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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 16:20

Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet performance solutions, announced today they have acquired Nettica, a US-based managed DNS provider.

Nettica's more than 9,000 clients, including Evernote, the web's largest list management solution, will now have access to Dyn's advanced features and 18 global data centers. Dyn is the number one provider of managed DNS services among Top 1000 visited websites, according to Datanyze and Alexa.

Founder and longtime Microsoft developer Alan Graham, along with other members of the Nettica team, will transition to Dyn's corporate headquarters in Manchester, N.H. — a major talent addition for Dyn.

"As we continue focusing on becoming the best Internet performance provider in the world, we know the important role Traffic Management and Managed DNS plays in operating on the Internet," said Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn. "This acquisition is a true consolidation within the DNS industry. We have gained both great technology and great talent, and know this makes us a stronger company for Nettica's customers, our current customers, and all of our future customers."

Nettica offers a suite of services including primary and secondary DNS service features. Additionally, they offer email services and domain registration.

"Jeremy and I have been in dialogue for some time about how to work better together," said Graham. "We found that our companies had the same mission on making the Internet better through reliability, speed, and scale. Dyn is more than a DNS company. It is a leader in Internet performance and we are confident that our customers are in great hands."

This is the fourth managed DNS company and the ninth company overall that Dyn has acquired in the past four years. In 2010, Dyn purchased EveryDNS and EditDNS in separate transactions. In 2012, Dyn acquired TZO, a Massachusetts-based company that, like Dyn, focused on both self-service and enterprise customers.

Additionally, Dyn acquired SendLabs in 2010, which allowed the company to begin offering message management services, and the talent of the SEO/SEM and ecommerce development arm of Incutio LTD in 2012. In 2013, Dyn purchased Verelo, a website monitoring startup, Trendslide, a mobile dashboard app and ReadyStatus, a status management service — all to help supplement the company's transition into an Internet performance solutions provider.

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Author: "Dyn" Tags: "dns"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 16:22

Radix FZC ("Radix") has exclusively signed a Registry Service Provision contract with CentralNic Group PLC, for Radix's four uncontested Top Level Domains, empowering customers globally to register domain names ending .website, .press, .host or .space (as alternatives to traditional endings like .com and .co.uk).

  • .website is a true alternative to the .com TLD; it is open and available to all for the full range of possible uses
  • The .press TLD will provide its users with a platform to share opinions and disseminate information.  The primary target market will comprise of journalists, bloggers, media professionals, news providers and book publishers
  • The exclusive new gTLD for the web-hosting industry, .host, is aimed to be the extension of choice for web hosts, Approved Scanning Vendors ("ASVs"), Internet Service Providers ("ISPs"), cloud service providers and other such entities
  • .space will serve to provide both individuals and organisations across the globe with a blank canvas to create their own online space

Commenting on the exclusive agreement with Radix, CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford said: "Radix is one of the most experienced and best resourced companies in the new generic Top-Level Domain ("gTLD") space, as well as having a deep understanding of the domain industry.  In fact, Radix's gTLD applications include every one of the top 7 "most valuable new gTLDs," as rated by domain valuation experts Sedo. CentralNic is excited to be able to continue to realise its objective of increasing the number of domain extensions on our global distribution platform by adding these fantastic TLDs to the portfolio that we offer to retailers ("registrars") globally."

Bhavin Turakhia, Founder and CEO of Radix said: "Radix decided to award these contracts to CentralNic following our excellent experience partnering with them on the .pw and .in.net domain extensions.  They have proved to us the value of their integrated global registrar network, their technical strength, their deep expertise in selling domains, and their ability to work with our people as a united team."

The first of the Radix TLDs is expected to launch through CentralNic in Q2 2014.  Domain name retailers around the world will obtain .website, .host, .space and .press domain names via the CentralNic platform to sell to end users.

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Author: "Radix" Tags: "domain_names, top_level_domains"
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Date: Friday, 21 Mar 2014 17:12

The NTIA's responsibility includes the procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file — the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains — as well as serving as the historic steward of the DNS. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and has a Cooperative Agreement with VeriSign under which it performs related root zone management functions. Transitioning NTIA out of its role marks the final phase of the privatization of the DNS as outlined by the U.S. Government in 1997.

And as the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet's domain name system (DNS).

ICANN is an organization that introduced and has endeavored to promote the 'multi-stakeholder model' that allows for input from all participating organizations and individuals. Indeed ICANN's move to globalize and become a truly international body is welcome.

DotConnectAfrica believes the move to cede the USA oversight on ICANN must be managed and transitioned in a proper way. It is understandable that such a move may have been accelerated or catalyzed by the Snowden revelations; however, the move should not be made quickly but slowly and carefully so that proper mechanisms are in place with checks and balances.

