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Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for New Privacy Law, Suggests Data Broker Clearinghouse

Domain industry news - Fri, 2019-01-18 04:47

Apple's chief executive officer Tim Cook has called for the US Congress to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a "shadow economy" where personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Cat Zakrzewski reporting in the Washington Post: "Cook wants Congress to create a 'data-broker clearinghouse' within the Federal Trade Commission that would oversee these companies. Data brokers collect and bundle people's information and sell their profiles to other companies, often to enable personalized online advertising. Cook is proposing the government require data brokers to register with the FTC and allow consumers the ability to track how the brokers package and sell their data — and easily delete their data from services for free."

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Revamped team to give Topcoin a go

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-01-17 23:00

With a full-time staff, Topcoin is ready for new life.

A new team is taking a stab at Topcoin, the cryptocurrency-based customer loyalty program for digital goods.

While some of these people have been involved for a while, the company officially announced that Josh Metnick, Michael Blend, Ammar Kubba and John Detjen are part of the team working on relaunching Topcoin. Detjen is the CEO.

Uniregistry announced last month that it was dropping support for Topcoin. It was the biggest company issuing and redeeming Topcoin, so it was a big blow to the business.

Now Topcoin is doubling down.

“Topcoin has never, until now, had a full-time staff,” Detjen explained. “It has always been a part-time endeavor with no resources. Now we have six people working on it, with five devs.”

The company will launch a wallet app at NamesCon. It will also have five people on site to reach out to merchant partners.

In theory, Topcoin’s 21,000+ wallet holders could be a boon to companies that accept Topcoin. But they’ll need to offer meaningful redemption of the cryptocurrency.

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DN Journal - Thu, 2019-01-17 22:18 just launched a Domain Brokerage division with a new VP, successful broker Sharjil Saleem, brought on board to kickstart the venture.
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Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-01-17 20:59

He spent $1 million on Now he wants to help other people sell domains.

When it comes to the power of good domain names, Michael Gargiulo puts his money where his mouth is.

Gargiulo bought for close to $1 million in 2017 to launch a VPN comparison site. Since then he has been singing the praises of category-killer domain names through a Forbes column and other marketing.

Now he’s teaming up with Sharjil Saleem to launch a domain brokerage. Saleem has brokered a lot of top sales including for $2 million.

Gargiulo has ambitious plans for 2019 and vows to broker over $25 million of domains this year.

While the domain brokerage field is crowded, it will be interesting to see if Gargiulo’s experience as a premium domain buyer helps convince other buyers about the value of great domain names.

You can listen to Gargiulo on DNW Podcast #176.

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A Data Dumb Exposes 773 Million Unique Email Addresses, 22 Million Passwords

Domain industry news - Thu, 2019-01-17 18:50

Close to 773 million unique email addresses and 22 million unique passwords were found to be hosted on cloud service MEGA. The data breach dubbed "Collection #1" by security researcher Troy Hunt, was reported today as a set of email addresses and passwords totaling 2,692,818,238 rows. He writes: "It's made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources."

The numbers: "In total, there are 1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords. ... The unique email addresses totaled 772,904,991. ... There are 21,222,975 unique passwords."

Have I Been Pwned: All the 772,904,991 email addresses exposed have been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). "This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP."

Where did the data come from: "Last week, multiple people reached out and directed me to a large collection of files on the popular cloud service, MEGA (the data has since been removed from the service)," Hunt reports. "The collection totaled over 12,000 separate files and more than 87GB of data. One of my contacts pointed me to a popular hacking forum where the data was being socialised."

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DomainTools appeals injunction decision in .NZ case

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-01-17 17:51

Cyber security service wants injunction thrown out.

Whois data and security service DomainTools has appealed a preliminary injunction brought against it by .NZ registry Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL).

DNCL sued DomainTools in June 2018 over DomainTools’ collection and publication of .NZ Whois data. It argued that DomainTools’ actions violated DNCL’s terms of service, which are provided with each Port 43 Whois query result.

