Domain Names of the World: English News Archives

19 Giugno 2009
.IT: Real-time registrations

From 28 September 2009 it will be possible to register .IT (Italy) domain names in a real time without having to submit any documentation to the Registry (NIC.IT). The new, synchronous, registration system will complement the current asynchronous one for 2 years.

The registration process will be substantially easier and the registration will take place immediately as opposed to the current delay of a couple of days, before the registration is completed.
This means that anyone who wants to create a website or blog, will register their .IT domain and can start uploading content, create mailboxes and promote it on search engines in just a few minutes. has participated in a technical group established by the Registry (NIC.IT) with a goal to create the best conditions to develop the new EPP protocol based system. Undoubtedly, will make available this new registration process, “without documents”, from the very first day.

Posted by Domain Staff at 11:55 AM

2 Giugno 2009
1 & 2 character .BIZ domains

Neustar, the .BIZ Authority, has recently obtained authorisation by ICANN for registration of 1 and 2 characters .BIZ domains.

Applicants wishing to register their 1 .BIZ character domain must submit their application before the 31st of July 2009, whereas those wishing to apply for a 2 characters domain will have time until the 30st September 2009.

In both cases, applicants are required to submit documentation explaining the reasons for registration and the intended use of the applied-for domain name.

The application fee is 300 US dollars and must be paid directly to Neustar.

Should a domain name be applied for by more than one applicant, the domain name will be allocated via an auction. Auctions will take place after the 3rd of August for 1 character .BIZ domains, and from the 30st of October for 2 characters domains.

Click here for more information.

Posted by Domain Staff at 12:09 PM

28 Maggio 2009
Second level .CM domains available

The release of this new extension will be divided into three different phases:

Sunrise Period: 15th June 2009 - 14th July 2009
Applicants for the Sunrise Period must hold a valid and issued trademark at the time of application. Registration will be valid for 2 years.

Landrush Period: 15th July - 31st July 2009
There are no special requirements for the Landrush Period. Registration will be valid for 2 years.
In case there is more than one application per domain, the domain will go into an auction system.
The auctions will be held shortly after the end of the landrush period. Further details to the auction system will be available shortly.

General registration: 1st August 2009
At this point .CM domains can be registered on a first come first served basis . Registration period is one year.

Register your .cm domain name!

Posted by Domain Staff at 03:31 PM

17 Maggio 2009
Protect your name in Canada

To register a .CA domain name it is required to have a local presence or a registered trade mark in this country. can now offer you a local presence at a very advantageous price - ask for it!

Posted by Domain Staff at 03:27 PM

13 Maggio 2009
New .GAY tld

The initiative for the top-level domain .GAY is supported by dotGAY, non profit organization headquartered in Palm Springs, USA.

The application for this new tld will be filed in 2010 with the ICANN.
.GAY will be a top level domain for Gay community around the world. Domain names like,, can then be registered.

Posted by Domain Staff at 01:10 PM

30 Aprile 2009
.tel applications for PC and mobile devices

.tel for BlackBerry - Integrate .tel into your address book. for iPhone - Manage your .tel from the palm of your hand.
.tel for Outlook - Enhance your Outlook contacts with live .tel data.

These applications allow you to search for .tel domains, save .tel contact data, and manage your own .tel domain quickly and easily.

Learn more

If you haven't registered your .tel domain yet, do it now!

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:20 PM

30 Aprile 2009
Second level .TN domains available

To register your second level .TN domain now, you will need to own the corresponding third level .TN domain (.e.g. a, have a local contact in Tunisia ( can provide you with it) and have a right to the name you would like to apply for.

If the domain name you apply for corresponds with to your registered trademark, it is required that the trademark is valid in Tunisia.

The Authority reserves the right to demand that the valid mark is registered in Tunisia, even if it corresponds to the applicant's company name.

Register your domain name in Tunisia

Posted by Domain Staff at 04:32 PM

29 Aprile 2009
Second level .MX domains soon available

Second level .MX domains will be soon available for registration. Their release will be divided into three different phases, the first of which will start in May.

First phase: 1 May 2009 - 31 July 2009

Priority will be given to owners of the corresponding third level domains- COM.MX, GOB.MX, EDU.MX, ORG.MX, NET. MX, registered before the first of March 2009.

If two applications are received for the same name, the domain will be allocated to the applicant whose corresponding third level domain was registered first.

Second phase: 1 August 2009 - 31 August 2009

During this phase, domain names will be allocated to the relevant applicants. Allocation status will be freely available to look up at:

The objection filing period will start twenty days following the domain name allocation.

Third phase: 1 September 2009 - 31 October 2009

During this phase .MX domains will be allocated on a 'first come - first served' basis to any applicant with no requirements.If you haven't registered your third level .MX domain yet, do it now!

Moreover, if you wish to register a second level .MX domain now, you need not wait until the beginning of the first phase, as you can submit your pre-registration order right now.

Posted by Domain Staff at 04:27 PM

6 Aprile 2009
.NET.BR registrations now easier

Register your name in Brasil!

From the 6th of April owners of .COM.BR domains can register their corresponding domain in the .NET.BR extension. This Sunrise Period phase will last 6 months.

During this period, that will conclude on the 6th of October, registration of the new .NET.BR domain will also be available to all businesses working in the field of multimedia communications or that have some kind of relationship with the Internet in Brazil, even if they do not own a .COM.BR domain.

.NET.BR registrations will be open to anyone from the 27th of October, as long as they can provide a local presence in this country.

We would like to remind you that offers a local presence at a very advantageous price.

Register your .NET.BR now

Posted by Domain Staff at 04:05 PM

9 Marzo 2009
Al Gore launches the .eco - logical domains

Al Gore, the former vice-president of the US, is backing the creation of a new green .eco domain name.
Dot Eco wants to create the domain which would then be used to host sites supporting environmental causes.

Dot Eco plans to apply to ICANN - the regulatory body that oversees domain names - for the creation of .eco later in 2009.

Read the complete news

Posted by Domain Staff at 12:45 PM

5 Marzo 2009
Trademark Holders Reclaim .Me Domains and go back to their rightful owners.

When .me launched to the general public last year, it was clear that a lot of people hadn’t heard of cybersquatting. Domain names like,, and were snapped up (and not by their familiar namesakes). Many of these domains were picked up at auction for a substantial amount of money.

The owner of both and learned a lesson when he lost the domain name at arbitration in November. Could, and the $90,000 he spent on it, be next?

Brand holders continue to file UDRP complaints for popular trademarks in the .me country code. Mozilla won a case for and Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) picked up The registrant of both of these domain names was an outfit called Metro Media in Beverly Hills. When Mozilla Foundation contacted Metro Media about, Metro Media responded with an asking price of $10,000. As soon as Mozilla filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Association, Metro Media offered to transfer the domain at no cost. It also offered to transfer at no cost. That Metro Media tried to squeeze the non-profit Mozilla Foundation for $10,000 suggests that it was unfamiliar with cybersquatting laws and UDRP.

Full article

Posted by Domain Staff at 10:30 AM

19 Febbraio 2009
Internet Domain Names Grow to 177 Million in 2008,

Q4 Report Highlights Efforts by VeriSign, ICANN and Others to Internationalize the Internet While Preserving Reliability and Accessibility


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 01:37 PM

13 Febbraio 2009
10 registrars = 83% of all spam

A controversial report highlighting Registrars that have a concentration spam, abuse and illicit activity.

Who are these 10 Registrars?
Xin Net Bei Gong Da Software
Beijing Innovative Networks
eNom, Inc.
Dynamic Dolphin

Full report

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:41 PM

10 Febbraio 2009
.ME Hits 200,000 Registered Domains

New TLD Maintains Momentum & Hits Major Milestone with Help Worldwide

The Internet's most popular new domain name extension, .ME, now includes a portfolio of two-hundred thousand names registered worldwide.
This makes .ME the fastest growing new ccTLD launch on record!

The .ME domain extension has become quite popular in the United States for both personal and business uses, but it is available and being registered aggressively in many other parts of the world.

Full article

Register your .ME domain name now

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:26 PM

26 Gennaio 2009
Trademark and the internet

INTA is holding a Trademark Law and the Internet forum on February 9 – 10, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

INTA's Trademark Law and the Internet forum is a two-day, comprehensive program aimed at bringing you up to date on the latest developments concerning trademarks and the Internet, and it is the place to be to gain expert advice on best practices for tackling complex issues arising from the interplay between trademarks and the global domain name system.

The forum will be sponsored by (DadaPro) with its
Online Brand Protection service.

Read full article

Posted by Domain Staff at 10:09 AM

6 Novembre 2008
.si domain names open to all!

From the 6th of November 2008 .SI (Slovenia) domain names are available for registration with no requirements.
Previously, only local companies estabilished in Slovenia could register .si domains.
Register a .si domain, it includes unlimited web space, up to 5 email addresses and lots more...

Posted by Domain Staff at 10:15 AM

9 Settembre 2008
.Pro registrations now open!

From today the .Pro domain can be registered by all professionals!

Until recently, this domain was reserved for accountants, engeneers, lawyers and doctors residing in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK.

From now on, all professionals recognised as such by the relevant authorities and professional entities that provide such services can register .Pro domains.

A .Pro domain name Registrant (= Owner) is a person or entity who provides professional services; has been admitted to or licensed by a government certification body, or jurisdictional licensing entity recognized by a governmental body (that body or licensing entity requires that its members be licensed or admitted to provide services); is in good standing.

Don't wait any longer, register your ".Pro"fessional domain now!

Posted by Domain Staff at 12:18 PM

2 Luglio 2008
.ME Open Registration Coming Soon

.ME Registry is about to open domain name registrations on a first-come, first-served basis, and if initial indicators are accurate, the .ME domain names will move quickly. Open Registration officially begins July 17.

The .ME Registry concluded its Land Rush Period June 26. The 20-day time span was the first opportunity for the public to apply for .ME domain names. More than 80 different accredited registrars from 24 countries are offering the catchy domain extension.

“In the Land Rush already, applicants from around the world will be receiving some excellent domain names such as Click-On.ME, ChatWith.ME and Optimize.ME – illustrating just a few of the catchy names being awarded,” said Predrag Lesic, the registry’s executive director. “This extension really does lend itself to creative and attractive names whether for business or personal use.”

Register your .ME domain now!

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:12 PM

19 Giugno 2008
Free .EU with DomainPro has recently launched the "Free .eu with DomainPro" promotion.

The DomainPro has a vast range of services for creating and promoting sites. From domain registration to search engine promotion, DomaniPro provides everything one needs for having the best possible Online Presence.

Pass to DomainPro within the 30th of June and you will get a FREE .eu domain! This promotion is valid until June 30th, 2008.

Posted by Domain Staff at 03:06 PM

8 Maggio 2008
.ME is about YOU - Register ME!

The Sunrise Period begins

The Sunrise Period for the registration of second level ME domains started and will finish on the 20th of May. To take part in this phase the company must have a registered trademark, applied for before the 26.06.2006.
If the same domain is requested by more companies in this phase, it will be issued by putting it up to auction. A domain registered during the Sunrise Period will have a minimum duration of five years.

Hurry up and register your ME domain!
Registration orders arrived by Friday, May 16th, 2008 will be accepted.

.ME domains requested in Landrush period - from the 6th to the 26th of June - can be registered by whoever asks for them, with no particular requirements. Multiple requests will be put up to auction and the consequent registrations will have a two-year validity.

Book your .ME domain now!

From the 17th of July on the registration of .ME domains will be open to everyone. The requested domains will be issued on a 'first come first served' basis. The domain will have a two-year validity.

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:34 PM

11 Aprile 2008
Internet firm lands top award

WORCESTER-based Namesco, the country's leading internet service provider, has won best shared hosting provider in the UK at the national Internet Service Providers' Association awards.

Read more at Worcester news

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:50 PM

7 Aprile 2008 domain name fetches millions

Who would've thought a generic domain name would still have the capacity to pull in big bucks? Chris Clark, the seller of "," seemed a bit in shock after he managed to rake in $2.6 million from the auction of the domain name.

Clark, who owns a software company, registered the domain name 14 years ago for just $20. Nothing fruitful ever really came of the domain, so he sat on it for a while, and then he and a friend turned it into an advertising and pizza directory. Then, they heard about the fortuitous sale of and decided to try their own luck with, according to the Sun. By March 29, the bidding hit $2 million and even more bids were coming in.

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 12:35 PM

7 Aprile 2008
Is Linux on verge of a big breakout?

The free Linux operating system handles big tasks such as running supercomputers and ATMs.

Of course, prognosticators perennially say Linux is on the verge. It gets high marks for security and stability and is widely used behind the scenes in corporate servers, making it a natural candidate to steal desktop thunder from Microsoft's dominant Windows. And yet Linux PCs still represent less than 2 percent of the market.

This time, though, there's actually evidence of momentum.

While the best features in the latest Windows release, Vista, require top-notch configurations that can quickly ramp up a PC's price, one of the hottest segments of the industry involves inexpensive computers.

Laptops costing less than $400 are real possibilities now and not only is Linux essentially free to the PC vendor, but the operating system also is better suited than Vista for cheap PCs' Spartan hardware designs.

Business-computing suppliers are finding open-source desktops especially gaining traction in cost-conscious developing markets.

Linux might benefit from a changing conception of what computers are for. With the rise of Web-based applications that reduce the need for desktop-bound software, more of the action comes through an Internet browser now. The feel of the underlying operating system is less important.

Perhaps more important, if the desktop operating system fades further into the background, PC makers could have greater incentive to save money on it by offering Linux. The price that big PC manufacturers pay Microsoft for Windows varies and is not disclosed, but is believed to commonly exceed $50 per PC.


Posted by Domain Staff at 12:32 PM

7 Aprile 2008
Number of viruses to top one million by 2009

The total number of viruses will reach one million by year's end, according to security experts.

Malware writers have been forced to create new types of viruses and exploits more regularly as businesses and individuals improve security practices, the experts said.

Sophos chief technology officer Paul Ducklin said about 25 percent of unique malware has been created in the last six months of its 20-year history.

"About 85 to 90 percent of malware families have a fix created for them almost immediately," Ducklin said.

"Malware writers aren't getting the same bang for buck as they used to because businesses and consumers have become much more diligent with security over the last five years.

"The number of infectious e-mail attachments getting through are down from about one in 40 [about five years ago] to one in 1000."

He said the decline in infections are due to better gateway filters, more relevant corporate policies and user education, and dilution from a rise in legitimate e-mail traffic.

While the security industry is on top of conventional spam and phishing attacks, more effort needs to be put into preventing and eliminating so-called drive-by-downloads, according to Ducklin.