Accountability and transparency are facets that will promote the resilience of the ever growing internet. As the NetMundial gathers we hope this will become the genesis of greater discussions as regards to ICANN's future and the need to maintain a secure, stable, single, resilient trusted internet.

As an early and long term supporter of the ICANN process, DotConnectAfrica together with its partners in Africa and globally will continue to actively contribute appropriately to the global debate and deliberations that will lead to an informed and structured role of ICANN and NTIA in the future of internet management and governance.

Indeed as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling says, "The timing is right to start the transition process." We commend that such a step should be properly discussed not as a solution to existing problems but as a basis to strengthen the DNS Root management and the thriving of the internet.

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Author: "DotConnectAfrica" Tags: "icann, internet_governance"
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 16:43

"We've been especially pleased that we've been able to launch these domains so quickly because of the skill and historical knowledge that Afilias brought to the project."
Arto Isokoski, CEO & Co-Founder
Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the completion of technical preparations for the Landrush launch of the new Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) top-level domains (TLD).

These two new TLDs represent the next generation of domains, ones that are written in local language scripts. Called Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), these TLDs are designed to make the Web a more welcoming arena for global users. Previously, TLDs were only available in Roman language scripts like English, Spanish and German.

Managed by trans-national TLD Registry Ltd., the Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) TLDs help businesses and individuals establish a strong relationship with Chinese-language audiences. Dot Chinese Online (.在线) is a useful way for brands offering products and services to publicize their online presence, such as a local store that sells in various Chinese-language territories via the Internet. Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) lets non-Chinese businesses and individuals brand a site specifically as a Chinese-language one without having to add a layer of explanation that the site is in Chinese, something that is necessary to do with standard, Roman-language TLDs.

"TLD Registry is excited to bring these domains to market," said company CEO and Co-Founder Arto Isokoski. "We've been especially pleased that we've been able to launch these domains so quickly because of the skill and historical knowledge that Afilias brought to the project. Afilias has a strong background in IDNs, which helped us launch the domains with a maximum of speed and a minimum of fuss."

Roland LaPlante, CMO of Afilias, added, "It's great to see so many innovative ideas for top-level domains come to life. Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) both demonstrate an Internet that is more universal than before, yet they bring a sense of local familiarity that has not been available on the Web until now. TLD Registry's stated mission is to make the Chinese Web more Chinese, and, even at this early stage, TLD Registry's domains have garnered strong interest in the Chinese region. Afilias is proud to play an important supporting role in that mission."

For more information about TLD Registry as well as the Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) domains, visit http://域名.在线 or http://域名.中文网 or http://internetregistry.info.

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More under: Domain Names, Registry Services, Multilinguism, Top-Level Domains

Author: "Afilias" Tags: "domain_names, registry_services, multili..."
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Date: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 20:16

We know what the results of a DDoS attack look like: huge disruption, brand damage, and potential revenue loss of tens of thousands of dollars per hour. But what does the attack itself look like?

This video visualization, filmed in Neustar's Security Operations Center, shows the first three minutes of an actual DDoS attack on a company's Transmission Control Protocol Synchronize (TCP SYN) authentication. This type of attack can overwhelm a server's available TCP connections with phony requests.

In the video, the dots move from the network blocks shown on the left toward the attack target. The colors of the dots are randomly assigned to participating IP addresses or IP address groups. Each dot represents a web event directed at the target during the given time.


Filmed in Neustar's Security Operations Center, this video shows the first three minutes of an actual DDoS attack on a company's Transmission Control Protocol Synchronize (TCP SYN) authentication. This type of attack can overwhelm a server's available TCP connections with phony requests. On the far lower right corner of the screen, a log counter tallies the number of log events shown in this example. Note that the first 30,000 log events happening during the first three minutes of this specific DDoS attack. As a size reference, the full attack would have millions of events.

At some points, the traffic grows dense and bombards the target, and at other times it decreases and fewer dots appear.

On the far lower right corner of the screen, a log counter tallies the number of log events shown in this example. Note that the first 30,000 log events happening during the first three minutes of this specific DDoS attack. As a size reference, the full attack would have millions of events.

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More under: Cyberattack, DDoS, Security

Author: "Neustar" Tags: "cyberattack, ddos, security"
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Date: Monday, 17 Mar 2014 16:17

Verisign and Juniper offer a joint solution combining Juniper’s on-premise DDoS Secure with Verisign’s cloud-based DDoS Protection Service. Together these solutions provide the depth and breadth needed to combat attacks targeted at every layer of the network through Real-Time Adaptive Mitigation technologies. You may have seen the news this morning that we have joined forces with Juniper Networks to provide a comprehensive, always on, DDoS solution. At Verisign, we focus on protecting companies from increasingly complex cyber threats, and this relationship should only raise the bar higher, as it will provide a different, more integrated approach than what's used today, to help ensure faster and more efficient detection and mitigation.

