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23 Jul 2016
This week ICANN will auction off .WEB or .WEBS.
There are seven live applications for .WEB and one for .WEBS.
The string contention process decided that the two names are so similar that they'll
only assign one of them, so all eight applications are in one auction.
(The same string contention process decided that .ACCOUNTANT and .ACCOUNTANTS are both
allowed, as are .AUTO and .AUTOS and .BM and .BMS and .COUPON and .COUPONS and .FAN and
.FANS and .GIFT and .GIFTS and .LOAN and .LOANS and .ML and .MLS and .NEW and .NEWS and
.REVIEW and .REVIEWS and .SA and .SAS and .SB and .SBS and .TV and .TVS and .WATCH
and .WATCHES and .WORK and .WORKS, but I guess the Web is special.)
There are some deep pocketed bidders in this round including Google, Donuts, web.com which owns
Network Solutions and a lot of other web properties, and Schlund which owns the largest
web hoster 1&1.
Google paid $25 million for .APP and GMO paid $41 million for .SHOP.
It's hard to see how .WEB would be worth less than either of those unless bidder
fatigue sets in.
So stay tuned and we'll shortly know how much more will be added to the $104 million
already in the Giant Pile of Auction Money.
Trackback link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/webauc.trackback
10 Jun 2016
A guy I know passed along this e-mail sent to one of his customers.
They assumed it was a phish, since they didn't recognize the domain
name in the link, but couldn't figure out what the
goal of the phish was.
They even checked the list of ICANN registrars, and nope, registrar.eu wasn't on the list.
Nonetheless, this mail was real, and if the recipient had ignored it, his domain would
have been suspended. What's going on?
Dear domain name owner,
*Your action is required to prevent domain suspension*
This verification e-mail is triggered because your e-mail address is used in the owner contact of
a domain registration and this e-mail address was not verified before or we have received
information that this e-mail address might not be in use anymore.
As we did not receive affirmative response on our last e-mail, we send you a final reminder.
Please note that your domain name(s) may be suspended if the e-mail address is not confirmed. The
domain name registration policy of ICANN requires that a valid and working e-mail address is
provided with each domain registration.
To verify this requirement, we kindly request you to confirm the accuracy of your e-mail address
by clicking the link below:
See more ...
Trackback link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/regmail.trackback
01 May 2016
One of the oft-made claims about Bitcoin and its blockchain
transaction ledger is that they make transactions really
cheap, so you can pay someone anywhere in the world for
free, or close to it. But when you look closer, is that
really true? Not by a long shot.
See more ...
Trackback link is https://jl.ly/Money/bitexpensive.trackback
01 Mar 2016
The US government is demanding Apple unlock iPhones in about a dozen
cases beside the San Bernardino one.
In a strikingly similar case, Judge James Orenstein
in Brooklyn rejected the government's request for three separate reasons.
In the decision
the judge refers several times to the San Bernardino case, and it
is clear he expects this decision to be an important precedent for that one.
In June 2014 the government arrested Jun Feng in Queens NY on drug charges and
confiscated his iPhone 5S.
Over a year later, in July 2015 got a warrant to search the phone and found that
it was locked. In October they filed a proposed order under the 1789 All Writs
Act (AWA) to have Apple unlock the phone.
It appears that Apple initially cooperated and suggested some of the language in
the proposed order, but if so they changed their minds and opposed it.
See more ...
Trackback link is https://jl.ly/Internet/nyapple.trackback
28 Jan 2016
ICANN has now published the
of the auction for .SHOP, an eye-popping $41,501,000.
This pushes the ICANN's auction pot over $100 million. That's a lot of money.
There are eighteen more name contention sets that are on hold for various reasons,
of which a few such as .WEB look likely to generate even more money once the hold
issues are resolved.
See more ...
Trackback link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/100mil.trackback
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