A Federal District judge granted an injunction that ordered DomainTools to not collect any more .NZ Whois records and to remove any previously published records while the lawsuit proceeded.

DomainTools appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In its opening brief (pdf), DomainTools argues that DNCL’s terms of service were not binding on DomainTools because of how the terms of service were published. Including the terms with each Whois result is considered a “browsewrap” agreement; the other party does not check a box or make any other affirmative action to agree to the terms.

DomainTools notes that “The lower court acknowledged that so-called “browsewrap” agreements like DNCL’s terms of use are not enforceable unless “the user has actual or constructive knowledge of the [terms of use].” In the court’s view, however, DomainTools’ repeat queries established sufficient knowledge.”

The company says that the lower court’s view should not apply because all of DomainTools’ Whois queries were “conducted by an automated program on a dedicated computer-to-computer channel acting without human intervention.”

It also says that the terms were written in a way that didn’t suggest that DomainTools’ use of the data violated the terms.

DomainTools wants the court to weigh the negative impact to DomainTools’ customers against the impact on .NZ registrants whose information is published.

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Forget it, Jake. It's China.

Domain industry news - Thu, 2019-01-17 16:25

A timely article in The Wall Street Journal (that I only recently got around to reading): "The future's not here." American business people once saw China as dynamic, exciting and wide open. Not anymore.

To which I ask: When was China ever "wide open?"

An excerpt:

For years, American entrepreneurs saw a place in which they would start tech businesses, build restaurant chains and manage factories, making potentially vast sums in an exciting, newly dynamic economy. Many mastered Mandarin, hired and trained thousands in China, bought houses, met their spouses and raised bilingual children.

Now disillusion has set in, fed by soaring costs, creeping taxation, tightening political control and capricious regulation that makes it ever tougher to maneuver the market and fend off new domestic competitors. All these signal to expat business owners their best days were in the past.

Let's not blame the recent trade and tariff issues. China is a ruthlessly competitive market that, like so many countries, tilts the playing field in favor of its home-grown companies. And intellectual property is (to put it mildly) not well protected. I remember when Bill Gates traveled to China years ago to complain about the epic levels of piracy of the Windows OS (at the time, Windows was the leading operating system in China and yet Microsoft saw little in the way of revenues).

Other companies that have struggled in China include Cisco, Amazon and WalMart. And let's not overlook the fact that Google and Facebook are still desperately trying to squeeze their way in without selling their souls (and are close to doing just that).

One thing I have been telling companies in the early stages of going global for more than a decade now — if China is your first overseas market, perhaps you should select another. Going global is difficult, no matter what country or culture you target. But add in one of the most heavily and capriciously regulated intranets (China's Internet is in truth an intranet) and you face a very steep hill to climb. That's not to say you shouldn't target China, but go into it with eyes open and a long-term game plan.

And, frankly, that's true for any market. Every new market is a new frontier — with new rules, cultures, competitors. The experience of going global can be equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. But it is most definitely not boring!

Written by John Yunker, Author and founder of Byte Level Research

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Does this domain registration drop a hint about A Quiet Place 2?

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-01-17 14:43

Paramount makes an odd domain registration for A Quiet Place.

Is the sequel to A Quiet Place really a prequel?

One of last year’s biggest movie hits was A Quiet Place, which follows a family surviving after aliens invade earth.

A sequel is definitely on tap, but it might not be a sequel in a traditional sense. One idea based on director John Krasinski’s recent comments on a podcast is that it will follow other people surviving post-invasion.

But Paramount Pictures made an odd domain name registration today that got me thinking. The company registered

This is kind of weird. Wouldn’t it be

That domain isn’t registered. Why put the 2 in front?

One idea is that the 2 is a play on ‘to’, and the sequel will actually be a prequel. The first movie picks up well after the invasion, and there’s a big storyline before the first movie even begins.

While I like this idea, I should note that isn’t registered, and I’d think the studio would want this domain if ‘2’ really is a play on ‘to’. Of course, since this domain registration is so fresh, they could just be getting around to it now.