Given the alarming rise of sophisticated DDoS attacks, today's solutions must be able to detect and mitigate zero-day threats and large-scale attacks that exceed the capacity of the victim's network to help businesses of all types and sizes stay secure, stable and available. By combining the strength of network and application-layer protection provided by Juniper's DDoS Secure appliances and Verisign's cloud-based DDoS Protection, we can help customers improve time to mitigation. This will be achieved by quickly handling low-volume attacks with on-premise hardware, while still offering the added security of back-up in the cloud for large-scale and extremely complex attacks, as well as the extra bandwidth needed for mitigation as those attacks ramp up. We chose Juniper as their solution offers unique capabilities when it comes to premise-based detection and mitigation. Other premise-based DDoS detection and mitigation solutions on the market put a strain on the customer security team to customize and adapt the rule sets on the fly during an attack, which can be time-intensive and requires significant skills and resources. This solution uses Juniper advanced technology to automatically detect and mitigate DDoS attacks, working in conjunction with our globally connected, fully redundant cloud-based platform to provide a real-time adaptive solution. This solution offers customers peace of mind that they can handle all types of attacks faster and more efficiently.

Specifically, the solution responds in real-time to application response and adapts to support automated detection through risk scoring and cloud-based mitigation based on customizable parameters. It is the first solution that delivers both non-signature based risk scoring and real-time, zero-day signature integration providing customers the full spectrum of DDoS defenses across Layers 3-7. The solution monitors the health of protected services and applications, and incorporates predictive and real-time risk intelligence across the service.

The way this solution works is very simple and effective for the customer. When an attack is determined to exceed the network capacity at the data center edge, mitigation moves to Verisign's globally connected, fully redundant cloud-based platform to provide comprehensive protection against network and application layer attacks. Additionally, Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence analysts actively monitor indicators of attacks, in order to assist Verisign's DDoS protection engineers in creating new signatures for new attacks, while Juniper DDoS Secure heuristics engine inspects both inbound and outbound traffic to calculate local risk. This is absolutely critical to help defend against zero-day threats. Overall, by bringing together dedicated, on-premise DDoS mitigation devices and cloud-based solutions, we are one step closer to realizing the vision of more comprehensive, always on, automated DDoS protection in increasingly heterogeneous environments that span public, private and hybrid clouds.

There hasn't been a more crucial time for organizations to improve their security defenses than today, and this approach offers a breadth and depth of defense — from premises to the cloud — that more effectively provides the security protection customers need.

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Author: "Verisign" Tags: "cyberattack, ddos, security"
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Date: Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 15:50

Afilias today announced its support for the statements by the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC and W3C) regarding the announcement by the U.S. government of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.

As a TLD Registry Operator and a leading registry technology services provider, Afilias has participated in the ICANN community since its inception and has helped to shape and implement Internet policies and practices in a secure and reliable manner consistent with evolving technical standards.

We endorse the statements of the NTIA and the organizations noted above with respect to the maturation of these organizations and processes, and we are committed to continuing to contribute to the stewardship of the Internet as part of a globally inclusive, open and transparent multi-stakeholder community.

We look forward to participating in the development and deployment of the transition plan.

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Author: "Afilias" Tags: "icann, internet_governance"
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 17:55

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the completion of technical preparations to activate the new .ONL and .RICH generic top-level domains (gTLD) on the global Internet.

Managed by Berlin, Germany-based I-REGISTRY Ltd., the .ONL and .RICH gTLDs are unique propositions for a Web presence. The .ONL domain is designed to be a quick way of saying "I'm online" and fits all situations, whether growing a business, building a community or creating a personal space. .ONL can be particularly effective for brands that have a physical presence and need to publicize their online version, such as a corner drugstore offering services online.

The .RICH domain accomplishes two goals: first, it will build an online community of the well heeled and aspirants and, second, it will help the underprivileged with charitable donations planned from revenues generated by the domain.

Anschelika Smoljar, the CEO of I-REGISTRY Ltd., said, "Our excitement in seeing these domains go live in the Domain Name System (DNS) is due in great part to the speed and efficiency Afilias offered in helping us make these gTLDs a reality. While launching domains may seem daunting, with Afilias and its broad experience in launching and running TLDs, the process was swift and simple."

Afilias CMO Roland LaPlante added, "With so many gTLDs coming to market in the months ahead, it's the ones with a strong vision that will capture the imagination of the public. The .ONL and .RICH gTLDs embody that idea. Afilias is happy to support the I-REGISTRY team in bringing unique domains to the public and helping them achieve their full potential."

