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Verisign made domain aftermarket arguments in July

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-11-08 16:47

Last week’s blog post was not the first time Verisign called attention to domain investors.

Last week Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) shocked many of its biggest customers by saying that domain investors are a problem.

It turns out that this was not the first time Verisign raised arguments about the domain aftermarket. It drew attention to the U.S. Senate back in July while it was still negotiating with the U.S. government to renew the Cooperative Agreement.

Verisign made the argument in response to GoDaddy VP of Policy James Bladel’s testimony (pdf) in a U.S. Senate hearing on July 31.

In that hearing, Bladel urged the government to keep the status quo on the wholesale price that Verisign charges registrars. It also argued that the contract to operate .com should eventually be put out to competitive bid.

Verisign SVP Pat Kane sent a letter to the committee chairman, Senator Roger Wicker, and ranking member Brian Schatz pointing out that GoDaddy sells many domains in the aftermarket for thousands of times the wholesale price. It lists some domains for sale on GoDaddy’s Afternic system, including domains with the names of senators (owned by third parties).

Kane’s letter (pdf) was entered into the record toward the end of the hearing and I obtained it today from Senator Wicker’s office.

There’s a big difference between the July letter and last week’s blog post. The letter merely made an argument that the market sets the price for domains and it could be much higher than the wholesale price. The blog post escalated this by saying that domain investors are a problem.

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Chicago Blackhawks win Blackhawks.com domain in cybersquatting dispute

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-11-08 16:22

Hockey team filed complaint 23 years after the domain was registered.

The Chicago Blackhawks won a dispute to get Blackhawks.com.

The Chicago Blackhawks hockey team has won a cybersquatting dispute it brought against the owner of the Blackhawks.com domain name.

The hockey team filed the dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization after inquiring about buying the domain. The domain registrant replied that the domain was “a six figure name”, at which point the Blackhawks filed the dispute.

There are a few factors that could have weighed against the hockey team in the dispute. First, the domain was registered in 1995 and the team didn’t file a complaint until over 20 years later. Second, the parked page on the domain doesn’t have links related to hockey. Finally, trying to buy a domain name before filing a dispute can show that the complainant realizes it doesn’t have a cybersquatting case.

However, the domain owner didn’t respond to the allegations.

The domain will be transferred to the NHL team in 10 days unless the domain owner files a lawsuit.

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Namecheap and Tucows settle legal dispute

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-11-08 14:17

Transfer dispute was resolved in a legal settlement.

Namecheap and Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) have entered into a settlement agreement to resolve a transfer dispute.

Namecheap, a former Enom reseller, sued Tucows (which now owns Enom) because it said that Tucows was dragging its feet over transferring millions of domain names to Namecheap. Tucows said it was just a matter of using the appropriate mechanism to transfer the domains.

Following a court order, Tucows transferred 2.65 million domains to Namecheap in January 2018. It then entered into a settlement agreement with Namecheap in September 2018, under which Namecheap agreed to pay an “administrative fee” to Tucows for services related to the transfer. Tucows transferred a further 0.24 million domains later that month. The company will transfer the remaining 0.4 million domains to Namecheap in the fourth quarter.

The net-net: Namecheap eventually got the names transferred the way it wanted and Tucows got at least some of the costs covered.

The settlement was disclosed in Tucows’ 10-Q filed with the SEC yesterday.

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Six-Figure Sale of a 2-Letter ccTLD Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart

DN Journal - Thu, 2018-11-08 01:25
The ccTLDs had their second big week in a row - ringing up the week's biggest domain sale and taking 5 places on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.
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Cyber Security Word Salad

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-11-08 00:31

Two months ago, the Trump White House published its National Cyber Strategy. It was followed a few days ago with the release of its draft NSTAC Cybersecurity "moonshot."

The Strategy document was basically a highly nationalistic America-First exhortation that ironically bore a resemblance to China's more global two-year-old National Cybersecurity Strategy.

However, the Moonshot draft comes across as a Public Relations gambit meant to underpin the Strategy pronouncement by borrowing on the Von Braun project pitched to President Kennedy and implemented in the 1960s as the Apollo program. Apart from the rather ludicrous comparison, the draft itself serves up little more than another cybersecurity word salad found around Washington with six "strategic pillars" sprinkled on top. We are told that these pillars achieve "a more enduringly safe and secure Internet within the next 10 years [that] will require a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach." A "word salad" rendition of the draft is attached as an image.

