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How .com became a restricted TLD

Verisign has been given approval to start restricting who can and cannot register .com and .net domain names in various countries. Customers of Chinese registrars are the first to be affected by the change to the registry’s back-end system, which was made last year. ICANN last week gave Verisign a “free to deploy” notice for […]
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Donuts took down 11 domains for Hollywood last year

Donuts caused 11 domain names in its new gTLD portfolio to be taken down in the first 12 months of its deal with the US movie industry. The company disclosed yesterday that the Motion Picture Association of America requested the suspension of 12 domains under their bilateral “Trusted Notifier” agreement, which came into effect last […]
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These domain name people are presenting at SXSW next month

ICANN, Afilias and other companies will have representatives at SXSW in Austin this March. SXSW is right around the corner, with the popular Interactive portion taking place March 10-16 in Austin. Unlike previous years, I haven’t found any domain name-specific sessions. But there are two sessions that have a domain name angle, or at least […]

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Fadi Chehadé : Former ICANN president’s legacy lives on

During his tenure as President CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé became involved in the successful roll-out of the TLD Registry program. The end result: hundreds of new gTLDs were introduced to the world, creating an entirely new dynamic in the domain market. ICANN now holds onto millions of dollars in cash reserves, thanks to the […]

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ICANN : It rains domains in dot .Africa

Registry Africa celebrated the delegation of dot .Africa, after numerous suits, counter-suits, oppositions and extra fun time with gTLD overseer, ICANN. The new gTLD, dot .Africa, will encompass 54 official African countries and its 1.234 billion people, in the continent that is considered as the very cradle of the human civilization. To celebrate the event […]

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ICANN CEO Göran Marby to speak at WHD.Global next month

ICANN CEO, Göran Marby, will be a speaker during Web Hosting Days Global – the hosting and cloud mega-conference that takes place in Germany. Mr. Marby will be addressing the community at WHD.global on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 with his presentation, “Shape the future of the Internet: Your business depends on it.” If you plan […]

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ICANN to host DNS event in Madrid

ICANN is to hold a “DNS Symposium” in Madrid this May. The event will “explore ICANN’s current initiatives and projects relating to DNS research, operations, threats and countermeasures and technology evolution”, according to ICANN. It’s a one-day event, focused specifically on DNS, rather than the domain name registration business. The Symposium immediately follows the GDD […]
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