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Author: "Afilias" Tags: "domain_names, registry_services, top_lev..."
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Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 16:20

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has released a European Broadband Scorecard comparing the UK's performance in broadband and mobile broadband with European countries. The regulator has been tasked with proving that progress is being made towards the UK Government's ambitious goal that the UK 'should have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015'.

This sounds like a great idea. All telecoms regulators should be compelled, by government and industry, to benchmark their country's performance with the rollout of mobile and fixed broadband against its peers. Ofcom is compelled to compare the UK's performance with European countries on fixed, superfast (this is called high-speed in other countries) and mobile broadband on a) coverage and take-up; b) speed; c) price and d) choice (of provider). These all essential considerations for those companies which are investing in new business areas or changing their business practices in ways that require ubiquitous mobile Web coverage.

Unfortunately this isn't the exercise in transparency that it first seems.

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Author: "dotMobi" Tags: "broadband, mobile"
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Date: Monday, 10 Mar 2014 22:07

For 3 days in April, the international hosting community will once again come together at the WHD.global in Europa Park, Germany to meet and discuss all things hosting related. dotMobi's goMobi team will be there to showcase our mobile website publishing platform. If you are looking for a solution to help you create, publish and market sophisticated mobile sites quickly and easily then we have the solution for you.

We will be at stand E14 so drop on by for a demo.

dotMobi is also delighted to announced that Francesco Cetraro, Director of Business Development at dotMobi will be speaking at the show on Thursday 3rd April at 16:40.

His presentation titled, 'Do you want a Mobile with that?' will be addressing how now that mobile browsing is mainstream, customers are looking for solutions that can bring their web content to all screens customers use today. He will also discuss that while much vaunted approaches like Responsive Web Design seem to offer a way out, they present real challenges given the level of investment required by business owners to implement them. Using insight and experience gained from its international network of goMobi mobile web sites, he will show how traffic and usage patterns are evolving and how hosting companies can gain from the opportunities that continued demand for mobile presents.

Contact us to arrange a demo at WHD.global to see how your business can benefit from integrating goMobi.

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Author: "dotMobi" Tags: "mobile, web"
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Date: Friday, 07 Mar 2014 17:53

Home security systems are designed to keep intruders out. But even with the most advanced systems in place, vulnerabilities still exist. Something as simple as an old cellar door may provide a clear and undetected path for trespassers.

The same principle applies to DNS.

DDoS protection solutions are becoming more sophisticated than ever. Meanwhile, many domain name systems (DNS) are like old cellar doors where attackers can easily sneak in. DNS, the system that converts domain names to IP addresses, is what makes the internet most vulnerable today.

Much like that old cellar door, DNS infrastructure was designed to be a reliable gateway, not a security feature.

The current DNS protocol, "if my packets don't get through I'll just retransmit them and they're not critical" will no longer cut it in today's ever-changing security landscape.

Originally designed for unreliable networks, this outdated protocol is now frequently exploited by criminal attackers. To counter this, a managed DNS service is the key to transforming regular DNS into a reliable, secure solution for protecting infrastructure.

Here's why secure managed DNS is a must-have:

  • Attacks will happen

    With such a an important and not inherently secure protocol, DNS is a prime target for attackers. However, with managed DNS, infrastructure is robust and distributed enough to protect against attacks, making it more difficult for attackers. Additionally, a secure DNS solution should offer protection against DDoS attacks aimed at a company's DNS.

  • Targets will move

    When attackers are unsuccessful at the DNS-level, they'll move their targets to web content. This is where application layer (versus raw bandwidth/volumetric) DDoS protection can kick in and filters the attack traffic.

  • Risks will increase

    Attacks with less bandwidth, such as some of the recent attacks on financial institutions, can target things like the payment gateways, payment processing systems and so on. In this case, a secure managed DNS solution will not only filter out the bad traffic based on volume, but also based on the applications that are being attacked. These can include mail systems, payment processors or gateways.

In conclusion, secure managed DNS is a necessity when it comes to network security. Without it, your websites' safety is compromised and at the mercy of more and more attackers every day, Don't let DNS be your cellar door for attackers to enter. Upgrade your DNS to a better, more secure managed solution today.

To learn more about the importance of secure, managed DNS for network security, and how to get it, visit: http://www.neustar.biz/services/dns-services.

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Author: "Neustar" Tags: "cyberattack, ddos, dns, security"
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 16:05

Today, Neustar announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the company the contract to continue administering the .US Top Level Domain (TLD), the official country code domain of the United States. Neustar has successfully administered this critical domain since 2001, when the Department of Commerce first selected the company to build and manage the new domain.

"We are honored that the Department of Commerce has selected Neustar to continue managing America's domain name that millions of businesses, non-profit organizations and consumers use to manage their online presence," said Lisa Hook, Neustar President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are committed to continuing to provide exceptional service that is reliable, stable and secure in the increasingly complicated digital environment."