The attacks allow hackers to redirect mass amounts of traffic by inserting malicious iframes into legitimate Web sites. The hacks are usually invisible to Web site visitors and do not often draw attention from security personnel because they only require a single line of code to be manipulated.

He said it is essential that the exploit is patched because hackers search for compromised sites for follow-up attacks.

F-Secure Asia Pacific vise president Jari Heinonen said it logs about 25,000 malware samples each day, the highest on record.

"The total number of viruses and Trojans will pass the one million mark by the end of 2008 if this trend continues," Heinonen said.

"While there are more viruses than ever before, people report seeing less of them [because] malware authors are changing their tactics.

"Drive-by downloads are the preferred way of spreading malware [because] they happen automatically by visiting a Web site, unless users have a fully patched operating system, browser and plug-ins."

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 09:32 AM

1 Aprile 2008
IOC pressures Beijing over Internet access

International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspectors have told Beijing organisers that the Internet must be open for the duration of the 2008 Olympics.

The Internet is routinely censored in China but Beijing is committed by its "host city contract" to giving the estimated 30,000 media expected for the Olympics the freedom to report as they have at previous Games.

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 09:41 AM

28 Marzo 2008
Unprecedented # of cybersquatting cases in 2007

Against the background of an unprecedented number of cybersquatting cases in 2007, the evolving nature of the domain name registration system (DNS) is causing growing concern for trademark owners around the world.

Last year, a record 2,156 complaints alleging cybersquatting - or the abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet - were filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center (Center), representing an 18% increase over 2006 and a 48% increase over 2005 in the number of generic and country code Top Level Domain (gTLDs and ccTLDs) disputes.

“These increases confirm that ‘cybersquatting’ remains a significant issue for rights holders,” said Mr. Francis Gurry, WIPO Deputy Director General, who oversees WIPO’s dispute resolution work, noting that a number of developments in the DNS are also cause for concern from the perspective of intellectual property holders, as well as Internet users generally. Among these, use of privacy services to shield abusive registrations and the evolving role of certain domain name registrars, together with the ongoing trademark abuse reflected in WIPO’s caseload, raise concerns about the introduction of a number of new gTLDs announced for late 2008.

WIPO's Press Release

Posted by Domain Staff at 12:32 PM

27 Marzo 2008
Parody of Wal-Mart Trumps Its Trademark

Judge doubts confusion will occur with products comparing retailer to Nazis, terrorists

A Conyers, Ga., man has won a two-year legal battle with Wal-Mart, which has demanded he stop making and selling T-shirts, beer steins and other items that sport slogans such as "Wal-ocaust" and "Wal-Qaeda."

U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. rejected Wal-Mart's claims that Charles Smith, a 50-year-old computer store owner who thinks the retailing giant is "taking over the world," violated the company's trademark.

"The fact that the real Wal-Mart name and marks are strong and recognizable makes it unlikely that a parody -- particularly one that calls to mind the genocide of millions of people, another that evokes the name of a notorious terrorist organization ... will be confused with Wal-Mart's real products," wrote Batten.

In a meticulously crafted, 87-page order that eviscerated conclusions by Wal-Mart's expert witness, the judge explained that Smith's products qualified as protected noncommercial speech because his goal was to criticize Wal-Mart, not to make a profit from his products. The judge noted that Smith had sold only 62 T-shirts, including 15 to one of Wal-Mart's outside law firms.

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 09:06 AM

26 Marzo 2008
VeriSign Strengthens Internet Infrastructure

VeriSign Expands Project Titan to Strengthen Internet Infrastructure with New Security Upgrades

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, announced an expansion of its Project Titan initiative to include additional security upgrades aimed at strengthening its global Internet infrastructure.

When it initially unveiled Project Titan in February 2007, VeriSign announced plans to increase capacity of the .com and .net Domain Name Systems (DNS) by 10 times by 2010, and the development of new proprietary technologies and processes. Now, VeriSign is announcing the deployment of additional proprietary security upgrades and monitoring tools to identify, track and isolate malicious Internet traffic generated from cyber attacks.

“VeriSign is working to stay ahead of the constantly changing demands on its Internet infrastructure and threats to its security,” said Ken Silva, chief technology officer at VeriSign. “The first stage of Project Titan was focused on the speed of the Internet and range of our infrastructure. This next stage will focus on ensuring that the level of security exceeds demands, such as new attacks coming from wireless devices, to keep the infrastructure stable and operational.”

VeriSign focuses on Internet security and stability because of the critical role the Internet plays in commerce, communications and government operations. According to an International Chamber of Commerce study released this month, a survey of over 1,000 economic experts from 90 countries said that a one-day Internet blackout would mean that "businesses would suffer major losses and costly damage which would have huge and lasting effects."

In the last year, the Internet has experienced new and evermore complex forms of cyber attacks and disruptions. For example, government servers in Estonia came under fierce attack last summer, effectively crippling Web site operations there. And in February, an effort by a Pakistani telecom provider to block in that country effectively disrupted access for many global users to the popular site.

According to the "Internet Security Outlook Report" issued by CA Inc., social networks and Web 2.0 services and sites are increasingly becoming the targets for cyber attacks. A Trojan horse on the iPhone is the latest example of how hand-held devices are increasingly a target. The U.S. Government last week said that "real and growing" threats to computer networks and the infrastructure were the focus of the recent “Cyber Storm II” simulated cyber-security exercises involving government agencies, private companies and security experts to test response to threats.

Building on its initiative to expand and diversify the capacity of its global Internet infrastructure by 10 times by the year 2010, VeriSign announced it would expand its existing security by:

Implementing next generation monitoring and response services. Deploying these tools, developed by VeriSign as part of the Project Titan security initiatives, will improve the ability to detect, isolate, and stop security threats to protect the .com and .net provisioning and resolution systems. The tools are designed to assist in warding off threats at their early stages before they are able to damage and compromise networks, platforms and devices.

Implementing new security and operational protocols to better manage traffic flow and increased protection against application-type attacks. Deployment of these enhancements are intended to mitigate the risk of service disruption from attacks that use the behavior of protocols such as TCP and HTTP that consume computational resources in order to overload critical systems.

Implementing new tools to track, correlate and pinpoint security and network related events on a global basis. The ability to identify various attack vectors against the .com and .net infrastructure will assist in enabling early elimination of threats to reduce the potential for repeated incidents and threat of larger scale attacks.

Press release

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:32 PM

26 Marzo 2008
Latin America's ECommerce Leader

There is a market of 500 million people--about 8.6% of the world's population--that the business media all too often neglects as it serves up story after story about China and India. That would be Latin America.

Between 2000 and 2007, the number of Internet users in Latin America grew from 18.1 million to 122.4 million, a compounded annual growth rate of 32% compared with only 12% in North America during the same period. Chile has the highest penetration of 43.2%, with Argentina at 39.7%, Brazil at 22.4%. Average penetration across Latin America is approximately 21.5%, as compared with 71.4% for the U.S. Overall, Latin America's Internet population represents close to 10% of the world's Internet users.

Not surprisingly, Latin America is developing its own collection of Internet stars. One that has really caught my eye is MercadoLibre, an online marketplace that facilitates buying and selling of computers, electronics, photography equipment, household items, even cars. It was started in 1999 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by Stanford Business School graduate, Marcos Galperin. Full disclosure: MercadoLibre invited me to visit the company last autumn and advise them on strategy. What I learned impressed me.

Although MercadoLibre had a rocky start, the company has started delivering stellar results, growing at over 60% and profitability is increasing steadily. The moral of this story: It takes patience to build a great company, even in Internet time. Now, I believe MercadoLibre has an opportunity to become a billion dollar enterprise in the next 10 years and be a force in Latin America's economy.

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:18 PM

26 Marzo 2008
.Asia Go Live kicks off

Millions of High Value Domains Still available on First-Come-First-Served basis

Hong Kong, 26 March 2008 – DotAsia Organisation announces Go Live of the “.Asia” registry, signifying the start of first-come-first-served registrations, allowing anyone around the world to get their .Asia domain instantaneously. “With over 10 million domains registered in China alone and over 150 million worldwide, the potential for .Asia is only now starting to be realized. There are millions of great .Asia domains still available on a first-come-first-served basis,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia.

During the earlier Sunrise and Landrush phases, .Asia already received over 500,000 domain registration applications. About 45,000 domains received more than one application, and will go to auction. This proved to be successful in reducing the chaos created in previous domain launches as registrants clamour for high value domains.

Register .ASIA now

Press release

Posted by Domain Staff at 05:04 PM

20 Marzo 2008
Porn-friendly .xxx domain backer loses suit

Porn-friendly .xxx domain backer loses suit against federal agencies.
The company behind the proposed .xxx top-level domain, which was rejected after the Bush administration intervened, has been trying to dig up embarrassing government documents through a federal lawsuit.

Make that "was trying." A federal judge on March 12 granted summary judgment to the Bush administration in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the ICM Registry.

By way of background, ICM Registry had proposed the porn-friendly .xxx domain in 2004 to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, four years after ICANN rejected the idea the first time. In June 2005, ICANN approved .xxx--but the Bush administration objected two months later, and ICANN's board subsequently reversed itself by a 9-5 vote.

ICM Registry's Stuart Lawley, an indefatigable entrepreneur who made his fortune by founding a U.K. Internet service provider, didn't give up. He filed a FOIA request to learn how conservative groups pressured the Bush administration, and he released the first round of documents in May 2006. But the State Department and Commerce Department withheld others--claiming they were part of an internal "deliberative process"--and those are the documents at issue in the current lawsuit.

Robert Corn-Revere, an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine who is representing ICM Registry, said a lawsuit against ICANN for denying the .xxx top-level domain is now possible.

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 11:34 AM

19 Marzo 2008 Sold for USD 591,000

The Danish Internet company Balslev Media has recently purchased the German domain name for Euro 400,000 / US $591,000.

According to the new owner of, the domain name acquisition was a bargain. "The value of the domain consists of several things; first of all it's the perfect brand name -- it's short and it describes exactly what we do. Furthermore, many people will find our Web site even if they don't know anything about us through direct traffic, which is when people type in a keyword domain name in their browser and find a service provider without searching for it first. Additionally, the high price is based on the popularity of online casino and poker gambling on the Web," says webmaster Jan Balslev. is a German language version of the English language guide to gambling Both sites offer comprehensive guides for gamblers such as free training games, visual casino game instructions and gambling tips. As the owner puts it "A land-based casino or an online casino is not the place to learn the rules for blackjack, or any other casino game for that matter."

In the past the domain name has had several different owners, among others Deutsche Bahn -- the German states railroad company, and until recently, an offshore company.

Full story

Posted by Domain Staff at 04:16 PM

14 Marzo 2008
Half a million .ASIA Domain Name Applications

.Asia Landrush Closes with Half a Million Domain Name Applications.
Buy.Asia with most Applications in Landrush; Sex.Asia with most Applications in Sunrise

DotAsia Organisation announced today that a total of 473,633 domain registration applications were received within the 3-week Landrush period. Including Sunrise and .Asia Pioneer Domains, the number of applications totals to over half a million: 505,838. .Asia registry will Go Live on March 26, domain names will be available on a First-Come-First-Served basis.

“The results exceeded our expectations. We are very pleased with the enthusiastic demand for the .Asia domain. This is a testament to the global interest in the thriving Asia Internet marketplace, and the investment appeal for the most prestigious cyber real-estate in Asia,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia. “It will be interesting to see which of the domain names would fetch the highest prices in the auction. I believe we could be in for some surprises.”

45,697 domains received more than one application in Landrush and will go to auction. Out of which, “” was the most sought after, with over 400 applicants fighting for the name. Others in the top 5 include:,,, 1,051 domain names received more than one application during Sunrise. Among which, “” received the most Sunrise applications, with 14 prior-right claims filed.

Full story

Posted by Sales Staff at 11:25 AM

13 Marzo 2008
153 million domain names registered

The Domain Name Industry closed 2007 with more than 153 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs), an increase of nearly 33 million domain name registrations since the close of 2006.

In the last quarter of 2007, the base of domain name registrations grew 27 percent over the fourth quarter of 2006 and fi ve percent over the third quarter of 2007. This growth rate is slightly lower than the rest of the quarters in 2007 but is in line with the traditional seasonal slowing due to the fourth quarter holidays including Christmas and the New Year. The total base of Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) was 58 million, a 33 percent increase year over year and a six percent increase quarter over quarter. Across all of the gTLDs and ccTLDs, .com has the highest base followed by .de (Germany), .net and .cn (China). The fi fth spot is shared by .uk (United Kingdom) and .org. with approximately the same size base of domain name registrations.

New registrations in the fourth quarter of 2007 came in at just over four million domain name registrations per month to total approximately 12.2 million new domain names. New registrations grew by four percent quarter over quarter and by fi ve percent year over year.

The composition of the domain name industry and rank order in terms of base size remained relatively constant. The largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .de, .net, .cn, .uk, .org, .info, .eu (European Union), .biz and .mobi.

Full story

Posted by Sales Staff at 03:23 PM

13 Marzo 2008 sells for $10 million (almost) sold yesterday for US$9,999,950 in an all-cash transaction Clek Media announced

Clek Media also brokered the sale. The buyer is Inc., a New York firm previously named Meade Technologies Inc. To date the buyer has revealed their plans for the domain mostly in filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

This is by far the largest domain name sale of 2008, but is dwarfed by last year’s sale of for $345 million. It is also the highest ever reported cash-only sale, beating ($9.5m) and whose exact price has not been reported.


Posted by Sales Staff at 03:04 PM

25 Febbraio 2008
300,000 Domain Applications in Landrush .ASIA

Total of 266,663 Applications Received on First Day of Landrush

Hong Kong, 21 February 2008 – DotAsia Organisation, the registry operator of the “.Asia” Internet domain, is happy to announce the successful launch of its Landrush period. A total of 266,663 applications were received by the registry within the first 24 hours, demonstrating great interest from around the world to stake claims in the most prestigious cyber real estate in Asia. Including Pre-Sunrise, Sunrise, Pioneer programs and the first day of Landrush, the total number of domain applications to date is 298,861.
.Asia Landrush opened Feb 20 and will close on March 12, 2008. Unlike conventional first-come-first-served processes, DotAsia is utilizing a model that treats all applications received equally no matter if you submit the application within the first second or on the last day of the Landrush period. For domains receiving two or more applications, an auction will be held between the applicants. Domains with only one application will be allocated directly without auction. It also means you must apply during the Landrush period (Feb 20 – Mar 12, 2008) in order to be eligible to participate in the domain auctions. “We are very excited about the smooth launch of Landrush. The volume of interest demonstrates strong demand for .Asia. Unlike conventional opening rushes where the best names are snatched in the opening seconds, you still have 20 days to submit your application without losing out,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia. “We are also excited to see strong participation from Asia, with 5 out of the top 10 registrars coming from Asia.”

