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December 17, 2018 14:14

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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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ICANN 63, Day 0 — registrars bollock DI as Whois debate kicks off

Blameless, cherubic domain industry news blogger Kevin Murphy received a bollocking from registrars over recent coverage of Whois reform yesterday, as he attended the first day of ICANN 63, here in Barcelona. Meanwhile, the community working group tasked with designing this reform put in a 10-hour shift of face-to-face talks, attempting to craft the language […]

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He too started with a small million loan from family…but his next IPO is the mother of all IPOs

Meet Trump supporter Peter Thiel…  A gay immigrant who has probably done more to move the world forward then more iconic tech geniuses we hear about.  Thiel has started, invested in and advised some of the most important technology companies in the past 20 years, earning himself a fortune in the process.  Limited thinking is […]

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Registrars still not responding to private Whois requests

Registrars are still largely ignoring requests for private Whois data, according to a brand protection company working for Facebook. AppDetex wrote to ICANN (pdf) last week to say that only 3% of some 9,000 requests it has made recently have resulted in the delivery of full Whois records. Almost 60% of these requests were completely […]

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Empty Whois a threat to the US elections?

Could a lack of Whois records thwart the fight against attempts to interfere in this year’s US elections? That’s the threat raised by DomainTools CEO Tim Chen in a blog post, and others, this week. Chen points to recent research by Facebook, based on an investigation by security company FireEye, that linked a large network […]

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High Times, Pot’s Most Established Brand, is Going Public

Today: Kimmie Ribble, High Times, Marijuana, Cannabis, Google, Facebook, Unproductive, Mondays, Lyft, Uber, The Waitress Humanizing Tech May Be the New Competitive Advantage The Waitress How Kimmie Ribble creates joy in the early sleepy hours of a Waffle House High Times, Pot’s Most Established Brand, is Going Public One of the oldest and biggest names in […]

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Facebook clashes with registrars after massive private data request

Facebook is on the warpath, testing the limits of personal data disclosure in the post-GDPR world. Via an intermediary called AppDetex, the company recently filed 500 requests for non-public Whois contact information with various registrars, covering potentially thousands of domains, and is now complaining to ICANN that almost all of the replies it received were […]

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Facebook launches gaming portal on FB.GG

Facebook launched their gaming creator portal on a .GG domain. The country code for Guernsey has become popular for esports. Facebook is using the domain name FB.GG. Some background: Wikipedia info .gg is the country code top-level domain for the crown dependency of Guernsey, including the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou and Lihou […]

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#Greek man in legal trouble after posting smiley on #Facebook

A Greek man was sentenced to six months in jail, after posting a single smiley on Facebook. Is this possible? 😀 Here’s the background story. Several years ago, the man was sued and found guilty of defaming an entrepreneur’s business. At the time, a restraining order was issued, forbidding the man from getting in further […]

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#Facebook enters #dating : Matching .com #domain the next #UDRP?

Facebook announced that it’s getting into the realm of dating, by introducing an opt-in feature that’ll match you to same-minded adults. The unexpected move sent Facebook stock soaring, and that of competing match-making companies dropping. While Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared giddy and reassuring, privacy issues have affected Facebook in recent months. What would make […]

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