The .US domain represents Main Street America, helping American small businesses and individuals to create and expand their online presence. Neustar manages this critical domain and oversees the growing network of registrars who sell the .US domain names. The Department of Commerce has re-awarded the contract for three years with two additional one-year extension options.

Since becoming the administrator of the .US TLD, Neustar has created an extensive enforcement program to ensure a safe and secure environment for the .US Internet community. Neustar also launched the "Kickstart America" campaign to raise awareness of the .US domain. In 2013, Neustar initiated the .US National Road Racing Championships through a three-year partnership with USA Track & Field.

In 2014, Neustar plans to launch a new multi-stakeholder council including members representing localities, registrars, small businesses and non-profit organizations as well as entities involved with STEM education and cybersecurity. The .US TLD Stakeholder Council will provide a vibrant, diverse, and independent forum for future development of the .US TLD, working directly with .US TLD stakeholders and helping Neustar to identify public needs and develop policies, programs, and partnerships to address those needs while continuing to enhance America's address.

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Author: "Neustar" Tags: "domain_names, registry_services, top_lev..."
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Date: Monday, 24 Feb 2014 21:42

If you weren't able to attend Afilias CMO Roland LaPlante's recent webinar on "The Practicalities of a New Domain Launch," you can watch it here. Since there's a lot more to launching a new top-level domain than coming up with a unique gTLD, it's helpful to know what issues you'll need to have squared away before launching one (or before applying to ICANN to have one).

This webinar was designed to help you by sharing what Afilias learned from the original New gTLD launch (.INFO) and New gTLD launches since then.

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Author: "Afilias" Tags: "domain_names, registry_services, top_lev..."
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Date: Monday, 24 Feb 2014 18:36

Neustar Launches First .neustar Site: nic.neustarFor 20 years, the Internet has known just 22 domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and .org.

Starting this year, however, thousands of branded and generic top level domains (TLDs) like .Citibank, .kpmg, .nyc, .club, .buzz and .uno will change the online landscape.

To lead the way, we launched .neustar this week, kicking off our own branded TLD with a new webpage at nic.neustar.

As the leader in the new TLD registry space, we’re planning to use .neustar to showcase and enjoy the benefits and opportunities that new TLDs offer: benefits like brand recognition, search optimization, URL flexibility and increased customer trust.

And by using our very own piece of the internet for everything from marketing campaigns and product launches, to events, customer stories, and more, we’ll be showing thousands of other brands and new TLD applicants that we “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk.”

In a few months, we’ll have the ability to launch additional .neustar sites to build our new online presence. Until then, please visit nic.neustarand stay tuned for more information on new TLDs and the changing Internet landscape.

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Author: "Neustar" Tags: "domain_names, top_level_domains"
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Date: Monday, 24 Feb 2014 17:50

RightOfTheDot™, LLC, one of the most well-known domain industry auction Internet consulting and advisement firms, announced today that they and their partner Escrow.com have facilitated the contention set auction of the new gTLD Web address ".One," which is expected to be one of the most sought-after new TLD (Top Level Domain) properties on the Internet.

The winning bidder for the new TLD extension is One.com of Dubai, AE, which will act as the worldwide registry for .One domains. They will be offering such super premium names as "number.one," "the.one," "only.one" "best.one" and countless others to individuals, retailers and e-commerce sites throughout the world.

The .One TLD auction marks the first time the "Single Sealed Bid Second Price" auction method was used to resolve contention between competing applicants wanting to run a new top level domain extension. The new method, developed by RightOfTheDot™, is unlike the traditional ascending clock auction in that it provides complete customization and flexibility in when the auction will be held, how the funds will be disbursed, payment timing, application withdrawal, auction timing, auction type, and more. The results from a Single Sealed Second Price Auction generally yield fairer and lower winning bid prices, less bid rigging, less confusion, and less time to determine a winning applicant.

"Our Single Sealed Bid Second Price auction method protects the participants from `auction fever,' which often causes over-bidding as people get emotionally tied to the process of winning at any cost due to time committed and sometimes throw their budgets out the window," said Monte Cahn, President of RightOfTheDot™. "This potentially results in less money and resources to successfully launch and market the new TLD participants are bidding for."

"We also believe the flexibility of our solution completely sets us apart from other auction methods and companies currently available," added Cahn. "It's our philosophy that the applicants in each contention set should be the ones to determine when, where and how the auction should be held; and how funds are disbursed, whether to the non-winning bidders, a third-party charity or industry association, or a combination of all. These decisions will vary by contention set depending on the TLD and the participants in each contending set."

