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Members News

(.au)
Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained

http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/

(.nz)
Hills, Holes and Poles: Chris Roberts

https://internetnz.net.nz/news/blog/2014/Hills-Holes-and-Poles-Chris-Roberts

Hills, Holes and Poles

https://internetnz.net.nz/news/blog/2014/Hills-Holes-and-Poles

Why we love community grants round: Canterbury edition

https://internetnz.net.nz/news/blog/2014/Why-we-love-community-grants-round-Canterbury-edition

(.wf AFNIC)
New registration rules as of December 8, 2014

http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8500/show/new-registration-rules-as-of-december-8-2014-1.html

Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering

http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html

(ictQatar)
Startup Weekend Wraps Up with Promising Business Models

http://www.ictqatar.qa/en/news-events/news/startup-weekend-wraps-promising-business-models

(.ru РФ)
Vartan Khachaturov will represent the state in the Council of the Coordination Center

http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6303

THE COORDINATION CENTER FOR TLD RU/РФ COUNCIL MEETING TOOK PLACE

http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6304

THE NUMBER OF DOMAINS VIOLATORS CONTINUES TO DECLINE

http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6305

ANDREI KOLESNIKOV PRESENTED THE AWARD FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RUNET INFRASTRUCTURE

http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6276

NATIONAL DOMAINS’ REGISTRIES OF RUSSIA AND CHINA SIGNED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6267

DOMAIN .МОСКВА IS AVAILABLE TO ALL INTERESTED

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6301

DOMAIN INVEST.COM SOLD FOR MORE THAN $5 MILLION

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6300

“LAUNCH 2.0” IN THE .HOST DOMAIN

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6302

UNEXPECTEDLY SUCCESSFUL START OF .CLICK

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6277

5 NEW DOMAINS FOR THE THANKSGIVING DAY

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6278

DOMAIN Z.COM CHANGED OWNERSHIP FOR $6.8 MILLION

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6266

GOOGLE LOST A BATTLE FOR .DOT DOMAIN TO SATELLITE TV COMPANY

http://cctld.ru/en/news/digest/detail.php?ID=6265

(Neustar)
Webinar: Security Matters—Threat Assessments for 2015

http://www.neustar.biz/blog/webinar-security-matters-threat-assessments-for-2015

Can Your Website Handle the Holidays? Ask Ashley. She’s 14.

http://www.neustar.biz/blog/can-your-website-handle-the-holidays

Think Twice Before You Buy That Fruitcake

http://www.neustar.biz/blog/think-twice-before-you-buy-that-fruitcake

(Netnod)
Com Hem (AS39651) has upgraded at Netnod

http://www.netnod.se/com-hem-as39651-has-upgraded-netnod

Keycom (AS25178) is now present at Netnod

http://www.netnod.se/keycom-as25178-now-present-netnod


Others

Total Domains Reach 280 Million Worldwide
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_total_domains_reach_280_million_worldwide/

European Parliament Backs Resolution to Break Up Search Giant

http://www.circleid.com/posts/european_parliament_backs_resolution_to_break_up_search_giant/

A Survey of Internet Users from 24 Countries Finds 83% Consider Affordable Access Basic Human Right

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141124_survey_finds_internet_considered_basic_human_right/

Global Commission on Internet Governance Meets in Ottawa

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141124_global_commission_on_internet_governance_meets_in_ottawa/

Bulk Sunrise Period for Special Collision List Starts Next Week

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141203_bulk_sunrise_period_for_special_collision_list_starts_next_week/

Four Critical IT Elements for a More Productive Business

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_four_critical_it_elements_for_a_more_productive_business/

Nameserver Operators Need the Ability to “Disavow” Domains

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/

Is the ICANN New gTLD Program a Draft for a V2 of the Internet?

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141130_is_icann_new_gtld_program_draft_for_a_v2_of_the_internet/

ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141129_icann_new_gtld_auction_proceeds_approaching_30_million/

Are You Playing Roulette With Your Network Upgrades?

