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  • Gleissner's UDRP Filings Just an R&D Project?

    April 26, 2017 @ 7:59 AM

    Well, that would be an abuse of UDRP. World Trademark Review talked with an unnamed source “related to one of [Michael] Gleissner’s businesses” about what the heck he’s up to with his trademark filings, UDRPs and more. The anonymous source told World Trademark Review that the allegation that the trademark filings are part of a…

  • Phishing Scam Targets USAA

    April 26, 2017 @ 5:44 AM

    Last Saturday, I received a phishing email targeting members of USAA, which is a bank extensively used by active-duty military members, veterans, and their family members. See for yourself: Subject: Important Message From: USAA Message: Dear valued USAA member: Thank you for your support, At USAA we are updating our server for security reasons…

  • MMX Stung for $7.7 Million By Crappy .london Contract?

    April 26, 2017 @ 3:23 AM

    Did MMX take a $7.7 million accounting hit to renegotiate a crappy .london gTLD contract? It looks a bit like that to me. Found in the company’s full-year 2016 financial results yesterday is the disclosure that it had to pay off an undisclosed gTLD partner after originally making “overly ambitious” predictions about its likely popularity…

  • Hey, You! Listen to The ICANN Board Webcast More Private Sessions

    April 26, 2017 @ 12:10 AM

    ICANN’s board of directors is to live stream two sessions during an upcoming retreat, and if you’re at all interested in ICANN you really ought to tune in. The webcasts are part of an ongoing pilot program designed to increase transparency at the very top of ICANN’s policy-making reverse-hierarchy. The public, listen-only sessions seem to…

  • MMX Annual Shareholder Letter Gives a Great Overview of New TLD Business

    April 25, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

    Deep insight into the past and present of the new TLD business. Minds + Machines Group Limited, aka MMX, released its final results for 2016 today. I found the shareholder letter particularly interesting. MMX’s current management is not the group that founded the company. A lot has happened with new top level domain names (expectations…

  • The UDRP is Not Designed for Stolen Domain Names!

    April 25, 2017 @ 7:53 AM

    Complainants from China tried to recover 74 domains, that they claim were stolen, using a UDRP complaint and failed. And it is only natural that it failed. UDRP was not designed for recovering stolen domain names. It might be a cheap and easy way to recover a stolen domain name but it is not the…

  • Markmonitor Tells .feedback to Take a Hike After "breach" Claim

    April 25, 2017 @ 7:33 AM

    MarkMonitor is to voluntarily terminate its registrar relationship with Top Level Spectrum after the .feedback registry hit it with a breach of contract notice. Troy Fuhriman, director of domain management at the registrar, told DI today that the company has just sent TLS a letter stating that it no longer wishes to sell .feedback names…

  • Study Shows That New TLDs Can Rank Like Other TLDs, But Not Much Else

    April 25, 2017 @ 5:52 AM

    Study provides little more than anecdotal evidence. You’re going to see some headlines today about an SEO study commissioned by The Domain Name Association (DNA). Some of these headlines might suggest that new top level domain names get some sort of search engine boost over .com domains. It’s not quite that simple. Here’s the deal:…

  • DigitalTown Defends

    April 25, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

    Domain name is one of 20,000 .city domains it registered. DigitalTown has successfully defended its domain name in a UDRP. The domain name is one of over 20,000 .city domain names that the company registered for its smart cities platform. Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Gorgonzola, which was formed to control the use…

  • ICANN Attendance Shrank in Denmark

    April 25, 2017 @ 4:39 AM

    Attendance at ICANN’s recent meeting in Copenhagen was down about 8% on the comparable meeting a year earlier in Marrakech, according to ICANN statistics. There were 2,089 at the Denmark meeting, down from 2,273 reported a year ago in Morocco. The decline appears to be largely a result of relatively lower local participation. Africa is…

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