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Google's .APP TLD Now in General Availability Phase Following Record-Breaking Early Access Period

Domain industry news - Tue, 2018-05-08 18:12

Google Registry's Official .APP Brand LogoGoogle's highly anticipated new .APP top-level domain (TLD) is now in the final "General Availability" phase, and open to anyone for domain name registrations. The TLD was first made available during the "Sunrise" period starting March 29 through May 1 allowing trademark holders to register their brands. The next "Early Access" period was held during May 1 through May 8 during which, an extra fee was applied to .APP domains registered. So far close 6,000 .APP domains are reported to be already in the zone. Andrew Allemann reporting in Domain Name Wire writes: "Google’s .app top-level domain name continues to prove itself a winner from a registrations standpoint. Waiting until day 5 of early access meant missing out on a lot of domains. All of my day 5 pre-orders were snapped up in earlier days." In addition to the high demand, Google also requires HTTPS for all .APP websites.

In addition to the high demand, .APP will be the first TLD with enforced security made available for general registration, "it’s helping move the web to an HTTPS-everywhere future in a big way," says Google.

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Millennials an Untapped Resource for Cybersecurity Skills but They Lack Awareness, Study Finds

Domain industry news - Tue, 2018-05-08 17:14

A study was recently conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to find out where the potential answers to the cybersecurity skills shortage amongst technology-savvy millennials and post-millennials in the US. Ian Barker reporting in BetaNews: "The data shows that the younger generation understands and acknowledges that technology and computing are likely to play a significant role in their future careers. ... But while a vast majority of respondents suggested that they are interested in computer-related careers, cybersecurity was cited by just nine percent. So what can the security industry do to attract young talent? When respondents were asked why cybersecurity was not a career they were considering, ignorance of and lack of opportunity to learn are the top of their responses."

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Zak Muscovitch named General Counsel of ICA

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-05-08 16:32

Interim GC loses the interim.

Zak Mucovitch

Attorney Zak Muscovitch has been named General Counsel of Internet Commerce Association, a group that advocates for domain investor interests.

Muscovitch has been serving as interim General Counsel since late last year after Phil Corwin left the organization to work for Verisign.

In an email to members today, the organization noted:

As you know, Zak stepped into the role of ICA’s Interim General Counsel when Phil left last Fall. Although originally viewed as a temporary measure to provide continuity for the ICA’s activities, Zak has proven himself exceptionally able and talented in the position. The pace of the ICA’s activities has accelerated, rapid progress has been made on UDRP advocacy, and Zak has quickly built productive relationships with many of the key players in the policy arena. If that was not enough, Zak also dove into the GDPR/Whois Accreditation process and took the lead role in drafting revisions that were adopted by the Business Constituency and the Intellectual Property Constituency to give domain industry players the ability to maintain access to Whois data.

I have heard from many of you directly confirming that you prized his work, communication style and the positive impact he’s had on the ICA. Your feedback helped to confirm to me and to the ICA’s Board that Zak is the right person for the job and that we’d like him to stay on as ICA’s General Counsel. We are grateful that despite the disruption taking on the ICA General Counsel role has caused to his thriving legal practice, Zak has agreed to stay on as General Counsel. I am therefore extremely pleased to announce that last week ICA’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved Zak’s appointment as ICA’s General Counsel.

Members should not notice any changes since Muscovitch has basically been in this role for 6+ months already.

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A first? UDRP complainant argues others’ use of trademark is proof

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-05-08 13:56

Complainant also asks the panel to simply ignore one of the three requirements of UDRP.

Here’s a bizarre cybersquatting dispute…

A New York company called Unplugg, Inc. filed a UDRP against the domain name unplugg.com. The company only has rights in the Unplugg mark starting this year, which is after the domain was registered. In order to win a UDRP, you have to show rights to a trademark that pre-dates the registration of the domain.

So Unplugg makes a couple of novel arguments to try to overcome this.