Over 35% of the Landrush applications received came from Asia, with 40% from North America and 24% coming from Europe. A total of about 28,000 domain names received more than one application on the first day.

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25 Febbraio 2008
Domain Pulse 2008: DNS Security

Day two of Domain Pulse 2008 last Friday focused on online security issues giving the techies amongst us details of security issues.

Barbara Schlossbauer (, Nicole Beranek Zanon (SWITCH) and Stephan Welzel (Denic) spoke of problems with phishing, and what legal authority does a registry have when it comes to a website or email address being used for illegal or illicit activities, one of which would be phishing. This discussion came about from an issue last year in which Spamhaus listed for “knowingly providing services” to what they called hundreds of spam phishing domains that were run by a Russian cybercrime phishing gang, called ‘Rock Phish’ in June 2007. One of those domains affected was that of a large Austrian university.

The answer from all three was a registry has no legal right to delete a domain name—the domain name itself is not the problem, the domain name is not responsible for the phishing and the domain name does not violate any laws nor is any fraud committed by the domain name. It is the content of the website or email that causes the problems they agreed.

If the domain name constitutes an obvious violation of the law, in Austria for example, the Supreme Court has said is not responsible if it is used exclusively used for explicit content. And content itself is not part of the terms and conditions and so phishing is not included. Further, registries are not law enforcement bodies, but private companies.

The long drawn out saga of has recently been published in a book by Kieran McCarthy who outlined some of the tales from his book, giving some light entertainment for a Friday afternoon. The stealing of by Stephen Cohen who could see a use for the domain name, whereas Gary Kremen could not, created a drama that began in 1995 and in a way, is still not finalised today but was the subject of a ten year court battle. However none of the money the courts ordered Cohen to pay Kremen has found its way to his pockets. Instead Cohen fled to Mexico where he remains in exile to this day.

Full story

Posted by Sales Staff at 02:15 PM

25 Febbraio 2008
Domain Pulse 2008: Internet Governance

Around 350 attendees came from Russia in the east to Ireland in the west, as well as a few people from elsewhere around the globe, to attend Domain Pulse 2008 in Vienna on February 21 and 22. Day one’s focus was internet governance.

The future of the DNS was one of the key issues addressed by Michael Nelson of Georgetown University in Washington DC, with domain names becoming less important, but their numbers still increasing, as online access by a myriad of devices skyrockets connect—everything from the television, refrigerator, washing machine, pets, sprinkler systems and cars.

Other presentations covered the role of ICANN by Professor Wolfgang Kleinwächter, data retention and the EC directive by Michael Pilz, search engine marketing by Karl Pall from Google Austria and a look at ccTLDs across Europe (Peter Van Roste, Centr) among others.

With the evolution of the internet only 15 per cent complete, forms of online identification such as RFID and Digital Object Identifier, among others, will be common means of connecting devices online, with devices connected to the internet skyrocketing past domain names in a few years said Michael Nelson at Domain Pulse in his keynote address.

Collaborative technologies are also the way of the future, with cloud computing meaning applications will reside in a cloud of collaborating technologies, including cameras and phones among others according to Nelson. Examples include peer-to-peer technologies and grid computing. The next phase is the “holy grid” with everything integrated. Indeed, Nelson quoted Eric Schmidt of Google who says 90% of computing will be done in a cloud in a few years, meaning reliance on high powered computers for personal use will decline.

Back to the DNS, Michael Nelson looked at ICANN and believes that its significance is overstated with what happens at the IETF three to four times more important than what happens at ICANN. However, as he noted, the role of the IETF is rarely discussed. And Microsoft’s next Internet Explorer browser is probably even more important to the internet than the IETF.

ICANN has been broadly successful, a view largely held by Wolfgang Kleinwächter as well, with the DNS stable and the organisation remaining largely independent. Nelson credited ICANN for looking at new gTLDs, seeing what works and said that news reports on ICANN wildly exaggerate what happens. Nelson finds it rather amusing the conspiracy stories that appear about ICANN. On Washington DC and American politics, Nelson said the only conspiracy can involve two people, as if three people know about something in DC, then one will tell someone! But there’s not a lot you can do with a conspiracy of two people!

Another of Michael Nelson’s views, backed up by Wolf Ludwig in a panel discussion chaired by Kleinwächter, was it is important internet users decide the way forward in technologies that are used, and not governments. “When in doubt, empower the user,” Nelson said.

Peter Van Roste of Centr in his overview of the Centr ccTLDs members looked at growth among the ccTLDs and Van Roste announced Centr will be launching a publicly available tool soon to enable a comparison of domain statistics among its members. Peter also spoke of an Asia Pacific Top Level Domain (APTLD) association study that looked registration of domain names for registries under APTLD. Click here for a link to the APTLD report.

This study found gross domestic product of a country, the number of internet users and gTLD registrations were all key factors in determining demand for the ccTLD of that country. Price, it was found, was not so important Van Roste said. Another finding, was allowing registration at the second level has a statistically identifiable positive effect on registration numbers, with the landrush leading to opening up the second level benefiting registration numbers.

Domain Pulse 2008 covers a broad range of issues affecting the DNS, and its broad reach is testament to the importance of the German-language ccTLDs in Europe. It’s a very important date on the international domain name conference calendar. Presentations are available on the Domain Pulse conference website in the language of presentation website at


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8 Febbraio 2008
Over 30,000 Domain Applications in .ASIA Sunrise

Notable Auction results Continue to Demonstrate Interest and Value
.Asia Landrush set for February 20, 2008

Hong Kong, Feb 6, 2008 – Application periods for .Asia Sunrise successfully completed according to schedule last week on January 31, 2008. At the time of closing, DotAsia received a total of 30,780 domain name applications. These include domain names received through Pre-Sunrise, Sunrise 1, Sunrise 2, Sunrise 3, as well as the Pioneer Domains Programs. .Asia Landrush (open public registration) is set to launch at 12:00 noon UTC, February 20, 2008.

“The results from the .Asia Sunrise are very encouraging. We are accomplishing what we had set out to do: to ensure the stable and orderly introduction of the .Asia extension into the social and technical fabric of the Internet by avoiding the chaos which had often characterized new domain
launches in the past. At over 90% success rate for Sunrise applications, compared to around 50%, and zero disputes received to date compared to thousands of challenges in previous domain registry launches, we believe .Asia has set a new benchmark for the future launches of top-level domain registries,” said Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia. “The volume of registration is also remarkable. Based on information we have, the number of Sunrise applications we received is more than double the level for all other gTLD Sunrises except for .INFO.”

.Asia Sunrise auction results continue to demonstrate strong interest for the .Asia domain. High winning bids have exceeded US$20,000, while the average winning bid for contested auctions have grown to US$2,000. According to statistics from data obtained by DNJournal, average domain sales in the secondary market is above US$8,500 overall, with a median of US$2,900,
whereas the median for new TLDs (i.e. .info / .biz / .mobi etc.) is at US$1,500, with an average of around US$4,000. The solid initial demand demonstrated by the early results, coupled with a robust secondary market represents growth and investment value for .Asia domains.

Full story

Posted by Sales Staff at 04:52 PM

30 Gennaio 2008
Historical First Batch of .Asia Auctions Successful

Auctions to watch: “”, “”, “” and more!

DotAsia Organisation is pleased to announce today the historical smooth completion of the first batch of domain auctions for the .Asia “Sunrise” (i.e. priority registration period intended for intellectual property rights owners). The auctions proved to be a massive success in contrast to previous chaotic rushes for domain names that leave brand owners frustrated. The average winning price for the first batch of contended auctions netted over US$1500.00 per domain, with high bids for domain names reaching beyond a few ten-thousand
dollars, signifying great interest from companies to invest into the new .Asia cyberspace. A total of over 600 domain names received more than one application during the first phase of Sunrise (Sunrise 2a) which totaled around 15,000 applications. The remaining phases of the .Asia Sunrise is currently ongoing and is scheduled to close on January 31, 2008. This is the last
chance for trademark owners around the world and registered companies in Asia to protect their names in .Asia before open public registrations (“Landrush”) begin on February 20, 2008.

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Posted by Sales Staff at 03:59 PM

29 Gennaio 2008
France joins the millionaire club

The French extension is the latest country code Top Level Domain to reach one million domain names.

France crossed the million domain mark at some point during the night on January 11, 2008. The main extension, .FR, isn't quite there yet (994,000 registered names at the time of writing) but adding secondary domains like .COM.FR puts the French namespace at over 1,015,000 names.

.FR's was once one of the most restricted domains in Europe. A first step towards more freedom was taken on May 11, 2004 when companies were allowed to register any name. Before that, they were basically restricted to their own name or the names of their main products.

Full story

Posted by Sales Staff at 11:02 AM

29 Gennaio 2008
Registry For New .ME Domain Selected

Afilias Selected To Provide Registry Services For New .ME Domain. .ME to revolutionize social networking and personal domain name industry

Afilias, a global provider of registry services, today announced that it has been selected to provide registry services supporting the .ME domain, the new country code top-level domain for the republic of Montenegro.

In 2007, Afilias joined with strategic partners and ME-Net (a Montenegrin organization) to submit a proposal through a competitive bidding process to the government of Montenegro for the contract.

Afilias and its partners are pleased to have been selected to help launch .ME, which has meaning in many languages, said Philipp Grabensee, chairman of Afilias Board of Directors. Afilias will provide .ME with a world class technical infrastructure built on a secure, reliable and proven system that includes registry services and an advanced DNS capability. In addition, Afilias will provide .ME with immediate global availability through a wide distribution channel, enabling it to realize its full potential in the growing social networking and Web 2.0 industry.

Full story

Posted by Sales Staff at 10:51 AM

8 Gennaio 2008
Bob Marley’s “WAILERS” Win Cybersquatting Lawsuit

Bob Marley's Wailers, who eventually became known simply as the "Wailers" after Bob Marley's death, successfully argued for dismissal of this cybersquatting and trademark infringement lawsuit brought by band members of another Wailers musical group who started using the band name 10 years before Bob Marley named his group in 1969.

The only evidence which could potentially have saved Plaintiff's claims against Bob's protégées would have been that the band used the mark the "Wailers" and registered in bad faith. No evidence of bad faith was introduced by plaintiffs.

Ormsby v. Barrett, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20 (UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON) teaches that a failure to assert trademark infringement claims in the face of know trademark infringement can result in a loss of trademark rights under the doctrine of laches.

Plaintiffs are a musical group known as the "Wailers" who have been performing as such since 1959. They sought to register the name "Wailers" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") in 1999. Defendants are also a musical group known as the "Wailers" (Yes, Bob Marley's Wailers). The Defendant Wailers initially opposed that registration, but that opposition was dismissed by the USPTO. The Plaintiffs obtained registration of the Wailers mark in 2003.

Defendants began as a Jamaican reggae group formed by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and others in 1964. In 1974, the group became "Bob Marley and the Wailers" and, after Mr. Marley died in 1981, the band performed as "the Bob Marley Wailers," and subsequently the "Wailers." Defendants moved for summary dismissal of each claim, arguing that Plaintiffs' claims were barred by laches, given the length of time they waited to bring this suit, after knowing of the Defendant Wailers use of that name. Defendants point to Defendant Barrett's Registration of the domain name "" in 1998, as evidence the Plaintiffs knew of, and did not act upon, the alleged infringement for many years prior to their suit.

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3 Gennaio 2008
Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers From Original Blogger Jorn Barger

Editor's note: Jorn Barger of Robot Wisdom coined the term "weblog" Dec. 17, 1997 -- 10 years ago Monday -- to describe the daily list of links that "logged" his travels across the web.

Barger's blog and essays on James Joyce and AI have earned high praise, but his opinions about Israeli policy have led to accusations of anti-semitism (see Wikipedia). In the decade hence, Barger feels that he's gained some wisdom of his own about blogging. Here are Barger's top 10 tips for novice bloggers.

Read more at Wired

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:27 AM

16 Dicembre 2007
The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007

The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007
These much-ballyhooed products, sites, and services, it turned out, left much to be desired.

Read more on PC World

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 11:11 AM

12 Dicembre 2007
Registrations of multilingual .ES domains now open

IDNs have already been released for registration in several countries, and now Spain is also releasing its own .ES IDN

Also referred to as 'Multilingual Domains', IDNs allow for the registration of names containing special linguistic characters which belong to the alphabet of the language corresponding with the relevant TLD. In the case of .es domains, it will soon be possible to register domain names containing characters such as á, à, é,è, í, ï, ó, ò, ú, ü, ñ, ç, l·l.

These registrations offer many advantages. This type of registration allows you to register a domain that is identical to the name of your firm or project, with no language restrictions or adaptations.

There is no need to satisfy any requirement to register this type of domain, register your IDN .ES now!

Posted by Sales Staff at 09:57 AM

11 Dicembre 2007
The new .ASIA domain is real now!

Final phases of the Sunrise Period dedicated to the new .ASIA extension have commenced.

The new Asian extension has already proved successful, as 15,334 domain names were registered during the first phase of the Sunrise Period alone.

Request your .ASIA domain as soon as you can and get your online presence in the most populated continent in the world!

Posted by Sales Staff at 05:10 PM

11 Dicembre 2007 sold for USD 616.000

What a Day....

It takes some doing to crash Sedo's servers....but we managed it! Tensions were high in the last half hour of yesterday's auction as it became apparent that Sedo's servers were buckling under the pressure of the sheer volume of traffic on the auction site. A first in the history of Sedo and it speaks volumes about the popularity of dotMobi's premium names.

A decision was taken to extend the auction by three hours and that time was spent working on the system, contacting all bidders and contacts, posting blogs, updating sites etc. [And we would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped with the efforts]. Within an hour it was apparent that traffic was back up again and we closed with a spectacular result - over $2 million in sales with reaching $616,000 and fetching $401,500. Thanks to all who participated!

This is a tremendous result and it could not have come at a better time as we lay our plans for 2008 and continue with our efforts on, and some new technology that we have planned (stay tuned for more on that one). Stick around folks - 2008 is going to be our best year yet!

Source: dotMobi

Register a .mobi now!

Posted by Sales Staff at 02:55 PM

7 Dicembre 2007
Use of .eu domain names up 23% during third quarter

Registrations and renewals demonstrate strength of .eu domain.

