Monday , October 18 2021

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Facebook’s war on privacy claims first registrar scalp

China’s oldest accredited registrar says it will shut up shop permanently next week after being sued into the ground by Facebook, apparently the first victim of the social media giant’s war against Whois privacy. Facebook sued OnlineNIC in 2019 alleging widespread cybersquatting of its brands. The complaint cited 20 domains …

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GoDaddy welcomes four porn TLDs

GoDaddy may not have the raunchy public image it once promoted, but it’s now the official registry for tens of thousands of porn-related domain names. The gTLDs .xxx, .porn, .adult and .sex made the move from UNR’s back-end to GoDaddy Registry this week, IANA records show. These almost certainly the …

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Nope, no Seattle meeting for ICANN

ICANN’s planned public meeting in Seattle will have no face-to-face component, the board of directors decided yesterday. In a resolution published last night, the board cited the global vaccine inequity and the ongoing difficulties with international travel and visas during the coronavirus pandemic. But it added that it plans to …

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.org domains could come in seven new languages

Public Interest Registry is planning support for seven more languages in the .org gTLD. The company has asked ICANN for permission to support seven additional internationalized domain name scripts: Croatian, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Montenegrin, Portuguese, and Japanese. Five of these languages use the Latin script also used in English, but …

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MMX gets nod to sell 22 gTLDs to GoDaddy

New gTLD registry MMX expects to shortly offload most of its portfolio of strings to GoDaddy Registry after receiving ICANN approvals. The company said today that its transfer requests for four of its gTLD contracts have received full ICANN approval. Another 18 have received conditional ICANN approval, and MMX believes …

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ICANN to hold hybrid meeting in October (not that one)

ICANN said yesterday that is plans to hold a “hybrid” meeting in October with an in-person component. It’s not the Seattle public meeting ICANN 72 — no decision has been made there yet — but rather the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy. APIGA is basically a set of internet governance …

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Cambodia looking at new registry overseer

The Cambodian government is reportedly planning to create a new group to oversee its national ccTLD, .kh. According to The Phnom Penh Post, the local telecommunications ministry is considering legislation that would create KH Network Information Centre. KHNIC would be modeled on APNIC and combine domain name and IP address …

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Panel hands .sucks squatter a WIN, but encourages action against the registry

A UDRP panel has denied a complaint against .sucks cybersquatter Honey Salt on a technicality, but suggested that aggrieved trademark holders instead sic their lawyers at the .sucks registry itself. The three-person World Intellectual Property Organization panel threw out a complaint about six domains — covestro.sucks, lundbeck.sucks, rockwool.sucks, rockfon.sucks, grodan.sucks, …

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Three rivals challenge EURid for .eu contract

Three organizations have emerged to rival EURid for the right to operate the .eu ccTLD. The European Commission has published the list of four eligible applicants — which by law must be non-profits — for the .eu registry contract. One of them is of course EURid, which has been running …

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Amazon has started using hard-won .amazon

Amazon has started using its controversial dot-brand gTLD, .amazon. Six domains — ads.amazon, alexa.amazon, echo.amazon, kindle.amazon, prime.amazon and primevideo.amazon — appear to have come online in the last month or so and all resolve. Proponents of the dot-brand concept may be mildly disappointed to note that they’re all currently just …

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Will you use SSAD for Whois queries?

ICANN is pinging the community for feedback on proposed Whois reforms that would change how people request access to private registrant data. The fundamental question is: given everything you know about the proposed System for Standardized Access and Disclosure (SSAD), how likely are you to actually use it? The SSAD …

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