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141126_are_you_playing_roulette_with_your_network_upgrades/

Everyone Can Participate in ICANN Decisions ? Come On…

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141125_everyone_can_participate_in_icann_decisions_come_on/

Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions

http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions

M+M raises $4.4m losing latest gTLD auctions

http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions

Community proposes way to replace US oversight of ICANN

http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann

Richemont pulls two dot-brand bids

http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids

FIBA wins .basketball

http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball

ICANN meetings in for big shake-up, more dancing

http://domainincite.com/17716-icann-meetings-in-for-big-shake-up-more-dancing

Ehaber.com Wins Weekly Sales List at $45,000

http://www.domainnews.com/ehaber-com-wins-weekly-sales-list-at-45-000.html

ICANN: IDN Variant TLD Program – Label Generation Ruleset Tool Project (P1) – LGR Tool Set
Specifications Now Open for Public Comment

http://www.domainnews.com/icann-idn-variant-tld-program-label-generation-ruleset-tool-project
-p1-lgr-tool-set-specifications-now-open-for-public-comment.html


.Paris – 6,848 Registrations on Day One Of General Availability ; .Moscow – 3,404 and .Gal -1,140

http://www.domainnews.com/paris-6-848-registrations-on-day-one-of-general-availability-moscow
-3-404-and-gal-1-140.html


Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html

Sedo Reports $1,3 Million in Domain Name Sales! Ehaber.com Topped Sedo’s Weekly Sales Lis
t at $45,000

http://www.domainnews.com/sedo-reports-1-3-million-in-domain-name-sales-ehaber-com-
topped-sedo-s-weekly-sales-list-at-45-000.html


NameJET Reports $235,000 in Domain Name Sales, Led By Meixi.com at $27,000

http://www.domainnews.com/namejet-reports-235-000-in-domain-name-sales-led-by-meixi-com
-at-27-000.html


Ola.mobi Domain Name Sells for $15,000

http://www.domainnews.com/ola-mobi-domain-name-sells-for-15-000.html

Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-
Up To Christmas

http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html

.CO.COM Namejet City Auction Results

http://www.domainnews.com/co-com-namejet-city-auction-results.html

Nominet Publishes List of 6323 Premium Domains for .Wales and .Cymru

http://www.domainnews.com/nominet-publishes-list-of-6323-premium-domains-for-wales-and-
cymru.html


Afnic Expands Its Internet & Domain Name Consultancy and Expertise Activities

http://www.domainnews.com/afnic-expands-its-internet-domain-name-consultancy-and-expertise
-activities.html


Invest.com Sells for Over $ 5 Million

http://www.domainnews.com/invest-com-sells-for-over-5-million.html

SnapNames BuyDomains Auction Ends in Five Days! Seven Bids So Far

http://www.domainnews.com/snapnames-buydomains-auction-ends-in-five-days-seven-bids-so-
far.html


Yahoo Files UDRP Complaint For YahooMessengerApp.com Domain Name

http://www.domainnews.com/yahoo-files-udrp-complaint-for-yahoomessengerapp-com-domain-
name.html


Network Solution Premium Auction Results

http://www.domainnews.com/network-solution-premium-auction-results.html

Nominet Releases The Premium List for .Cymru and .Wales Domain Names

http://www.domainnews.com/nominet-releases-the-premium-list-for-cymru-and-wales-domain-
names.html


.Host Releases Over 120,000 Collision Domains

http://www.domainnews.com/host-releases-over-120-000-collision-domains.html

.GREEN Releases Launch Time Table : General Availability Starts March

http://www.domainnews.com/green-releases-launch-time-table-general-availability-starts-march
-24-2015.html


Z.COM Wins Weekly Sales List at $6,784,000

http://www.domainnews.com/z-com-wins-weekly-sales-list-at-6-784-000.html

Sedo Reports $1,2 Million in Domain Name Sales! Everything.org and Rin.com Topped Sedo’s
Weekly Sales List at $35,000

http://www.domainnews.com/sedo-reports-1-2-million-in-domain-name-sales-everything-org-
and-rin-com-topped-sedo-s-weekly-sales-list-at-35-000.html


