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  • Is Verisign’s plan for a standards group part of its patent play?

    1. BY - Sep 24, 2014
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    Company’s CEO disclosed creating an industry group as part of monetizing its patent portfolio.

    VerisignVerisign recently announced plans to organize a group called Registration Operations Association (ROA) to discuss technical aspects of domain name registration.

    A three part blog series proposing the group, penned by Verisign Senior Director Scott Hollenbeck, focuses on Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) and the challenges of registrars working with different EPP extensions created by the growing number of registries.

    Parties in the domain registration ecosystem might be cool to Verisign’s overtures. After all, they’re still stinging from Verisign’s efforts to slow down the introduction of new top level domain names.

    Also, given that registrars have no problems with Verisign’s own EPP, they might question what Verisign seeks to gain by helping other registries.

    The answer might be found in Verisign’s second quarter investor call in July. Verisign CEO James Bidzos said: Click to continue reading…

  • CentralNic: Early new TLD demand below industry expectations

    1. BY - Sep 23, 2014
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    Company says its registry operations are showing steady growth despite delays and low demand for new TLDs.

    CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) issued its interim financial report for the first half of 2014 today.

    The company, which is the backend registry operator for a number of top level domains, said it’s realizing steady growth in the registry “against a background of delays in new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) and early demand levels across the industry falling short of industry expectations.”

    In the same release, it mentions its investment in .Ticket registry Accent Media Ltd that values .Tickets at $13.5 million.


    Maybe, maybe not. I think the general line of thinking amongst new TLD backers is that initial demand was lower than expected, but they still think the long game plays out well for them.

    That’s the only explanation for companies paying what they are to win contention sets.

    That, or they all think they’re the exception that will do better than their competitors.

  • Sedo and TLDs promote domain names at dmexco

    1. BY - Sep 10, 2014
    2. Domain Services
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    Top your frozen yogurt with a heap of .media and a sprinkle of .pics.

    Sedo dmexco frozen yogurtSedo and a number of top level domain registries are promoting domain name options at Europe’s biggest digital marketing conference this week.

    The company has a booth at dmexco, taking place in Cologne today and tomorrow. The event is expected to draw 32,000 people. …Click here to continue reading and see more pictures of Sedo’s booth

  • Only use WHOIS services you trust

    1. BY - Sep 08, 2014
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    Few things in life are truly free, including whois data websites.

    There are a lot of great sites out there for doing whois lookups. DomainTools, for example, has long been a great source to lookup a domain and get extraneous information about the domain/site.

    But you need to be careful which sites you use if you value your privacy. …Click here to continue reading

  • Next month: the biggest domain name conference ever

    1. BY - Sep 04, 2014
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    The biggest conference in the history of the domain name industry is taking place next month.

    ICANNThis summer’s ICANN meeting in London set an all-time record for a domain name related conference with 3,115 people in attendance.

    The record is likely to last only one more month, as ICANN’s next meeting in Los Angeles is just a month away.

    ICANN meetings have grown in size for a couple reasons. First, the release of new top level domain names has increased interest. Second, and perhaps a greater influence on attendance at the London meeting, is the process of separating IANA functions from the U.S. government.

    The Los Angeles meeting takes place October 12-16 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Hyatt is sold out, as are most hotels within walking distance. Some of the overflow hotels have space, but you might need to take a cab or shuttle to get to the Hyatt.

    Registration for the meeting is free.

    If you live in North America and have never attended an ICANN meeting, I highly recommend making the trip. The next meeting in North America won’t be until 2016.