EURid will be the registry of the .eu top-level domain for the next 5 years

EURid has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .eu top-level domain for the next five years, with the European Commission Decision (2014/207/EU), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L109).

“We feel honored to have been chosen again to serve all the .eu registrars and registrants,” stated Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid. “The decision comes Continue reading

The Italian Registry (.it) Registro.it published their ‘Yearbook 2013′

The Italian Registry (.it) Registro.it have published their ‘Yearbook 2013′ covering the events of the Registry over 2013.  Click to open the Yearbook.

Quarter.it is born, the first quarterly report by .it Registry, with the most important facts
and figures about the domains, projects and events, and the latest news. The Quarter
intends updating the Registrars, in a much shorter time than the data yearbook, with
up-to-date and detailed information.

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.VG: Zone re-delegated – New registrations possible as of May 12

The .VG zone has been re-delegated to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC). This re-delegation is related to the dispute with the former registry operator Meridian TLD that operated the .VG registry without the consent of the authorities of the British Virgin Islands.

Currently, all .VG domain name operations are frozen.

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New .uk registration policy comes into effect from 4 May 2014

Amendments to the terms and conditions governing registrations of popular .uk domain names such as .co.uk and .org.uk will take effect next month, to formalise procedures for suspending domain names used to carry out online crime.

The changes which come into effect on 4 May, support a new policy for Nominet, the .uk registry, that builds on established practice.

The revised terms and conditions published by Nominet expressly prohibit any .uk domains being used to carry out criminal activity. It means that Nominet can quickly suspend a domain name when alerted to its use for criminal activity by the police or other law enforcement agencies, such as National Crime Agency, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) or the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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Sedo accepts domains for themed .co.uk auction that begins on May 6th

Sedo is accepting domain names for a themed .co.uk auction that begins on May 6th. The new TLD “.uk“ launches on June 10, 2014 and Sedo thinks that now is the best time to sell your .co.uk domain names.

Click here to submit your .co.uk domains.

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.FR: renewal rate is ~100% for domain names registered more than 5 years ago

The .fr TLD is young: the average age of a domain name under the .fr TLD is 3.8 years, according to Afnic.

This month’s issue of the Report focuses on the age of domain names under the .fr TLD. Highlights in the latest issue include the following:

  • The existence of an age pyramid within the .fr TLD, in which the proportion of “old” names decreases as their age increases. 1.8% of domain names in the portfolio as of March 2014 were registered between 1995 and Continue reading

New Domain Lock Option For .UK Domain Names Offers Enhanced Security

UK registry Nominet is now offering registrars the option of locking high-value .uk domains at the registry level, adding an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.

The Domain Lock tool inserts additional, manual authentication requirements into the processes for modifying domain names.

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Domain name KIK.DE sells for 178,500 EUR at Sedo

The domain name KIK.DE sold at Sedo for 178,500 EUR or about $246,000 this Friday.

The domain was bought by a German clothing company name KiK Textilien & Non-Food GmbH.

The domain KIK.DE already redirects to the company’s main entrance URL that is located at
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Neustar Acquires .CO Internet S.A.S. for $109 million

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analytics, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire .CO Internet S.A.S. and certain associated assets. .CO Internet is the exclusive operator of the worldwide registry for Internet addresses with the “.co” top-level domain.

Since its global launch in 2010, names under management for .co have grown to more than 1.6 million in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Neustar has an existing partnership with .CO Internet to provide registry services and infrastructure support for .co extensions, the top-level domain assigned to Colombia.

“The acquisition of .CO Internet is a Continue reading

CIRA bring domain name suggestion technology to .ca with DomainsBot

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is pleased to partner with DomainsBot to bring domain name suggestion technology to Canadians seeking to register a .CA website.

Domain name suggestion technology is known in the industry as “name spinning”. It is a tool that helps people looking for a website address by suggesting alternative variations of a word or term that they enter. It can help them sort through similar sounding options and more importantly, provide alternatives when a domain name is already taken.

“With over Continue reading