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August 24, 2019 21:59

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#CZDS, the #ICANN #domain zone file platform is only 71% efficient

ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS), is not very efficient, with only 71% of requests to gain zone file access responded to after 3 business days. CZDS is basically a portal giving access to daily raw data related to new domain registrations and deletions. The zone files follow a specific format and such files can […]

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Mystery .vu registry revealed

Neustar has been selected as the back-end domain registry operator for the nation of Vanuatu. The company, and the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator, announced the appointment, which came after a competitive tender process between nine competing back-end providers, last night. The ccTLD is .vu. It’s unrestricted, with no local presence requirements, and currently costs […]

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.gay gets rooted

The new gTLD .gay, which was often used as an example of a controversial TLD that could be blocked from the DNS, has finally made it to the DNS. While no .gay domains are currently resolving, the TLD itself was added to the root zone over the weekend. Its registry is Top Level Design, which […]

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Neustar takes control of two new gTLDs

Neustar has started taking over former dot-brand new gTLDs belonging to its former clients. It recently took control of .compare and .select, which previously belonged to Australian insurance company iSelect. Neustar had been the back-end registry provider for both TLDs. As previously blogged, iSelect abandoned its primary dot-brand, .iselect, in June. That was despite that […]

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EFF becomes second to appeal new .org contract

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has appealed ICANN’s decision to add stronger trademark protection rules to .org. The civil liberties organization has filed a Request for Reconsideration with ICANN, saying that the new .org contract should not oblige Public Interest Registry to implement the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy. URS is a swifter, cheaper version of the […]

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Google has big, innovative plans for .new

Google is set to launch .new next year with a innovative value proposition that changes how domain names are used. The company plans to slowly release .new domains to a carefully controlled customer base, starting in the first quarter 2020. In a Registry Service Evaluation Process request filed with ICANN last week, the company said: […]

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Amazon and Google have been BEATEN by a non-profit in the fight for .kids

One of the longest-fought new gTLD contests has finally been resolved, with a not-for-profit bid beating out Google and Amazon. Amazon last week withdrew its application for .kids, leaving Hong Kong-based DotKids Foundation the only remaining applicant. DotKids now has a clear run at the gTLD, with only ICANN contracting and technical testing before .kids […]

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ICANN’s new conferencing software has a webcam security bug

ICANN can’t catch a break when it comes to remote participation security, it seems. Having just recently made the community-wide switch away from Adobe Connect to Zoom, partly for security reasons, now Zoom has been hit by what many consider to be a critical zero-day vulnerability. Zoom (which, irrelevantly, uses a .us domain) pushed out […]

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ICANN explains how .org pricing decision was made

ICANN has responded to questions about how its decision to lift price caps on .org, along with .biz and .info, was made. The buck stops with CEO Göran Marby, it seems, according to an ICANN statement, sent to DI last night. ICANN confirmed that was no formal vote of the board of directors, though there […]

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CEO lost millions on Manhattan apartment deal just days before AlpNames went dark

The CEO of AlpNames lost his $2.1 million deposit on a $10.6 million Manhattan apartment just days before his company went belly-up earlier this year, DI can reveal. A New York District Court judge in February found in favor of property developer Highline Associates, which had sued Iain Roache for his deposit after he failed […]

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