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ICANN and the US Government Signed Historic Agreement
October 01, 2009
ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce reached agreement supporting model of international multi-stakeholder and bottom-up governance of the global Internet addressing system. The EU Commission welcomed the news, while CADNA stated that the agreement is incomplete

The Number of Domain Names Reached 184 M., the Growth Rate is Diminishing
September 25, 2009
The total number of domain names is continuing to grow, but the rate of growth is diminishing, according to the second quarter 2009 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc. The second quarter of 2009 ended with a total base of 184 million domain name registrations across all of the Top Level Domains (TLDs).

Global Phishing Survey: 81 % of Domain Names Used For Phishing Are Legitimate
May 29, 2009
A new survey from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has shown that up to 81% of the domain names used for phishing are legitimate domains that have been “compromised” or hacked.

TweetName.com: The Fastest Way to Register Domain Names
April 28, 2009
Surprisingly or not, now you can find and register an available domain name via Twitter thanks to Tweetname.com. The service lets you register any .com, .net, .org, .us, .name, .biz, or .info domain, at a cost of $11.95 just by sending a direct message from your Twitter account.

Domaining Powerful Tips
April 15, 2009
Well, there is an entire business based on the practice of finding, buying and reselling domain names for profit. In a his inspirational series “Domaining Power Course”, the well-known domain investor Morgan Linton gives insights into how to buy, appraise and sell domain names.

Are Domain Names A Sound Investment?
April 01, 2009
While the global economy continues to decline, domain industry is showing an enviable growth, especially when it comes to selling top generic domain names.

Rush for .TEL Domains
March 27, 2009
Following the successful Sunrise and Landrush periods, Telnic, the registry operator for .tel top level domains, announced the general availability of .tel domains for all businesses. The service has already gone alive with thousands of domain names snapped up by companies and individuals during the sunrise period.

Domain Name Growth Slows Down During Recession
February 23, 2009
The latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign shows that the domain name industry has closed 2007 with a total of 177 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLD). It marks a growth of 16 percent over the previous year.

DevHub Web Site Creation Platform Opens to Public
February 20, 2009
DevHub, part of EVO Media Group launched a free Web site publishing platform on Tuesday, promising that non-technical users can create, manage, and monetize niche websites in minutes.

Readers' Choice Award: Preliminary Vote Results
January 12, 2009
The poll for selecting the winners of the annual Readers’ Choice Award has been online for almost a month now and the nominees have received significant support from their admirers. Believing that many of you are curious to understand the distribution of the votes so far, we have prepared the pie chart below. Since the results are not final, you still have time to change the picture by casting your vote for your favorite domain company.

Thoughts and predictions on what is in store for 2009
January 08, 2009
It's prediction season when everyone tries to make educated predictions on what’s in store for 2009 based on what they learned from the past 12 months. Here are some of our thoughts and predictions on what you can expect in 2009.

Google Expands Adsense For Domains
December 12, 2008
Surprisingly, Google announced that they will be expanding their Google for Domains program to all publishers allowing them to make money through ads placed on undeveloped domains. It is a really huge and bold move by the search giant.

Directi to Take Over EstDomains’ Registrar Operations
December 01, 2008
As a result of the EstDomains de-accreditation by domain name regulation body ICANN, Directi will be taking over EstDomains’ Registrar operations. An estimated 281,000 domain names managed by the controversial Estonia-based domain registrar will be transferred to Directi on December 1st. Directi expects that the entire migration process will go smoothly because the both registrars use the same LogicBoxes’s Registrar Automation platform, OrderBox.

.Tel TLD Gains Momentum
October 27, 2008
Yet another TLD is emerging on the scene and gains momentum. The new .Tel TLD, created by a London-based company called Telnic, will allow individuals, companies and organizations to store all their contact information in a virtual phone book for life. In essence, it will be a global online contacts directory.