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The Need for Sustainable Open Source Projects

Domain industry news - Thu, 2019-01-17 00:09

As a long-standing contributor to open standards, and someone trying to become more involved in the open source world (I really need to find an extra ten hours a day!), I am always thinking about these ecosystems, and how they relate to the network engineering world. This article on RedisDB, and in particular this quote, caught my attention —

"There's a longstanding myth in the open-source world that projects are driven by a community of contributors, but in reality, paid developers contribute the bulk of the code in most modern open-source projects, as Puppet founder Luke Kanies explained in our story earlier this year. That money has to come from somewhere."

The point of the article is a lot of companies that support open source projects, like RedisDB, are moving to more closed source solutions to survive. The cloud providers are called out as a source of a lot of problems in this article, as they consume a lot of open source software, but do not really spend a lot of time or effort in supporting it. Open source, in this situation, becomes a sort of tragedy of the commons, where everyone thinks someone else is going to do the hard work of making a piece of software viable, so no-one does any of the work. Things are made worse because the open source version of the software is often "good enough" to solve 80% of the problems users need solved, so there is little incentive to purchase anything from the companies that do the bulk of the work in the community.

In some ways, this problem relates directly to the concept of disaggregated networking. Of course, as I have said many times before, disaggregation is not directly tied to open source, nor even open standards. Disaggregation is simply seeing the hardware and software as two different things. Open source, in the disaggregated world, provides a set of tools the operator can use as a base for customization in those areas where customization makes sense. Hence open source and commercial solutions complement one another, rather than one replacing the other.

All that said, how can the open source community continue to thrive if some parts of the market take without giving back? Simply put, it cannot. There are ways, however, of organizing open source projects which encourage participation in the community, even among corporate interests. FR Routing is an example of a project I think is well organized to encourage community participation.

There are two key points to the way FR Routing is organized that I think is helpful in controlling the tragedy of the commons. First, there is not just one company in the world commercializing FR Routing. Rather, there are many different companies using FR Routing, either by shipping it in a commercial product or by using it internally to build a network (and the network is then sold as a service to the customers of the company). Not every user of FR Routing is using only this one routing stack in their products or networks, either. This first point means there is a lot of participation from different companies that have an interest in seeing the project succeed.

Second, the way FR Routing is structured, no single company can gain control of the entire community. This allows healthy debate on features, code structure, and other issues within the community. There are people involved who supply routing expertise, others who supply deployment expertise, and a large group of coders, as well.

One thing I think the open source world does too often is to tie a single project to a single company, and that company's support. Linux thrives because there are many different commercial and non-commercial organizations supporting the kernel and different packages that ride on top of the kernel. FR Routing is thriving for the same reason.

Yes, companies need to do better at supporting open source in their realm, not only for their own good but for the good of the community. Yes, open source plays a vital role in the networking community. I would even argue closed source companies need to learn to work better with open source options in their area of expertise to provide their customers with a wider range of options. This will ultimately only accrue to the good of the companies that take this challenge on, and figure out how to make it work.

On the other side of things, open source is probably not going to solve all the problems in the networking, or any other, industry in the future. And the open source community needs to learn how to build structures around these projects that are both more independent, and more sustainable, over the long run.

Written by Russ White, Network Architect at LinkedIn

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Booking the Week's #1 Domain Sale Should Have the Former Owner of Feeling a Lot Better!

DN Journal - Wed, 2019-01-16 23:12
Everybody loves a 3-letter domain name, especially one that is also a dictionary word! That was shown again when Sedo posted the week's top sale with one.
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My favorite domain names in the NamesCon auction

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-01-16 19:01

These are some of the most compelling names in the auction (for the price).

This year’s NamesCon live domain name auction is less than two weeks away. Prebidding is already underway with many domains already at 10+ bids.

Most of the names in the auction have a reserve. So far, the most expensive domain to meet its reserve is at $2,100.

