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  • Things Aren't Looking So Good for Grandma Heidi Powell

    February 24, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

    Cybersquatting claim is dead, but battle continues in bankruptcy court. The saga of Grandma Heidi Powell and the domain name HeidiPowell.com seems like it will be settled in bankruptcy court after a federal district judge said a settlement agreement in its court must be honored. A bit of background… A somewhat-famous fitness instructor named Heidi…

  • PIR Slams Brakes On "UDRP for Copyright"

    February 24, 2017 @ 1:23 AM

    Public Interest Registry has “paused” its plan to allow copyright owners to seize .org domains used for piracy. In a statement last night, PIR said the plans were being shelved in response to publicly expressed concerns. The Systemic Copyright Infringement Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy was an in-house development, but had made its way into the…

  • Marlboro Maker Wants Another Marijuana Domain Name

    February 23, 2017 @ 6:59 AM

    Company claims owner of MarlboroWeed.com is cybersquatting. Philip Morris USA Inc., an Altria company that makes Marlboro cigarettes, has filed a cybersquatting complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization. The company is demanding that the owner of MarlboroWeed.com hand over the joint. MarlboroWeed.com was registered in 2010 and doesn’t appear to have ever been used…

  • Hacked ICANN Data for Sale On Black Market

    February 22, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

    If you were a user of ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service back in 2014 you may wish to think about changing some passwords today. ICANN has confirmed that a bunch of user names and hashed passwords that were stolen in November 2014 have turned up for sale on the black market. The batch reportedly contains…

  • India's Biggest Bank Switches to Dot-brand

    February 22, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

    State Bank of India has announced plans to migrate all of its web sites to its new dot-brand gTLD. The company has been responsible for .sbi since it was delegated by ICANN last April, but bank.sbi is its first live domain name. Currently, while bank.sbi is live and resolving, the old domain sbi.co.in appears to…

  • Data.world Gets $19 Million Funding

    February 21, 2017 @ 1:52 PM

    Data company that uses a new TLD gets more funding. Slowly but surely, businesses that use new top level domain names are becoming more common. Austin, Texas-based Data.world has snagged $19 million in funding, bringing its total capital raised to $32.7 million. The company bills itself as a “social network for data people.” It was…

  • Sedo Increases Price Cap to $50,000

    February 21, 2017 @ 7:42 AM

    You can now list domain names with prices of up to $50,000. One of the chief complaints I’ve heard about Sedo over the years was its $10,000 price cap for pricing domain names. You could set prices for your domain names up to $10,000. Anything higher than that required a paid appraisal or a request…

  • Afilias Thinks 2017 Will Be The Year of Dotbrand New gTLDs

    February 20, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

    Roland LaPlante, CMO of Afilias, explains in a video the value of owning a dotBRAND domain name extension for marketing campaigns and user security. Afilias is the .info registry and also the registry of several new gTLDs, including .BET, .PET, .LOTTO, .POKER, .LGBT, .VOTE, .VOTO, .ORGANIC, .GREEN, .BLACK, .RED, .PINK, .BLUE, .KIM, .SHIKSHA, .PROMO and .移动…

  • Activist Investor Says eNom Was Sold Too Cheap

    February 20, 2017 @ 5:05 AM

    J Carlo Cannell, the activist investor who has been circling Rightside for the last year or so, was unimpressed with the company’s recent sale of eNom to Tucows. In a letter published as a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week, Cannell announced that he has started up a support group for fellow “concerned” investors…

  • Phishing in New gTLDs Up 1,000% But .com Still The Worst

    February 20, 2017 @ 3:56 AM

    The .com domain is still the runaway leader TLD for phishing, with new gTLDs still being used for a tiny minority of attacks, according to new research. .com domains accounted for 51% of all phishing in 2016, despite only having 48% of the domains in the “general population”, according to the 2017 Phishing Trends &…

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