First, it argues that although it didn’t have rights in the mark when the domain was registered, other companies did. It thinks this should be taken into account.

Second, it says that because it’s obvious the domain owner is cybersquatting, the panel should be able to ignore one of the three prongs necessary to prove a UDRP.

While the panelist got the overall decision correct (it was pretty easy), I am a bit surprised about how Kenneth L. Port analyzed the case. He found the deficiency with the first prong–that the domain matches a trademark in which the complainant has rights. Most panels would grant this to the complainant as the dates of their rights don’t matter. Where the dates matter is the third prong, which is that the domain was registered and used in bad faith. Port has handled a lot of cases so I’m surprised by this.

Also, Port admonishes the respondent for only replying in Korean even when asked to respond in English. Yes, the respondent in this cases needed to respond in English because of where the domain was registered. But the respondent probably doesn’t know English. He didn’t do it to slight the panel.

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Google has already GDPR’d its Whois records

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-05-07 17:08

Google’s domain name registry is showing limited data for Whois records.

We’re just weeks away from domain name registrars and registries beginning to obscure Whois records to comply with their interpretation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). One major ICANN-regulated registry has already changed the Whois records it displays on thick Whois records: Google.

Sometime last month, the registry began showing only information that probably isn’t deemed personal: State, Country, and Organization Name.

Here’s an example from a .app domain I just registered:

Note how limited this record is. If I registered this domain under my personal name the only data related to me is the state and country.

There’s no email address and no way for people to contact me about this domain name.

Google has not yet truncated Whois records at its registrar.

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.App continues to soar, sets records at GoDaddy

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-05-07 16:50

Domain is headed for biggest new TLD launch yet.

I might sound like a broken record here, but .app continues to outperform essentially all new top level domain name launches to date.

Although it’s not reflected in the zone file, Google’s Ben McIlwain reports that over 7,500 domain names were registered during day five of the early access phase.

That puts all other new TLDs to shame.

I continue to get cancellation notices on pre-orders I placed since the domains are no longer available.

This morning, GoDaddy VP Paul Nicks confirmed to DNW that .App is its biggest new top level domain launch to date in terms of pre-orders at the registrar. Every day of early access has beaten the same day of other new TLD early access periods, and it has more pre-orders than any other domain.

Prior to .App, .Guru was the largest (it was first) and .VIP was second in terms of volume at GoDAddy.

Given these results, you might want to adjust your strategy if you have a pre-order domain. Remember, if more than one person has pre-ordered a domain at GoDaddy then you’ll wind up in an auction. It might be worth paying the day 7 EAP price today rather than risk an auction.

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Jean-Noël Frydman discusses his France.com saga – DNW Podcast #184

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-05-07 15:30

France took his domain after 24 years. Now he’s fighting to get it back.

Jean-Noël Frydman operated France.com for more than two decades before the French government organizations he previously partnered with decided they wanted the domain. They sued in French court and won the domain. Now Frydman is fighting to get the domain back. Hear his incredible story on today’s podcast. Also: MMX acquires ICM Registry, how you can get ready for GDPR and Google’s .App.

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Blockchain's Two-Flavored Appeal

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-05-07 14:55

A recent story in Medium describes yet again quite well why blockchains don't solve any real problems: Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future.

So what is their irresistible appeal?

Bitcoins remind me of a story from the late chair of the Princeton University astronomy department. In 1950 Immanuel Velikovsky published Worlds in Collision, a controversial best-selling book that claimed that 3500 years ago Venus and Mars swooped near the earth, causing catastrophes that were passed down in religions and mythologies.

The astronomer was talking to an anthropologist at a party, and the book came up.

"The astronomy is nonsense," said the astronomer, "but the anthropology is really interesting."

"Funny," replied the anthropologist, "I was going to say almost the same thing."

Bitcoin and blockchains lash together an unusual distributed database with a libertarian economic model. People who understand databases realize that blockchains only work as long as there are incentives to keep a sufficient number of non-colluding miners active, preventing collusion is probably impossible, and that scaling blockchains up to handle an interesting transaction rate is very hard, but that no-government money is really interesting.

