The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has announced a proposal to start charging a non-refundable annual ICANN fee on registrar domain registrations immediately upon registration. The ICANN Board resolved to: . . . encourage ICANN's budgetary process to include fees for all domains added, including domains added during the AGP, and encourages…

  ICANN, the agency responsible for global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, including domain names and Internet protocols, is eyeing the practice of domain name tasting for policy changes.   Tasting, originally designed to keep typos from becoming permanent errors, is also used by domain name entrepreneurs to test the profitability of…

  Dell Inc. is pursuing a major cybersquatting lawsuit against several alleged defendants claiming that the alleged used numerous domain names made up of slight misspellings of well-known trademarks. This method, known as typosquatting, sees domainers register domains that surfers are likely to hit if they misspell a common web site name. Users that misspell…

  A prime example of the growth of domain name speculating was seen today, when virtually all four letter .com domains were registered. The growth of domain name speculating has increased in recent years as cyber-property speculators, businesses and individuals all scramble for valuable names.   Whether the newer top level domains do anything to…

  There will soon be a new TLD available for domain name shoppers. .asia will become available to any business or individual that would like to register a domain with a .asia extension. Before general registration is available, however, the DotAsia authority is implementing certain policies to prevent cybersquatters and others from getting first crack…

  GoDaddy is making a push to take control of the “.us” top level domain (TLD). Along with Afilias, a provider of registry services, the two firms have teamed up to create a joint venture seeking to become the registry operator of usTLD. The firm’s intentions became known when the venture submitted a proposal to…

  Paul Twomey, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers recently gave a presentation entitled “The Future of the Internet” which set out Twomey’s personal view of the future of the Internet including issues such as the IPv4 to IPv6 transition, new gTLDs, IDNs and more.   Bottom Line: The…

  ICANN has announced a new opportunity for public comment on new generic top level domains (gTLDs). Top level domains are the suffixes on domain names, such as .com, .net, .tv, .info and similar.   The idea of having more TLDs is attractive to many because there are more options to register and market the…

  In recent years, ICANN has been introducing and maintaining numerous generic top level domains (gTLDs or TLDs). These are the suffixes on many popular domain names, and include the names .aero, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel.   Currently up for public comment as to…

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