Brussels, 19 November 2007—EURid, the European registry for .eu, is pleased to announce that registrations for the .eu top-level Internet domain continued to grow during the third quarter of this year.

· New registrations stayed strong, with an average of 2760 new .eu domain names registered each business day during the month of September.

· Third-quarter renewal rates stayed above 80 percent.

· Actual use of .eu domains increased by 23 percent between the second and third quarters, according to DNS queries. The use of .eu domains for email and websites rose as well.

· The number of registered domain names grew by 4.7 percent compared to the second quarter.

“The growing use of .eu domain names is a sign of the domain’s increasing acceptance as a mainstream domain,” said Marc Van Wesemael, managing director of EURid. “We see that a growing number of individuals and organisations recognize the benefits of having a .eu domain name.”

According to the most recent analysis, each .eu registrant has 2.6 domain names on average, down from 2.9 in the beginning of the year. These and other statistics appear in EURid’s Quarterly Progress Report to the European Commission, which can be found on the EURid website.

Read more here.

Posted by Sales Staff at 03:15 PM

8 Ottobre 2007
Samsung, local food company wrangle over Internet domain name

Samsung Electronics, South Korea's best-known company and one of the world's leading manufacturers of mobile phones, is embroiled in a court battle with a local food supply chain over an Internet domain name, news reports said here Wednesday.

Full Story: Physorg

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 11:34 AM

13 Settembre 2007
Privacy concerns over Google 'candid camera' feature

The Street View feature of Google Maps, with its close-up views of city streets and recognisable shots of people, could violate a Canadian law protecting individual privacy.

Full Story: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 03:39 PM

5 Settembre 2007
Australian businesses expected to welcome crackdown on ‘domain tasting’: intellectual property expert

An intellectual property expert with Australian law firm Hunt & Hunt says the investigation by ICANN into the practice of ‘domain tasting’ will be welcomed by Australian businesses. Domain tasting is the controversial process by which users register domain names to test their effectiveness in collecting additional traffic and then cancel registration before fees become due.

Read Full Article: Domain Name Industry News

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 05:56 PM

22 Agosto 2007
This is one very sick game

A fantasy plague that accidentally ran amok in the internet's most popular game world, populated by nine million flesh-and-blood players, may help scientists predict the impact of genuine epidemics, according to a study released Tuesday.

Full Story: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:32 AM

22 Agosto 2007
YouTube features overlay ads

Video advertising is coming to YouTube, but it won't be the type common at sites elsewhere. Starting today, the popular video-sharing site plans to feature semi-transparent "overlay" ads at the bottom of selected video clips.

Full Story: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:29 AM

26 Luglio 2007
Cybersquatting podcaster evicted from Simpsons domain

A US podcaster has lost the right to operate a website using the name of The Simpsons Movie to attract fans of the cartoon series to sites related to his own internet output. An arbitrator for the United Nations' patent agency, WIPO, ruled that New York-based Keith Malley must cede control of the "" site to Twentieth Century Fox, the News Corp unit which owns the Simpsons trademark.

Full Story: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:57 AM

19 Luglio 2007 acquires Namesco Ltd.

Dada acquires Namesco Ltd., UK leader in domain registration and hosting services

Already a major player in both Italy and Spain in Internet and domain & hosting, Dada is moving forward to strengthen its leadership in the European market with an eye toward continued international expansion.

Florence, July 18, 2007 – Dada (listed on the Italian Stock Market, Star Segment MTAX: DA.MI), a European market leader in internet domains, hosting and professional e-mail, through its subsidiary company S.p.A., today acquired 100% of the share capital of UK company Namesco.

Founded in 1996, Namesco is the fourth largest provider in the UK of domain name and hosting services and among the top 50 worldwide (source: Netcraft Company Analysis, January 2007). Based in Worcester and with offices in London, Namesco employs 59 highly qualified professionals and manages roughly 265,000 domains for a total client base of more than 80,000 paying customers. Thanks to agreements with the main international registries, Namesco is able to offer both its business and consumer clients internet domain registration and management in over 100 countries.

In the financial year 2006/2007 (4/1/2006 - 3/31/2007) Namesco recorded revenues of approximately 8.3 million pounds (around 12.2 million euros at current exchange rate) and EBITDA of 1.8 million pounds (around 2.7 million euros), roughly equal to a 22% margin. For the 2007/2008 financial year, the company forecasts a turnover of 9.8 million pounds (around 14.5 million euros), an EBITDA margin of 29% and net profits of 1.7 million pounds (around 3.5 million euros).

“Following the acquisition of the Spanish company Nominalia in August 2006, Dada’s purchase of Namesco is part of Dada Group’s expansion strategy, indicating Dada's priority in strengthening its presence in the professional online services business” commented Paolo Barberis, Chairman of Dada. “The investments in the domain and hosting sector which is represented by the division and already characterized by a solid international customer base, will allow Dada to further expand its offer towards more and more advanced services for companies and professionals online presence in a Web 2.0 perspective”.

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:36 AM

10 Luglio 2007
Handle in the wind

William Kamkwamba, a 19-year-old high school student, first saw the internet at a TEDGlobal conference last month in Arusha, Tanzania. He was invited to the event - which aims to promote an exchange of ideas in the fields of technology, entertainment and design - after Malawi's Daily Times newspaper covered his efforts to generate electricity for his parents' farm by building a windmill of his own design.

Full Article: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 11:38 AM

2 Luglio 2007
iPhone is a smashing success

It took Apple more than six months to build the iPhone but curious gadget fanatics needed only minutes to tear one apart. Within hours of the first iPhones going on sale on Friday, enthusiasts scrambled to be the first to discover what makes the devices tick, posting photos and videos of disassembled phones on the Internet.

Full Article: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 02:40 PM

25 Giugno 2007
ccTLD updates for ie, it, lc, my, no, kn, nu

A few short ccTLD updates. IEDR has announced it’s hoping to introduce personalised .ie domain names to enable people to register their name at the second level. Silicon Republic reports that a decision on this is expected to be ratified at a board meeting in July and implemented within the next month. Costs will be the same as other .ie domain names.

Full Story: Posted by Sarah Bulli at 04:53 PM

22 Giugno 2007
iPhone spurs touchy-feely revolution

Get your fingers ready. Apple's iPhone is leading a new wave of gadgets using touch-sensitive screens that react to taps, swishes or flicks of a finger. The improvements promise to be slicker and more intuitive than the rough stomp of finger presses and stylus-pointing required by many of today's devices.

Full Story: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 10:24 AM

15 Giugno 2007
Apple says Safari browser a big hit

Apple said on Thursday that users have downloaded more than 1 million copies of the Windows version of its Safari Internet browser in the first 48 hours it was available.

Full Article : The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 05:14 PM

8 Giugno 2007
Privacy fears over Microsoft research

Microsoft's Beijing-based researchers are analysing web surfing patterns to guess computer users' gender, age and other demographic information, a technology the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders worries could be misused by the Chinese government.

Full Story:

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:48 AM

5 Giugno 2007
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference Ready to Take the Domain Story to Madison Avenue This Month in Manhattan

The most important T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain conference to date is coming up June 19-22 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. This key event will put domains front and center in the media capital of the world and is likely to have a major impact on the future course of the entire industry.

Full Story : Dnjournal

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 11:45 AM

22 Maggio 2007
The gadget that changed the world

The chilling sounds of gunfire on the Virginia Tech campus. The hateful taunts from Saddam Hussein's execution. Those videos, shot with mobile phone cameras and seen by millions, are just a couple of recent examples of the power now at the fingertips of the masses.

Full Article: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 08:23 AM

10 Maggio 2007
Motorola plans movie-playing mobile phone

Motorola Inc. is set to unveil a mobile phone with full-motion video display and the means to play feature films on small removable storage cards, Chief Executive Ed Zander said on Wednesday.

Full Article: Reuters

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 10:26 AM

7 Maggio 2007
YouTube Starts Paying a Few Contributors

YouTube is allowing some of its most popular content creators to start earning revenue from videos they post on the site.

Full Article: PC World

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:31 AM

3 Maggio 2007
Apple defends green credentials

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs fired back at environmentalists today, saying the maker of the ubiquitous iPod was an industry leader in removing toxic chemicals from its products and promoting recycling.

Full Article: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:29 AM

3 Maggio 2007
Domain name .eu in world top 10 a year after launch

A year after its launch, 2.5 million Europeans and companies have registered a .eu domain name, making it the seventh most widespread Web site address suffix in the world and the third in the European Union.

Full Article: Reuters

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:27 AM

27 Aprile 2007
Microsoft opens first greenfield server farm

Microsoft has opened the doors of a massive data centre in central Washington, turning what was once a bean farm into a "server farm."

Full Article: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:32 AM

27 Aprile 2007
Once more, Microsoft loss is Google's gain

Google has overtaken Microsoft for the second time in a week, this time claiming the bragging rights as the world's most visited website.

Full Article: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 09:28 AM

24 Aprile 2007
Google tracks your online habits

Google has introduced a new service which critics say allows the company to more easily collect data on its users' web surfing habits.

The new feature, called Web History, allows users to look back in time at the websites they have browsed and search them for specific lines of text.

Full Story The Age

Posted by Silvia Mazzanti at 04:24 PM

19 Aprile 2007
Digital Politics?

Politicians are lost deep in cyberspace, struggling to reach a new generation of tech-savvy voters through blogs, social networking sites and video-sharing.

Full Story: The Age

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 10:10 AM

27 Marzo 2007
Founder defends evolving Wikipedia

As criticism continues to mount over the apparent ease at which anyone can add erroneous and libellous information to Wikipedia, its creators are scrambling to find a long-term fix.

Full Story:

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 12:37 PM

16 Marzo 2007
Does Google have a mobile phone in the works?

If companies like Apple or even Italian fashion designer Prada can design a mobile phone, why not Google? Maybe it will. Rumors have been circulating in blogosphere for some time about the U.S. search-engine giant studying the possibility of designing its own phone

Full Story: pcworld.idg

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 05:24 PM

12 Marzo 2007
International domain names succeed in testing

Internationalized domain names have moved a step closer to reality, following ICANN's announcement that it had successfully completed testing.

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Posted by Sarah Bulli at 10:55 AM

6 Marzo 2007
Domain Conference held in London

UK DomainChannel, the first country specific domain conference, was held at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in central London on February 2, 2007. The show, centered around Great Britain's popular ccTLD. attracted 130 domain owners, executives, service providers and equity analysts from the U.S., Germany, Spain, France, Finland, Poland and the UK.

Full Story: DN Journal

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 11:32 AM

28 Febbraio 2007
dotMobi to auction 15 premium names in March

On the heels of a successful auction appearance in 2006 when .mobi domain names sold for a combined total of just under US$400,000, dotMobi is making 15 premium names available via auction.

The .mobi names scheduled for auction are:
"airfare," "areacodes," "cam," "casinos," "creditscore," "directions," "eat," "libre","loancalculator," "models," "newmusic," "pics," "pizza," "realestate" and "singles."

This selection of names is subject to change at dotMobi’s discretion. Read more at

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:21 AM

28 Febbraio 2007
Gmail domain dispute looms for Google in China

Google Inc., fighting to consolidate its trademark globally, faces an obstacle in the world's second largest Web market -- China's, which is refusing to sell its Internet address to the US giant.

Read more at CHINAdaily

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:15 AM

8 Febbraio 2007
.eu domains have proved widely successful

A recent survey carried out by the British domain registration and hosting company 1&1 has highlighted how the European domain has so far proved widely successful for firms all over Europe.

Full Story: The Register

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 10:05 AM

10 Gennaio 2007
Number of .ru domain names up 60%

The number of second-level domain names, registered in the .ru zone ( grew by 60.78% in 2006 compared with 2005, exceeding 718,236, the RU-Center regional net information center, the largest registrar of Russia domains, Interfax informed.

Full story: Interfax

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 12:36 PM

9 Gennaio 2007
ICANN ‘s Chief Operating Officer

Doug Brent will be Icann’s new Chief Operating Officer, the Internet Corporation announced yesterday. From his Californian office, the previous vice president of engineering at Whistle Communications and Andes Networks –just to cite some of the offices he held during his 25 year long career- will be responsible for different sectors, including finance, human resources, and administration.

Full story:

Posted by Sarah Bulli at 12:02 PM

3 Gennaio 2007
Ryanair loses bitch site name-grab claim

Ryanair has lost its claim against a website which helps customers of the airline complain about the service they receive.

The airline took its case to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center which sorts out disputed internet domains. Ryanair claimed that the website - - was misleading. It went to WIPO to gain control of the website claiming that it infringed on its trademarks. It also claimed the site was set up in bad faith for: "the purpose of unfairly disrupting the business of the Complainant and causing it unfair loss and damage".

Read more at The Register

Posted by Silvia Mazzanti at 09:12 AM

26 Ottobre 2006
Why it matters to master your domain

Let your registration lapse, and your site could suddenly be taken over by links to porn - and there's little you can do about it.

Read more at Guardian Unlimited

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 08:45 AM

19 Ottobre 2006
ShoZu and Dada in Sync with Social Software

Milan, 18 October 2006 - Dada S.p.A. and ShoZu Inc. announced today that users of ShoZu's free one-click image uploading service can now transmit pictures and videos directly from supported camera phones to their accounts on, the online entertainment community with over 7 million users worldwide.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 11:59 AM

14 Settembre 2006
5mn .org Domains Registered

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for .org domain names, today announced that 5,000,000 .org domains are now registered worldwide.

The company says that the phenomenal growth experienced by the .org registry in 2006 reflects the continued increase in awareness, value and use of the .org brand, in addition to the success of .org registrars internationally.


Posted by Silvia Mazzanti at 10:05 AM

25 Agosto 2006
Microsoft after Cybersquatters

All the cybersquatters out there...beware, Microsoft is leading a charge against the culprits, which could soon end the malpractices people have been using to make money out of big names, and wrongly spelt web addresses.

Read more at The Money Times

Posted by Silvia Mazzanti at 11:47 AM

26 Luglio 2006
Scandal suspends thousands of .eu domain names

EURid, the authority operating the .eu top level domain, has suspended 74,000 .eu domain names and sued 400 domain registrars for breach of contract.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:55 AM

18 Luglio 2006
Google's growing list of domains

Have you ever wondered how many domain names Google owns?
Currently Google owns 520 domain names. Their domain collection has been growing over the last couple years because of all of the companies they started and have bought. Some of these domain names are not in Google's name, but in the company's name that they purchased. If you see any domains missing or inaccuracies, feel free and leave a comment.