People who understand economics and particularly economic history understand why central banks manage their currencies, thin markets like the ones for cryptocurrencies are easy to corrupt, and a payment system needs a way to undo bogus payments, but that free permanent database ledger is really interesting.

Not surprisingly, the most enthusiastic bitcoin and blockchain proponents are the ones who understand neither databases nor economics.

Written by John Levine, Author, Consultant & Speaker

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Namecheap jumps up .Com leaderboard

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-05-07 14:07

Namecheap gets boost from bulk transfer from Tucows.

ICANN has published the latest official .com data from January.

January is typically an up month for domain name registrations as the year kicks off, and you’ll see that in the data.

Namecheap lept up the top registrar chart to #6 thanks to a massive bulk transfer of domains from Tucows.

In January, these were the top 10 registrars in terms of new .com registrations:

1. GoDaddy.com* 974,020 (842,032 in December)
2. Tucows** 220,521 (167,285)
3. Endurance+ 175,515 (155,589)
4. HiChina Zhicheng Technology Ltd. 143,353 (125,286)
5. NameCheap Inc. 134,155 (117,990)
6. Xin Net Technology Corporation 127,808 (89,455)
7. Web.com++ 105,596 (88,067)
8. Google Inc. 96,020 (73,704)
9. NameSilo 60,280
10. West.cn 55,931

Here’s the current leaderboard of the top registrars in terms of total .com registrations as of the end of December 2017. There were approximately 135.5 million total .com domains registered as of the end of January:

1. GoDaddy* 47,161,126 (46,830,764 in December)
2. Tucows** 13,123,965 (15,578,732)
3. Endurance+ 7,927,353 (8,006,707)
4. Web.com++ 6,684,867 (6,666,853)
5. HiChina 5,129,880 (5,281,736)
6. NameCheap 3,960,861 (1,469,175)
7. 1&1 3,770,121 (3,780,143)
8. GMO 2,171,151 (2,196,043)
9. Xin Net Technology Corporation 1753431 (1,653,909)
10. Google 1,466,445 (1,391,333)

Many domain companies have multiple accreditations and I’ve tried to capture the largest ones. See the notes below and let me know if I’ve missed any large registrars.

* Includes GoDaddy and Wild West Domains
** Includes Tucows and Enom
+ Includes PDR, Domain.com, FastDomain and Bigrock. There are other Endurance registrars, but these are the biggest.
++ Includes Network Solutions and Register.com

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.App continues to explode, Coinbase registers nearly 100 .app domains

Domain Name Wire - Sun, 2018-05-06 16:19

Nearly 6,000 .apps are already in the zone.

Google’s .app top level domain name continues to prove itself a winner from a registrations standpoint.

The domain name entered day 5 of its early access program yesterday. This is the cheapest day of early access; the price remains at the current level for days 6 and 7.

Waiting until day 5 of early access meant missing out on a lot of domains. All of my day 5 pre-orders were snapped up in earlier days.

There are about 6,000 .app domain names in the zone now.

Cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase was particularly active on day 3 of early access, registering nearly 100 domain names. These are mostly for defensive reasons, as you’ll be able to see when reviewing the list.

General availability opens on Tuesday. You can get domains for about $15-$20 starting then…but you’ll be competing against a lot of people.