Five Other New gTLDs Delegated, Inlcuding .Money, .Legal and .Coach

http://www.domainnews.com/five-other-new-gtlds-delegated-inlcuding-money-legal-and-coach.html

Encrypt.com: Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

http://domaingang.com/domain-news/encrypt-com-everybodys-got-something-hide-except-monkey/

What to Expect at NamesCon 2015 (Networking, Education, Offers on Domains) – With Jothan Frakes

http://www.domainsherpa.com/jothan-frakes-namescon-2015/

Daily Sales Recap 12-3-14 Big Day on Flippa as Hacked.com closes at $50,000 along with another
five figure close

http://tldinvestors.com/2014/12/daily-sales-recap-12-3-14-big-day-on-flippa-as-hacked-com-closes-
at-50000-along-with-another-five-figure-close.html


Donuts is on a roll – nabs .NEWS and .CASINO

http://morganlinton.com/donuts-is-on-a-roll-nabs-news-and-casino/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+morganlintoncom+%28
MorganLinton.com++Startups+%2B+Domain+Names+%2B+Branding%29


Verisign Asks: Are Domain Name Registrations An Indication Of The Value of Bitcoin?

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/03/verisign-asks-are-domain-name-registrations-an-indication-of-the-value-of-bitcoin/

Registrars taking the spamming route

http://acro.net/blog/domains/registrars-taking-spamming-route/

Daily Domain Sales (12-02-2014): CityLounge.com $7,899, HowHigh.com $6,000, SAT.info $2,000

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/04/news/daily-domain-sales-12-02-2014-citylounge-com-7899-howhigh-com-6000-sat-info-2000/

Recent Domain Sales That Have Been Developed (pics): FileBackup.com, Reformador.com, More

http://domainshane.com/recent-domain-sales-developed-filebackup-com-reformador-com-familybox-com/

Domain Picks Dropping on Dec 4th 2014

http://www.domainpicks.com/25165/domain-picks-dropping-on-dec-4th-2014/

DNSR Annual Super Premium Domain Blowout $5M In Inventory

http://dnsr.com/dnsr-annual-super-premium-domain-blowout-5m-inventory

Market Report 12-4-14 Minds + Machines Hits New 52 Week Low

http://tldinvestors.com/2014/12/market-report-12-4-14-minds-machines-hits-new-52-week-low.html

Daily Domain Sales (12-03-2014): Hacked.com $50,000, BFN.com $25,000, Chairman.com $20,000

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/05/news/daily-domain-sales-12-03-2014-hacked-com-50000-bfn-com-25000-chairman-com-20000/

Domainer attempts to register “Domain Auction” as trademark with the USPTO

http://domaingang.com/domain-news/domainer-attempts-register-domain-auction-trademark-uspto/

Domain Registrations Still Booming – Over 18 Million Added Over Past Year According to Verisign

http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141204.htm

Shopzilla Acquires Become.com Which Was Sold 10 Years By BuyDomains For $20K

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/04/shopzilla-acquires-become-com-which-was-sold-10-years-by-buydomains-for-20k/

Domaining 2015 In Valencia Spain: 1st 10 Readers That Signup Get 50% Off

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/04/domaining-2015-in-valencia-spain-1st-10-readers-that-signup-get-50-off/

TLD Registry Announces 3 New Board Members

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/04/news/tld-registry-announces-3-new-board-members/

ICANN Accepting Comments To Develop Plan To Transition Away From The U.S. Government Stewardship

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/04/news/icann-accepting-comments-to-develop-plan-to-transition-away-from-the-u-s-government-stewardship/

Researchers study the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”

http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/

Vintage Sedo pen sells for five figures!

http://domaingang.com/domain-news/vintage-sedo-pen-sells-five-figures/

Fake Bitcoin Foundation sites scamming cryptocurrency users

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/04/fake-bitcoin-foundation-sites-scamming-cryptocurrency-users/