Read more at PronetAdvertising

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 06:08 PM

5 Luglio 2006
Dotmobi extends Sunrise by one month

Originally the trademark Sunrise registration period for .mobi was supposed to end on August 22, but Dotmobi (mTLD), the registry managing the .mobi TLD, will soon officially announce its plans to prolong the period by one month. The new end date for trademark and IP holders to claim their domain names will be September 22.

Read more at Ipwak

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 11:38 AM

30 Giugno 2006
10 millionth .DE domain name

Germany has registered its 10 millionth domain name, making the .DE TLD the second largest in the world following dotcom.

Read more at Domain Times Net

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:05 PM

15 Giugno 2006
Cybersquatters must be punished

As a consequence of Britain's 300,000 .eu registrations at the time of writing, how many or .com names will be ditched in favour of an EU re-brand? Perhaps one or two. How many .eu names will front new, Europe-themed websites? Some. But I bet the vast majority will redirect traffic to another name or do nothing at all. Like empty towels on a beach in cyberspace, most .eu names have been reserved only to send tourists elsewhere

Read more at OUT-LAW News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:03 PM

14 Giugno 2006 domain sells for $1.6M

In the third highest-priced domain sale of the year, Larry Milton bought the domain name for $1.6 million in cash.

Read more at St. Luois Business Journal

Posted by at 05:34 PM

7 Giugno 2006
Mobi—Could Spur Wireless Web

Surfing the Web on a cellphone can be as difficult as surfing the ocean on a tiny board. Now, a company founded by Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Vodafone Group PLC, Nokia Corp., and several other companies, aims to make it easier to browse the Internet on wireless devices such as cellphones or BlackBerries.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:08 AM

6 Giugno 2006
ICAAN .XXX decision appeal

ICM Registry Inc is appealing the ICAAN decision to turn down its proposal to make a dot XXX domain for porn sites.

Read more at p2pnet

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:39 PM

5 Giugno 2006
Domain 'kiting' threat on the rise

The proliferation of temporary websites being set up by criminals is a growing threat.

Read more at Informatics

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:23 PM

5 Giugno 2006
City of Frankfurt wins dispute over frankfurt.EU

The city of Frankfurt, Germany has won a dispute over the domain name Just before the start of the .eu sunrise period last year, the registrant had filed a trademark application for "FRANKF & URT" with the Benelux Trademark Office. The dispute panel found that owning the trademark did not give the applicant prior rights in the domain name, as required by the rules for sunrise registrations. Similar rulings have been made concerning "BARC & ELONA" and "LI & VE".

Read decision

Posted by at 09:55 AM

5 Giugno 2006
Angelina Jolie secures domains for daughter

Actress Angelina Jolie has reserved at least 24 domain names with various versions of her new baby's name, Shiloh Nouvel.

Read more at CBC Arts

Posted by at 09:51 AM

12 Maggio 2006
ICANN votes down .xxx domain

The body governing the top level domains of the Internet ICANN has rejected the proposal for an .xxx top level domain. The Board of Directors voted 9-5 against the proposal from the ICM Registry - a Florida based company set up for the purpose of lobbying for the domain.

Read more at Pc Pro

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 02:56 PM

5 Maggio 2006
eu: First .EU Dispute Decision

First .eu dispute resolution claim on the rights to the name PST.

That was fast. As far as I can tell, an entity received a quick registration for PST in the Benelux. While another entity with an older PST registration is moving to cancel this Benelux registration, as far as this .EU dispute goes, a valid registration is a valid registration.


Posted by at 09:22 AM

14 Aprile 2006
1 454 128 .eu domains, 1 352 984 .biz domains registered

During the Sunrise periods, EURid, the registry of .eu domains, received 346,218 applications, in comparison with approximately 800,000 applications within the first 24 hours of launch. Today there are 1,454,128 active .eu domain names, a number that surpasses 1,352,984 active .biz domain names, ipWalk reports.

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:53 PM

7 Aprile 2006
702 684 new .eu Internet domain names in first four hours after .eu opened to the public

07 Apr 2006, Since 11:00 this morning, anyone within the European Union has been able to register an available .eu domain name on a first come first served basis. During the first four hours EURid – the not-for-profit organisation operating the Internet top level domain .eu – received 702 684 new registrations. From December, when .eu first opened, until now it has only been possible for holders of prior rights, for instance a trademark, to apply for a .eu names.

Read more at WebWire

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:05 PM

6 Aprile 2006
Belgium in rush for .eu domain names

Almost 17,000 applications for a web address with the European domain name .eu have been lodged from Belgium.

Read more at KBC

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:59 PM

28 Marzo 2006
ICANN Opens 25th International Meeting in New Zealand

The meeting which runs from March 25-31 will feature a public workshop on Internet governance, with a special focus on local Internet community issues.

Read more at WebHosting.Info

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:44 PM

27 Marzo 2006
Icann may defer vote on .xxx

The chances of a ".xxx" domain for adult websites being approved at a meeting of Icann in Wellington this week appear to be waning, after a US government agency raised fresh concerns about the proposal.

Read more at Stuff

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:21 PM

27 Marzo 2006
Cybersquatters Try New Tactics

Cybersquatting the domain name of a celebrity and selling it for a king's ransom was one of the great get-rich-quick schemes of the early internet. But since courts now tend to favor the star over the squatter, a new kinder, gentler cybersquatting tactic has emerged.

Read more at Wired News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:18 PM

21 Marzo 2006
XXX Domains

Senators Mark Pryor and Max Baucus (D-MT) has introduced legislation to require Web sites with adult content to have an .xxx domain that only adults can access.

Read more at TechNews

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 06:03 PM

13 Marzo 2006
.eu Domains to Go on Sale in a Month

The BBC is running an article about the start of .eu TLD sales. From the article: 'The .eu domain was launched in December and opens to the public in four weeks. Trademark holders have had a 'sunrise period' since December to register their own trademarks... and all EU institutions will begin using the .eu domain in their web addresses from April next year.'

Read more at Slashdot

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:02 PM

16 Febbraio 2006
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Posted by at 12:21 PM

9 Febbraio 2006
Second phase of .eu registrations gets underway

Following the opening of the second sunrise period for the new .eu domain name on 7 February, domain registration firm Hostway is warning companies that they only have two months until the floodgates for general registration open on 7 April.

Read more at netimperative

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:44 PM

6 Febbraio 2006
.TRAVEL: 16.162 domains registered

With global travel industry leaders such as British Airways, Expedia, Fairmont, Kruger National Park, TUI, Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Marriott, Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney among the first to register their company’s .travel domain names, Ron Andruff, president of Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry responsible for administering the domain, announced that 16,162 .travel domains have been registered during the first 16 weeks alone.

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Posted by at 12:25 PM

30 Gennaio 2006
Google launches new domain name for China market

Google formally launched yesterday its new domain name for China market,, in an effort to ensure faster speed and better security.

Read more at People's Daily Online

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:46 PM

26 Gennaio 2006
WIPO reports rise in cybersquatting

There has been a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting disputes over the past year, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). A possible reason is the recent introduction of new generic top-level domains.

Read more at OUT-LAW

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:13 PM

19 Gennaio 2006
.CN domain name registration tops one million

By the end of December 2005 registration of China's top-level Internet domain name CN has reached 1.09 million, securing the No.1 position in Asia

Source: People's Daily Online

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Posted by at 10:08 AM

19 Gennaio 2006
.CN: Wal-Mart Wins Back Chinese Domain Names

A Beijing court has ordered Nanjing Zhongtie Technology Development Company to return to the global retailing giant four Chinese domain names Zhongtie had earlier registered. The purchased domain names were special Chinese character representations of many of Wal-Marts trademarked brands.

Source: China Tech News.

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Posted by at 09:55 AM

16 Gennaio 2006
Google’s most popular and least popular top level domains

What are the most popularly used top level domains, or at least, which are the ones that show up on pages indexed in Google?

Read more at Seo by the Sea

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 02:51 PM

4 Gennaio 2006
.VN (Vietnam) - Sunrise Period reserved to trademark's owners


The Vietnamese Authority (DOT VN) has declared that, from the 10th of December 2005 to the 31st of March 2006, companies, owning a trademark valid in Vietnam, can register the corresponding domain name.

Form April 2006 there will the liberalization of the domain .VN.

Please send us an order for the domains wished, for both period, we will forward the order following the Authority information, so for the domains without requirement we will send your application in April, when the DOT VN will liberalize the registrations.

Hurry up and ask for the names of your interest!

Posted by at 11:41 AM

4 Gennaio 2006
.PK (Pakistan) - No particular requirements anymore


The 31st of December 2005 the PKNIC( The Authority of Pakistan) started the liberalization of the second level domain .PK.

The Authority has decided not to follow any order from the 31st of December until the 10th of January 2006 but to register them following the Randomized Queuing Processing, due to the big number of requests received. After that date the PKNIC will process registrations in real time, or on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hurry up and ask for the names of your interest!

Posted by at 11:33 AM

4 Gennaio 2006
Pearl Jam Wins Domain Name Dispute

A National Arbitration Forum arbitrator rules in favor of the rock band regarding the Internet domain name


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:36 AM

19 Dicembre 2005 Purchased for $100,000

Cleveland Entrepreneur Tony Colan and partner Ed Harrison announced today the purchase of for $100,000, confirming the value of a good domain name. Their programmers rewrote the entire software for and went live on Thanksgiving Day 2005. Their redesigned site features superior image hosting, a user-friendly interface and pre-designed templates, providing continuity and easy navigation for blogsters.

Read more at dBusinessNews.

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 10:50 AM

9 Dicembre 2005
Businesses Rush for '.eu' Domain Name

European businesses rushed to sign up for the new ".eu" Internet domain name, putting in 100,000 Web site applications by the end of its first day available, the group in charge of registering the requests said Thursday.

Read more at The Associated Press

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 01:34 PM

6 Dicembre 2005
Sun rises over .eu domains

The .eu top-level domain is finally due to launch this week with the start of the so-called 'Sunrise' period on 7 December during which trademark holders are given first refusal to snap up their domains.

Read more at Infomatics

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:52 PM

2 Dicembre 2005
No decision yet on Internet domain for sex sites

The fate of the proposed .xxx Internet domain for sex sites, which has drawn fire from U.S. conservative groups, remains in limbo, according to the head of the group that oversees the Web domain system.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 06:01 PM

21 Novembre 2005
No .eu domain for the Swiss

The Swiss won't be able to register for the ".eu" web domain when the European Union (EU) begins accepting registrations for internet addresses next month, even though the country is in the heart of Europe. EU regulations prohibit non-members from registering.

Read more at The Register

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 02:05 PM

17 Novembre 2005
US to keep control of domain names

The United States will keep control of the domain-name system that guides Internet traffic under an agreement reached on Wednesday, resolving a dispute that threatened to fracture the global computer network.

Read more at Reuters

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 06:52 PM

7 Novembre 2005
Domain Day by – DADA Group becomes D-day!

Domain Day by – DADA Group becomes D-day: Not just domains, all the Net!

“Domain Day” by – DADA Group was born in 2002 as one-day event to inform and update the audience on Internet domain names.
Domain Day 2005 will be even more complete as it will not only inform about the issues related to Internet domain names, but also about all the new forms of online communication representing the business activities of DADA, i.e. the holding company.
This is the reason for changing the name of the event into “D-day”, in which “D” stays for “Domain”, but also for “DADA”, the Italian leading company in community and entertainment.
Precisely, D-day 2005 will be divided into two parts: the first one, in the morning, will be devoted to Web 2.0, Social Networking and Web/Mobile Convergence, while the second part, in the afternoon, will give an update on European domain names and on the Internet Governance issues, in light of the debates during next World Summit on Information Society in Tunis. During the afternoon D-day 2005 will also provide a resource for information on the problem and solutions for phishing and email fraud - phishing is a fraudulent phenomenon which consists in sending an email that appears to be from a legitimate Internet address with a justifiable request, usually to verify your personal information or account details.

D-day 2005 will be held in Milan, at Palazzo Turati, i.e. the Milan Chamber of Commerce for International activities, next November 24th.
The event will feature a panel of expert speakers from the private and public sector: during the day technical topics will not be tackled as D-day 2005 is meant to lead the Italian audience to a more widespread and conscious approach to the Net.
The guests will belong to different sectors: D-day 2005 is devoted to privates and companies, institutions, legal firms and associations, and of course to journalists from the generalist as well as from the technical press.

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 12:54 PM

25 Ottobre 2005
November 8th: liberalization of spanish domain (.ES)

Spanish domain has always been a very important one regarding the market it represents. In past, who didn’t have headquarters in Spain and right on the name couldn’t register such a domain. Consequently the Spanish domain is one of the domains least registered in Europe.

From November 8th 2005 will get off the liberalization of .es domains.
There will be no particular requirements anymore, everyone will be able to register a domain .es without any obligations of demonstrating the rights for that exact name. This important modification of registration rules will, in fact, give cybersquatters a possibility to register domains corresponding with famous names.

Already now and until November 7th we can forward pre-registration requests for the domains with this extension. The inquiries will be processed in order of arrival and in respect of Authority’s criteria.

- November 8th will be accepted the inquiries for domains which start with one number or one letter from a to b included.
- November 9th will be accepted the inquiries for domains which start with one number or one letter from a to e included.
- November 10th will be accepted the inquiries for domains which start with one number or one letter from a to n included.
- From November 11th any inquiry will be accepted.

Hurry up and ask for the names of your interest!

Posted by at 04:20 PM

30 Settembre 2005
Russian Internet domain has 180,000 Web sites

Moscow, September 30 (RIA Novosti) - There are about 180,000 web-sites on Runet, the Russian Internet domain, the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Print and Mass Media said Friday

Read more at RIA Novosti

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:07 PM

26 Settembre 2005
All Google's CN domain names registered by others

"", the domain name for Gmail in China, has been registered by a Beijing-based company instead. Gmail is a key product of Google.

In fact, almost all the CN domain names for Google's such products have been registered by others.

Launching Gmail in April 2004, Google registered "". However, was registered by a Beijing-based company as early as in August 2003.

Experts say, the time of the registration of "" was far earlier than the debut of Google's Gmail, so the possibility for the CN domain name to be recovered is rather slim unless the registration was vicious.

Months ago, Google recovered two domain names, i.e. "" and "" at high prices, but its troubles are far from this. It is shown at China Internet Network Information Center that the CN domain names for GoogleTalk, Google Earth, Googlelocal, etc. have all been registered by others.

Among the investor registers, there is the far-sighted such as a Guangdong-based company, who registered "" and "" in March 2004, far earlier than the one-week old GoogleLocal.

There are also others who did it after the news on Google's redeeming the domain names with one million yuan was released. They registered "" and "". The time of the registration of "" and "" was along side with the official appearance of GoogleTalk. It is really surprising that the registers could be so precise and fast.