These kinds of documents have appeared everywhere around the world over the past decade. Perhaps not unexpectedly, they all tend to have the same salad ingredients: Technology, Human Behavior, Education, Ecosystem, Privacy, and Policy. NATO has an extensive library of them.

And, almost every regional and global organization and intergovernmental body today have their own versions. The EU has several, and nearly two hundred Nation States at the ITU Plenipotentiary at the moment, are redrafting a bundle of them.

There is not much new in the NSTAC draft except the Moonshot packaging plus potentially creating a few new mini-government bureaucracies among existing government agencies to oversee the effort and lobby for additional funding. The last point — funding — figures prominently into the recommendations even as the document plainly offers nothing substantively new.

The report places considerable faith in "U.S. Government leadership" when the historical record in creating joint efforts like SEMANTECH and MCC have been problematic at best in sectors far less abstruse. Furthermore, as opposed to the UK's NCSC, the aversion within the U.S. to supporting its most valuable expert Information Assurance assets at NSA, creates an enduring institutional dysfunction. Additionally, scores of other national government agencies and thousands of companies and institutes scattered globally are pursuing similar well-funded initiatives that are largely unknown within the U.S. government, and with no ability to discover them and bring about convergence and harmonization.

What is most unfortunate is the model itself — which suggests there is some kind of achievable endpoint of cybersecurity. The complexities and dynamics of contemporary electronic components, code, and networks — coupled with business economics, adversarial incentives, legal constraints, and human foibles — result in an ecosystem where risk management and cyber-hygiene are the necessary courses of action.

On the positive side, the draft recommendations do harken back to a period when NSTAC hosted its own R&D;expert community and regular R&D;workshops. There are, however, several faux pax. While the draft repeatedly mentions that 5G is extremely important and that it will replace existing internets, it somewhat embarrassingly in the Glossary does not know where 5G work is done (i.e., 3GPP and NFV ISG) and that it is already being rolled out. The lack of engagement by U.S. government agencies in existing 5G industry technical developments has long been endemic.

More significantly, the report continues to push the politically motivated "open internet" when NSTAC was warned two decades ago by the DARPA Director who approved the TCP/IP platform development — that the "open internet" notion was flawed and meaningful cybersecurity is fundamentally impossible with open internets. Indeed, the dangers of open internets have come vividly home to roost over the past year courtesy of Russia's FSB and GRU.

Fortunately, the legacy DARPA internets are rapidly transitioning to a world of virtually instantiated network slices under a 5G aegis. While considerable attention is being devoted to 3GPP and related venues to security, it is unclear whether unknown and unforeseen vulnerabilities and attacks will not emerge.

Written by Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC

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Pennsylvania Attorney General subpoenas Epik over Gab.com domain name

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-11-07 21:52

AG asks Epik to hand over communications with Gab.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has asked domain name registrar Epik to send it information about its interactions with Gab, the social network that came under fire after one of its users shot people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Gab.com was registered at GoDaddy before moving to Uniregistry, and then to Epik. Epik founder Rob Monster got in touch and invited Gab to move the domain to its service, but he said he didn’t take the decision lightly.

It’s not clear what the Attorney General is looking for, but he is asking for all communications between Gab and the company, information about people working at Gab, and any complaints about Gab that Epik has received.

Gab disclosed the subpoena on twitter.

Hi @PAAttorneyGen do you really want to be seen as the AG who went up against the first amendment and CDA 230? You will be a made fool. I promise you that. We will not be bullied or intimidated. pic.twitter.com/yDckmAUoQM

— Gab.com (@getongab) November 7, 2018

Update: Gab has deleted the tweet about the subpoena.

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19 end user domain sales up to $150,000

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-11-07 18:16

A marketing automation software provider, a food processing company and a cryptocurrency investment firm all bought domain names last week.

Last week’s newsworthy sale of User.com has officially transferred making it this week’s #1 sale and the top end user sale from Sedo this past week. It was a good week for end user sales with lots of purchases by software development companies and manufacturing businesses.

The list is below, and you can view previous lists like this here.