I reviewed the list to find my favorite domains at the reserve range. There are obviously better names in the auction than many of the ones I selected, but given the reserve ranges, these are the ones I find most compelling. (reserve > $1 million) – This domain sold for $500k in 2015. It reminds me a bit of and, which sold last year for about a million dollars each. Depending on how high over a million this domain is, it has good potential. (> $1 million) – Between selling for $67k on a few months ago, online gambling, and brands that use this name, it’s a winner. ($400k-$500k) – I’m thinking more as a brand than as an instrument site. ($300k-$400k) – just sold for $750k. has more uses. ($200k-$300k) – I’m including this one because it sold for $122k in the 2008 TRAFFIC auction. I’m curious if it can fetch near that amount ten years later. ($100k-$200k) – I realize this is difficult to spell but probably not for people who are fighting this horrible cancer. Health Union bought the .net last year for $9k. They build lots of sites on .net, but it might be worth spending a bit more for the .com in this case. Otherwise, perhaps a charity or drug maker can use this domain. ($5k-$10k) – I like this as a brand, but would prefer the singular version. The domain sold for $1,800 in 2011. ($5k-$10k) – Perfect for a bully prevention organization or help group. This domain sold for $3,400 in 2007. ($5k-$10k) – I don’t know what you’d use it for…maybe a game? Even though it has a negative connotation, I think it’s a fun name for the right site.

The auction takes place January 28, 2019 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and online. It is presented by Right of the Dot in conjunction with NameJet.

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15 end user domain sales up to $60k

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-01-16 17:53

A pet products company, ceramic coatings manufacturer and truck enthusiast website bought domain names this past week.

This week we have end user sales from both Sedo and I’ve denoted the PerfectName sales; all others are at Sedo.

The beginning of the year is usually a good time for domain sales so I look forward to seeing a bunch of good end user sales soon.

Let’s get to the list, and you can view previous lists like this here. $60,750 – Red Barn Pet Products bought the shorter version of its domain (PerfectName) $29,750 – Backpack and accessories store jujube bought this nice upgrade to its domain name. (PerfectName) $16,250 – Bannermate, maker of the SEG popup displays. (PerfectName) $12,500 – Element 119 sells ceramic coatings under the System X brand. It forwards its new domain to (PerfectName) €10,000 – This domain has a coming soon page and states the site is run by a journalism professor and author. It translates to “local news”. $9,075 – Another top sale for the SedoMLS network, this currently forwards to This is the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation, a charitable organization with programs and initiatives in health, civic engagement, social justice, and art & culture. Not sure what this domain will be used for within this organization. $6,875 – Princetown Distillers Ltd is opening The Dartmoor Distillery. (PerfectName) $5,385 –, a data cloud storage service, bought the Chinese ccTLD of its domain name. €5,800 – Forwards to, a German-based charitable organization providing education and prevention activities, such as vaccinations and support against malnourishment. $5,000 – Based in the Netherlands, this catchy domain now services truck enthusiasts worldwide with parts and accessories. €5,000- This isn’t resolving yet but Zoom Advertising, a full-service retail focused creative agency out of Chicago that operates from, bought the domain. €4,999 – Cryptocurrency payment platform that supports all cryptocurrency forms and offers automatic conversions. They operate from the .com of this domain but with this purchase now also own the Swedish ccTLD. $4,500 – The buyer is a director at United American Healthcare Corporation but has several other ventures, including an investment firm. I suspect this domain is for one of those ventures. $3,000 – CSC is a Lebanese payments company. €2,000 – This Spanish shoe brand currently forwards to but now will own the Spanish ccTLD to be better represented where they’re headquartered.

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How the competitive domain registrar market keeps prices down

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-01-16 15:16

No matter what Verisign charges them, registrar profits on .com are limited by competition.

Last year the U.S. Government granted the ability for Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to raise prices on .com domain names pending approval from ICANN.

Where does that extra money go? As the sole wholesaler of .com domain names, every penny that Verisign raises the price of .com domain names goes to its bottom line. Domain registrars do their best to pass the price increase on to consumers, but their margins continue to be held down by the competitive market.

Indeed, while domain registrars can charge whatever they want for .com, market forces prevent them from charging much over the wholesale cost.