By People's Daily Online

Posted by at 06:46 PM

19 Settembre 2005

Australia's .au domain administrator, has announced that the combined number of and domain names has reached 550,000.
The domain names can only be registered by Australian businesses or those with Australian trademarks.

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Posted by at 09:48 AM

15 Settembre 2005
.SG (Singapore) - rules update

The NIC has decided to encourage registrations of .sg domains with a promotional offer has decided to take part in: if you decide to register a domain, we will also register the same domain name under the .sg extension for free. This promotional offer is starting right now and it will last until 28 February 2006.
An Administrative contact in Singapore is the only requested requirement. In case you cannot satisfy this requirement, can provide you with it for free.

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Posted by at 05:42 PM

12 Settembre 2005
.ORG Domain Name Registry to Donate $1 Per New Domain

The .ORG registry, has announced that it will partner with its founding organization, the Internet Society, and its technology services provider, Afilias Limited, to donate $1 USD for every new .ORG domain name registered between 8 September and 30 September 2005 to aid relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:21 PM

6 Settembre 2005
.es: the second phase of the Sunrise Period

The so called Sunrise Period, which anticipates the total liberalization of second level spanish domains, was started by NIC ES last June.

The first phase of the Sunrise Period, dedicated to Public Corporations, ended on the seventh of July, whereas the second phase of the Sunrise Period will start tomorrow (6 September) and will terminate on 21 October.

In this phase, requesting .eu domains will be possible for the following categories:

1) Foundations, associations or societies registered in Spain. These categories will be able to register domain names corresponding to the complete name of their society. Names corresponding to abbreviations of the entire society name are also allowed, as long as they clearly identify that society name only.

2) Owners or licensees of registered commercial names and registered trademarks, either Spanish or foreigners, owners of denominations of origin or other rights of industrial property protected in Spain. These categories will be able to register domain names corresponding to their commercial name, trademark or denomination of origin. In case of text trademark, the domain name will have to be corresponding to the trademark. In case of figurative trademark, the domain name will have to be corresponding to the distinctive part of the trademark.

Requests will be processed according to the "first come, first served " principle: in case of several applicants having the same right to a domain name, that domain name will be assigned to the applicant who first requested that name.

For further information, please visit our dedicated web site, Online Brand Protection.

Posted by at 11:28 AM

29 Agosto 2005
.DE registrations reach 9 million

DENIC, the registry for the German .de domain, has announced the registration of the nine millionth .de domain name. The domain is second only to the .com domain in registrations.

Read more at DENIC.

Posted by at 09:39 AM

25 Agosto 2005
.cn Ranks First in Asia

About 720,000 websites under .cn have been registered in China by the end of July 2005, according to latest statistics released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

This is the first time China has reached the top slot in this area, making its ccTLD, .cn the largest in Asia. In July about 100,000 websites under the .cn domain name were registered. The number two in this race for domains is Japan's .jp, with about 630,000 websites registered under its domain name.

CCTLD Top 10

1. Germany (.de)
2. United Kigndom (.uk)
3. Argentina (.ar)
4. Netherlands (.nl)
5. Italy (.it)
6. USA (.us)
7. Brazil (.br)
8. Switzerland (.ch)
9. China (.cn)
10. Japan (.jp)

Posted by at 10:09 AM

21 Agosto 2005
eu first — companies race to register new domain name

IRISH firms are fighting to register the first pan-European Union internet domain names. Earlier this year the European commission, after tortured negotiations lasting six years, finally reached agreement on the introduction of the pan-European domain name, “.eu”.

Read more at Times Online

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:22 PM

2 Agosto 2005 Sold for $133,000

Despite an industry average of less than $10,000 for domain names, this may signal a rebound in domain name investing.

After holding for 10 years, Blake Newman, President, Artists & Associates Inc., a provider of photographic industry services, sold the domain name for $133,000.

Despite an industry average of less than $10,000 for domain names, this may signal a rebound in domain name investing. Newman plans to take the proceeds of the sale of as seed money to expand his online procurement software and reservation system to a global audience featuring photographers around the world.

"It is the reputation of my great photographers, our professionalism, training and team concept that brings clients to our website, not our domain name," said Newman, President, Artists & Associates. "I believe that people will still visit us at because of our great reputation, not simply because we had owned"

Newman still owns over 350 domain names and is considering a contest, survey or test marketing to see which domain name might be the catchiest or easiest to remember.

Posted by at 12:43 PM

25 Luglio 2005
.TW Registry to Launch English SLDs

To provide registration services starting November 1; currently offers third-level .TW domains.

Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC), the non-profit organization responsible for domain name registration and IP address allocation in Taiwan, today announced that the .TW country code will provide English second level domain name registration services starting November 1.

Currently, only third-level .TW domains are offered. The ccTLD is open to international businesses, organizations and individuals. Businesses are not required to have a presence in Taiwan, contacts or associations with Taiwan or Taiwanese name servers.

TWNIC is responsible for administering and managing the .TW domain, and oversees all .TW domain name registration services to registrars and resellers in Taiwan.

To receive information about .TW registration, fill this form.

Posted by at 09:42 AM

20 Luglio 2005
ICANN Concludes Luxembourg Meet

Conducted workshops on Internationalised Domain Name implementation, the World Summit on Information Society and New TLDs.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:11 PM

12 Luglio 2005
Mobile sites get .mobi domain name

Mobile phone companies have been given their own domain suffix on the web with the announcement of a .mobi domain name.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:29 PM

11 Luglio 2005
Google Wins Domain Arbitration Case

National Arbitration Forum rules in favour of Google regarding rights to,, and

The National Arbitration Forum, today announced that a ruling has been issued in favor of Google regarding rights to the Internet domain names,, and

Google Inc., represented by Rose A. Hagan, filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on May 11, 2005 asserting legal rights to the Web addresses bearing close resemblance to Ruling in Google's favor, National Arbitration Forum arbitrator Paul A. Dorf found that the other party, Sergey Gridasov, registered the and on December 30, 2000 and the domain names and on January 12, 2001 - after Google registered its domain in late 1999.

The other party was also using the disputed domain names to direct Internet users to Web sites that attempt to download viruses, trojan horses and spyware to the users' computers. The disputed domain names contain links to various products unrelated to Google. The arbitrator found that Gridasov did not have legitimate rights to the Web addresses, and the Web addresses were confusingly similar to Google's trademark rights to its own name. The arbitrator also found that Gridasov was using them in bad faith by presumably profiting from the use of domains.

A copy of the decision, Google Inc. v. Sergey Gridasov, is available for viewing on the National Arbitration Forum website.

The National Arbitration Forum is a provider of alternative dispute resolution solutions, including arbitration and mediation, representing a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges in the U.S. and in 29 countries.

Posted by at 09:54 AM

27 Giugno 2005
The dawn of a new domain!

After waiting for years, we have finally reached the crucial phase for the launch of the .eu domain!

Read more on!

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:02 PM

24 Giugno 2005 is the .eu Italian Registrar!

Eurid, the .eu Registration Authority, has published the list of accredited Registrars: has been accredited for the .eu domain. From today we can officially start receiving bookings.

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Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:59 PM

24 Giugno 2005
Book your .eu domain for free! alone offers you a free booking service! Read the Registration Rules very carefully and do not trust companies offering a guranteed pre-registration service. Eurid has not communicated the registrations' date of commencment yet and has anyway announced that registrations will be based on the "fisrt come, fisrt served" principle. That demonstrates that registrations cannot be guaranteed in this phase.

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Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:57 PM

23 Giugno 2005
The .eu domains bookings are now open!

Eurid, the .eu Registration Authority, has published the list of accredited Registrars: has been accredited for the .eu domain. From today we can officially start receiving bookings.

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Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:55 PM

20 Giugno 2005
NU Domain Takes Typosquatting Measures

New SpellGuard service allows protection of up to five misspellings of a domain name which will point to a company's primary URL.

The .NU Domain Ltd, a US based commercial top level domain name registry serving Northern Europe, yesterday announced its new SpellGuard service to protect companies' Internet brands from keyboard errors and typosquatting. The service allows protection of up to five misspellings of a domain name, all of which will point to a company's primary domain name or URL.

SpellGuard is based on .NU Domain's patent pending multilingual web routing technology. With SpellGuard the misspelled domain names can be within 2 letters in length (shorter or longer) of the primary domain name and may have up to two changes in letters. For example, or could be registered as misspellings for These domains will be redirected to the primary domain, and need not be hosted by the domain name holder's ISP or Web service provider.

SpellGuard protects against typosquatting, which involves registering web addresses that are minor variations on the names of well-known, legitimate domains. The copycat addresses may involve transposing letters in the web address. Often users land on copycat sites loaded with unwanted advertising or other undesirable content.

"Keyboarding errors, misspellings and variations in spellings are all ways which users can end up at the wrong Web site, resulting in brand degradation," said J. William Semich, founder and CEO of .NU Domain. "With SpellGuard, for a very small fee an organization can protect its brands without incurring the cost and time of managing numerous variations of its primary domain name."

The new service has distinct benefits for multinational companies, since ASCII versions of multilingual domains can be used as 'misspellings'. .NU Domain's SpellGuard is available for $5 per year per primary domain for the first five misspellings.

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Posted by at 10:21 AM

13 Giugno 2005
ICANN Creating Virtual Red-Light District

NEW YORK -- A red-light district tentatively cleared for construction on the Internet _ the ".xxx" domain _ is being billed by backers as giving the $12 billion online porn industry a great opportunity to clean up its act.

Read more on Washington Post

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:36 AM

10 Giugno 2005
77 Million Domains Now Registered

VeriSign ( said on Tuesday that worldwide domain name registrations had reached 76.9 million in the first quarter of 2005 - an eight percent growth over the fourth quarter of 2004 and a 22 percent increase over the first quarter of 2004.

Read more at Web Host News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:10 PM

6 Giugno 2005
.xxx Domain Gets ICANN Nod

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will begin technical and commercial negotiations with ICM Registry to launch .xxx, officials announced Wednesday.

Read more at Internet News

Posted by at 09:22 AM

11 Maggio 2005
Morgan Freeman wins cybersquatting case

American actor Morgan Freeman, winner of this year's best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in "Million Dollar Baby", won a cybersquatting case in a ruling by an international arbitrator on Tuesday.

Read more at Reuters

Posted by at 10:18 AM

10 Maggio 2005
Domain Name Business Booming in Post-Dot-Com Era

The volume of domain name transactions in 2004 was up 300 percent from 2003. Consolidated data from DNJournal, and, three leading independent companies tracking the domain name marketplace, shows the average sale price of dot-com domains is more than US$9,700.

Read more at E-commerce News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:42 PM

26 Aprile 2005
.EU Final Countdown Begins

EUROPA, a provider of coverage of European Union affairs, today announced the final countdown to the advent of Europe’s own '.eu' internet identity, by the end of 2005, has begun. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will soon put the .eu top level domain in the Internet root, further to a 21 March agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the .eu Registry.

The '.eu' tld will be a new top level domain that will not replace the existing national TLDs in the EU e.g. '.fr' for France and '.be for Belgium, but will complement them and give users the option of having a pan-European Internet identity.

"The agreement reached between ICANN and EURid constitutes a landmark in the history of the .eu project. It gives the green light for the final technical preparations to permit .eu to become a reality before the end of the year," said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding.

EURid is yet to accredit registrars who will be able to accept the first applications to register .eu names. EURid, with the cooperation of the Commission, is working on these final preparations with the aim of launching the first phase of registration later this year.

Europe's Information Society

Posted by at 03:26 PM

21 Aprile 2005
Hillary: 'It takes a Domain Name'

Hillary Rodham Clinton has written a book titled "It Takes a Village." Now, she can say "It Takes A Domain Name," having just won the transfer of

Read more at Cyberspeak

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 06:28 PM

13 Aprile 2005
ICANN approves .jobs, .travel

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the designation of two new sponsored top-level domains (sTLDs), .jobs and .travel. The ICANN Board approved the designation.

Read more at Digital Media Europe

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 06:21 PM

8 Aprile 2005
.in domain registration crosses 1,00,000 mark

The `.in' Internet domain name registration has crossed the 1,00,000 mark in just over 90 days since its official relaunch, the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) said.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:58 PM

6 Aprile 2005
ICANN Meetings Commence in Argentina

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), today announced the commencement of its 22nd international public meeting in Mar del Plata, in Argentina, scheduled from 4th to 8th April, 2005.

Read more at Web Hosting News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:47 PM

24 Marzo 2005
ICANN Approves .EU Addition Into Root

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced the approval of EURid's application to take the new Top Level Domain .eu, into ICANN's root files.

EURid has published a new timetable for the launch, confirming the start of the Sunrise period in late 2005. Registrar agreements will be available this May. EURid will soon begin accrediting .eu Registrars and publishing a list on its website.

Visit the .EU section on web site!

Posted by at 02:50 PM

23 Marzo 2005
WIPO Reports 6.6 Percent Increase in Domain Name Dispute Cases

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported in February that it handled 1,179 cases in 2004, a 6.6 percent increase over the previous year. According to the report, WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center has dealt with more than 7,000 disputes, involving parties from 124 countries and more than 12,500 individual domain names, since the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) went into effect in December 1999.

Read more at WIPO.

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22 Marzo 2005
.TW Taiwan

TWNIC and NeuLevel are pleased to announce the availability of new extensions under the .TW domain space. The following extensions will be available to the international market starting March, 1, 2005:
- Game.TW
- Club.TW
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Posted by at 12:13 PM

14 Marzo 2005 Goes For $700,000

...And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! In the largest sale reported so far in 2005, Interchange Corporation, a public company traded on the NASDAQ (INCX), paid $700,000 to acquire in a private transaction.

Read more at Domain Name Journal

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:48 PM

9 Marzo 2005
Hungary new rules

Starting from 1st of March 2005, the Authority of the Hungarian domains has declared that all the entities (societies, organizations, people,…) resident in the European Community can register a domain .HU, with the requirement of a local Admin-c (if you need, can provide one).
Until today, foreign societies could register a domain in Hungary only if they had a trademark corresponding with the domain name, if they did not have this requirement they had to register a 3rd level domain CO.HU.
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Posted by at 03:03 PM

15 Febbraio 2005
The Near Est

From the 16 of February the Authority will start in accepting the registration of .in (India) domains without any requirement. Companies and private, members of European Community could register unlimited domains in this extension.
Why register a .in?
India is the third market in the world after China and USA for number of internet user reletad to people.
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Posted by at 04:05 PM

18 Gennaio 2005
Purloined Domain Name Is an Unsolved Mystery

It was yet another reminder of how vulnerable a company's brand name can be in the world of electronic commerce.