User.com $150,000 – Purchased by User, a marketing automation software company out of the UK that was previously called UserEngage.

Fahrzeuge.de €18,700 – fahrzeuge=vehicle in German. The #2 sale in the ccTLD category was purchased by Toha, a German car trading network.

TaxFree.de €8,000 – Forwards to Buhl.de, a German software developer of tax and finance related software.


SCMG.com $7,000 – This 4-letter .com was purchased by the Sun Country Marine Group, a high-end boat retailer.

Fight24.com €5,750 – This site is currently forwarding to mabn.eu, the Martial Arts Broadcasting Network. They operate the Fight24 channel which features live streaming of boxing and other forms of fighting matches.

CineLounge.com $5,500 – The domain is under development with the message “Luxury Lounge Theaters Coming Soon Near You”, so ultimately this will be a site for a chain of luxury theaters.

ScratchProtection.com $5,000 – Mac Neil Automotive Products, which is better known as the WeatherTech brand. This name fits perfectly with its line of automotive protective gear.

Arbeitsplatten.com $3,750 – Arbeitsplatten=Countertops in German. This site is for equarz, a German supplier of natural stone, ceramics and quartz within the kitchen design industry.

AVQ.co $3,500 – Purchased by Logiciel Lavasoft of Canada, a software development company that produces spyware and malware detection software, including Adaware. AV might stand for Antivirus, but I’m not sure about the Q.

SkyPad.net $3,300 – The domain is registered to Comfort Concepts, LLC but the email address is the company’s law firm, so its difficult to tell exactly what this domain will be used for.

FuneralBookings.com $3,200 – Purchased by Requiem Funeral Bookings. The site is still in development with the message “The Future in Funeral Bookings”.

CapSun.com €3,000 – This domain name is now owned by a French company who operates campsites and recreational parks in France and Spain.  It looks like the official name is Capfun.

Bar45.com $3,000 – A golf course restaurant and bar by the same name in Gulf Shores, Alabama bought this domain name.

MedSkills.com $3,000 – This site is in development with the message “A platform for existing medical personnel to increase productivity through connection and enhancement of medical skills.”

Equities.io $2,988 – Forwards to BlockVentures.com, a blockchain and cryptocurrency investment company. In Q3, 2018 they are launching the first ICO specific affiliate network. They also own Securities.io which is slated to be a news website and token listing platform for Security Tokens, so Equities.io has potential for another project in development.

Checkout.fr €2,950 – Checkout.com bought the French country code equivalent of its domain name.

Baader.it €2,750 – Baader, a manufacturer of food processing machinery, bought the Italian country code equivalent of its .com domain name.

SignLife.com $2,500 – Not yet resolving but this was purchased by the Intersign Corporation, a custom sign manufacturer out of Chattanooga, TN.

Fiska.net €2,500 – Forwarding to fiska.launchrock.com, a site under development for the launch of a payment software processing company. The site currently shows this message: “Bridging the worlds of payments and technology”.

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A coming push for Trusted Notifier programs in .com

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-11-07 15:57

U.S. Government would like Trusted Notifier programs for .Com.

Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a statement when it renewed its Cooperative Agreement with Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN). Here’s the second paragraph of the brief statement:

Amendment 35 confirms that Verisign will operate the .com registry in a content neutral manner with a commitment to participate in ICANN processes. To that end, NTIA looks forward to working with Verisign and other ICANN stakeholders in the coming year on trusted notifier programs to provide transparency and accountability in the .com top level domain.

These statements seem to contradict each other. The first statement says that Verisign won’t get involved with what content is on .com domains. That’s the status quo. The second is about so-called Trusted Notifier programs in which certain “trusted” groups can make complaints about content that the registry will take seriously. An example is the program the Motion Picture Association of America has with Donuts.

It’s possible this paragraph was inserted in the statement to appease certain groups. The first statement would appease Ted Cruz, who was concerned that the NTIA ending its IANA contract with ICANN would lead to China and Russia having their way with the internet. (That hasn’t happened.) The second statement would appease intellectual property interests.