activetradercoinbase.app advisorcoinbase.app advisorycoinbase.app assetmanagementcoinbase.app basecoincoinbase.app brokeragecoinbase.app brokercoinbase.app browercoinbase.app coinbaseactivetrader.app coinbaseadvisor.app coinbaseadvisorservices.app coinbaseadvisory.app coinbaseassetmanagement.app coinbasebasecoin.app coinbasebroker.app coinbasebrokerage.app coinbasebrower.app coinbasecommerce.app coinbaseconsumer.app coinbasecredit.app coinbasecustodian.app coinbasecustody.app coinbasedappbrowser.app coinbasedapphub.app coinbasedataservices.app coinbasederivatives.app coinbaseexchange.app coinbasefund.app coinbasefunds.app coinbasefutures.app coinbaseindexfund.app coinbaseindexservices.app coinbaseindividual.app coinbaseinstitutional.app coinbaseintelligentmanagement.app coinbaseinvest.app coinbaseinvestor.app coinbaselistings.app coinbasemarkets.app coinbasematching.app coinbasemerchant.app coinbasemining.app coinbaseoptions.app coinbasepayments.app coinbaseportfolios.app coinbaseprime.app coinbasepro.app coinbaserelay.app coinbasesmartwallet.app coinbasestablecoin.app coinbasestrongcoin.app coinbasetrader.app coinbasetradingservices.app coinbasewallet.app commercecoinbase.app creditcoinbase.app custodycoinbase.app dappbrowsercoinbase.app dapphubcoinbase.app dataservicescoinbase.app derivativescoinbase.app exchangecoinbase.app fundcoinbase.app futurescoinbase.app indexfundcoinbase.app indexservicescoinbase.app individualcoinbase.app institutionalcoinbase.app intelligentmanagementcoinbase.app investcoinbase.app investorcoinbase.app listingscoinbase.app marketscoinbase.app matchingcoinbase.app merchantcoinbase.app miningcoinbase.app optionscoinbase.app portfolioscoinbase.app primecoinbase.app procoinbase.app relaycoinbase.app stablecoincoinbase.app strongcoincoinbase.app tradercoinbase.app tradingservicescoinbase.app walletcoinbase.app

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ARIN and Antigua & Barbuda Government to Hold Workshop on Internet Resilience

Domain industry news - Sat, 2018-05-05 17:50

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is collaborating with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen the technical capacity of local network operators.

ARIN is one of five registries responsible for coordinating Internet number resources worldwide. Its service area includes Canada, the United States, and several Caribbean countries. The collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda government comes as part of a broader thrust by ARIN to support the development of the Internet across the region.

Among the factors that prompted ARIN to enhance its support for the development of stronger networks in the Caribbean is the growing number of reports of cyber-attacks and the increasing threat of climate-related weather events on communications infrastructure and Internet connectivity. Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Tortola and other Caribbean islands are still reeling from the devastation of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

With less than a month to go before the 2018 season begins, the ARIN initiative in the region takes on an added significance, as Antigua, Barbuda and the rest of the region are once again bracing for a potentially major threat to their already weakened Internet infrastructure.

Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison at ARIN, confirmed that the registry has stepped up outreach activities in its Caribbean service area.

"Through partnerships with the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and the Caribbean Network Operators Group, ARIN has been working to ensure that the region's internet infrastructure is strengthened, and the needs of the community of network operators are effectively met, particularly as it relates to Internet number resources and network resilience," Wooding said.

Dozens of Caribbean and international delegates gathered in Miami on April 19 for the launch of ARIN's Caribbean Forum, an umbrella initiative covering several of the registry's outreach projects across the region. Among the participants was Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology for Antigua and Barbuda, who is also the current President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

The Antigua and Barbuda workshop will take place on May 8 at the Runway 10 Conference Centre in St John's. The one-day meeting agenda includes sessions on best practices for building resilient Caribbean networks, IPv6 deployment and an overview of ARIN's technical services.

Written by Gerard Best, Development Journalist

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Belize to Host Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum

Domain industry news - Fri, 2018-05-04 16:12

Belize will host the fourth Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 13 and 14.

Since its inception in 2015, CarPIF has brought together regional and international technology experts and telecommunications industry execs to discuss a range of topics related to Internet peering and interconnection trends, and their relevance to the Caribbean region.

It is coordinated by the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), with support from the Internet Society, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, Packet Clearing House, the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

"CarPIF will explore new opportunities for strengthening Caribbean network resilience and Internet Exchange Point expansion," said Bevil Wooding, co-Founder of CaribNOG.

