3rd phase .com.de release has begun

Today the third phase of the release of the .com.de-extension, the .de owner promotion phase, has begun. This phase will end on September 22nd.

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This post was written by lieve on August 30, 2011

Squatter hijacks name Amy Winehouse Foundation

A cybersquatter is being accused of hijacking the domain name of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Martin McCann, the man who registered the name, doesn’t think he has done anything wrong.

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This post was written by lieve on August 25, 2011

.xxx registry blocks domain names

ICM, the .xxx registry, has blocked approximately 15.000 .xxx names. These names won’t be available for registration once the release of this extension begins.

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This post was written by lieve on August 24, 2011

Libyan registry hacked

An anti-Kadafhi hacker successfully defaced the website of the .ly-registry. At the time of writing, the website of the registry looks like this:

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This post was written by Bart on August 22, 2011

Renewal rate of .co at 66%

On July 20th 2010 the ‘go-live’ for .co domain names (Colombia) began. Now, after 1 year, records show that 66% of all names that were registered back then, were also renewed.

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This post was written by lieve on August 17, 2011

.ss will be top level domain of South Sudan

125px-flag_of_south_sudansvgIt is now official: .ss will become the future domain name extension of South Sudan. Almost instantly after South Sudan became an independent state, on July 9th 2010, they requested to be appointed their own proper country code top level domain. This has now been officially allocated to them.

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This post was written by Bart on August 11, 2011

First .xxx website has gone live

Today, the first .xxx website has gone love. casting.xxx is the first porn website which uses this new extension.

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This post was written by lieve on August 3, 2011

Will ICANN terminate .jobs?

A while ago we already posted an article that ICANN had seriously warned the .jobs registry. The registry got this warning because, according to ICANN, they had set up a partnership via which the registry violated the rules of their own policy.

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This post was written by lieve on August 1, 2011

Continuity .gb.com endangered due to legal dispute

top_logoDuring the previous weekend, all websites and other services ending in .gb.com went off-line. The extension .gb.com isn’t a real “top level domain” like fore example .be or .co.uk. It actually is the owner of the domain name “gb.com” who is selling subdomains under his domain name. And it now turns out that ownership of gb.com is disputed.

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This post was written by Bart on August 1, 2011