"We choose to use RightOfTheDot' Single Sealed Bid Second Price auction and received a trustworthy and transparent service in the contention of .One," said Ronni Engelhardt Andersen, the CFO of One.com. "This was the right auction model for us, as the time and efforts needed to do the auction were balanced, and the contention was solved in a fair way."

"Ultimately, the flexibility of RightOfTheDot™ in conducting an auction that satisfied all parties' needs within the contention, rather than sticking to predefined rules, is the main reason why we continue to engage with Monte and Michael," said Ben Anderson, Product Director and Head of New gTLD Services at NetNames. "With the resolution of contention being, in some cases, more complex than the application process itself, applicants need a partner they can trust and one that is willing to make changes to their own process to accommodate nervous applicants."

"We are extremely satisfied with both the outcome and the path taken to achieve it," said Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head of Radix, one of the applicants for .One. "Monte and Mike from RightOfTheDot™ were great to work with. They demonstrated tremendous patience and flexibility in designing and executing an auction that met the specific expectations of both parties. We would like to congratulate the One.com group on winning the .One contention set."

RightOfTheDot™ also recently announced its exclusive partnership with Heritage Auctions. Heritage Auctions and RightOfTheDot™ will offer additional Contention Resolution Auction Services, such as online customized ascending clock and traditional step auction services to help competing applicants for new TLDs resolve their contention prior to last resort auctions being offered by ICANN. They will also work together to auction premium and super premium new TLDs and existing domains through live and live online auctions.

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Author: "RightOfTheDot" Tags: "top_level_domains"
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 18:53

LogicBoxes, the Vertical Integration solutions provider for New gTLD Registries today announced that it has been selected by Dot Desi Reseller, LLC (an affiliate of Desi Networks, LLC Registry for .desi gTLD) to manage their wholesale and retail infrastructure and provide marketing assistance.

As part of the deal, LogicBoxes will provide a custom Vertical Integration solutions package. LogicBoxes will help setup its exclusive Flagship retail store powered by its domain distribution and business automation SaaS platform, the Orderbox. LogicBoxes will also help the Dot Desi Reseller, LLC (Reseller) establish and manage a specialized global .desi reseller affiliate network.

LogicBoxes will integrate the TLD on priority basis on the LogicBoxes platform, as a result, opening access to its network of 100+ Registrars and 100,000+ Resellers and eventually a global base of 4 million customers. The LogicBoxes team will provide personalized business & marketing assistance to strengthen the Reseller's efforts.

"The .desi community is unique in a way that while there is concentration in a few regions, we have potential buyers widely distributed across the world. LogicBoxes' comprehensive package perfectly fit our unique needs; brilliant marketing solutions to help gain traction with relevant audiences, outreach via their extensive existing global supply chain, and a superb automation platform; a clear winner for us. We also deeply value the extensive domain industry experience they bring to the table," said Ravin Ohri, CEO at Dot Desi Reseller, LLC.

"We were impressed with their knowledge about the industry, their vision for the .desi gTLD and their strong dedication to give back to the .desi community," said Siddharth Taliyan, Manager of Sales at LogicBoxes, "We are indeed very proud to be their partner and are honored to have the opportunity to support their venture."

About Dot Desi Reseller, LLC
Dot Desi Reseller, LLC is an affiliate of Desi Networks, LLC which was formed in 2011 for the purpose of operating the .desi gTLD. The Dot Desi Reseller, LLC will create a reseller channel and offer a platform for registrants to obtain .desi domains; thus, enabling desi people and diaspora to interact in a more personal way and bringing the community together without restriction to a geographic location.

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Date: Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 21:36

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced that March 14, 2014, is the sunrise launch date for its first Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) at the top level: .移动 (.MOBILE in Chinese).

Transliterated as "Yí Dòng," .移动 is a domain name just like .MOBI, which is also for mobile websites. But this domain is part of a new generation of top-level domains (TLDs) that are written in native languages rather than traditional ASCII-compliant scripts like the .INFO or .MOBI TLDs.

As a complementary TLD to the .MOBI domain in English, .移动 is designed to let Chinese-speakers — wherever in the world they're located — know that a website was designed to work on a mobile device, like an Android™ tablet or an iPhone.

"China is a huge and growing economy," said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO, Afilias. "More than one billion people in China have mobile phones, as do millions more Chinese speakers around the world. Now, businesses and individuals looking to reach a Chinese-speaking audience on the Web can do so, regardless of country, operator or device. With a .移动 address, you can tap the power of mobile and literally put your message in the hands of the people you want to reach."

LaPlante added, "Along with .移动, Afilias will soon launch top-level domains in Arabic, Devanagari and other IDN scripts."