Monetizing Expired Domain Names With Traffic
October 13, 2008
Brian Johnson, the author of the e-course Revenue Domains Exposed, has recently launched a new video dedicated to monetization of expired domains. He believes that expired domain names offer a great opportunity when it comes to generating revenue.

Can Google's Chrome affect Domainers?
September 09, 2008
The beta version of Google’s Chrome web browser has been recently released and is available for downloading. But let's see in what way the new browser could influence the domain industry.

.Me domains become the hottest new destination
September 02, 2008
Presently .Me domains are gaining momentum as the hottest new destination for Web addresses that have hit the market. Due to their universal appeal and quality to be easily remembered they have become essential to brand yourself or a company in the online market. Furthermore, some “premium” names such as. Contact.ME, Drive.ME, Kiss.Me, Youand.Me, Insure.me have the potential to create a completely new perception of the websites.

The Olympic brand on internet
August 20, 2008
Presently everyone is watching the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. There is no doubt that such a huge event grabs the attention of hundreds of millions of people around the globe and there is no better time then now to snap up domain names related to Olympic ideas. But stay away from brand name and trademark abuse.

.anything is the next big challenge
July 22, 2008
Probably, you have already heard of the ICANN’s decision to dramatically relax the rules on top-level domain names and thus allowing billion of new web addresses to become available over time. The decision was met controversially: ones viewed it as a landmark while others were not very impressed.

The credibility of the domain auction system was impeached
July 07, 2008
GoDaddy VP of TDNAM Adam Dicker was caught bidding against customers at the company’s auctions and winning some of the domains he bid for. The story raised questions about unethical business practices and conflict of interests which hurt the credibility of the whole auction system.

Icann paves the way for new top-level domains
June 30, 2008
The most dramatic expansion of virtual real estate for the last 25 years is on the way after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a proposal for implementation of new Internet extensions. Currently, users are limited to choose from 21 top level domains such as .com, .org, .info which have been tightly regulated. After this vote, the number of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) will significantly grow in the next years.

The Challenge of Turning Domain Name Investments Into Profitable Business
June 23, 2008
The domain industry has seen enormous growth in recent years and many people have grasped at the opportunities to invest in domain names. It is true that domains have made a handful of people wealthy but investors who earn millions of dollars a year are rather exception.

Bido.com Launches New Domain Auction Platform
June 17, 2008
Bido.com, a newcomer in domain live auctions, is launching on June 18th promising to bring big changes to the domain business.

Phishers’ Latest Maneuvers
June 02, 2008
A new survey unveiled some current strategies and tactics that phishers have been employing in response to the anti-phishing efforts put to cope with this world problem. The subdomain services, some spoofing techniques, and systematic exploitation of vulnerable registrars and registries are amongst the latest maneuvers utilized by phishers.

The true value of Geo Domains
May 19, 2008
Geolocation turns out to be hot and extremely challenging topic. Local Search and the “local” trend have been rapidly evolving and gaining popularity because of their huge potential for further development.

Generate Working Capital by Domain Names
May 12, 2008
Domainers can rely on specialized financiers to lend them money by accepting domain names as collateral.

Mobile internet usage is on the rise
April 30, 2008
Dot Mobi is an extension that is unique in nature and is still quite controversial when it comes to its significance. Some people agree that dot mobi has a great potential and will gain popularity in the years ahead while other underestimates its importance. The majority of the global public is still pretty unfamiliar with it.

Domainers need more creative platforms
April 21, 2008
Domainers and parking companies will have to explore new avenues if they want to easily adapt in the changing conditions.

Domain Parking Business Takes a Bad Turn
March 31, 2008
It is not a secret that domain parking was a lucrative business. Until recently, a number of companies made good earnings on it but in the last few months, ad providers changed the rules and the situation for domain parking rapidly took a bad turn. Domain name parking has become less profitable business.

The World Keeps on Digitalizing
March 10, 2008
The Internet grew by nearly 33 million domain names in 2007. The Domain Name Industry closed 2007 with more than 153 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLD).

