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Domain Registration Up by 20%

VeriSign reports that domain registrations are up 20% over last year, which indicates that e-business is continuing to grow at a healthy rate. The report also stated that security threats dropped by 20% in recent months. [...] Continue reading


ICANN Says SiteFinder Causes Harm

ICANN’s report prepared by a group of technical experts concluded that VeriSign’s SiteFinder service “ran afoul of community standards and caused harm to individual users and enterprises.” The report did state that the service did not have catastrophic effects on the Internet as a whole. VeriSign pulled the service last year after ICANN prohibited it, [...] Continue reading


Domain Registration Up Once Again

After a slump in the domain industry that has stretched four years, domain registrations appear to be up again, with sources saying registrations reaching levels that we haven’t seen since 2000. In the first 3 months of 2004, more than 4.7 million new domain registrants joined the industry, which was an all-time high. [...] Continue reading


ICANN Doubles Budget

ICANN has nearly doubled their budget for 2004-2005, which drew fears from many Registrars, who represent the bulk of ICANN’s income and now fear that fees will be raised. Not all Registrars agree though as some think that the increased budget could help out in the lawsuit against VeriSign and increase enforcement. [...] Continue reading

iGoldrush Reaches Settlement with VeriSign

The original owner of the domain and VeriSign have reached a settlement. The lawsuit alleged that Network Solutions was liable for transferring the stolen domain without getting proper authorization. The landmark case essentially considered domain names actual property. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but source say it was close to $15 million. [...] Continue reading


Professionals Can Now Grab Their .Pro

For the next month, trademark owners can now register .pro domain names through Registry Services Corporation, the registry for the new .pro TLD. According to the Registry, .pro “is designed to give professionals both a distinctive and secure Internet presence for their web site, notably by the establishment of a certificate for authenticating communications and [...] Continue reading


ICANN Requests Lawsuit Dismissal

ICANN has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit that was brought against the organization by VeriSign. The organization said in a legal brief that disagreeing with VeriSign is “neither an antitrust violation nor a breach of contract.” The main focus of the lawsuit is ICANN’s suspension of VeriSign’s SiteFinder service. [...] Continue reading

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