Today marks the beginning of the 30-day minimum notice period of the Start Date sunrise for the .移动 domain. From March 14, 2014 through April 13, 2014, .移动 domains will be awarded in a "first come, first served" manner; however, eligibility during this period is limited strictly to trademark holders whose marks are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. Following the close of sunrise, the .移动 general availability period will open. From that point forward, everyone is eligible to register .移动 addresses.

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Date: Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 21:28

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the sunrise launch dates for three new generic top-level domains (gTLD): .PINK, .RED and .BLUE

With the .PINK, .RED and .BLUE domains, Afilias is the first registry to offer truly colorful ways to express yourself on the Internet. No longer are site owners restrained to drab domain addresses. Now, your Web address can express your individual enthusiasms!

"Afilias has a long history of launching innovative new gTLDs," said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO, Afilias. "From the successful launch of the .INFO domain — the first and most popular new gTLD ever — to the new 'color' domains we're releasing, Afilias has brought more consumer choice and variety than any other domain provider."

Afilias – the first to bring color to the Internet!

.PINK addresses embrace a wide range of uses, from the lighthearted fun of baby furnishings and toys to the simmering sensuality of lingerie products to the compassion and courage of cancer caregivers and patients. Young women — and men — of all ages love the optimism of .PINK and can now have a business or personal name that expresses their "pink-itude." Finally, you can show the world that you "Think .PINK!"

On the other hand, .RED brings the heat to everything you're passionate about! Like red lipstick, a red dress or a little red sports car, the color red brings intensity to whatever it touches. And the .RED domain does the same for websites. Share your interests, causes and points of view on a .RED site. Want to make a bold fashion statement? Use .RED. In love? Show it with .RED. Fighting evil? Do it in .RED. When you need to heat up your Web presence, no other domain will do: Make it .RED hot!

Blue is the world's most popular color and the .BLUE domain lets you show that you're "True .BLUE." From the calm of the ocean to the top of the sky, blue is an attention grabber that elicits positive, peaceful emotions such as harmony, strength and loyalty. The .BLUE domain also conveys safety, reliability and trustworthiness; think about the "boys in blue" or the "blue angels." And .BLUE is ideal for organizations and campaigns focusing on water-related issues like conservation, availability and safety.

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Today begins the 30-day minimum notice period of the Start Date sunrise for these three new TLDs being launched by Afilias. During sunrise, domains will be awarded in a "first come, first served" manner; however, eligibility during this period is limited strictly to trademark holders whose marks are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. Once the general availability period opens, everyone will be eligible to register addresses with these gTLDs.

.PINK – Sunrise start is Mar 11, 2014; sunrise ends on Apr 10, 2014
.RED – Sunrise start is Mar 11, 2014; sunrise ends on Apr 10, 2014
.BLUE – Sunrise start is Mar 14, 2014; sunrise ends on Apr 13, 2014

General availability will follow the close of sunrise.

For more pre-launch information about these domains, visit designated websites for each TLD: pink.afilias.info / red.afilias.info / blue.afilias.info

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Date: Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 16:52

"Kim" is an ancient Korean surname, meaning "gold," and is the most common Korean last name: more than 10 million individuals carry the name Kim, including many famous Kims. .KIM domains will be available for registration on April 11, 2014. For more information visit: kim.afilias.infoGlobal registry services provider Afilias today announced the sunrise launch date for the first "family" generic top-level domain (gTLD): .KIM.

"Afilias is a leader in top-level domain innovation. From the successful launch of the .INFO domain — the first and most popular new gTLD ever — to 'colorful' domains like the forthcoming .RED, .BLUE and .PINK, Afilias has been a consistent leader in bringing domains to market that meet unique, untapped needs. The .KIM domain is proof of that," said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and CMO, Afilias.

"Kim" is an ancient Korean surname, meaning "gold," and is the most common Korean last name: more than 10 million individuals carry the name Kim. As a first name, Kim is used by women and men. According to U.S. Census data, over 300,000 Americans have the first name Kim (87 percent of them are female). The .KIM domain enables Kims from all over the world to proclaim themselves and their businesses as part of "the first family of the Internet."

Today begins the 30-day minimum notice period of the Start Date sunrise for .KIM. From March 11, 2014 through April 10, 2014, .KIM domains will be awarded in a "first come, first served" manner; however, eligibility during this period is limited strictly to trademark holders whose marks are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse.

Beginning April 11, the general availability period opens. From that point forward, everyone is eligible to register .KIM addresses.

For more information about .KIM prior to launch, please visit kim.afilias.info.

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Date: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 16:46

Sophia Bekele, Founder and Executive Director of DotConnectAfricaA message from Sophia Bekele, Founder and Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica.

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Before the end of the first month of inaugurating yet another new year, I thought I will say few words on what to look forward to at DCA and beyond and why my message is about staying in the ARENA.

