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  • .NZ Launches Second Level Registrations On 30 September
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 -.NZ Launches Second Level Registrations On 30 September
  • From 13:00 New Zealand time on 30 September, second level registrations became available for the country’s ccTLD .nz. The change means shorter, simpler, more representative names directly under .nz can now be registered – for example, anyname.nz. This is in addition to, for example...
  • Melbourne Joins Cities With Own gTLD – Landrush Starts 1 October
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 -Melbourne Joins Cities With Own gTLD – Landrush Starts 1 October
  • The new gTLD for Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, becomes available for businesses and brands in the state of Victoria to apply for from 10:00 Australian time on 1 October. In addition, a number of iconic businesses have signed up to become ambassadors for the new gTLD. Some of...
  • ICANN: ICG Considering Future Meeting Requests from Community
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 -ICANN: ICG Considering Future Meeting Requests from Community
  • The IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) has announced that it is currently in the process of scheduling side meetings at ICANN 51 with GAC and ALAC community representatives after receiving explicit requests from these communities. In an effort to continue this broader community engagement...
  • ICANN: Alert on Domain Name Renewal Phishing Scam
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 -ICANN: Alert on Domain Name Renewal Phishing Scam
  • ICANN was recently alerted to a new phishing scam concerning domain registration renewals. The phishing emails use ICANN’s branding and logo, and can appear as though ICANN is the sender. However, once registrants click on links within the spoofed email, they are taken to a fake registration...
  • ICANN 51: Los Angeles – Global Domains Division Sessions
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 -ICANN 51: Los Angeles – Global Domains Division Sessions
  • The Global Domains Division has grown steadily over the past year and so has our presence at ICANN meetings. During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, we’re offering a record number of public sessions – 14 – and many meetings with community groups related to ICANN‘s role in the domain name...
  • ICANN: Call for Observers to Join Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions
  • Sat, 27 Sep 2014 -ICANN: Call for Observers to Join Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions
  • In Brief: The organizations that have adopted the charter for the Cross Community Working Group (CWG) to develop an Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions call for observers to join this effort. The primary goal of the CWG is to produce...
  • Apple Most Frequent Phishing Target in the World: APWG Report
  • Fri, 26 Sep 2014 -Apple Most Frequent Phishing Target in the World: APWG Report
  • The new Global Phishing Survey released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Thursday at the association’s annual research conference shows that Apple is the most phished brand in the world, accounting for 17 percent of all phishing reports sampled and analysed from the first half of...
  • ccTLDs Growth Outstrips Legacy gTLDs: CENTR Report
  • Fri, 26 Sep 2014 -ccTLDs Growth Outstrips Legacy gTLDs: CENTR Report
  • The growth rate for the 248 ccTLDs around the world has been higher than that for the 21 legacy gTLDs in the three months to the end of August according to the latest CENTR DomainWire report. The number of domains registered across all ccTLDs was 129,388,192, an increase of 1.7 percent over the...
  • Threatpost: Researchers Work At Predicting Malicious Domains
  • Thu, 25 Sep 2014 -Threatpost: Researchers Work At Predicting Malicious Domains
  • “A typical phishing or Web-based malware attack usually isn’t terribly complex,” says a report on Threat Post. “But they need a few things in order to work, and one of the key components often is a malicious domain. Researchers spend a lot of time identifying and taking these domains down...
  • New gTLD Auctions See Questionable Amounts Paid
  • Thu, 25 Sep 2014 -New gTLD Auctions See Questionable Amounts Paid
  • Minds + Machines have announced they gained aggregate cash of approximately .2 million from withdrawing its applications to .design, .flowers, .group, .realestate and .video in private auctions. The net cash to M+M includes the amounts paid for .vip and .law, and is also net of auction fees and...
  • ICANN: Chinese Community Steps Forward for Chinese TLDs – Forms Generation Panel for Root Zone Label Generation Ruleset
  • Thu, 25 Sep 2014 -ICANN: Chinese Community Steps Forward for Chinese TLDs – Forms Generation Panel for Root Zone Label Generation Ruleset
  • ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Chinese Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) has been seated. Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules published on 11 July 2013, the Chinese script community has developed and...
  • .SCOT Sees 4,000 Registrations In First Hour
  • Wed, 24 Sep 2014 -.SCOT Sees 4,000 Registrations In First Hour
  • The .scot gTLD went on General Release yesterday (23 September) at 14:00 and 4,000 domains were registered within an hour, 1,500 in 60 seconds. Director of the DotScot Registrar Gavin McCutcheon said while the recent referendum debate has helped, .scot transcends politics and the proof of that is in...
  • .LONDON Purring Along With Over 40,000 Registrations
  • Wed, 24 Sep 2014 -.LONDON Purring Along With Over 40,000 Registrations
  • The .london gTLD is purring along and has made it into seventh place on the nTLDstats.com list of all new gTLDs with 41,922 domains registered. The gTLD has had widespread appeal, partly due to their being no eligibility requirements, with 15 percent of all domains registered outside the United...
  • .SAARLAND Starts One-Month Landrush
  • Wed, 24 Sep 2014 -.SAARLAND Starts One-Month Landrush
  • The .saarland gTLD commenced its so-called Landrush phase on 23 September, which allows any interested party an early registration until 22 October. During this phase, Saarland residents are granted first rights to their desired domains. Then as of 30 October, .saarland domains will be generally...
  • Two Six-Figure Sales Top Weekly Sales Chart
  • Wed, 24 Sep 2014 -Two Six-Figure Sales Top Weekly Sales Chart
  • The sale happened on 24 July, but only became official in mid-September, meaning the 3,750 sale of digital.com through Heritage Auctions became the biggest sale in the week ending 7 September on Domain Name Journal’s list of top reported sales. The sale beat into second and third place the sale...