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January 17, 2018 04:57

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WordPress.com and domain names – DNW Podcast #169

Kellie Peterson talks about what WordPress.com is seeing as a domain name registrar. WordPress.com operates a domain name registrar with a unique characteristic: almost all of the domain names it registers are for end users that put them to use with a live website. Kellie Peterson, who manages the registrar, explains what she is seeing […]

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Three ways ICANN could gut Whois

ICANN has published three possible models of how Whois could be altered beyond recognition after European privacy law kicks in this May. Under each model, casual Whois users would no longer have access to the wealth of contact information they do under the current system. There may also be a new certification program that would […]

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GoDaddy and DomainTools scrap over Whois access

GoDaddy has seriously limited DomainTools’ access to its customers’ Whois records, pissing off DomainTools. DomainTools CEO Tim Chen this week complained to DI that its access to Whois has been throttled back significantly in recent months, making it very difficult to keep its massive database of domain information up to date. Chen said that DomainTools […]

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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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As .wed goes EBERO, did the first new gTLD just fail?

A wedding-themed gTLD with a Bizarro World business model may become the first commercial gTLD to outright fail. .wed, run by a small US outfit named Atgron, has become the first non-brand gTLD to be placed under ICANN’s emergency control, after it lost its back-end provider. DI understands that Atgron’s arrangement with its small New […]

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ICANN: tell us how you will break Whois rules

ICANN has invited registrars and registries to formally describe how they plan to break the current rules governing Whois in order to come into compliance with European Union law. The organization today published a set of guidelines for companies to submit proposals for closing off parts of Whois to most internet users. It’s the latest […]

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Nearly 650 Emoji Domains Expiring in Next 7 Days

It’s been a very exciting week for emoji domains with Vice News releasing Page Howe’s emoji domain interview. In addition, expiring emoji domain auctions are picking up steam in the last week or so, garnering greater visibility and activity at GoDaddy and NameJet auction platforms. Over 1,200 emoji domains made an expiring auction appearance in […]

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Open Whois must die, Europe privacy chiefs tell ICANN

Unfettered public access to full Whois records is illegal and has to got to go, an influential European Union advisory body has told ICANN. The Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection, WP29, wrote to ICANN yesterday to say that “that the original purposes of the WHOIS directories can be achieved via layered access” and […]

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Wow: this is what public Whois could look like in 2018

Good luck figuring out what individual in the EU owns a domain name. The European Union will begin enforcing its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May of 2018. As I’ve written about before, this will have a major impact on Whois. How big? Well, I have jokingly included this image in my August story […]

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ICANN chief tells industry to lawyer up as privacy law looms

The domain name industry should not rely on ICANN to protect it from incoming EU privacy law. That’s the strong message that came out of ICANN 60 in Abu Dhabi last week, with the organization’s CEO repeatedly advising companies to seek their own legal advice on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The organization […]

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