Take a look at this chart from Tucows’ (NASDAQ: TCX) third quarter investor Q&A:

It shows the revenue that Tucows generates each year from .com sales as well as the gross margin. As you can see, it sells more and more .com domains but it makes roughly the same amount of margin ($8 million) each year.

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss wrote:

… .com has a strange place for us, and I suspect most registrars. It is still by far the largest top level domain. It is still by far the one that end users want as first priority. It still dominates our discussions with resellers. And over time it has become less and less impactful to our gross margin dollars. The data, going back to the launch of OpenSRS in 2000 speaks volumes. The unit volume of .com sold goes up every year. The amount of money we pay to Verisign goes up commensurately. And the amount of money that the competitive registrar market allows us to generate stays flat. Like the prairies. Amazingly flat over now 18 years. And on a % basis it has gone from us making 40% of the .com revenue generated in 2000, all the way down to 12% in 2018. We make a little under $8 million per year on .com. That was true in both 2000 and 2018. They made roughly $19 million from our .com sales in 2000. In 2017 that number was nearly $67 million. This price increase only exacerbates that trend. And of course we believe that registrars do, by far, the lion’s share of the work to generate that revenue.

While the price of .com has increased from $6.00 to $7.85 over the past 18 years, the biggest impact on profits is competition amongst domain registrars.

Noss is also pointing out that registrars (not Verisign) do the most work to promote .com’s growth.

If .com prices increase in a couple of years, Tucows will have to pass these costs directly to customers. It will probably still generate a gross margin of about $8 million a year from .com but on a bigger revenue base.

I’ve heard the argument that Verisign should have price flexibility for .com because registrars have complete price flexibility. The difference is that Verisign has a monopoly while the registrars work in a highly competitive market.

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DN Journal - Tue, 2019-01-15 23:24
Fred Mercaldo, a long-time leader in the geodomain space, has just launched a new venture - a domain brokerage for .com geodomains only.
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In a Rare Meeting, Huawei Founder Addresses Concerns Over Tech Giant Spying for Chinese Government

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-01-15 19:33

In a rare meeting, Ren Zhengfei the founder of the Chinese tech giant Huawei assured foreign reporters that his company would refuse to disclose secrets about its customers and their communication networks. The company has been facing escalating concerns over the controversy that it might be spying for the Communist government. Joe McDonald reporting in AP: "Ren's comments were the 74-year-old former military engineer's most direct public response to accusations the world's biggest maker of telecom network gear is controlled by the ruling Communist Party or is required to facilitate Chinese spying. The United States, Australia, Japan and some other governments have imposed curbs on use of its technology over such concerns."

Noteworthy: "Ren said he became a Communist Party member in the early 1980s after the state press published reports about his development of a measuring tool for an engineering project." But also insisted that he sees no connection between his personal political beliefs and company decisions.

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FCC Declines Emergency Briefing Request Concerning Location Data Collection

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-01-15 18:55

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai declined a top House Democrat's request for an emergency briefing on the wireless industry's data collection practices amid troubling reports about the availability of real-time location information, reports Harper Neidig in The Hill. The government shutdown was blamed for the refusal with the FCC stating that the issue could not be addressed at this time as it did not pose a "threat to the safety of human life or property." From FCC's statement: "Unfortunately, we were required to suspend that investigation earlier this month because of the lapse in funding, and pursuant to guidance from our expert attorneys, the career staff that is working on this issue are currently on furlough."

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New Book: Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-01-15 16:35

Editor's note: We recently received Mark Jeftovic's latest book "Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS" packed with information covering the whole spectrum of the naming system. A 20-year industry veteran, Mark has shared numerous aspects of the naming ecosystem stemming directly from his personal experience. It's a must-read for anyone interested in making sense of the DNS world. Here is Mark sharing some additional background and overview of the book.

The idea behind my recent book "Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS" is to provide a unifying overview around the area of domains and naming where I think there exists an artificial divide, and that divide exists between domain policy, and managing ones' domain portfolio; and the DNS ops side of things: running your nameservers or outsourcing to a vendor, or both.