.Asia Landrush opens with 300,000 Domain Applications
February 25, 2008
The long-awaited landrush period for top-level .Asia domain is under way. It is expected huge demand for the first Internet domain name extension dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region.

IP version 6 Address Added for Root Servers in the Root Zone
February 11, 2008
IPv6 addresses were added for six of the world's 13 root server networks (A, F, H, J, K, M) to the appropriate files and databases, which is a huge step towards the deployment of next-generation IPv6 addressing system.

ICANN cancels the five-day grace period for domain testing
February 06, 2008
ICANN* voted to cancel domain testing by including fees for all new added domains. This decision was taken with a vote of 13-0. Domain testing has been debated for several years. It was an issue of great scale that was finally sorted out.

2007 GeoDomain Expo
by Maria Mitsova
November 13, 2007
The 2007 GeoDomain Expo will be held November 16-17 in San Francisco, CA. It is presented by Associated Cities, a network consisting of the most intuitive and compelling city.com brands online.

DOMAINfest Global Goes Back to Hollywood January 21-23, 2008
by Maria Mitsova
October 12, 2007
DOMAINfest Global '08 is scheduled to take place January 21-23, 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California. The event is open to all domain industry professionals who are interested in sharing their experience, learning the latest achievements in the field and networking with fellow domainers.

Domain Focus Brings the Internet Together
by Maria Mitsova
September 04, 2007
The first of a series of Domain Focus events planned for 2007 will be held in London on September 6-7.

Seattle to Host Domain Roundtable Conference 2007, August 12-15
by Maria Mitsova
August 10, 2007
Name Intelligence will carry out its Domain Roundtable Conference 2007 August 12-15, 2007 at the Seattle Sheraton in Seatle, Washington.

DNS World Takes Place in Cancun, Mexico, October 10-12
by Maria Mitsova
July 11, 2007
The three-day DNS World Conference on the Internet Domain Name System will be held October 10-12, 2007 in the city of Cancun, Mexico. DNS World is the international event for network operators, network managers at ISP's, NSP's, Tele and Datacoms and large web hosts responsible for the Internet Domain Name Service.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York 2007
by Maria Mitsova
June 05, 2007
T.R.A.F.F.I.C New York 2007 takes place June 19th - 22nd at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The largest domain conference and expo, organized by the World Association of Domain Name Developers, will once more draw the top participants in the domain name industry.

ICANN 29th International Public Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
by Maria Mitsova
April 24, 2007
Pre-registration is now open for ICANN's 29th International Public Meeting to be held 25-29 June in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Amsterdam to Host DOMAINfest Regional May 16-17
by Maria Mitsova
April 11, 2007
This regional DOMAINfest conference will take place at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

RegisterFly Loses ICANN Accreditation
by Maria Mitsova
March 20, 2007
RegisterFly loses ICANN accreditation. Is the domain registration company yet to face even bigger problems or is this the end of the story?

Are Troubles for RegisterFly Getting to an End?
by Maria Mitsova
March 08, 2007
RegisterFly's web site went offline on Tuesday and according to a post on registrerflies.com the site had been down because CEO John Naruszewicz and Vice President Glenn Stansbury had been moving it over to a new server. It looks like the registrar is getting back on its feet.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C West Las Vegas
by Maria Mitsova
March 05, 2007
The first T.R.A.F.F.I.C conference this year will take place in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 5-8, 2007.

NAF - The Arbitration Body That Can Save You Bulks of Money and Time
by Maria Mitsova
February 22, 2007
The National Arbitration Forum can save you from the troubles of litigation.

Industry Highlights
by Maria Mitsova
February 15, 2007
The domain name world is not as it was in the 1990s when Network Solutions was the only registrar. Now the company changes hands again. ICANN gathers industry leaders in California. VeriSign starts global capacity expansion initiative.

ICANN releases Strategic Plan
by Milena Sotirova
May 10, 2005
At ICANN's meetings in April 2005 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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