Read more at The New York Times

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 07:12 PM

2 Dicembre 2004
Domain name registration tops 66.3M

The third quarter of 2004 saw 5.1 million new domain names registered, the highest quarterly growth in Internet history, and bringing worldwide domain name registrations to a record high of 66.3 million, according to VeriSign, Inc., of Mountain View, which sells domain name registration services.

Read more at BusinessJournal

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:31 PM

30 Novembre 2004
What's in a domain name? Hijackers answer back

To demonstrate how easy it is to hijack an online brand, last week Asa Bailey decided to take on one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world, Ogilvy and Mather.

Read more at Netimperative

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:26 PM

30 Novembre 2004
Choosing your domain name

Domain names are the web addresses (www.) that visitors type in to access your website online. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing domain names and they are briefly explored in this article.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:23 PM

28 Novembre 2004
Will New ICANN Rules Fight Domain Transfer Fraud?

Opinion: Transfer requests will default to approval if holding registrar doesn't object. But will the new procedures help prevent theft of domain by transfer fraud?

Read more at Eweek

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:23 PM

26 Novembre 2004
ICANN Appoints New Staff Members

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced yesterday that it has appointed Andrew Savage as Head of Human Resources and Tim Cole as Chief Registrar Liaison.

Read more

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:18 PM

19 Ottobre 2004
.eu Registry contract finally signed

The European Commission and EurID have finally signed the contract which means that the .eu top level domain (TLD) can become a reality.

Read more at Small Business Centre

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:10 PM

7 Ottobre 2004 Does the Heavy Lifting In $40,000 Sale at GreatDomains

The robots took over this week and as far as GreatDomains is concerned that was a good thing. Their $40,000 sale of gave them the lead position on our new Top Ten sales chart.

Read more at Domain Name Journal

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:04 AM

5 Ottobre 2004
Commission, EURid to sign '.eu' domain name contract

The European Commission and EURid – the organisation that has been selected by the European Commission to run the ".eu" domain name - are expected to sign a contract shortly, making the domain name finally usable.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:13 AM

4 Ottobre 2004
Arabic domain names

UAE working with other countries to develop Arabic domain names.

Read more at Gulf News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:37 PM

20 Settembre 2004
First Worldwide Traffic-Building Conference

Web Hosting News: Internet Domain Owners to Converge on Florida for First Worldwide Traffic-Building Conference; Celebrity Ben Stein to Keynote 'T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2004' in October.

Read more at WebHostingDirectory

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:00 AM

20 Settembre 2004
Dangerous Days on the World Wild Web

As crime and hacking gain sophistication, rampant identity thefts and extortion schemes are threatening e-commerce at a critical time.

Read more at BusinessWeek Online

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 08:46 AM

1 Settembre 2004
Anti-abortion cybersquatter loses appeal

A federal appeals court on Wednesday said an anti-abortion activist had violated trademark law by registering a slew of domain names, including,,,, and

Read more at ZDNet

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:24 PM

22 Luglio 2004
ICANN Adds IPv6 to Root DNS

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has added an IPv6 nameserver address to the Internet's DNS root server system, a move that promises to solve the possible shortage of IP addresses.

Read more at Internet News

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:02 PM

19 Luglio 2004
European domain to hit the market

Internet addresses ending in .eu will be available by the end of this year
Internet users will be able to register domain names with the ending ".eu" by the end of this year, the director of the Italian Institute for Information Technology (IIT) has said.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:07 PM

15 Luglio 2004
ICANN report attacks VeriSign Site Finder service

ICANN, the internet’s naming authority, has published a damning report on a controversial service launched by domain name registry VeriSign last year, concluding that VeriSign violated architectural principles, codes of conduct and good practice.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:41 PM

15 Luglio 2004
Domain Name Registration Rules Simplified Across Europe

Internet Registration Doors Opening Up Across Europe
Details of '.eu' Sunrise Period Released
EuroDNS Offers Worldwide Coverage With a European Emphasis
Many Companies Unaware of These Developments in Europe

Reade more at Web Hosting Directory

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:38 PM

30 Giugno 2004
Iraq wants to claim new territory for its own, planting its flag in cyberspace.

It wants to administer and control the internet domain name .iq, taking it back from a firm in Texas which currently owns it.

The government has officially petitioned the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) for control of .iq.

read more at BBC News site

Posted by Silvia Mazzanti at 10:27 AM

22 Giugno 2004
Is Cybersquatting Killing E-Business?

Certain kinds of software exist that monitor which domains have suddenly become available, then register them immediately if they are well known, WIPO spokesperson Francis Gurry told the E-Commerce Times.

Read more at Linux Insider

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:41 PM

10 Giugno 2004
WORLD: Internet address registrations surge to 63 million

The total number of registered internet addresses reached a new summit of 63 million after a record increase of 4.7 million in the first quarter

Read more on Asia Media

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 02:55 PM

14 Maggio 2004
Jean-Jacques Damlamian, ICANN

At a time when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is being challenged in court by its own constituents, a relative outsider has been tapped to lead the organization's 2004 Nominating Committee (NomCom).


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 08:17 AM

28 Aprile 2004
China: Premier Market for Domains?

China: Will the World's Most Populous Nation Become a Premier Market for Domains?

Read more at Domain Name Journal

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:58 PM

22 Aprile 2004
Eminem wins cybersquatting case

US rapper Eminem today won a cybersquatting ruling against a British website selling mobile phone ringtones, preventing it from using his name, image and music.

Read more at Guardian Unlimited

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:36 AM

22 Aprile 2004, VeriSign Settle Legal Dispute and VeriSign Inc. have agreed to settle their six-year legal battle over claims that the Internet address keeper wrongly transferred the lucrative domain name to a convicted forger.

Read more at BizReport

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:33 AM

2 Aprile 2004
BMW wins domain

BMW, owners of the Mini brand, brought a complaint under the quaintly named Eligibility Requirements Dispute Resolution Policy for .NAME ("ERDRP") against an individual who had registered the domain name

Read more at MultiReg

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:48 PM

29 Marzo 2004
ICANN chief meets Annan

THE president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the first time, amidst growing concerns about ICANN's US focus.

Read more at AustralianIT

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:00 PM

2 Marzo 2004

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), technical and governance coordinator for the domain name system, is due to launch its latest meeting in Rome today.

Read more at Demys

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:38 PM

2 Marzo 2004
ICANN Fleshes Out Global Ambitions

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues its tri-annual get-together in Rome this week, as Internet enthusiasts, big-name corporations and government entities discuss the organization's plans to expand its presence globally.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 09:50 AM

6 Febbraio 2004
Washington Post lets domain registration lapse

The Washington Post Co. neglected to pay the $19 annual registration fee for its corporate domain name, an oversight that caused the company's internal e-mail system to crash for part of the day, a company official said Thursday.

Read more at ZDNet

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:27 PM

4 Febbraio 2004
UK firm wins cybersquatting case

A Sussex-based not-for-profit organisation has won its dispute with cybersquatters after the UK domain name registry Nominet ruled in its favour and awarded it two domains.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:40 PM

29 Gennaio 2004
Network Solutions cuts short Google shortcut

Domain name registrar Network Solutions has a message for Google: Don't mess with our Whois.

Read more at The Net

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 12:16 PM

27 Gennaio 2004
Cybersquatters continued to plague big-name

Famous brands and celebrities continue to fall foul of cybersquatters, with the number of complaints about unfair domain names lodged last year almost unchanged from 2002, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said.

Read more at Yahoo! New

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 12:12 PM

13 Gennaio 2004
Return of the domain name

The estate auditors of JRR Tolkien won a cybersquatting case on Tuesday as the final installment of the film trilogy based on his books, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, continued to top the worldwide box office.

Read more at IOL

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 01:32 PM

8 Gennaio 2004
Tentative Timetable for .eu

Read more at Eurid web site

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:01 PM

17 Dicembre 2003
ICANN Approves Global User Community Participation

From a December 16 announcement by ICANN...

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 05:18 PM

5 Dicembre 2003
ASA slaps .eu domain name seller

Cambridge-based firm warned against claiming to be an accredited domain seller.

Read more at Personal Computer World

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 01:30 PM

4 Dicembre 2003
Domain registry site struck by hackers

The Global Name Registry's .name site was taken offline by hackers last weekend. The Global Name Registry confirmed that its .name Web site was hacked over the weekend, blaming the attack on the company's move to relaunch its services.

Read more at ZDNet UK

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:04 PM

28 Novembre 2003
Developing countries 'may challenge domain governance'

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is due to take place in Geneva on 10-12 December. While the published statement of the secretariat indicates that it....

Read more at Demys

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 01:54 PM

27 Novembre 2003
Cybersquatters in rugby domain scrummage

French firm kicks England into touch in loose ruck over


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 04:02 PM

24 Novembre 2003
.Pro domains go live on December 10

When .Pro launches on December 10, addresses in the form "" will now be available to any registrant satisfying the requirements for a corresponding, or Internet address. Approval for second-level domains was granted to the .Pro registry during the recent ICANN Board meeting in Tunisia.


Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 03:22 PM

10 Novembre 2003
ICANN board squatter dies

Infamous ICANN board squatter Hans Kraaijenbrink has died. In a tribute to the Dutchman, ICANN chairman Vint Cerf said Hans had "played a key role in the evolution and reform of ICANN... ”.

Read more at The Registrer

Posted by at 07:38 PM

6 Novembre 2003
Microsoft forgets to renew domain

Microsoft was busy covering up an almighty cock-up last night after forgetting to renew its domain name.

Read more at The Register

Posted by at 03:38 PM

3 Novembre 2003
Anti-cybersquatting act offers protection

You are protected by the ''Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act,'' which prohibits bad faith registration of well-known company or celebrity names...

Read more at Miami Herald

Posted by at 08:49 AM

31 Ottobre 2003
Alert on second mail out from Domain Names NZ

Commission alerts public to second mail out from Domain Names NZ. The Commerce Commission is aware of a second mass mail out by Australian-based company, Domain Names NZ, and strongly urges that people look carefully at all details before considering paying any sum requested.

Read more at Scoop

Posted by at 09:06 AM

30 Ottobre 2003
ICANN Meetings in Carthage, Tunisia

The third round of ICANN meetings in 2003 will be held 27-31 October in Carthage, Tunisia. The meetings are free to attend, and open to any interested person.

Read more at ICANN.ORG

Posted by at 01:34 PM

28 Ottobre 2003
ICANN heads for 'substantive' meeting

The Internet administrator has set a controversial agenda for its meeting in Tunisia this week, covering VeriSign's redirection service, IPv6, and intellectual property rights

Read more at ZDNet

Posted by at 06:25 PM

22 Ottobre 2003
VeriSign's ploy brings flood of traffic

VeriSign became one of America's 50 most-visited Internet properties in September, after launching its controversial Site Finder redirection service

Read more at ZD-Net

Posted by at 09:09 AM

20 Ottobre 2003
Anti-scam site keeps it's domain name

Anti-scam website has been vindicated in a domain dispute judgement brought by the subject of its attention - European City Guide.

Read more at The Register

Posted by at 05:11 PM

19 Ottobre 2003
VeriSign selling domain name unit

VeriSign is selling 85% of its Network Solutions business, which provides .com and .net internet domain name registrations, to Pivotal Private Equity for approximately $US100 million.

Read more at ComputerWorld

Posted by at 02:56 PM

17 Ottobre 2003
VeriSign to quit domain registration

VeriSign plans to sell its domain registration business but will keep hold of the database directing people to .com and .net Web addresses.

Read more at ZDNET

Posted by at 03:23 PM

16 Ottobre 2003
VeriSign to revive redirect service

VeriSign will give a 30- to 60-day notice before resuming a controversial and temporarily suspended feature that redirected many .com and .net domains, company representatives said Wednesday.

Read more at ZDNet Australia

Posted by at 03:10 PM

3 Ottobre 2003
VeriSign shuts down Web site finder

Web address provider VeriSign Inc. said on Friday it would suspend a controversial new service.


Posted by at 08:32 AM

24 Settembre 2003
Tenerife Gov. loses battle with "unclean hands" registrant

The Government of the Island of Tenerife, a Spanish province, has lost its bid under the UDRP for transfer of the geographic domain name to the current registrant, Jupiter Web Services Limited of Merseyside, UK.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:24 AM

21 Settembre 2003
ICANN asks VeriSign to pull redirect service

The agency that oversees Internet domain names has asked VeriSign to voluntarily suspend a new service that redirects Web surfers to its own site when they seek to access unassigned Web addresses, rather than return an error message.


Posted by at 08:21 AM

8 Settembre 2003
Arrested man faces domain name challenge

Philadelphia man John Zuccarini, 53, has been arrested and charged with one count of registering misleading domain names on the internet.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 04:00 PM

3 Settembre 2003
Man accused of luring kids to porn sites

An Internet site owner was arrested Wednesday on charges he created and used misleading domain names on the Web to deceive minors into logging on to pornographic sites.


Posted by at 03:50 PM

2 Settembre 2003
Al-Jazeera relaunches English site

Arabic language news agency Al-Jazeera has relaunched the English version of its Web site after hackers vandalized and technology providers abandoned its previous incarnations.


Posted by at 07:55 AM

1 Settembre 2003
James Bond evicts cybersquatter

James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has won a legal battle to claim the Internet Web site bearing his name, international arbitrators ruled Monday.


Posted by at 08:01 AM

26 Agosto 2003
Domains run on diesel

One of the things which often astonishes brand owners is the extent to which the virtual world is rooted in reality. Cyberspace, web sites, the domain name system and domain names themselves are all brought into being by real computer infrastructure: hardware, cables, racks and little flashing lights which live in nondescript buildings with names such as 'server farms' and 'co-location facilities'.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:22 AM

25 Agosto 2003
Sites Reconsider X-Rated Domain

Spooked by a new law authorizing harsh penalties for deceptive online porn publishers, adult webmasters are reconsidering a proposal for a top-level domain of their own.
The plan calls for adding a new dot-xxx suffix to the Internet's root directory, to be used exclusively by adult-oriented websites.


Posted by at 08:13 AM

30 Luglio 2003
Air France wins typosquatting dispute

International airline carrier Air France has won a dispute against the registrant of, after it was held that the domain was registered to confuse Internet users - a phenomenon known as "typo squatting".