I've been doing this for over 20 years, I've seen almost every failure condition that can happen to your domain or DNS and even committed most of them myself (as I quip in the preface):

I'm not a DNS expert per se, unless you use Neils Bohr's definition of an expert as "somebody who has made all possible mistakes within a very narrow field".

I haven't seen a book, ever, that has tried to synthesize the dual aspects of domain portfolio management and DNS ops so I decided to write that book.

Figure 1: The two logical realms of a domain name

Overall, I think the book captures that.

It looks at the entire naming ecosystem:

  • the registrar/registry side of things
  • whois, ramifications of whois privacy, the GDPR,
  • registry locks
  • ICANN policies that can zap your domains
  • Common pitfalls, like scams and slamming techniques
  • Intellectual property issues, domain disputes: UDRP, URS, transfer disputes

Then over on the DNS operations side:

  • how queries work, debugging,
  • various nameserver daemons from a perspective of nameserver diversity
  • myriad use cases
    • adding secondary DNS
    • zone apex aliasing
    • advanced geo DNS
  • Other considerations like IP space and numbering decisions
  • anycast vs unicast
  • security: from
    • securing your vendors
    • DNSSEC
    • DDoS mitigation.

...and much more!

I'm aware of some formatting errors and through some miscommunication, all the chapter endnotes were converted into references, if it does well enough for a next edition I will be armed from experience to fix some issues.

The book is available directly from Packt Publishing or the usual channels like Amazon. Reviews would be greatly appreciated.


I found myself constrained by a character limit for the Acknowledgements section of the book, I was only able to list the names of those without whom the book would not have been possible.

Now I would like to take the space here to expand on that as I had it in the original manuscript:

I'm thankful that my staff at easyDNS always know "to do the needful" (inside joke), freeing me up to write this book. Special mention to our COO Tamas Acs and CTO Ranko Rodic — I would never have been able to write this book without you two minding the shop.

This business is blessed with some ethical, friendly gentlemen competitors like Steve Job at DNSMadeEasy (no relation), as well as Anthony Eden (DNSimple) and Dan Durrer ( If all business competitors were as noble as you guys there would be no strife in the world.

Jim Carroll was invaluable in mentoring me through the gauntlet of writing a book without completely losing one's mind. Rick Brockhead is a literary agent par excel‐ lance who advised me throughout the contract process.

Richard Lau and Jothan Frakes helped get the ball rolling on promoting the early version of the book by inviting me out to NamesCon.

I have to make a special mention to Peter Van Dijk, Matt Pounsett, Patrik Lundin and Cricket Liu; without them this book would have been unreadable.

  • Peter Van Dijk's review of the initial draft was exhaustive and he brought to my attention myriad factual errors, inconsistent thinking and flawed reasoning which, albeit painful and at times humbling, did help immensely.
  • Matt Pounsett did much of the same, diving down in innumerable places with crucial references, pointers and corrections.
  • Patrik Lundin was the very first reader to provide edits from the very beginning of the early-release schedule and went on to review the entire manuscript in detail and with comprehensive illuminating feedback.
  • Cricket Liu helped me understand that I had wandered off-message for a large chunk of the first draft and made it possible for me to refocus and retrench back to the original target audience and base concept.

Thanks also to: John Demco at Webnames/CIRA for proofreading;

Russ Nelson for reviewing the tinydns section;

Jan-Piet Mens for reviewing the book and offering additional feedback;

Jacques Latour from CIRA. Jack is a great guy ;-)

George Kirikos — an authority on policy issues and always happy to help;

and Joe Abley who allowed me to pepper him with a steady stream of questions.

If this book is deemed "a success", it wouldn't have been possible without these technical reviewers. Thank you.

Sandro Pasquale was responsible for getting me signed to Packt Publishing (who turned out to be an easyDNS customer, talk about karma)

Last but not least I'd like to nod to Bert Hubert and Paul Vixie who never fail to take time out from their busy schedules to answer questions and help clue me in.

