At the end of this month the .nz domain name space will undergo a momentous, once only change. From 1pm, 30 September 2014 (NZDT) people will be able to register or reserve domain names in the second level directly before the .nz – e.g. anyname.nz

The Domain Name Commission is offering some Registrants the option to reserve the shorter version of their .nz domain name for up to two years. Reserving the shorter version of a name gives Registrants time to decide whether they want it or not, without anyone else being able to register it in that time.

A two-year time frame was deemed a sufficient enough amount of time for Registrants with the reserving option to consider the idea. It would also give, for example, businesses, clubs and other types of bodies time to change their signs, vehicles, etc. to incorporate their new domain name.

Those eligible to reserve can do so by going to the www.anyname.nz website with their Unique Domain Authentication Identifier (UDAI) from 1pm, 30 September 2014. Though it should be noted that anyone who chooses to reserve their .nz domain name directly at the second level will no longer have any rights to this name if they let their existing domain name lapse.

When Nominet opened up the second level of the .uk namespace, they gave priority to registrants in the .co.uk namespace over those in other second levels such as .org.uk, net.uk or .me.uk. The Domain Name commissioner for .nz has taken a different approach which doesn’t offer precedence for co.nz or precedence for earlier registration dates.

“For reasons of fairness, where there is more than one Registrant competing for a .nz domain name to be registered directly at the second level the Domain Name Commission does not believe preference could be given to the oldest registration.

Similarly, the Domain Name Commission does not believe one second level should have preference over any other. For example, the Registrant of anyname.co.nz should not be treated differently to the Registrant of anyname.school.nz.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has announced today its intent to transition ICANN Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.

To support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.  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). 

“The timing is right to start the transition process,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling.  “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.

Press release: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions

Sedo is holding a domain auction for some of Yahoo!’s domain names. The auction runs from tomorrow, 14th through 21st November.

Reserve Range ($)   -   Domain

1,000,000 – 1,499,999 USD av.com
   250,000 – 499,999 USD  webserver.com
   100,000 – 249,999 USD mym.com
   100,000 – 249,999 USD transmissions.com
   100,000 – 249,999 USD westerns.com
     50,000 – 99,999 USD globalwhois.com
     50,000 – 99,999 USD sandwich.com
     50,000 – 99,999 USD sled.com
     25,000 – 49,999 USD blogsport.com
     25,000 – 49,999 USD crackers.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD airtrafficcontrol.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD chillertheater.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD cursed.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD finalcountdown.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD irecruiter.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD jockeys.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD jumpcut.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD policescanner.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD raging.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD religious.net
     10,000 – 24,999 USD thebroadcastnetwork.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD truestory.com
     10,000 – 24,999 USD vivas.com
       5,000 – 9,999 USD dotbank.com
       5,000 – 9,999 USD fonzo.com
       5,000 – 9,999 USD laun.com
       1,000 – 4,999 USD batoota.com
       1,000 – 4,999 USD cyberjokes.com
       1,000 – 4,999 USD webcal.com

Europe and Japan have just announced six Internet architecture research projects aiming at increasing the efficiency of networks in carrying data. One project the STRAUSS Project aims to build networks 5000 times faster than today’s average European broadband speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps).

MiWEBA will handle capacity by making better use of existing radio frequencies in order to boost ultra-high speed and mobile connections.

NECOMA will explore new ways to enhance personal data security in sensitive environments such as medical history records by developing new metrics to evaluate threats and potential impact of cyber attacks.

GreenICN will examine the efficient use of energy in information networks. It will test network reliability in post-disaster situations such as earthquakes and hurricanes when energy resources are compromised or scarce and network performance is vital.

ClouT will investigate real-time control of sensors enabling smart city operations such as energy use, traffic flow or emergencies. To achieve this target, the project will integrate Cloud Computing and Internet of Things features.

FELIX will set up joint EU-Japan experimental platforms to help universities and research centres test new network technologies, improving the researchers’ use of their experimental facilities.