The statement makes it clear that the U.S. would like to engage with the ICANN community on Trusted Notifer programs, but ultimately it’s just one voice in the conversation. I would think that Verisign wants to avoid any such programs because, as the first sentence of the paragraph notes, Verisign has never been involved with the content side of what’s hosted on .com domains. That falls to UDRP, the courts and the registrars. Verisign leaves the resolution to other parties, and only transfers a domain when ordered to do so by a court.

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GoDaddy posts 17% revenue growth in Q3

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-11-06 21:56

Growth across the board plus a stock buyback.

GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) released Q3 2018 earnings after the market closed today.

Revenue hit $680 million, up 17% year-over-year. Bookings were up 11% to $742 million.

Domain revenue was $310 million, up from $272 million in the same quarter last year. It was $305 million in Q2 of this year.

GoDaddy now has over 77 million domains under management.

Customer growth also continues to march upward, with 18.3 million customers at the end of the quarter.

GoDaddy upped its revenue guidance to $2.665 billion – $2.660 billion for the year, with unlevered free cash flow of about $620 million.

The Board of Directors also approved a stock buyback of up to $500 million.

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GM wants help naming its new eBike

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-11-06 21:30

Company holds contest for people to name its new eBike line. Is this a domain name opportunity?

One of General Motors eBikes. Photo courtesy GM.

General Motors is launching two eBikes and it wants your help naming them.

The company is running an eBike naming contest. The winner gets $10,000 and nine runners-up will get $1,000 each.

GM’s stated needs are interesting, and include things that many people think about when considering domain names:

  • Does the name bring our mission to life?
  • Does it inspire people to choose eBikes as their preferred mode of transportation?
  • Does it give rich personality to the product?
  • Is the tone smart and provocative?
  • Is it compelling to the target consumer?
  • Is it meaningful in multiple languages?
  • Is it trademarkable?

While the brief doesn’t discuss domain names, this might be an opportunity to pitch a name you already own. (I quickly searched the rules/TOS for “domain” and didn’t see anything that would preclude this, but make sure you aren’t signing over any additional rights with your submission.) This might also be an opportunity for Donuts to pitch a clever .bike domain name.

Judging from the domain used for the contest–ebikebrandchallenge.com–they could use a little help on the domain front.

(Hat tip: Francois)

 

 

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BGP Hijacks: Two More Papers Consider the Problem

Domain industry news - Tue, 2018-11-06 18:14

The security of the global Default Free Zone (DFZ) has been a topic of much debate and concern for the last twenty years (or more). Two recent papers have brought this issue to the surface once again — it is worth looking at what these two papers add to the mix of what is known, and what solutions might be available. The first of these —

Demchak, Chris, and Yuval Shavitt. 2018. "China's Maxim — Leave No Access Point Unexploited: The Hidden Story of China Telecom's BGP Hijacking." Military Cyber Affairs 3 (1). https://doi.org/10.5038/2378-0789.3.1.1050.

— traces the impact of Chinese "state actor" effects on BGP routing in recent years. Whether these are actual attacks, or mistakes from human error for various reasons generally cannot be known, but the potential, at least, for serious damage to companies and institutions relying on the DFZ is hard to overestimate. This paper lays out the basic problem, and the works through a number of BGP hijacks in recent years, showing how they misdirected traffic in ways that could have facilitated attacks, whether by mistake or intentionally. For instance, quoting from the paper:

  • Starting from February 2016 and for about 6 months, routes from Canada to Korean government sites were hijacked by China Telecom and routed through China.
  • On October 2016, traffic from several locations in the USA to a large Anglo-American bank
  • headquarters in Milan, Italy was hijacked by China Telecom to China.
  • Traffic from Sweden and Norway to the Japanese network of a large American news organization was hijacked to China for about 6 weeks in April/May 2017.

What impact could such a traffic redirection have? If you can control the path of traffic while a TLS or SSL session is being set up, you can place your server in the middle as an observer. This can, in many situations, be avoided if DNSSEC is deployed to ensure the certificates used in setting up the TLS session is valid, but DNSSEC is not widely deployed, either. Another option is to simply gather encrypted traffic and either attempt to break the key or use data analytics to understand what the flow is doing (a side channel attack).