Thanks also to everybody at Packt.

Written by Mark Jeftovic, Co-Founder, easyDNS Technlogies Inc.

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Create an SPF record to show that your domain does NOT send email

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-01-15 16:19

Add an SPF record to prevent spoofing.

Add a SPF record to keep people from spoofing your domain in emails.

When it comes to email deliverability, most people are trying to figure out how to ensure their mail lands in the inbox. But what if you want to tell email providers that they should not accept email from a domain name? This might be the case if you have a parked domain that someone is trying to spoof when it sends email.

One option is to create a Sender Policy Framework (SPF) record that says all mail should be rejected. To do this, go to your domain name registrar and manage the DNS for the domain.

Create a TXT record and include this text:

v=spf -all

This will tell mailbox providers that your domain name should not send any email, giving them an indication that email with your address should be considered spam.

Domain name owners should consider adding SPF records to their parked domains if they don’t use them for email.

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Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-01-15 14:38 parked page filled with links for games.

Addicting Games screenshot

The popular online game site Addicting Games filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) yesterday against the domain name, claiming that the owner of the domain is cybersquatting. Addicting Games is owned by Bill Karamouzis, who was on DNW Podcast #178.

The lawsuit points out that almost all the pay-per-click links on, which is parked at Uniregistry, are related to games. The first link is “Addicting Games”.

One big question is when the current owner of the domain acquired it.

The lawsuit alleges:

On February 21, 2018, the registrant of the domain was changed from Domain Hostmaster, Customer ID : 85528474484681 to Savvy Investments, LLC Privacy ID #735277, and the registrar was changed from Pty Ltd to Sea Wash, LLC.

Sea Wasp, LLC is just the business name for Fabulous, so the registrar didn’t actually change.

The Whois record is private going back to the end of 2011.

From at least as early as 2004 until the record was private, the domain was owned by a registrant in Vietnam. The domain has been parked with Uniregistry since at least 2013. So I suspect that there was not an ownership change this year, although it’s possible.

There’s a chance that the domain is currently owned by the same entity that owned it since at least 2004, which is before Addicting Games existed.

That said, the links on the parked page (which have been there since at least 2013) are definitely problematic and could present a trademark problem for the domain owner.

It will be interesting to see if the owner of defends the domain name in court.

David Weslow of Wiley Rein LLP is representing Addicting Games.

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Not Another Yearly Recap: What 2018 Tells Us About .brand Domains

Domain industry news - Mon, 2019-01-14 20:04

It's that special time again!

Time to unwind, spend time with loved ones — and to reflect on another 12 months of progress across the .brand movement.

Over the last few years, we've used this end of year assessment and our efforts with MakeWay.World to show you how the industry is being embraced globally — through a range of examples, statistics and predictions about how the year ahead will be our best ever.

Now… I'm not promising that there won't be a little of that in this blog — but I was reflecting recently on where we've come from and pushing myself to really consider how last year evolved and what we've learned.

And as you'll see below, the situation with .brands is a little different than perhaps how we had predicted.

No 'big bang' moment: where we got it wrong

A lot of the time, the news you'll see from me will relate to .brand site launches, from well-known brands in the most influential sectors and industries. And like many .brand watchers, we've long been hanging out for that one massive, shining example: the day Google or Apple or some other highly prominent household names start to use their TLD which causes an amazing domino effect and others instantly go 'all-in' on their .brands.

Yet, these massive organizations (and many others) have actually done some amazing things with their .brands in the last 12 months, without the expected fanfare and explosion of .brand usage across the industry.

Why you may ask? Whilst it's difficult to say with 100% certainty, I think one of our key lessons in 2018 was that organizations are embracing .brands for their own reasons and in their own time.

We've seen trends develop around the use of .brands to secure and improve social media links, to save money and time in managing corporate domain portfolios, and to redirect visitors to existing web content.

This leads me to believe that the importance of aligning to your company's strategy and ensuring that sufficient support and education has been garnered appears to be more important for this type of innovation, as distinct to responding to competitor movements or other industry trends.