"We will also be considering the practical next-steps to creating policies and strategies that encourage more local content development and hosting."

Event organizers are describing this year's forum as building on the success and knowledge gained in previous CarPIF events held in Barbados in 2015, Curacao in 2016 and St Maarten in 2017. A strong focus will be on building the human networks that drive the growth and expansion of the Internet.

"This year, our focus will also be on creating the opportunity for participants to expand and strengthen their personal and professional networks. CarPIF 2018 will be a major opportunity for problem-solving, learning, business networking, and peering expansion," said Shernon Osepa, Regional Affairs Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Internet Society.

Written by Gerard Best, Development Journalist

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MMX Announces Acquisition of ICM Registry

Domain industry news - Fri, 2018-05-04 16:09

Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX), a leading operators of Internet Top-Level Domains, announced on Friday that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the entire membership interests of ICM Registry LLC, a US company, for a cash payment of $10 million, funded from the Company's existing cash reserves, and a total of 225,000,000 new Ordinary Shares with an equivalent value of approximately $31 million. The Acquisition is conditional on receiving approval from ICANN.

Background on ICM: ICM is the owner and operator of four niche ICANN regulated TLDs dot-xxx, dot-adult, dot-porn and dot-sex. "ICM's most valuable TLD is dot-xxx, which was originally awarded to ICM in 2004 by ICANN but which did not go live until Spring 2011 following competitive challenges following the original award. The policies by which dot-xxx operates are set by an independent body, the International Foundation for Online Responsibility ("IFFOR"), which was established to promote user choice, parental control, and the development and adoption of responsible business practices designed to combat online child abuse images."

Toby Hall, CEO of MMX: "We expect the Acquisition to be earnings enhancing in the current year and believe it will deliver scale, strong recurring revenues and positive working capital to the Company in 2018 and future years."

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April’s top domain stories on Domain Name Wire

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-05-04 15:36

Here’s a list of the top stories on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by pageviews. Also, check out the list of podcasts from the past month — there were some great ones!

1. GoDaddy is closing an expired domain “loophole” – Backorders placed after auctions close will no longer win the domain name.

2. Whois GDPR carnage continues: Afilias to ditch almost all data in Whois on millions of domains – Afilias announced its Whois plans but backtracked shortly thereafter.

3. Vacation.rentals domain name sells for record $500,300. Oh, and it’s ranking on the first page of Google now for “Vacation Rentals”. Listen to the DNW podcast with the buyer.

4. U.S. government asks ICANN to investigate GoDaddy’s Whois policy – Don’t mind the elephant in the room.

5. Original France.com owner sues to recover domain from the country – Every publication in the world wrote about it after me, but I didn’t get any links back.

Podcasts

#183 – Sandeep Ramchandani, CEO of Radix (listen)

#182 – Meet Erik Bergman, who paid $900k for Great.com (listen)

#181 – Why Mike Kugler spent $500k on Vacation.Rentals (listen)

#180 – Panama, Sherpas and the Domain Market with Andrew Rosener (listen)

#179 – Whois and GDPR with Tim Chen (listen)

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Minds + Machines Acquires ICM Registry in Cash + Stock Deal Valued at $41 Million

DN Journal - Fri, 2018-05-04 14:46
New gTLD registry operator Minds + Machines (MMX) has acquired ICM Registry and its four adult -related TLDs - xxx, .porn, .sex and .adult.
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Minds + Machines acquires .XXX top level domain operator ICM Registry

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-05-04 12:47

New TLD portfolio company adds four domain names to its portfolio.

MMX (also known as Minds + Machines) announced today that it is acquiring ICM Registry, which operates the .xxx, .adult, .porn and .sex top level domain names.

MMX will pay $10.0 million cash plus 225,000,000 shares, which have a value today of $31.0 million. The shares are subject to lock-up periods and will not all be issued at once.

ICM Registry reported net sales of $7.27 million and net income of $3.5 million on its 2017 tax return.