What can be done about these kinds of problems? The "simplest" — and most naïve — answer is "let's just secure BGP." There are many, many problems with this solution. Some of them are highlighted in the second paper under review —

Bonaventure, Olivier. n.d. "A Survey among Network Operators on BGP Prefix Hijacking — Computer Communication Review." Accessed November 3, 2018. https://ccronline.sigcomm.org/2018/ccr-january-2018/a-survey-among-network-operators-on-bgp-prefix-hijacking/.

— which illustrates the objections providers have to the many forms of BGP security that have been proposed to this point. The first is, of course, that it is expensive. The ROI of the systems proposed thus far are very low; the cost is high, and the benefit to the individual provider is rather low. There is both a race to perfection problem here, as well as a tragedy of the commons problem. The race to perfection problem is this: we will not design, nor push for the deployment of, any system which does not "solve the problem entirely." This has been the mantra behind BGPSEC, for instance. But not only is BGPSEC expensive — I would say to the point of being impossible to deploy — it is also not perfect.

The second problem in the ROI space is the tragedy of the commons. I cannot do much to prevent other people from misusing my routes. All I can really do is stop myself and my neighbors from misusing other people's routes. What incentive do I have to try to make the routing in my neighborhood better? The hope that everyone else will do the same. Thus, the only way to maintain the commons of the DFZ is for everyone to work together for the common good. This is difficult. Worse than herding cats.

A second point — not well understood in the security world — is this: a core point of DFZ routing is that when you hand your reachability information to someone else, you lose control over that reachability information. There have been a number of proposals to "solve" this problem, but it is a basic fact that if you cannot control the path traffic takes through your network, then you have no control over the profitability of your network. This tension can be seen in the results of the survey above. People want security, but they do not want to release the information needed to make security happen. Both realities are perfectly rational!

Part of the problem with the "more strict," and hence (considered) "more perfect" security mechanisms proposed is simply this: they are not quite enough. They expose far too much information. Even systems designed to prevent information leakage ultimately leak too much.

So… what do real solutions on the ground look like?

One option is for everyone to encrypt all traffic, all the time. This is a point of debate, however, as it also damages the ability of providers to optimize their networks. One point where the plumbing allegory for networking breaks down is this: all bits of water are the same. Not all bits on the wire are the same.

Another option is to rely less on the DFZ. We already seem to be heading in this direction, if Geoff Huston and other researchers are right. Is this a good thing, or a bad one? It is hard to tell from this angle, but a lot of people think it is a bad thing.

Perhaps we should revisit some of the proposed BGP security solutions, reshaping some of them into something that is more realistic and deployable? Perhaps — but the community is going to let go of the "but it's not perfect" line of thinking, and start developing some practical, deployable solutions that don't leak so much information.

Finally, there is a solution Leslie Daigle and I have been tilting at for a couple of years now. Finding a way to build a set of open source tools that will allow any operator or provider to quickly and cheaply build an internal system to check the routing information available in their neighborhood on the 'net, and mix local policy with that information to do some bare bones work to make their neighborhood a little cleaner. This is a lot harder than "just build some software" for various reasons; the work is often difficult — as Leslie says, it is largely a matter of herding cats, rather than inventing new things.

Written by Russ White, Network Architect at LinkedIn

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Michael Cyger sells Brew.com to BuyMeACoffee.com team.

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-11-06 16:02

Michael Cyger sells Brew.com in cash and equity deal.

Left to Right: Jackson Elsegood (Escrow.com), Madhavan Ramakrishnan (Brew.com), Jijo Sunny (Brew.com), Michael Cyger, Brian Tharp (Escrow.com).

Michael Cyger of DNAcademy has sold the domain name Brew.com to the team behind BuyMeACoffee.com, which is a sort of tip-a-creator service. Here’s co-founder Jijo Sunny mentioning the acquisition on Twitter:

1/ Excited to share what we’ve been building at https://t.co/GOQJ7LjQ2t + we are going to tweetstorm our progress every week!

Week 1 highlights: getting shortlisted for YC W2019, acquiring a premium domain, meeting Substack’s @hamishmckenzie and Stripe CEO @patrickc

— Jijo Sunny (@JijoSunny) November 6, 2018

Cyger had been using BuyMeACoffee on his website. As Sunny describes it, a deal quickly transpired from there:

It started with a cold email. Guess what? He was using BuyMeACoffee on his blog, and was excited to hear about what we’re building next. Within 2w, we signed the deal at @Escrowcom’s SF office. You’re a pleasure to work with @MichaelCyger!

