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Russia can't wait for IDNs
Russian Internet users seem eager to be able to use their own Cyrillic characters. So much so that some people are already talking about a 2008 launch for .RU IDNs.
Crook exploits Gmail flaw to steal domain name
British graphic designer David Airey had his domain name stolen last month when an Internet bandit hijacked his Gmail account.
.ASIA disputes will be settled in Hong-Kong
DotAsia appoints Hong-Kong International Arbitration Centre as official dispute resolution provider for the .ASIA Sunrise.
No January 10 launch for .RS
Despite Internet rumours to the contrary, no date has yet been set for the launch of Serbia's Internet domain.
New features for .ASIA
The folks at DotAsia are working hard to make their launch a success. In the next few weeks, timetables will be updated and new features introduced.
Reinventing the domain registry business
Tokelau isn't the first small country to entrust the management of its Internet extension to an outside firm. But the unusual business model chosen for .TK by registry Dot TK has seemingly yielded impressive results.
Domain names show sustained growth
With a 31% increase year over year, the domain name market remains buoyant. There are now 146 million names registered worldwide.
Making the Internet truly local
IDNs are the Internet's real star at the moment. But why do they matter? And why is ICANN putting so much effort into them? We asked Tina Dam, Director of ICANN's IDN program, to enlighten us.
ICANN's Nom Com needs help!
The group in charge of recruiting the best candidates for ICANN's top jobs is seeking the help of an outside organisation to cope with its increasing workload.
New rules aim to broaden .TRAVEL's appeal
New policies will go in effect at the end of the year to make it easier to register a .TRAVEL domain.
No more weekend breaks for .FR!
Buyers of French domains can now benefit from something that .COM owners have taken for granted for years: new names will go live quickly, even outside normal working hours.
Government of Barbados wins management of .BB domain
At ICANN's latest board meeting, a resolution was passed granting .BB, the country code domain for Barbados, to the local government.
EURid reports increased .EU use
European registry EURid's latest statistics show strong registration and renewal rates for .EU during the third quarter, with actual use of .EU domains on an upward trend.
Numeric names coming to Singapore
SGNIC, the registry for .SG, is introducing numbers-only domain names. A Sunrise is already underway. A bidding period follows starting January 18. Full launch is planned from March 27, 2008.
15,000 .ASIA requests for first Sunrise
DotAsia has just released the first official numbers for .ASIA, with the highest number of requests coming from the USA. The second phase of the Sunrise process is now underway.
.TEL nearly ready to dial
Plans for the new suffix point to a Sunrise launch in Q1 2008. Landrush should follow a few months later.
ICANN, through the eyes of a new board member
What's it like to be a Frenchman on the board of an organization like ICANN, where the main language is still English? We tag along with Jean-Jacques Subrenat as he takes his first steps as a new board member.
Brittany's .BZH: the next regional domain?
The French region of Brittany wants what the Catalans have: their own Internet suffix. Is .BZH the next regional domain?
Peter Dengate Thrush is new ICANN chairman
Peter Dengate Thrush has been voted in as ICANN's new chairman during a closed meeting of the board, with Roberto Gaetano staying on as vice-chair.
Emotional tribute to Vint Cerf
Eight years of Vint Cerf's leadership of ICANN were celebrated yesterday during a special Gala event with guest appearances by two former Clinton administration officials, Ira Magaziner and Al Gore.
Free White Paper on domain names
Domain name consultant Loïc Damilaville first published a White Paper on domain names in 2002. Meant as a general guide to domain name management, a revised edition of the White Paper is now available.
Holland launching numerical domain names
SIDN, the Dutch registry, plans to introduce numerical .NL domains next January. A Sunrise for holders of trademarks and tradenames starts December 1, 2007.
Keeping the .ASIA Sunrise process flexible
The first Sunrise for .ASIA ends today (Tuesday October 30). As validation agent Bart Lieben explains, the onus is very much on helping as many applicants get through the process as possible.
.ASIA: addendum and clarifications on SR2C and SR3
On the 25 of October 2007, DotASIA released a Sunrise policies Addendum and clarifications and provides additional considerations for sunrise 2C (SR2C) and sunrise 3 (SR3).
Is front running a domain name myth?
ICANN's Security Committee is asking for everyone's help in trying to ascertain whether Domain Name Front Running – a domain availability check done by one person means the domain is registered by someone else – really does exist.
Venue chosen for ICANN Paris 2008
Next year's Paris ICANN meeting will be held at one of the city's skyscraper hotels, the Méridien Montparnasse.
Neustar keeps .US
Current .US registry Neustar has been granted a second management contract by the US Department of Commerce and will therefore continue to manage America's domain until 2010.
Five Domain Name Service Providers exposed by CNNIC
The .CN registry has published the name of five domain name service providers that have received the most complaints from consumers but have not taken effective measures to rectify their problems.
Single-letter and Single-digit Domain Names available?
ICANN is opening a forum on allocation methods for single-letter and single-digit domain names in gTLD registries. Answers should be submitted no later than 15 november 2007.
700 000 .MOBI
.MOBI will reach this week 700 000 registrations.
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