study on IT Security: Threats to Companies Growing Strongly in 2015

There is no all-clear for German industry: Threats through cyber criminality and industrial espionage are continuing to increase, according to the recent eco Report ?IT Security 2015?. 44 percent of the 280 specialists surveyed by eco ? Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. expect that the threat level for companies will continue to rise.

< <https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/eco-study-on-it-security-threats-to-companies-growing-strongly-in-2015.html> https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/eco-study-on-it-security-threats-to-companies-growing-strongly-in-2015.html>


InfoSec Challenge: When To Be Quiet, When To Go Public

I've seen way too many security advisories over the years to count. The more critical the issue, the more publishable it was. But that was my perspective as a journalist working for news organizations. In the current role, I'm seeing things from the beginning of the internal vetting process. There's a lot we want to make public, but there's a lot we have to keep to ourselves.

< <https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/infosecs-tlp-challenge-when-to-be-quiet-when-to-go-public.html> https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/infosecs-tlp-challenge-when-to-be-quiet-when-to-go-public.html>


Improving the security of the Tor network

The Tor network is a popular anonymizing service for those who are concerned about their privacy online; but malicious exit nodes pose a serious security problem for users. Stefan Lindskog and Philipp Winter from The PriSec Group at Karlstad University have now improved the security.

< <https://www.iis.se/english/news/improving-the-security-of-the-tor-network/> https://www.iis.se/english/news/improving-the-security-of-the-tor-network/>


The February 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are: Attacks in the wake of the attack ? privacy after the horror of Paris, A brave new world of e-banking, Gone in less than 60 seconds ? from car theft to automotive data hacking, Microsoft versus Google and vice versa ? biblical short-sightedness? & The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

< <http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/02/06/the-february-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/> http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/02/06/the-february-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>



- IPv4/IPv6


IPv6 Security Myth #4: IPv6 Networks are Too Big to Scan by Chris Grundemann

Here we are, all the way up to Myth #4! That makes this the 4th installment of our 10 part series on the top IPv6 Security Myths. This myth is one of my favorite myths to bust when speaking with folks around the world. The reason for that is how many otherwise well-informed and highly experienced engineers, and others, hold this myth as truth. It's understandable, really.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_ipv6_security_myth_4_ipv6_networks_are_too_big_to_scan/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_ipv6_security_myth_4_ipv6_networks_are_too_big_to_scan/>





Indian business disappears from web, blames Melbourne IT

The owner of a business that pioneered the world's first low-cost touchscreen tape duplication plant says domain registrar Melbourne IT has been responsible for his domain not being renewed on time.

< <http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it> http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it>


Verisign Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

... Verisign Registry Services added 0.59 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 130.6 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 2.7 percent increase over the base at the end of the fourth quarter in 2013. In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 8.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, the same as for the fourth quarter in 2013. During 2014, Verisign processed 34 million new domain name registrations, the same as in 2013.

< <http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MTc4NTA%3D> http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MTc4NTA%3D>


8.2 million .com/.net registrations in Q4

Verisign reported earnings for the 4th quarter of 2014 today. 8.2 million .com/.net domain names were registered in the quarter, the same as in the 4th quarter of 2013. When you take out deletions, the combined zones grew by 0.59 million names in the quarter.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/8-2-million-com-net-registrations-in-q4/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/8-2-million-com-net-registrations-in-q4/>


The Carrot and the Stick by George Michaelson

Some time ago at the APNIC 38 NIR SIG, it was great to hear from representatives of all seven National Internet Registries (NIRs) providing updates on activities in their economies. You can revisit the entire session here but there were two interesting things I thought were worth highlighting.

< <http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/04/the-carrot-and-the-stick/> http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/04/the-carrot-and-the-stick/>


Say it with a domain name

In less than two weeks the retailers will get another nice boost in takings as the world goes Valentine?s Day crazy. Two years ago it was reported that us Brits spent close to ?1 billion on gifts for our loved ones, a figure that will undoubtedly grow this year. In the US the situation is even crazier where this week the National Retail Federation (NRF) predicted that over $700 million will be spent just on pets for Valentine?s Day.

< <http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/02/say-it-with-a-domain-name/> http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/02/say-it-with-a-domain-name/>


Call for Participation: Registration Operations Workshop at IETF-92 by Scott Hollenbeck

The next Registration Operations Workshop will take place at the start of IETF-92 on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The workshop will start at 12:30 p.m. CDT and will finish at 4:30 p.m. CDT. We are seeking proposals for Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) extensions to be featured as part of the workshop, including existing extensions that people wish to register with the IANA.

< <http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/call_for_participation_registration_operations> http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/call_for_participation_registration_operations>


State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean?