Cyger told DNW:

I actually read about Buy Me A Coffee on HackerNews in February and thought their design and implementation was elegantly simple and beautiful. So I signed up for an account to check it out, and then integrated the Buy Me A Coffee button on the public blog of DNAcademy to see how it worked. So far, about 10 people — who are not subscribed to DNAcademy as students — but who appreciate the content I produce — have purchased me a cup of coffee, which I like much more than displaying programmatic ads because it’s cleaner, creates a more direct relationship with readers, and earns more revenue per reader.

While financial terms were not disclosed, Cyger expects the deal to eventually be worth seven figures after the company gains traction. He will join Brew’s Advisory Board.

Cyger met up with the BuyMeACoffee team at Escrow.com’s office to complete the deal (see photo).

The company will not rebrand its BuyMeACoffee.com service as Brew.com. Instead, it’s launching a new site on Brew.com using what it has learned running BuyMeACoffee. Based on Sunny’s tweets, it seems like it will be a type of Patreon service, perhaps providing people with an ad-free subscription to content.

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.ME introducing internationalized domain names

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-11-06 14:25

IDNs will enable .ME domains to be personal for people around the world.

The .ME registry is launching internationalized domain names (IDNs) on November 12.

While many registries offer IDNs, I think .ME offering them at this point is newsworthy given the registry’s size and because of how many people use .me domains. .Me is technically the country code domain name for Montenegro, but people use it for personal sites for obvious reasons.

A lot of people use (personal name).me for their website, and IDN .me addresses will open up a lot of new names.

Supported languages and scripts include:

Arabic, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Croatian, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Montenegrin (Latin and Cyrillic), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian (Latin and Cyrillic), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

Listen to an interview with .ME registry CMO Natasa Djukanovic on DNW Podcast #191.

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ICANN will use $36 million of new TLD auction proceeds to cover shortfall

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-11-06 13:27

ICANN will use a combination of auction proceeds and operational savings to replenish reserve fund.

ICANN’s board has decided to fill its coffers with $36 million from new TLD auction proceeds.

ICANN’s organizational growth and the IANA transition has caused a budget shortfall, and ICANN plans to make it up by cutting costs and raiding the new TLD auction piggy bank.

The organization believes its reserve fund should equal one year of operating costs. It’s $68 million below that point.

It plans to make up this deficit over eight years by running a fiscal surplus of $32 million total. The other $36 million will be taken from the new top level domain auction proceeds.

Auctions have delivered over $240 million in cash. The community is still deciding how to divvy up that cash, but giving some of it back to ICANN was never the intention.

There’s a veiled threat to new TLD registries that might be upset about ICANN using some of it to cover its shortfall: another option was for ICANN to raise fees.

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How Making New Music Has Helped Emme Lentino Heal from the Untimely Loss of Husband Tony

DN Journal - Tue, 2018-11-06 00:28
One of the domain industry's most successful entrepreneurs, Tony Lentino, passed away two years ago at age 42 . His wife, Emme has poured her heart and soul into new music that has helped her heal from that devastating loss and is inspiring people around the world.
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China Telecom Accused of Misdirecting Internet Traffic

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-11-05 21:53

A paper published by the Naval War College titled, "China's Maxim – Leave No Access Point Unexploited: The Hidden Story of China Telecom's BGP Hijacking," accuses the Chinese government of manipulating BGP routing in order to intercept internet traffic. Doug Madory, Oracle's Director of Internet Analysis, who was involved with the 2017 activities to stop the effort, says there is some truth to the paper's assertion but does not claim to know the motivation behind the actions. He writes: "On 9 December 2015, SK Broadband (formerly Hanaro) experienced a brief routing leak lasting little more than a minute. During the incident, SK's ASN, AS9318, announced over 300 Verizon routes that were picked up by OpenDNS's BGPstream service ... Over the course of several months last year, I alerted Verizon and other Tier 1 carriers of the situation and, ultimately, Telia and GTT (the biggest carriers of these routes) put filters in place to ensure they would no longer accept Verizon routes from China Telecom."

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Domain sales at NameJet in October

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-11-05 21:35

October was a slow month at NameJet.