.XXX is a sponsored top level domain name that was introduced in 2011. .Adult, .Porn and .Sex are part of the new top level domain program.

The acquisition concludes MMX’s strategic review, in which it was determining if it made sense to be acquired or to acquire other assets.

Here are some notable points about the deal:

  • ICM Registry founder Stuart Lawley will now be the biggest shareholder of MMX with about 15%.
  • Afilias was a large shareholder in ICM and will now become a notable shareholder of MMX. Keep in mind that MMX recently went with competitor Nominet as the backend for its TLD portfolio. Afilias will continue to be the backend provider for ICM’s four top level domains.
  • The deal will help MMX’s profitability. The company plans to begin a dividend plan within the next 18 months.

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Choosing Internationalized Email Addresses

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-05-03 20:53

Recently I've been working on Email Address Internationalization (EAI), looking at what software is available (Gmail and Outlook/Hotmail both handle it now) and what work remains to be done. A surprisingly tricky part is assigning EAI addresses to users.

In traditional ASCII mail, the local part of the address, what goes before the @ sign, can be any printable ASCII characters. Although an address like %i()/;~f@examp1e.com is valid, and mail systems will handle it, users don't want addresses like that. A good address is one that is easy to remember, easy to tell someone over the phone, and easy to type.

Mail systems all give senders some help when interpreting addresses. If an address is Bob@example, they'll accept bob@ or BOB@. If the address is joe.smith@, they'll accept Joe.Smith@ and often variations in punctuation like joesmith@ without the dots.

The flip side of this is that you don't assign different addresses that are too similar. While it is technically possible that BOB@ and bob@ could deliver to different mailboxes, nobody does that. Similarly, nobody makes joesmith@ and joe.smith@ different. (They may not both work, but if they do, they're the same mailbox.)

The domain (the part of the address after the @ sign) has to follow the DNS rules, which don't allow any fuzzy matching other than ASCII upper and lower case.

How does all this extend into EAI mail?

EAI extends ASCII addresses in a straightforward way — in addition to any printable ASCII characters the local part can contain any printable UTF-8 characters, and the domain can be UTF-8 U-labels. As before, users will have an easier time if mail systems assign addresses conservatively and interpret addresses on incoming mail liberally.

The PRECIS working group at the IETF defined string classes for different applications. The Identifier class works well for mailbox names, codepoints that are (roughly) letters and digits in various languages.

It also provided rules to prepare UTF-8 strings for use. Unicode often provides multiple ways to represent exactly the same character, e.g., a single codepoint for an accented character é or separate e and accent codepoints. It often also has variant characters that look different but mean approximately or exactly the same thing, such as full-width and half-width versions of characters, Latin digits 12345 and Arabic digits ١٢٣٤٥, or traditional and simplified Chinese characters. To prepare a string, software maps variant codepoints into preferred ones, usually precomposed characters such as é. Mail systems should assign mailbox names in prepared form, but they can and should accept addresses in the incoming mail in any form since they can prepare them as they receive them. (This is different from the DNS where DNS servers only do exact matches, so the client has to do any preparation.)

There's no reason that a mail system's fuzzy matching has to stop where PRECIS and ASCII addresses did. The Latin and Arabic digits aren't the same for PRECIS, but it's easy enough for a mail system to map them together and to ensure that it doesn't issue two mailboxes with digits that collide. In Latin languages with accented or multiple forms of characters (such as the Turkish dotless ı) a conservative mail system would avoid assigning addresses that differ only in the form of a letter, accept all versions of the letter, even ones that aren't valid or equivalent in the user's language. For example, even though Turkish speakers wouldn't write i for ı, correspondents who don't speak Turkish might, and it's easier all around if the slightly misspelled address works. Similarly, in Scandinavian languages the letters O Ø Ö are different, but it'd be a good idea to accept the wrong versions in incoming addresses.

