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Ethereum Name Service – DNW Podcast #358

How to connect “regular” domains with Ethereum Name Service. There are a handful of competing blockchain-based, alt-root domain name systems popping up. One of these made a big announcement recently: it now works with any second level domain on the “real” DNS. Brantly Millegan aka Brantly.eth, director of operators for Ethereum Name Service (ENS), comes […]

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USPTO continues to refuse trademarks for alt-root and prospective top level domains

Companies are still trying to trademark top level domains but the USPTO says no. Examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office must feel like a broken record. Despite making it clear that the USPTO won’t issue trademarks for marks acting as top level domains, applicants keep trying. Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers blockchain-based […]

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Namecheap begins selling blockchain-based domain names

Namecheap is now offering 11 alt-root domains based on blockchain technology. Namecheap has become the largest domain name registrar to begin offering blockchain-based domain names. The company is offering a selection of 11 alt-root Handshake domain names: .p, .pgp, .sox, .elite, .ill, .saas, .creator, .oh, .oo, .oot, .orb. It says it plans to add more […]

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CNNIC files more blockchain domain patent applications

Patent applications describe blockchain-based DNS and abuse monitoring. The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has filed two additional patents around using blockchain in the domain name system, in addition to one I wrote about earlier this year. Application 17/252669 (pdf) is titled “Blockchain-Based Method and System for Handling Domain Name Abuse”.  It explains a […]

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Unstoppable Domains launching 8 new alt-root blockchain domains

Company will also airdrop $100 million + for people to buy the domains with. Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers an alternative, blockchain-based domain name system, is releasing 8 new top level domain names. The new domain extensions are .blockchain, .888, .wallet, .x, .bitcoin, .coin, .nft, and .dao. Unstoppable Domains recently applied for trademarks or […]

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DNS using blockchain technology – DNW Podcast #341

A discussion on the merits and challenges of a DNS built on blockchain technology. Would a DNS using blockchain technology be better than the current DNS? Andrew Rosener thinks so, although he admits there are some challenges to overcome. On today’s show, Andrew and I discuss the benefits of a decentralized DNS using blockchain technology, […]

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Verisign gets blockchain patent

.Com registry gets patent for domain name blockchain user addresses. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,721,060 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Domain name blockchain user addresses. The abstract reads: Techniques for DNS registry facilitated assignment of a DNS domain name registered to a registrant as a blockchain user address […]

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June’s top domain name news stories

Top stories from the domain name business in June 2020. Here’s a look back at what happened in the domain name business last month. These were five of the top stories on Domain Name Wire: 1. Intel and Metlife terminate their top level domains – Two more big companies have bowed out of the new […]

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