Posted by at 01:58 PM

29 Luglio 2003
Sex dot con

I wonder if the people who invented it ever envisaged the way in which the Internet would develop and how it would, one day, become the source of an ever increasing number of disputes and court actions.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 02:02 PM

22 Luglio 2003
68 million Chinese Web surfers and counting

The number of Internet users in China grew by 15 percent over the past six months to 68 million, while the country's number of Web sites surged by 28 percent, the government said Monday.


Posted by at 07:53 AM

17 Luglio 2003
Starbucks finally gets its frappuccino

International coffee shop chain Starbucks has won and under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) finally ending a dispute started over 6 years ago.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 07:48 AM

11 Luglio 2003 sues ICANN

Ottawa-based domain name registrar has launched a suit against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, claiming its practices are monopolistic.


Posted by at 08:47 AM

24 Giugno 2003
Domain Name System marks its 20th birthday

The database system that sends web surfers to the right page and deliver e-mail messages has turned 20.

Read more at ComputerWeekly

Posted by at 12:47 AM

18 Giugno 2003
Whois data reminder policy - a white elephant?

Generic top level domain name registrants will now be presented by their Registrar with their WHOIS contact details on an annual basis. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has now published the mechanism by which this will be achieved.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 07:54 AM

16 Giugno 2003 hijacker pleads guilty to US federal charges

A Californian website developer, who duped Network Solutions (formerly Verisign) into giving him control of the domain name account for Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language media organisation, has agreed to plead guilty to two US felony charges of wire fraud and unlawful interception of an electronic communication.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:50 AM

13 Giugno 2003
Supreme Court denies appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied an appeal in a long-running dispute over the Internet domain, writing what's likely to be the final legal chapter in the once high-profile case.

Read this article at CNET

Posted by at 08:45 AM

9 Giugno 2003
LA Names to Operate New .la Domain Extension

The LA Names Corporation announced today it has assumed responsibility as the operator of the new Los Angeles Internet address, .la. Los Angeles will be the first city in the world to have its own unique Internet address.

Read more at the Whir's

Posted by at 10:37 AM

9 Giugno 2003
Oecd speaks out on whois

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has produced (and de-classified) a report on the importance of accurate and available WHOIS data.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:21 AM

25 Maggio 2003
The .org whois saga and why EPP may save the Net

Far from committing Hari-Kiri as some over-zealous emailers suggested last week, we decided to find out exactly what the Public Interest Registry's plan for .org domains were and how come its whois information is currently so limited.

Read more at The Register

Posted by at 08:32 AM

23 Maggio 2003
WIPO cases hit the mark as 5000th dispute received

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that it received its 5,000th domain name case under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) this month.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:20 AM

22 Maggio 2003
EURid to run .EU

The European Commission has announced that it has chosen the EURid consortium to run the new .eu top level domain. EURid is a not for profit organisation built around the Belgian, Italian and Swedish registries.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:18 AM

14 Maggio 2003
Is Your Corporate Identity at Risk? How To Protect Against Cyberpiracy

As the Internet opens the door to a global economy, your corporate identity is more vulnerable than ever before. You can remain a step ahead of would-be infringers and ever-bolder global pirates, in the U.S. and abroad, with a proactive, strategic trademark and domain name plan in place.

Read more at New England In-House

Posted by at 10:19 AM

12 Maggio 2003
Thwarting Cyberpiracy Takes Strategic Domain-Name and Trademark Plan

Instead of cutlasses and cannon, defeating today's cyber-pirates who steal trademarks and domain names takes a proactive, strategic trademark and domain-name plan, lawyer Douglas R. Wolf of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., writes in the inaugural issue of New England In-House.

Read more at Business Wire

Posted by at 10:13 AM

7 Maggio 2003
40% of admin email addresses "unavailable"

A recent mail shot carried out by SIDN - the Netherlands naming authority - to the official email contact for every .nl domain resulted in 40% being returned as undeliverable.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:29 AM

30 Aprile 2003
Puerto Rico defeated in dispute

In a WIPO decision released today, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company has lost a dispute over in very similar circumstances to the decision in

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 07:47 AM

25 Aprile 2003
ICANN is to tighten domain name registration rules

Every domain name owner will be required to update their contact details annually, in new proposals to be enforced by the end of May. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) intends to increase the accuracy of registration details, to make dispute resolution easier.

Read more at Internet Magazine

Posted by at 09:38 AM

22 Aprile 2003
.org through thick and thin

Confused by queries on .org domain names? Demys explains what's happened to the .org WHOIS service since January this year.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 08:50 AM

16 Aprile 2003
Disputes - where it's .at

This month the Austrian naming authority have launched a dispute resolution system to handle clashes over .at domains. The new service is designed to provide a quick, cost-effective alternative to legal proceedings.

Read more at Demys

Posted by at 05:26 PM

10 Aprile 2003
Insurance giant fails in porn site domain challenge

Insurance giant The Prudential Insurance Company of America has lost a domain dispute under the UDRP after they failed to show that - which diverted web users to a pornographic site - was confusingly similar to their Prudential trade marks.

You can find this article at Demys

Posted by at 08:01 AM

10 Aprile 2003
More domain names registered in Ukraine

The total amount of registered third level domain names increased in Ukraine by 5.5 per cent during first quarter of 2003. National domain name administrator Hostmaster said that Ukraine has 94,500 third level domain names now, e.g., ‘.kiev’, ‘.ua’.

Continue reading this article at Europemedia

Posted by at 07:58 AM

8 Aprile 2003
Sweden gets even more liberal

From the end of April, 2003 the Swedish country code top level domain will be made available to registrants on a first-come-first served-basis. Domains will no longer require preliminary examination by the naming authority and restrictions of the number of domains available per applicant will be scrapped.

Continue reading this article at Demys

Posted by at 07:54 AM

3 Aprile 2003
New Domain Name Regime Introduced in in Sweden

Network Information Centre Sweden AB (NIC-SE), which is the organisation that administers .se domain names, will be introducing a new regime for registration of .se domain names.

Continue reading this article at ICANN Watch

Posted by at 10:47 AM

2 Aprile 2003
Businesses face losing domains under new rules

At its latest board meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the international governing body which oversees domain name registration, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) adopted 'consensus policies' regarding the accuracy of WHOIS domain name data which could result in businesses losing their domains.

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Posted by at 01:25 PM

31 Marzo 2003
If you can't do the time, don't register the domain

In a little noticed outcome with potentially far-reaching implications for the domain name system, the US House of Representatives has voted to provide criminal sanctions for the use of misleading domain names on the Internet.

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Posted by at 10:32 AM

28 Marzo 2003
EURid set to manage .eu Internet domain-officials

Non-profit consortium EURid of Italy, Belgium and Sweden is set to administer the planned .eu domain, a new Internet address aimed at giving companies a pan-European Union presence, EU officials said on Friday.

You can find the complete story at MSNBC News

Posted by at 10:30 AM

26 Marzo 2003
"Finders keepers" claim wins domain dispute

UK-based Vernons Pools have lost a dispute after a domain they failed to renew was consequently re-registered and used to offer free email services.

You may find the complete article at

Posted by at 09:41 AM

26 Marzo 2003
Use misleading domain name, go to jail?

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would criminalize using misleading domain names to lure unsuspecting people to sex sites.

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Posted by at 09:11 AM

19 Marzo 2003
ICANN announces new President

Australian Dr. Paul Twomey has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the new President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). On March 27, Dr. Twomey will replace retiring President/CEO Stuart Lynn who has served for the past two years.

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Posted by at 02:21 PM

18 Marzo 2003
City of Madrid loses domain name challenge

Spain's capital Madrid has lost a challenge under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Policy (UDRP) over the domain name

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Posted by at 02:27 PM

14 Marzo 2003
ICANN loads dice in reform process

The last glimmer of hope that Internet overseeing organisation ICANN may be planning to make itself more relevant was snuffed out yesterday when it chose two key people to push through this year's reform process.

Continue reading this article at The Register

Posted by at 06:03 PM

13 Marzo 2003
Croatian domain name registrations on the increase

The remarkable growth of Croatian internet can be seen from the growing demand for the Croatian top-level domain, ‘.hr’.

You can find this article at Europemedia

Posted by at 05:59 PM

10 Marzo 2003
Court dismisses Falwell domain name case

A federal judge in Virginia has dismissed Jerry Falwell's attempt to gain control of the Web address bearing his name, saying the court does not have jurisdiction over the matter.

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Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 12:04 PM

10 Marzo 2003
Afghans plant flag on the Internet

After years of isolation Afghanistan has planted its flag in cyberspace, winning legal and technical control over the ".af" Internet suffix.
The domain name will be applied to all private and governmental e-mail addresses and Web sites based in Afghanistan.

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Posted by at 08:49 AM

7 Marzo 2003
New Domains For China Available

China's Ministry of Information Industry made the decision to open up URLs with .cn extensions to individuals and businesses located outside of China in the fall of 2002. The move came as part of relaxing trade regulations after China's entry into the World Trade Organization in December 2001.

Continue reading this article at Boston Internet

Posted by at 09:16 AM

26 Febbraio 2003
First .uk personal name dispute decision

Tahir Mohsan, the Managing Director of UK-based computer manufacturer and retailer Time Group, has won the first dispute under Nominet's dispute resolution service where the domain in question related to a personal name.

You may finda the complete article at Demys

Posted by at 08:57 AM

26 Febbraio 2003
Yugoslavia top level domain name quandary

After Yugoslavia’s formal name change to Serbia and Montenegro, it is still not clear what will happen with the country’s top-level domain name (TLD).
There are many rumours about what the new TLD extension that will replace former .yu will be.

Continue reading this article at Europemedia

Posted by at 08:38 AM

19 Febbraio 2003
Net blocking threatens legitimate sites

A study from Harvard University's Berkman Center highlights how modern Web standards have permitted thousands of domain names to share one Internet address. It concludes that instead of precisely targeting only objectionable sites, attempts to restrict Internet addresses with pornographic, political or gambling-related content inevitably make legitimate sites unreachable too.

Continue reading this article at CNet

Posted by at 09:11 AM

18 Febbraio 2003
Re-registered domains not "abusive registrations"

Zara Holdings Limited - former registrants of a desirable three letter domain - have lost a domain name dispute under Nominet's Dispute Resolution Service. The action was brought after Zara did not renew their name allowing it to be re-registered by a domain speculator.

You may find this complete article at Demys

Posted by at 11:50 AM

17 Febbraio 2003
"Jonnie Walker" loses

John Walker, the registrant of, has lost the second ever domain dispute to Guinness United Distillers - distillers of Johnnie Walker whisky, after the expert ruled - in the words of Nominet's dispute policy - that the domain in the hands of the respondent was "an abusive registration".

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Posted by at 04:54 PM

14 Febbraio 2003
People with Personal Websites

A University of Maryland/Rockbridge Associates survey of US consumers
determined that 21% have their own websites or have family members with their own websites.

You may find the complete research at BizReport Network

Posted by at 05:22 PM

12 Febbraio 2003
Beauty, Bible colleges win '.edu' domain name

Beauty, theological and distance-learning schools will be among the educational institutions that will soon share online real estate with the likes of Princeton and Harvard.

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Posted by at 09:17 AM

10 Febbraio 2003
Dyson ends support for ICANN 1.0

Esther Dyson is increasingly distancing herself from the old ICANN as she seeks to create ICANN 2.0 to oversee the Internet's future. But experts are still divided over how the organisation should work

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Posted by at 02:55 PM

3 Febbraio 2003
.NL open to everyone

Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN), the Netherlands Foundation for Internet Domain Name Registration, has thrown open the formerly restricted .nl country code top level domain name to all applicants.
The new regulations come into effect this week and will allow corporations and private individuals alike unrestricted registrations throughout the .nl domain name space.

You may find the complete article at Demys

Posted by at 09:36 AM

29 Gennaio 2003
Love poems not evidence of good faith under UDRP

A Scottish respondent has lost in a domain dispute to the ex-CNN anchor-woman of the same name, after the panel held that using the associated web site to publish a love poem to a "girl named Lynne Russell who [the respondent] knew in his 'younger days'" was not sufficient evidence that it had been registered in good faith.

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Posted by at 09:08 AM

27 Gennaio 2003
Post dating trademarks can't support domain claims

In no less than three separate reported domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), decided within a day of each other, the complainant has been unsuccessful because in each case it relied upon a trademark which came into existence after the registration of the domain name.

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Posted by at 09:42 AM

27 Gennaio 2003
VeriSign releases .org

VeriSign this past weekend transferred operation of the .org top-level domain to the Public Interest Registry (PIR), a group established by the nonprofit Internet Society (ISOC) to administer .org. The technical transfer follows PIR's official assumption of authority over .org earlier this month.

You can find this article at

Posted by at 09:37 AM

24 Gennaio 2003
Activist says his Web addresses are worth time in jail

An anti-abortion activist who has registered Web site addresses derived from the name of the Washington Post said he would go to jail rather than give give them up. The registered domain names include "" and "the"

Read this article at Usa Today

Posted by at 12:09 PM

21 Gennaio 2003
University loses domain name case

The University of Wisconsin has lost a UDRP dispute relating to eight domains closely corresponding with the abbreviated names of its various campuses. While the case again shows that evidence is key to a successful UDRP dispute, the Panellist also made useful suggestions of what might be required to show rights in a name if registered trade marks rights do not exist.

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Posted by at 08:48 AM

17 Gennaio 2003
Michael Douglas wins domain name

Michael Douglas - son of veteran actor Kirk Douglas - and made famous by his starring roles in such films as "Wall Street", "Traffic" and "Romancing the Stone" has won a domain name case against a registrant who appeared to share his name with a number of famous celebrities.

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Posted by at 03:14 PM

16 Gennaio 2003
Cybersquatting profits from online brands

Cybersquatters who use popular names to make money out of companies or to drive traffic to their own sites are still a problem in the online world.

Read this article at ZdNet UK

Posted by at 03:00 PM

14 Gennaio 2003
Afghanistan gets connected

The Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan has successfully applied to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to have the .af country code redelegated to the Ministry of Communications.

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Posted by at 10:46 AM

10 Gennaio 2003
Domain name battle suffers setback

The government’s battle to reclaim the domain name looks set to fail following a ruling by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) that a country’s name is not a trademark which a government has the right to own.


Posted by at 11:46 AM

2 Gennaio 2003
Public Interest Registry Assumes Control of .ORG Domain Name Registry in Historic Transition

The Public Interest Registry (PIR) today announced that it has assumed the role of registry operator for the .ORG top-level domain in a smooth handoff from former operator VeriSign Global Registry Services. This historic transition, which commenced yesterday when PIR officially assumed control of registry operations, marks the beginning of the largest transfer of data from one registry to another in the history of the Internet.

Full Press Release on web site.

Posted by Marianna Tomassi at 02:56 PM