Similarly, a number of our clients used their .brand last year for the first time simply due to the fact that a .com domain they wanted for a promotion wasn't available (or was at a high price) so they ended up registering in their .brand very quickly and inexpensively. Having realized how simple and reliable it is, they've told me they won't ever revert to that legacy behavior again.

All of these are 'simpler' strategies than the marketing and advertising revolution we predicted — but they are no less valid or clever options. In fact, they're probably easier to get started and will be more sustainable and scalable for many .brands.

You see, it's really education and awareness that is the key to continued adoption on the .brand space. Use of a .brand is neither complicated nor risky, and the vast majority of folks that have put their toe in the water rapidly advance to talented swimmer status relatively quickly.

Whilst there is unquestionably a groundswell of new .brand usage each year (which I'll go into a bit more below), the previously-held view that we're waiting for one big thing to tip the scale across the world for .brands shifted significantly last year and I think it's reasonable to assume that this will be a continual and gradual pattern of adoption in the years to come.

The stats don't lie - .brands are a maturing space

In 2018, 46 new brands used their .brand TLD for the first time. This meant we welcomed to the fold companies like American Express, Bosch, AOL, Nikon, Visa and many more.

Meanwhile, we also saw more growth in domains last year than we did in 2017 — by more than double. The industry sectors with the most domains registered (automotive and banking & financial at the time of writing) were also the ones that grew the most. Not only this, but actual usage of these domains is also still on the increase — up 18% in 2018.

And honestly, this is exactly how a maturing space should behave. In any new technology, you expect an initial spike of activity — but this isn't sustainable. In order to see longevity and future innovation, there have to be periods of settling and stabilizing between the peaks.

The first .brand TLD to be delegated went live in 2014. We're over four years past that now, and the fact that we're still seeing growth in domains and in usage is an encouraging sign for .brands in the long term.

This is another key takeaway for me as I reflect on 2018.

In previous years, we'd been very focused on maximizing growth at all costs, but the maturity in 2018 of the .brands movement across the world was equally rewarding last year, if not more so.

The highlights reel

Having said all this, I couldn't let a 2018 recap go by without calling out a few great examples of usage that emerged last year.

In September, Apple launched its new iPhoneX using, a mobile-based, promotional product site. As with anything Apple does, this gained huge media attention and likely drew a lot of eyeballs to the site. Apple has also had redirecting to its corporate news page for several months.

Following its move to a new international site at, Canon announced its move to .canon email addresses, explaining that "by leveraging the simplicity of the TLD, which is easy to remember and easy to understand, Canon aims to enhance the Company's global brand value."

As we commented on earlier in the year, the Australian Football League promoted its premiership finals series on, exposing the domain to millions of viewers in Australia via advertising on television, radio, social media and out-of-home.

We saw several new corporate sites on a .brand TLD from Google, including,,,,,, and more. Google's use of .google shows no sign of letting up and their passion towards this and other vital topics such as HSTS will continue to inspire others in years to come.

The automotive space continued to lead the way in .brand usage, with sites like,,, and

This is just a tiny, flyover sample of some of the sites that got us excited last year. But the sheer volume means there's no way we can give a full overview. If you want to see more of these, check out our Showcase on MakeWay.World.

So, was 2018 'the biggest year yet', with 2019 set to blow it out of the water?
Or have we just witnessed a vital pivot, cementing .brands as an innovation that will continue to drive the evolution in digital identity and branding for years to come?

Time will tell, but as we look towards the year ahead of us, let's not put ourselves under any illusions. 2018 showed us that .brand adoption will continue to be steady, but it also relies heavily on the community sharing our lessons and successes to help the marketers of tomorrow understand the inherent brand, security and efficiency benefits.

As for 2019, I for one am really excited to see this industry continuing to mature and finding its feet as a stable, sustainable part of brands' long term tech and marketing arsenal.

This article was originally published on MakeWay.World.

Written by Tony Kirsch, Head of Professional Services at Neustar

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