We can certainly start with a great spirit and look forward to tuning to the global unifying force of the World Cup arena, which this year is being held in one of the most attractive countries in the world, Brazil; a country that also holds an impressive record of many sports championships.

Brazil is also hosting the debate on the new Global Internet Governance model, that it's own President Dilma Rousseff proposed last year, particularly after being directly affected by the NSA spying activities.

In our usual New Year tedbits, we share with you DCA's New Year's Resolution, wishes, prediction and the challenge we see and few DCA updates.

Our 2014 New Year Resolution is simple: We plan to stay in the ARENA!

Let me share with you a quote I read in one of the Leadership books I picked up in Charlotte airport, as I was on my way to Washington DC for some business early this month, after spending a wonderful holiday in my village in Walnut Creek, California. A great fighter, former US President Theodore Roosevelt, also a great leader and a fan of boxing was quoted in the book, relative to staying the course.

Those who watched DCA for the past six year know very well DCA has been fighting a gauntlet fight, as is called in wrestling, with its many opponents — what a vast majority of people have mostly observed as chaotic, a match without a referee, or a game without any rules. Therefore, I could not help but relate with this quote:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles; or where the doer of the deeds could have done them better. The Credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

DCA is known for many things, especially its role as a trailblazer. DCA is driven in the face of trends, drivers and opportunities pushing for a global social, economic and political transformation in its work.

Last year, we predicted a year of uncertainty and big challenges, including Occupy.africa.

Indeed DCA was faced with serious challenges on its .africa application:

  • We had a Governmental Early Warning notice from 17 African Countries including the African Union to object to our application.
  • This Early Warning followed with a Governmental Objection Advise.
  • Then ICANN agreed with this GAC objection advise and stopped our application from proceeding, regardless DCA's successful evaluations on the financial, technical and operational criteria.

Despite these challenges, we continued to keep our promise to you!

We refused to withdraw our application from ICANN, without requesting for an accountability hearing from an Independent Review Panel (IRP) so that we can resolve the issues. We have done so. You can follow this link on the ICANN site to read more.

We have fought for all of the above and more!

Recall our 2013 resolution to you, a free and open .africa and Internet:

  • We have contributed and supported the DNS Business in Africa.
  • We have engaged with the African Union and contributed to Africa's future in cyber security and vision 2063.
  • We have been engaged with African Heads of States forum in Transforming Africa and presented your views in Rwanda.
  • We have fought for empowerment of women and youth in Africa as well as acknowledgement of our work on .africa globally.

We will continue to fight for your security, empowerment, and identity on your behalf.

All with your support!

DotConnectAfrica's New Year wish for 2014:
Power of Truth; Supremacy of the Law of
Substance; Respecting Rules of Engagement;
Internet privacy; Transformative Global Internet Governance; Credit for high achievers;

What we predict:
Celebration of Diversity; independent views; Trend vs. chaos management; Google glass; death of PCs and Laptops; more CyberCrime; a year of Political Shocks & Economic shifts; economic leadership shifts to the West again; china faces economic bubble; Africa promises fastest growth; Europe will cope with fragile elections

What will continue:
Activism; Women Leadership; Youth Empowerment; Entrepreneurship in anything; Mobile centric everything; Cloud everything;
Content as king; G-Zero World; Davos WEF; Syria on fire, Internet Governance Political Theater; etc

What will be challenged:
Uniformity; Internet Privacy; more legal war on NSA privacy position; Net Neutrality; Violating the law; civil liberties; opinion makers vs fact finders; democratic deficit

A Thank You Note to our Supporters!

Finally, let me continue to extend a deserving and sincere thank you, to all of you our supporters, who are in the ARENA with us, some of you since 6 years ago, when we started this .africa New gTLD initiative.

My special thanks goes first to our staff who are there around the clock to provide support. Our Global Advisory Leadership Team, who have been dedicated to our cause and provided moral and other invaluable advisory services, our corporate partners in Africa, SafariCom and Fincom, International partners CentralNic, and our Pan African Organizations and Government Partners, including the new African Union Leadership who have welcomed our work and engaged us, and those African and international independent media houses, especially The NewAfrican, Bloomberg TV Africa, CircleID, The Ethiopia Reporter who peered through our stories and took our contributions to Africa seriously, and thought it was worth telling and continue to share it with the world, and also the individuals and bloggers who know our work, and continue to write and re-tweet our stories helping to expand our global audience and amplify our voice on the internet.

Finally, with the President's quote above that inspired me so much amongst many, I ask all of you Champions to stay with us this year in the ".Africa ARENA", and support our worthy cause, because we are not fighting for a ".africa", we are fighting for Africa and I promise you, we will deliver!

Wishing each and every one of you and your families a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2014.

God Bless Africa & the World!

Sincerely,
Sophia Bekele
Founder, Executive Director
DotConnectAfrica

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