Domain Name News: December 30 Week in Review

Domain Name Week in ReviewEvery Friday, DomainSherpa.com provides you with a hand-selected, editorially-based review of the weekly news. In this summary, you will find the latest articles and videos produced by DomainSherpa staff and contributors. You will also find links to the best news articles in the domain name industry – so you don’t have to spend your time searching for news or reading something that was not worth your time.


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This Week’s News in Review


Godaddy Releases Statement About Spike in Domain Transfers Due to SOPA – 29-Dec-11
Company says outbound transfers are up due to prior support of controversial bill.

Verisign Puts Domain Names Tally On The Internet at 220 Million – 28-Dec-11
There are almost 220 million registered domain names on the web, a new report released by VeriSign has revealed.
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Internet Names Expansion Should Be Reviewed, US Senator Rockefeller Says – 28-Dec-11
Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., made a last push on Wednesday to get the international organization that helps oversee the Internet to reevaluate its plans to expand the number of top-level Web domain names.

Dumping Go Daddy? Rivals Offer Domain Transfer Day Deals – 28-Dec-11
Go Daddy is unable to shake protesters on the eve of Move Your Domain Day. Reddit’s campaign against Go Daddy has made Dec. 29 the official day that protesters should transfer their websites to a different domain registrar. And rivals are vying to make gains at the company’s losses.

Dot VN, Inc.’s Subsidiary, Hi-tek Multimedia, Inc., Receives Award From … – 27-Dec-11
Dot VN, Inc., an Internet and Telecommunications Company and the exclusive online global domain name registrar for the Country of Vietnam, announced today that the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Hi-Tek Multimedia, Inc. received an award from the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center for the successful re-launch and wide spread adoption of the Vietnamese Native Language Domain Names.

Godaddy, Rival Trade Accusations Over Domain Name Transfers – 27-Dec-11
Namecheap had accused GoDaddy of delaying domain transfers to discourage its customers from leaving the service.

Domain Spammers Fill-up Christmas Inboxes – 26-Dec-11
The onslaught of domain spammers emailing solicitations to acquire domain names that are dropping or pitching domains for sale seems to have increased

U. of Illinois Says No to Buying .xxx Domain Names – 26-Dec-11
The University of Illinois won’t be buying Internet domain names with the suffix `.xxx,’ but that doesn’t mean you should.

5 Million Domain Names Added to Net in Q3: Verisign – 25-Dec-11
Nearly five million domain names were added to the internet in the third quarter of 2011.

Yesterday, GoDaddy Lost 21,000 Domain Names – 24-Dec-11
Domain registrar Go Daddy lost over 21,000 domains yesterday. It could be a coincidence–or it could be the result of the company’s p.r. debacle over its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA – 23-Dec-11
Surprise! GoDaddy has just recanted their support of SOPA, issuing a press release and blasting out a massive mountain of tweets on the matter. This comes just hours after they were seemingly cementing their position, shrugging off the boycotts as something that had yet to cause “any impact to [their] business”.

Vatican.xxx Domain Mystery Buyer Revealed: Site Not Porn After All – 23-Dec-11
The domain Vatican.xxx has not been registered by pornographers as the Vatican feared but was in fact removed from the registry of available names before the public launch of the dot-triple-X domain earlier this month, a representative for ICM Registry has revealed. “Vatican.xxx is a name that is on the permanent reserve list, so it was pulled out of the registry before the launch.

Expanding Domain Names Poses Risks for Consumers, Says Klobuchar – 23-Dec-11
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today (Friday, Dec. 23) said that a plan to expand the number of available Internet domain names could potentially create new opportunities for bad actors to prey on consumers and create unnecessary burdens for businesses.

The Circuit: New Domain Names, Microsoft’s Final CES, Facebook Privacy – 22-Dec-11
The House commerce committee has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to delay its plan to expand the number of top-level domains on the Internet. In a letter to ICANN, a bipartisan group of six committee members said that they share the concerns of some businesses that the expansion does not have adequate protections in place for copyright holders.

Internet Close to 220 Million Domain Names – 22-Dec-11
With nearly five million domain names added to the Internet in the third quarter, the total neared 220 million.

Two Firefox Add-ons Already Bypass SOPA’s Domain Censorship – 22-Dec-11
As resistance grows against the Stop Online Piracy Act, some activists are getting creative. If passed, the legislation would allow US Internet service providers to block access to offending domain names at the behest of Hollywood — that's the gist of it, anyway…


Dismantling of Righthaven Appears Under Way With Loss of Website – 22-Dec-11
The court-authorized dismantling of Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC appeared to be under way Thursday, with the company losing control of its website to a receiver.

Brothel Owner Snaps Up University’s .xxx Domain Name – 22-Dec-11
Colorado.xxx has been purchased. Not by the university, but by a Las Vegas brothel owner. Can cyber-squatting pay off?

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