CENTR has just released their latest DomainWire Domain Name Stat Report which contains basic domain name statistics with a focus on European ccTLDs.

From the report the current top 20 ccTLDs are listed by size.  
(millions of domain name registrations)

  1. 16.7    Tokelau  (.tk)
  2. 15.4    Germany  (.de)
  3. 10.5    United Kingdom  (.uk)
  4.   7.5    China  (.cn)
  5.   5.2    Netherlands  (.nl)
  6.   4.5    Russian Federation  (.ru) 
  7.   3.7    European Union  (.eu)
  8.   3.2    Brazil  (.br)
  9.   2.9    Argentina  (.ar)
  10.   2.6    Australia  (.au)
  11.   2.6    France  (.fr)
  12.   2.5    Italy  (.it)
  13.   2.4    Poland  (.pl)
  14.   2.1    Canada  (.ca)
  15.   1.8    United States  (.us)
  16.   1.8    Switzerland  (.ch)
  17.   1.7    India  (.in)
  18.   1.6    Spain  (.es)
  19.   1.5    Colombia  (.co)
  20.   1.4    Belgium  (.be)

Afilias is holding it’s third auction of  .info names,  domain names it reclaimed from the initial .info sunrise period.  The auction is generating a lot of interest, with already over 200 bidders registering to bid on the domain with most interest. There are over 3 days remaining before registrations for bidding close and private auctions begin for the first batch of names.

The auction runs from May 3rd to May 10th on the NamJet Auction platform.  The starting bid on any name was $69 but bidders have already pushed the opening bids as high as $2,501 for some names. Bidders who wish to place bids above $2,500 need to become verified before placing any bids.

This is the first time Afilias has used NameJet for it’s auctions, for the first and second auctions it used GoDaddy. The highest bids in the first auction were cancer.info $16,005 and gambling.info also $16,005. In the second auction, the highest bids were for onlinecasino.info $30,005 and flowers.info $22,005. (If you’re wondering why there is an extra $5 on each bid it’s a quirk of the GoDaddy auction platform.)

At the moment the names generating the most interest from the 79 premium domains in the coming  third auction are gold.info, auto.info, jobs.info, hosting.info and games.info.

A fifteen year old in high school has developed a paper sensor that can detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents.

Imagine what it will be like when 7 billion minds are connected.

GoDaddy has just auctioned 106 names on behalf of the .info registry Afilias in a low $100 reserve auction and 103 of the names sold. These names were originally registered during the Sunrise process for the launch of .info and were reclaimed by the registry when the registrants were unable to demonstrate the necessary supporting trademark rights.

cancer.info  -  $16,005.00
gambling.info  -  $16,005.00
loans.info  -  $12,205.00
medical.info  -  $10,005.00
property.info  -  $10,005.00
treatment.info  -  $10,005.00

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Marchex, Inc. has released an in-depth study on mobile display advertising, finding that advertisers who spend on mobile banner ads to attract new customers receive an exceedingly poor return on investment.

According to the study:

•  It can take an average of nearly 500,000 impressions to generate a quality phone call.

•  Mobile display advertising is significantly overpriced.

•  Clicks are not indicative of customer intent.
This means there can be high rates of accidental clicks on mobile display ads.

•   Mobile display advertising performance varies wildly.
In one case, a campaign that got 1.4 million impressions did not result in one quality phone call.

Nominet has just announced a consultation to allow businesses who are or want to, get online with a new shorter domain the option of registering business.uk instead of business.co.uk.

The aim is to provide a new secure area for UK businsess, using registrant verification, a UK based rule for all registrants, malwear scanning of all sites in the zone and DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions).

Wholesale pricing to registrars is expected to be under £20, registrars will be free to set their own customer pricing.

Comments on the consulation document for the new .uk domain space should be emailed to Direct@nominet.org.uk before the 7th January, 2013.

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