NameJet had a very slow October, at least when it comes to sales of $2,000 and higher.

The company reported 37 such sales for a total of $133,000. Muhu.com was at the top of the stack with a $15,200 sale price.

Other notable sales include GeorgiaBulldogs.com (a risky domain name), eBbay.com (another risky one) and LakeProperties.com (a fantastic domain that sold for a low price).

Here’s the complete list of $2,000+ sales at NameJet last month.

DOMAIN AMOUNT muhu.com15200 beme.com10056 georgiabulldogs.com6200 buno.com6000 lasvegaslaw.com5188 alliancegroup.com4622 mysolutions.com4589 shiwo.com4500 ebbay.com4100 86778.com3999 333b.com3520 cubics.com3433 gtcc.com3411 rheumatologists.com3000 geniuskids.com2990 lakeproperties.com2988 gotrinidadandtobago.com2790 propertyowners.com2756 vord.com2700 finmark.com2677 worc.com2599 statto.com2560 respecting.com2501 46y.com2500 domainplace.com2500 pantie.com2400 luxurygetaways.com2299 sportspsychology.com2188 financiacion.com2188 eded.com2110 yoursurgery.com2100 89006.com2017 68007.com2011 empros.com2011 92336.com2000 63379.com2000 trafficmonsoon.com2000

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Berners-Lee Launches Global Campaign to Save the Web From Destruction

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-11-05 20:37

Tim Berners-Lee has called on governments, companies and individuals to back a new "Contract for the Web" that aims to protect people's rights and freedoms on the internet. The global campaign aims to save the web from the destructive effects of abuse and discrimination, political manipulation, and other threats that plague the online world. Ian Sample reporting in The Guardian: "The contract outlines central principles that will be built into a full contract and published in May 2019, when half of the world's population will be able to get online. More than 50 organisations have already signed the contract, which is published by Berners-Lee's World Wide Web Foundation alongside a report that calls for urgent action."

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October’s top domain stories

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-11-05 17:53

Here’s what happened in the domain name and web presence business last month.

These are the top stories on DNW last month, ranked by pageviews.

1. The Problem with WordPress – WordPress is too complicated for the typical small business owner, providing an opening for competitors.

2. “Stop the Price Increase of .COM” petition gains steam – It’s not looking good, but the ICA will now turn its attention to ICANN, which holds the keys to any price increase.

3. Verisign sells security business to Neustar for up to $120 million – Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) will become a pureplay registry after transitioning its security services business to Neustar.

4. Uniregistry is rolling out a paid discount plan – Uniregistry calls them Perks, but many existing customers are unhappy.

5. Domain Capital goes after Prince’s estate for reverse domain name hijacking – The move comes after the estate claimed ownership of Prince.com is cybersquatting.

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#206 – Sedo CEO Tobias Flaitz (listen)
#205 – Teaching the World About Domains (listen)
#204 – Domain sales in 2018 with Jeff Gabriel (listen)

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The .BEST Acquisition: 3 Months After

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-11-05 16:52

The .BEST new gTLD Registry was acquired 3 months ago by Cyril Fremont, a French Entrepreneur from Paris, and a team of investors. I took the time to meet with Cyril in the latest ICANN63 meeting in Barcelona to ask him a few questions about his future new gTLD project, three months after it was acquired from the previous owner.

Is the review network launching anytime soon?

Yes Jean we have just released the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) of the social network. Our ".best" social network will be officially present at the next Namescon taking place in Las Vegas (27-30 January 2019). Then, it will be open for private registrations only during 3 months as we want to give brand owners the opportunity to protect their trademarks by registering their ".best" brand names before the public opening.

According to our social network experience, there could be a lot of cybersquatting if brands don't protect themselves before the public opening and we don't want brands to face thousands of UDRP or URS procedures after the opening.

I am pretty much excited about the platform to be launched for reviews but I wondered: how are you going to manage those who want to use a ".best" domain name for their website and those who want to join the social network using your platform?

It's 2 different businesses and also 2 different ventures:

  1. The .BEST Registry is and will stay a Registry. We will continue to operate the Registry through our network of accredited Registrars and offer ".best" domains to every registrant who wants to register a domain name for his business.
  2. The social network will be a new venture that will act as a booster for ".best" domain names as we expect millions of users for the next years. It will benefit not only to the .BEST Registry itself but also to all our .BEST network of accredited Registrars. Indeed, we will also offer Registrars the possibility to be part of the on boarding process.

