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New gTLD Auctions Updates – First Auction Confirmed
From ICANN 8 May 2014 ICANN has updated the Auction Schedule for New gTLD applicants with strings in contention sets. The schedule now lists the participants confirmed for the first Auction on 4 June 2014, and the rescheduling of some sets based on requested postponements. When Applicants were issued Intent to Auction notifications, ...
NameSmash.com - Friday, May 9, 2014 - 13:30
Marksmen Names Russ Pangborn CEO
Former Head of Trademarks at Microsoft Joins a World Leader in Brand Protection Services GLENDALE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Marksmen, Inc., a worldwide leader in brand protection services, today named Russell Pangborn chief executive officer effective immediately.  He succeeds Ken Taylor, founder of the company...
NameSmash.com - Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 14:0
Over 175 New gTLDs Have Now Been Delegated
From ICANN The expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (e.g. .COM, .ORG, .NET) in the Domain Name System is underway. Over 1,300 new names or “strings” could become available in the next few years. After completing the New gTLD Program, a new gTLD becomes part of the Internet when it is delegated. This means it is
NameSmash.com - Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:1
Internet transition to IPv6 accelerating
From Bizcommunity.com SINGAPORE: The transition to the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 is set to speed up this year as web addresses under the previous system IPv4 run out, a senior industry figure said at a meeting about the future of the web on Thursday. Internet protocol is the method by which data is routed by
NameSmash.com - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:38
The .SUCKS New gTLD Stick-Up of Trademark Owners Already Begun
From Today’s General Counsel The worst fears of those who opposed the massive expansion of available generic top level domain (gTLD) names seem to be summed up in the controversy brewing around one domain name, which hasn’t even been awarded yet: .sucks. Though three companies are currently in competition for the .sucks domain ...
NameSmash.com - Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:47
New gTLDs Pass 200,000 Registrations
From DOMAIN INCITE The number of domain names in new gTLDs passed 200,000 last night, according to zone files. The exact number, according to the DI PRO database, is 201,184. It’s based on incremental organic growth over the last week since the last batch of new gTLDs went into general availability, rather than any big
NameSmash.com - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:0
Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof
From MIT Technology Review Decentralized networks are naturally robust against certain types of attack. Now one mathematician says advanced geometry shows how to make them even more robust. One of the common myths about the internet is that it was originally designed during the Cold War to survive nuclear attack. Historians of the in...
NameSmash.com - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:4
Cybersquatters Rush To Claim Brands In The New GTLD Territories
From FORBES On Jan. 29, Donuts Inc. launched the first seven of what will be some 1,000 new generic top-level domains or GTLDs, rivals to the familiar .com, .com and .edu endings that now populate most of the known Internet. Six days later, at 2:04 a.m., Venura de Zoysa of Kingston in New South Wales,
NameSmash.com - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 9:7
82 New gTLDs and Counting
A complete list of the 82 New gTLDs now delegated as of Jan. 2, 2014 from our friends at Com Laude.   newgtlds.comlaude.com
NameSmash.com - Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:18
The List of Current New gTLDs Open for Sunrise Registrations
From ICANN TLD Start/End Date Sunrise Sunrise Open Sunrise Close Ltd. Reg. Periods TM Claims Open TM Claims Close xn--ngbc5azd (شبكة) End Date Sunrise 31 October 2013 29 December 2013 N/A 30 December 2013 30 March 2014 .singles End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014 .holdings
NameSmash.com - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 10:31
Comment Period for New gTLD Auction Rules Opens Today!
From ICANN To gather community input regarding the detailed rules and processes for Auctions to resolve string contention sets in the New gTLD Program. The preliminary auction rules were originally published 1 Nov 2013, they have since been updated based on feedback and will be finalized based on the input of the community from this
NameSmash.com - Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 16:43
Trademark Protection in the Wild, Wild World of the Brand New Internet
Blocking and Tackling If you didn’t already know, registrations for the New generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) aren’t coming – they’re here.  Right now. As of today, 218 Registry Agreements have been signed with ICANN. The ongoing list can be viewed HERE. As with the gTLDs we’ve come to know (.com, .net, .org) there are
NameSmash.com - Monday, December 16, 2013 - 16:28
First New gTLDs Get the Green Light for Delegation
From ICANN Blog Today, the first four domains from ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domains Program were cleared to proceed to delegation. This marks the start of a measured roll out of new gTLDs, which are designed to expand opportunities for businesses, communities and Internet users around the world. These first new gTLDs, or strings...
NameSmash.com - Monday, October 21, 2013 - 20:1
The Skinny on IPv6
From AZZURI DOT ORG So what is IPv6, and why do I need to know about it? IPv6 or IP version 6 is the next generation Internet protocol which will eventually replace the current protocol IPv4. IPv6 has a number of improvements and simplifications when compared to IPv4. The primary difference is that IPv6 uses
NameSmash.com - Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:43
Remembering Jon Postel
From ICANN On October 16, 1998, Jon Postel died at the age of 55. The impact of the technical and organizational improvements he made to the Internet during his all too brief life is immeasurable. At the time of his death, Jon had been working tirelessly to create an entity to manage and maintain the
NameSmash.com - Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 11:7
NGPC Takes Action on GAC Durban Advice on New gTLDs
From ICANN 12 September 2013 The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) met on 10 September 2013 and, among other things, reached a decision regarding the GAC‘s further advice on new gTLDs. The GAC conveyed its advice to the NGPC in its Durban Communiqué , issued on 18 July 2013. Applicants submitted responses to
NameSmash.com - Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:9

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