Nearly two years ago, we published a blog post titled "Clarifying State of the Internet Report Metrics", and it has served as a great reference for those interested in finding out more about the metrics published within the State of the Internet Report. However, as the report has evolved over the last several years, we thought it would be worth publishing an update to clarify existing metrics and review new ones, with the goal of minimizing confusion about, or misinterpretation of, terms and/or data within the report.

< <https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/state-of-the-internet-metrics-what-do-they-mean.html> https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/state-of-the-internet-metrics-what-do-they-mean.html>


Domain Names Overcoming Awareness Gap in Mainstream Media by Jothan Frakes

One of the challenges faced by registries that are launching is that there is a large lack awareness of the new options being available -- to browse as internet users or to register a domain. In a recent survey conducted by the Domain Name Association, (TheDNA) (of which I am a member), people of varying aptitude and experience from the general population of 10 different countries were provided a series of questions about their browsing habits.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_domain_names_overcoming_awareness_gap_in_mainstream_media/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_domain_names_overcoming_awareness_gap_in_mainstream_media/>


Do Cheap Domain Names Fuel The eCrime Economy ?

It looks like the business of cheap domain names will be getting its own track at a security conference. RSA Conference draws nearly 30,000 attendees per year, and according to them makes them the world?s largest info security event. The description for track goes like this: Domain Name Abuse: How Cheap New Domain Names Fuel The eCrime Economy.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/06/do-cheap-domain-names-fuel-the-ecrime-economy/> http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/06/do-cheap-domain-names-fuel-the-ecrime-economy/>


Web Design Firm and Hosting Reseller Sues GoDaddy for Using ?It?s Go Time? Slogan

A GoDaddy reseller and web design company is suing GoDaddy for use of the ?It?s Go Time? slogan, according to a report Friday by DomainNameWire. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Springfield, Ill., where the plaintiff is based.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-design-firm-hosting-reseller-sues-godaddy-using-go-time-slogan> http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-design-firm-hosting-reseller-sues-godaddy-using-go-time-slogan>


GoDaddy & Microsoft Make It Easier For Small Businessess To Get Online

GoDaddy ... announced the release of Get Online Today, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., to help SMBs and entrepreneurs, get on the Web easily and affordably.

< <https://au.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-microsoft-make-it-easier-for-small-businessess-to-get-online.aspx> https://au.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-microsoft-make-it-easier-for-small-businessess-to-get-online.aspx>


GoDaddy wants to patent domain suggestions based on geography, business type

GoDaddy has filed three patents for targeted domain name search results based on the user?s location or business type.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/godaddy-wants-to-patent-domain-suggestions-based-on-geography-business-type/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/godaddy-wants-to-patent-domain-suggestions-based-on-geography-business-type/>





Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2015

Netcetera had the most reliable hosting company site in January, with only a single failed request. Netcetera offers an SLA-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee on its services, and exceeds this promise on its own site, with an uptime of 99.97% over the previous year and 99.96% over ten years. The company offers dedicated, managed and colocation solutions based out of a data centre in the Isle of Man. Amongst other features, the data centre is carbon neutral, achieved via a combination of carbon offsetting and energy-saving technologies.

< <http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2015.html> http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2015.html>





Clock Winding Down on Radix's Premium New gTLD Domain Auction at the Above.com Marketplace

A new gTLD premium domain auction at the Above.com Marketplace entered its final 14 days today. The Radix Registry contracted with Above to have them conduct a sale of 53 previously reserved domains in Radix's .WEBSITE, .HOST and .PRESS TLDs that opened January 12.

< <http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150206.htm> http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150206.htm>


Big Sale of HomeCare.com and Tidal Wave of ccTLDs Flood This Week's Domain Sales Chart 

This was a very interesting week in the domain aftermarket. While HomeCare.com stole the show with an impressive $350,000 sale in the NamesCon conference's live domain auction, the ccTLDs also made waves by piling up ten entries on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.

< <http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150204.htm> http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150204.htm>





au: Digital Licence launched in bid to teach cyber safety to primary school children

Every Year Six student across Australia is to be given free access to a newly launched online cyber safety tool.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-06/new-online-cyber-safety-tool-for-primary-school-children/6076800> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-06/new-online-cyber-safety-tool-for-primary-school-children/6076800>





au: ISP minors threatened by ?half-baked? metadata law [subscription]

HUNDREDS of small internet service providers are at risk of collapse under proposed new metadata laws, as industry warns the scheme is ?half baked? and will burden business with red tape.

< <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/isp-minors-threatened-by-half-baked-metadata-law/story-fn9hlxnq-1227209770998> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/isp-minors-threatened-by-half-baked-metadata-law/story-fn9hlxnq-1227209770998>



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