GoDaddy Hangout to explain Expired Domains

http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/godaddy-hangout-to-explain-expired-domains/

.LGBT Domain Name Sunrise Opens On January 5, 2015

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/04/news/lgbt-domain-name-sunrise-opens-on-january-5-2015/

Domaining Europe 2015 announced

http://domaingang.com/domain-news/domaining-europe-2015-announced/

Domain Holdings Joins The ICA As A Silver Member

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/04/domain-holdings-joins-the-ica-as-a-silver-member/

Domain Picks Dropping on Dec 5th 2014

http://www.domainpicks.com/25205/domain-picks-dropping-on-dec-5th-2014/

Companies don’t want you to use Whois privacy, but they use it themselves

http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/

New gTLD 1st Day Domains: .Paris 8,037, .Moscow 3,651, .МОСКВА 3,245, .ltda 59(?)

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/04/news/new-gtld-1st-day-domains-paris-8037-moscow-3651-%D0%BC%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B2%D0%B0-3245-ltda-59/

The New gTLD, .LGBT Goes Into Sunrise on January 5th

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/04/the-new-gtld-lgbt-goes-into-sunrise-on-january-5th/

Chinese Domaining Masterclass By TLD Registry At NamesCon 2015

http://onlinedomain.com/2014/12/04/news/chinese-domaining-masterclass-by-tld-registry-at-namescon-2015/

.Auction Sunrise Winds Up With Over 220 Registrations & Over 1/4 Are From Major League Baseball

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/12/02/auction-sunrise-winds-up-with-over-220-registrations-over-14-are-from-major-league-baseball/

Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/

Z.com Becomes Year’s Biggest Sale, And Biggest In Four Years, Selling For $6.8m

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/z-com-becomes-years-biggest-sale-and-biggest-in-four-years-selling-for-6-8m/

ICANN: IDN Variant TLD Program – Label Generation Ruleset Tool Project (P1) – LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/icann-idn-variant-%E2%80%ADtld%E2%80%AC-program-label-generation-ruleset-tool-project-p1-lgr-tool-set-specifications-now-open-for-public-comment/

Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/

Top Reported Sales Go From Seven Figures to Five In A Week

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/top-reported-sales-go-from-seven-figures-to-five-in-a-week/

Premium Names Launched For .CYMRU and .WALES

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/30/premium-names-launched-for-cymru-and-wales/

Power.com Becomes Seventh Biggest Sale of 2014 in Seven-Figure Sale

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/27/power-com-becomes-seventh-biggest-sale-of-2014-in-seven-figure-sale/

Most Popular TLD Hijacked In China Is .COM, Controlled Through IP Addresses Abroad

http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/25/most-popular-tld-hijacked-in-china-is-com-controlled-through-ip-addresses-abroad/


ICANN

IDN Variant TLD Program – Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) Tool Project (P1) – LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en

Seeking Panel Members for New gTLD Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en

Call for Volunteers to Participate in Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en
Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions Draft Transition Proposal
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en

ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en

IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-28-en

A Successful First Edition of Turkey’s Domain Name System Forum

https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-successful-first-edition-of-turkey-s-domain-name-system-forum

Increasing Stakeholder Engagement in Beirut

https://www.icann.org/news/blog/increasing-stakeholder-engagement-in-beirut


Current ICANN Public Consultations
Board Working Group Report on Nominating Committee (BWG-NomCom)
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/bwg-nomcom-2014-08-21-en

.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment – Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ngo-ong-amendment-2014-11-06-en

.MADRID – Introduction of Two Approved Launch Programs

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/madrid-alp-application-2014-11-11-en

ICANN Draft Five-Year Operating Plan

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/proposed-opplan-budget-2016-2020-2014-11-11-en

New gTLD Auction Rules for Indirect Contention

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/new-gtld-auctions-indirect-contention-2014-11-14-en

Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions Draft Transition Proposal

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/cwg-naming-transition-2014-12-01-en

IDN Variant TLD Program – Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) Tool Project (P1) – LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment

https://www.icann.org/public-comments/idn-lgr-2014-12-03-en