Mail systems have only recently started to assign EAI addresses, and I'm not yet aware of any of them doing fuzzy matching on incoming addresses. But for the same reason, we have found it a good idea to allow jimsmith@ for jim.smith@ in ASCII mail, EAI mail systems will have to figure out how to adapt to however their correspondents type the EAI addresses.

Written by John Levine, Author, Consultant & Speaker

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Domainers: What you need to do NOW to prepare for GDPR

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-05-03 16:05

Take these steps to avoid headaches later.

The deadline to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is quickly approaching. Domain name registrars are announcing changes and implementing them within the next few weeks. Here’s what you need to do as a domain investor to be prepared.

Transfer your domain names. If you have domain names that you might want to transfer to a new registrar within the next couple of months, do it now. If the personal information in Whois is obscured (as is likely), transferring many domains (including .com) will be hard.

We are likely to see a variety of approaches to handling transfers. The bottom line is that it might be difficult to move your domains between registrars post-GDPR, so do it now.

Add two-factor authentication and lock your domains. A lack of personal data in Whois is likely to increase domain theft and make it challenging to track down stolen domain names. Changes in how some registrars handle domain transfers could also increase the number of domain thefts.

Don’t take any chances. Make sure your security is up-to-date.

Download any Whois data you need. If you use a program like Watch My Domains, now is the time to pull in the latest Whois records about your domain names. This will be very difficult later this month.

Add context to stop an influx of UDRPs. Complainants currently investigate domain name owners before filing UDRPs (cybersquatting complaints). This allows them to determine if the owner might have a legitimate interest in the domain (e.g. a guy named Andrew owns a domain with Andrew in it) and potentially determine why they acquired the domain. This will be difficult without personal information in Whois.

You can do a couple of things to prepare. First, see if your registrar will let you opt-in to having your Whois info displayed. Second, consider changing the content of your parked pages to make sure they reflect a proper use of the domain.

On that note, be sure that people can contact you through your parked page. It will become difficult for them to reach you through your Whois record.

Get a subscription to historical Whois data. While GDPR is going to hurt DomainTools and DomainIQ in the long run, they will actually become more critical to your business for a least the short term.

When you buy a domain name, you’ll want to verify who owns it. If you can’t do that through the live Whois, looking at historical Whois information is going to be creditical.

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Take a look at Google’s 11 sites built on .Google

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-05-03 14:12

Google has developed 11 websites that use .Google domains.

Google is getting a lot of press this week thanks to its launch of .App, but .App is just one of dozens of new top level domains that Google controls.

During the 2012 round of top level domain name expansion, many companies applied for top level domains that match their brand names, e.g. .google. While applicants for these domains have been slow to build sites on them, the number of developed websites on dot-brand domains is steadily increasing.

Google has developed 11 of the 17 domains it has registered under the .Google top level domain name. Here’s a look at these 11 sites:

Google Design – Design.Google

A cooperative effort led by a group of designers, writers and developers at Google.

Grow with Google – Grow.Google

Educational resources for people to learn new skills.

Environment.Google

Houses information about sustainability at Google.

Google Domains – Domains.Google

Google’s fast-growing domain name registrar.

Google Registry – Registry.Google

Speaking of domain names, this is the home for Google Registry, which is about the launch .app.

Google AI – AI.Google

Information about Google’s artificial intelligence work.

Gradient Ventures – Gradient.google

Gradient Ventures is Google’s venture fund investing in AI companies.

The Keyword – Blog.Google

Google’s blog The Keyword about Google stuff.

Diversity – Diversity.Google

Information about diversity at Google.

Crisis Response – CrisisResponse.Google

Resources for first responders and local authorities on how Google can help them with emergencies.

Pride.Google

Information about LGBTQ+ issues.

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Solid Sales Dot This Week's Domain Sales Chart But an Uncharted Blockbuster Stole the Spotlight

DN Journal - Wed, 2018-05-02 22:26
The new weekly domain sales report is out at DNJournal.com. There was a lot of action in the aftermarket - both on the charts and off.
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