We want to be fully decentralized:

  • both on the users side giving each user a ".best" domain name and website for his reviews,
  • but also on the registration side with our network of accredited Registrars.

It's a fantastic and unique opportunity for our .BEST Registrars to get millions of ".best" domain registrations with us.

I wanted to know if it is possible to test the new social network you referred to in our previous interview: is that possible already?

For the moment, this is only possible for investors and after signing our NDA. As we are actually working on a $10M fundraising to bootstrap the marketing of the social network, we want to keep it secret until Namescon. So be patient — it's just 3 months from now — and I can already tell you that you will like it for sure!

Our Beta influencers that actually test the platform said the UX was clean and really intuitive for reviewers.

You recently published on LinkedIn that something was about to be revealed in a few weeks: is it the ".best" price drop or is it something different?

Yes, starting 1st of November and until 31st of January 2019, we will make a huge promotion dividing the ".best" wholesale/Registrar price by 10 for each new registration!

We set the wholesale price for Registrars lower than a ".com" for each new registration. Then, depending on your region and your favorite Registrar pricing strategy, the new ".best" retail price for each new registration should be between $7 to $10 on the market.

I just came back from the ICANN summit in Barcelona and we received a huge support from all Registrars that we met for this promotion.

I saw that you sold quite a few Premium ".best" domain names recently, can we talk numbers?

We do not communicate numbers on our Premium sales because we have an NDA agreement with our clients. We've started ".best" Premium domain name sales in September 2018 only and in just 2 months we've already had a strong track record. This is due to the huge value on the .BEST domain name extension. Each domain almost becomes a Premium as the organic traffic volumes are high on strings using "best" as a keyword. For example, "best cars" is more than 100M searches/month in Google!

For this reason, we sold many ".best" Premiums: asian.best, gaming.best, cms.best, marketing.best, sauna.best, care.best, date.best, 777.best, family.best, mgm.best, pub.best, printer.best, silver.best, and many more. We also sold many Premiums in foreign languages (french, spanish, german, italian) like banque.best, avocat.best, etc.

The price of ".best" registrations is divided by 10 during the promotion period which just started on November the first but then it will get back to the previous price, which remains rather expensive. Is there a chance that ".best" domains stick to the price of ".com" one day?

First, the wholesale price will be divided by 10 but it will be also available for multi-years registration at the same discounted price. It means that if you want, you will be able to register and secure your domain for 2,3,4 years ... until 10 years maximum at the same promotion price. Then, when the promotion period ends and depending on new registration volumes, we will make an analysis and set a new price. The more registrations we receive during the promotion period, the more we can lower the price then.

It appears that the price of ".com" could be increased by the US government, do you see this as an advantage to develop the .BEST Registry?

We set a wholesale price lower than a ".com" for Registrars. The final retail price is now in the hands of our Registrars. We heard that lots of our accredited Registrars will set a price lower than ".com" for their customers too to offer an alternative. The reason for this is that only a few names (<3000 names) were sold by the previous owner of the Registry. It leaves plenty of free and good names available for registration: that's the reason. Our Registrars expect a lot from this promotion from buyers as .BEST is like a new gTLD coming on the market with many great name opportunities.

Finally...I have seen that you were selected by the Web Summit and I saw also that American Express shoots a movie on the .BEST Registry. Can you tell me more about it?

Yes, things have been going really fast after the acquisition of the Registry by my team. We were selected as Best Startup by the WEB SUMMIT that will take place in Lisbon from 5-8 November, to be part of the Alpha program in the social network industry category. We will have a booth and exhibit on Day 2 of the event (on Wednesday, Nov 7). Just come and visit us.

We were also selected by KASPERSKY LAB to pitch our project on November 6th at 12.30 pm during the WEB SUMMIT in front of Venture Capitalists. Regarding AMERICAN EXPRESS, it's true too — they are shooting a movie on us. The .BEST movie will be spread in all the AMEX network. So stay tuned!

Written by Jean Guillon, New gTLDs "only".

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