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December 14, 2018 16:36

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This is how AppDetex works

A small brand-protection registrar with a big friend caused quite a stir at ICANN 63 here in Barcelona this week, after accusing registrars for the second time of shirking their duties to disclose private Whois data to trademark owners. AppDetex, which has close ties to Facebook, has sent something like 9,000 Whois requests to registrars […]

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DomainTools tracks its one billionth domain

DomainTools now has records of over a billion domain names in its database, according to the company. The billionth name was added last month, according to a blog post. The company notes that there are only about 350 million domains in existence today, meaning that twice as many domains have been deleted and never re-registered […]

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Can’t get enough GDPR? Come to my NamesCon panel

NamesCon Europe is being held in Valencia, Spain, this week, the first time the NamesCon branding has been applied to the old Domaining Europe show. Starting Thursday, it’s a two-day conference — or three if you count the social events planned for Saturday — with a varied agenda focused on domain investors. The keynote will […]

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Sedo’s cunning GDPR workaround

With full Whois records set to disappear from public view for most domain names this Friday, auction house Sedo has had to resort to some technical trickery to enable its users to prove they own the domains they list for sale. Until now, when listing a domain at Sedo, the company has checked whether the […]

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NamesCon dumps the Trop, eyeing beaches for 2020

GoDaddy-owned annual domain industry conference NamesCon has decided to ditch Las Vegas after its 2019 event. The show is now looking for ideas for a new location close to a beach, according to a post on its web site. The January event next year will be held at the Tropicana hotel on the Vegas strip, […]

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Cybersquatting cases up because of .com

The World Intellectual Property Organization handled cybersquatting cases covering almost a thousand extra domain names in 2017 over the previous year, but almost all of the growth came from complaints about .com names, according to the latest WIPO stats. There were 3,074 UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2017, up about 1.2% from the 3,036 […]

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Donuts releases free TLD-neutral name-spinner

Donuts has announced the release of a free name-spinner tool for registrars and resellers. Relevant Name Search, found at rns.domains, isn’t a destination site in itself, but will be free for registrars to integrate into their storefronts. The company said it’s been in beta testing with eNom, Dreamhost, Dynadot and Name.com, with eNom using it […]

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DomainTools scraps apps and APIs in war on spam

DomainTools is to scrap at least five of its services as it tries to crack down spam. It’s getting rids of its mobile apps, its APIs, and is to stop showing registrants’ personal information to unauthenticated users. CEO Tim Chen told us in an email at the weekend: The Android app is no longer supported. […]

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Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

Regular users of DomainTools should expect significant changes to their service, possibly unwelcome, as the impact of incoming European Union privacy law begins to be felt. Professional users such as domain investors are most likely to be impacted by the changes. The company hopes to announce how its services will be rejiggered to comply with […]

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Almost half of ccTLDs may block some Whois data

Almost half of ccTLDs are planning to hide parts of Whois results from public view in response to incoming European Union law. That’s according to a recent informal survey of the members of CENTR, the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, detailed in a letter to ICANN (pdf) last week. According to the […]

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