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.ORG Registry Enhancements

PIR is pleased to announce improvements to the .ORG production system, which will take place on 26 November 2011. These improvements have been introduced in the OT&E environment on 25 August 2011.

Please note that .ORG Production System (SRS) will be unavailable on 26 November 2011 between 15:00 and 23:00 UTC. During this time you may expect the following:

SRS: Unavailable

Web Based Administrative Interface: Unavailable

DNS: Resolution is unaffected

WHOIS: Unavailable

OT&E: Available

Here are the winners of the Afilias Global Innovation Contest for New TLD Ideas

A panel of expert judges — Paul Twomey (Managing Director, Argo P@cific, former ICANN CEO), Matthew Quint (Associate Director, Center on Global Brand Leadership, Columbia Business School), David Rogers (Executive Director, BRITE, Columbia Business School) and Kevin Murphy (Editor, domainincite.com) and Afilias senior executives — have chosen the winners of a $5,000 first prize, a $3,000 second prize or a $1,500 third prize.

The ideas were judged on a number of criteria with a focus on the ICANN new gTLD program and how it can be used to foster innovation in the « post-.com » world.

The winners are:

  • First prize: .know — Submitted by Rob S., .know is an idea for an online knowledge base.
  • Second prize: .sec — From John P. in Germany, .sec is a concept to ensure that all data transferred across the Web is secure.
  • Third prize: .med — Via Patricia H., USA, .med is an idea for a network of verified medical professionals.

A big thank you to everyone who participated by submitting an entry and to our judges, and congratulations to our winners. We look forward to sharing the winning ideas in depth — along with many of the other ideas received — in a forthcoming eBook.

Source Afilias.info

Neustar Maintenance

Please be advised that Neustar will be performing maintenance on the SCP server on Sunday October 23, 2011 from  6:00 am UTC (2:00 am EDT) to 7:00 am UTC (3:00 am EDT).

During this time frame, you will not be able to log into the SCP server to retrieve your reports.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Date: October 23, 2011
Start time:  6:00 am UTC (2:00 am EDT)
End time:   7:00 am UTC (3:00 am EDT)
Duration:   One (1) hour

Scheduled Name Store Production Maintenance

The Name Store Production environment will be taken offline on Thursday, October 20, 2011 EDT (Friday, October 21, 2011 UTC) for a scheduled maintenance.

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011 EDT (Friday, October 21, 2011 UTC)
Time: 1800 hrs – 2000 hrs EDT (2200 hrs – 0000 hrs UTC)
Duration: 2 hours
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Environment: Name Store EPP, Name Store Manager and Verisign Customer Center

.ORG Registry Enhancements

PIR is pleased to announce improvements to the .ORG production system, which will take place on 26 November 2011. These improvements have been introduced in the OT&E environment on 25 August 2011.

Please note that .ORG Production System (SRS) will be unavailable on 26 November 2011 between 15:00 and 23:00 UTC. During this time you may expect the following:

SRS: Unavailable

Web Based Administrative Interface: Unavailable

DNS: Resolution is unaffected

WHOIS: Unavailable

OT&E: Available

Nominet suspends fake pharma domains

Nominet, the .uk address registry, has suspended hundreds of internet domain names as part of a global police crackdown on crime gangs peddling fake pharmaceuticals.

Operation Pangea IV saw almost 13,500 websites taken down and dozens of suspects arrested in 81 countries, according to Interpol, which coordinated the swoop.

Over 2.4 million potentially harmful counterfeit pills, worth about £4m, were seized in raids between 20 and 27 of September, Interpol said. Confiscated medicines included everything from diet pills to anti-cancer drugs.

Cops worked with customs agencies, ISPs, payment processors and delivery companies to close down the allegedly criminal operations, Interpol said.

In the UK, Nominet acted upon advice given by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Police Central e-Crime Unit to suspend about 500 .uk domains, according to director of operations Eleanor Bradley.

While the domains were not « seized » as some have been in the US in recent months, suspending a domain stops it from resolving, essentially shutting down the associated website.

Author : Kevin Murphy
Read more on TheRegister.co.uk

9 000 .eu domain names to be released following court decision

Brussels, 14 September 2011 – The .eu registry, EURid, today implemented a court order to revoke almost 9 000 .eu domain names, following the resolution of a Brussels Court of Appeal case in EURid’s favour.

During 2006, EURid established that almost 9 000 .eu domain names had been registered by a registrant in violation of .eu registration regulations. Consequently, the .eu registry initiated court proceedings against her and, following an appeal, the Court of Appeal in Brussels decided in EURid’s favour.

“As the .eu top-level domain registry, we take the rules surrounding domain name registration very seriously. If the rules are broken, we address the situation and take legal action where appropriate,” said Marc Van Wesemael, General Manager of EURid.

In its decision issued on 21 September 2010, the Court of Appeal found that these .eu domain names were registered in bad faith and therefore the registrations were to be terminated. Allowing time for subsequent appeals and legal notifications, EURid is now authorised to implement the final court order and revoke the .eu domain names concerned.

Following EURid’s standard business terms, these revoked domain names are now in quarantine for 40 days. Then, these domain names will be released over a 48 hour period on 24 and 25 October 2011 for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. .eu domain names can be registered by anyone eligible whose request is received by EURid in the technically correct manner via a .eu accredited registrar. Any individual, organisation and business residing within the European Union is eligible to register .eu domain names.

The list of revoked .eu domain names is available at: http://link.eurid.eu/revoked_names.

.eu registration policies are available for download at: http://www.eurid.eu/en/faq/document-downloads.

source Eurid

Augmentation des .BIZ le 1er février 2012

Neustar, registre du .BIZ, a annoncé (1) une augmentation de 7,5% des .BIZ à compter du 1er février 2012.
Autorisée par le contrat qui lie la société à l’ICANN, cette augmentation ne fait que suivre la tendance initiée par Verisign pour les COM et NET. Neustar réalise pourtant des performances appréciables (2) et n’a pas vraiment « besoin » de cette manne supplémentaire. Interpréter cette hausse continue des tarifs des extensions génériques n’est donc pas évident, si la motivation va au-delà d’un gain de court terme empoché sans risque. Risquant de nuire à la compétitivité du TLD, cette appréciation sous-entend que les stratèges de Neustar comme de Verisign considèrent que l’élasticité-prix est faible à ce niveau de tarifs, chose confirmée par la florissante santé du .COM. Une approche connexe serait de comprendre cette démarche comme un moyen de financer les activités liées aux nouveaux TLDs en se servant des actuels comme de vaches à lait, tant que l’absence de compétition le permet.
Mais le BIZ, qui peine à trouver son marché, peut-il se permettre le calcul du COM qui domine le monde ? Rien n’est moins sûr…
Source DomainNews.com

Domain Name Registrations Reach 215 Million, 5 Million Added in Q2

The latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign reports more than 5 million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 215 million worldwide across all domains. The increase of 5.2 million domain names marks a growth rate of 2.5 percent over the first quarter. Registrations have grown by more than 16.9 million, or 8.6 percent, since the second quarter of 2010.

Source CircleId

.INFO Registry Extended Scheduled Maintenance Notice

Further to our notice on July 28, 2011, please note the updated time for the .INFO Registry maintenance scheduled for 15:00 UTC – 23:00 UTC on 27 August 2011.

During the maintenance, you may expect the following:

SRS: Unavailable

Web Based Administrative Interface: Unavailable

DNS: Resolution is unaffected

WHOIS: Unavailable

OT&E: Available

The purpose of this maintenance is to deploy in production the enhancements that were announced on 22 April 2011 and implemented in OT&E on 24 May 2011.